Who is she ?
“I don’t want to make women look pretty and harmless,” says Annelise Michelson. “Women are sexy, desirable, and complex. I want to give them talismans, and objects of desire that reflect their own power.” With her bold and sculptural jewelry, Annelise does just that.
Trained at the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris, where she was born and raised, Annelise started out working in fashion design, for such companies as Vanessa Bruno, Paul & Joe and Hermès. But the seductive qualities of jewelry, and the intimacy of it, how it takes on such personal meaning to every woman who wears it, ultimately appealed to her more.
The sensuality of wearing a bold metal bracelet, monumental chain necklace or one of Annelise’s carnivore earcuffs, how they hug the skin, is matched by the process of their creation. Although she was trained to sketch, Annelise feels her way through each piece, molding, sculpting and hand-stitching to create collections that live in her mind for months and years like obsessions before they are produced.
Annelise’s first break came when a collaborator of Carine Roitfeld, then the editor of Vogue Paris, commissioned her a group of accessories and statement jewelry. From this came her Carnivore collection, with bracelets, earcuffs, necklaces and rings to be worn on all the joints of the finger. It was an instant hit with the fashion press and influential women like Rihanna, FKA Twigs, Alexa Chung, and Lady Gaga, to name a few. Subsequent collections have other inspirations, like the architecture of Riccardo Bofill, for the Ellipse collection, or the photography of Nobuyoshi Araki, for the Wire collection. But the common thread that joins them all is how they emphasize a woman’s relation to her body, often with a hint of danger. “Wearing one piece at a time, you can speak softly; combining many together makes you a warrior,” says Annelise.
Annelise’s pieces are all hand made out of 100% French materials, in limited quantities in her atelier in the Marais in Paris, and through a network of carefully vetted artisans throughout Paris.