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In work that finds its inspiration in culture, Auvray has in the past created constricted, European styles made with African fabric and flirty, Asia-inspired looks.
After graduation, she hopes to travel, and attending a design school in Europe is back on the list of possibilities. Her work locally has already led her closer to one goal, though. "I want to represent my culture by being a Caribbean designer," she says. "I've realized that there isn't a designer in the Caribbean that represents other Caribbeans, and I want to fill that need."
Boxers were Gilded Age celebrities, evoking inspiration in hard times. Accessories designer Sarah Xeno channels this spirit with a collection she says defies gender stereotypes. "This is about guys beating the crap out of each other, and at the same time, I'm presenting metal that looks like lace," Xeno explains. "It's a feminine take on a masculine arena."
Her jewelry accentuates a collection from Honig and Danielle Meister, of Birdies Panties and Swim Boutique, that promotes a fresh perspective on boxing history. Xeno's pieces include a championship belt, boxing gloves and headgear. Expect metallic items with intricate craftsmanship.
The accessories collection represents a side of Xeno that gravitates toward lavish designs, created with organic, meditative pattern making. On the flip side, she digs geometric, structured looks. Ultimately, her influences — including art nouveau architecture, anatomy, zoology and florals — determine the style.
Xeno has spent six years designing and fabricating custom jewelry, and she began metalsmithing 10 years back with the assistance of courses through JCCC. She dabbles in other art forms and has taken painting and drawing classes at the Kansas City Art Institute, though designing accessories brings the greatest intrinsic rewards. "I think of it as wearable, sculptural art — on display for all to see," she says.