By Chere Di Boscio
When I first met the dark, rather mysterious figure called Paris Kain at a party in the city he was named after, I knew there was something special about him; something different. And I was right. The New York native is a multi-talented artist, designer and jeweller, most famed for his artisan jewellery crafted from a highly unique material: meteorites sourced from Siberia. The style of his standout rings and cuffs is bold and beautiful, evocative of gods and monsters.
So it came as no surprise to me that his brand, Abraxas Rex, was named after the Gnostic god of light and dark, good and evil, destruction and creation–a description that seems to capture the essence of Kain’s artwork itself.
However, a move to the kinder, sunnier climes of California may have mellowed Kain’s perspectives a bit. He’s fallen in love, and shifted his focus from the jewellery into something literally softer – a line of gorgeous hand painted silk kimono-style wraps.
Available on line and at Barney’s in the USA, the softly flowing, delicate clothing comes in rich colours derived from natural sources. Unsurprisingly perhaps, the artist says his kimono designs were inspired by a trip to Japan and koi fish, but Kain has certainly added a signature touch to each piece, somehow communicating a merging of the urban and the natural worlds.
Each Abraxas Rex kimono is unique and hand painted using natural dyes by Kain himself, with shades of blood red, emerald green and indigo featuring heavily – it seems fitting that all of these jewel box colours were chosen by a jewellery creator. Further emphasising a link to his metal work, Kain has added a gold or silver Abraxas Rex jewellery tag, a covetable piece in itself, to each silk garment.
Loose and flowing, sexy and sensual, these can be worn as robes, as jackets over jeans, as dresses, or pyjamas. Kain insists that as delicate and downright pretty as these may be, they’re suitable for both genders. And why not? Both Kain and his model-designer girlfriend Tiana Giefer love wearing them – and both look rock-star gorgeous in them. Or should that be: Gnostic god gorgeous?
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