One of the most exciting parts about what we do at InStyle is discovering new designers. Our three of-the-moment favorites are all reinventing everyday pieces, like the standard heel, bag, or ring, in a way that makes them both understated and remarkable at the same time. Meet the modern girls who are designing modern classics: Chloe Gosselin, Melissa Losada and Marcela Velez of M2Malletier, and Charlotte Chesnais.
All it took was one shoe. French model-turned-designer Chloe Gosselin launched her eponymous collection in 2014 after happening upon an exquisite shoe from the '50s that inspired her contemporary-meets-vintage aesthetic. With a background in fine arts, she went on to study design at FIT to learn how to properly construct the designs that have since graced the feet of famous fans, including Taylor Swift and Kate Winslet. Our picks: cool sheer brogues for day and exquisite strappy sandals for night.
Melissa Losada and Marcela Velez, the Colombian design duo behind luxury handbag brand M2Malletier, first met at Parsons School of Design and bonded over a shared weakness for architect Ricardo Bofill, medieval armour, and a too-tan Valentino. Together, they wanted to create accessories that combined progressive design with old-world sensibility, and that's how M2Malletier's signature metal-handled lady bags were born. Ever since their inception three years ago, M2M bags have become unmistakable street style staples.
Charlotte Chesnais's name has gotten a ton of buzz. The freelance stylist (see: Kenzo, Maison Kitsune, Maiyet), protege to Nicolas Ghesquière, and head of leather goods for Paco Rabanne, has just introduced her own jewelry collection. Sculptural and sophisticated, Chenais's designs have a seductive quality that is distinctly Parisian. The pieces wrap and twist around ears, fingers and wrists when worn, and they complement any aesthetic, from black tie attire to casual weekend wear. Lay the foundation of your modern jewelry collection with her pieces.
Shop the Charlotte Chesnais pieces (from top): Three Lovers linked ring, $460; modaoperandi.com. Single Ivy earring, $510; modaoperandi.com. Bond bracelet, $1,220; modaoperandi.com. (Charlotte Chesnais jewelry can be pre-ordered at modaoperandi.com and will be available at theline.com in late May.)