Part of The Fifth Element‘s enduring appeal was the iconic costuming: Milla Jovovich, bright orange hair, white bandage-strapped outfit clinging precariously to a model frame. It also brought sci-fi themes out of geekdom with its mainstream cast and love-conquers-all ending. Both the visuals of the film and the themes around humanity’s survival were the inspiration behind Mettle’s latest jewellery collection – and it’s all the more brilliant for it.
Body casting techniques were used to create shapes from bombshell brass and recycled lucite, making them feel all at once primitive and futuristic. The bone cuff and shackle-style ankle cuffs are on my personal hit list, but that’s not to discount the more subtle solid brass and pyramid shaped pieces.
To add to the amazingness is the collection’s underwater look book, photographed by Cal Mero in a way that captures the essence of the pieces and their cinematic inspirations.
Priding themselves on their fair trade philosophies, Mettle’s pieces are handmade in Cambodia and Indonesia. You can view the full look book starring model Ana Kingsley at the gallery above.