The life of a Marketing Manager/Drapers blogger is never dull - one minute I’m in Liverpool examining dodgy fixtures and the other I’m sat next to renowned, fashion jewellery designer J Maskrey, as a fellow judge in the prestigious P&G Grooming Awards.
J was originally a make-up artist but went off-piste with her methods and gained fame as the ‘Crystal Queen,’ using crystals as body art. Now I’ve seen a lot of sparkle at various Indian weddings and I do have my fair share of disco bindis, but nothing quite as beautiful and crafted as the kind of work J produces.
In between the filming of the judging, I was able to talk to J and she relayed her excitement at her forthcoming London catwalk show. Over the past few years her ‘skin jewellery’ technique has been honed and since used in several designer collaborations: Sonia Rykiel, Kenzo, Ungaro, Givenchy and the late Alexander McQueen to name a few.
Where this coming fashion week will be clouded by the tragic news of McQueen’s death and his absence from LFW, J Maskrey will be showing for the first time in 5 years! But why the long gap? J explained that she had been living and showing in Paris whilst concentrating on the production and commercial side of the business. Now it was “time to come back to London for the atmosphere and opportunities that this city brings.”
So the fashion crowd will wait with bated breath and if the show is as dramatic and impressive as J’s trademark make-up, they will be in for a treat on Sunday.
J Maskrey is showing on Sunday 20th February on/off 7.15pm