It’s rare that I find what I consider to be a perfect balance between edgy and classic, striking and beautiful, unique and accessible, yet this is the fine line that designer Michelle Ng continuously walks with her couture headpiece and jewellery line Young&ng.
With many new designers desperate to make a statement, Young&ng’s pieces stand out for their refined aesthetic. Michelle takes her inspiration from the elementary and turns it into the exquisite. Materials such as gunmetal and antique gold are combined with crystals, feathers and studs creating an ethereal, otherworldly effect.
Her first collection, Northern Hemisphere, drew its inspiration from stained glass windows, whilst the current collection takes inspiration from the beauty and complexity of the human body. Intertwined cell, muscle and skeletal systems provide the basis for the structural design of the pieces, whilst details such as ruby crystals and intricate metal-work act as subtle reminders of blood cells and bones, distinctively conveying an admiration for the human form.
Her pieces are timeless, influenced by art rather than trends and intended to serve as beautiful adornments for the body as a living canvas. Currently finalising her next collection, centred around the dramatic theme of broken hearts, Michelle notes that she creates for a different world - one that may have existed in the past or never before: “I like to think that I create an unspoken intelligence of ethereal, philosophical, strong beautiful pieces.”
Images by Young&ng
Posted by Avril Nolan