Edward’s Masha Archer: ‘Sex and the City: The Movie’ necklaces
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EDWARDS, Colorado ” Sarah Jessica Parker’s character in “Sex and the City” teeters boldly where few fashionistas have gone before. Whether she is trotting out a new pair of Manolos, christening a newsboy cap or strutting around Paris in a hoop skirt, Carrie Bradshaw is a source of clothes envy for millions of trendy types.
It is no surprise, then, that the costumes in this summer’s “Sex and the City: The Movie” generated nearly as much gossip among women as the film itself. I mean, what were they supposed to discuss: The plot?
A necklace Carrie wears in Mexico was of particular interest to San Francisco’s Masha Archer.
The night the film debuted, Archer happened to be in Istanbul shopping for jewelry. She ducked into a small theater where the movie was playing in English with Turkish subtitles. Although Archer expected to see a few of her jewelry designs on screen (they had been well-received by a stylist friend on the set) she nearly passed out from excitement when she saw Carrie wearing a Masha Archer necklace during a beach scene.
“I was delirious,” Archer recalled.
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Carrie dons the necklace during an extended moping session in Mexico, where she goes to recuperate after Mr. Big flakes on their wedding. She is wearing the necklace while tossing her cell phone off a cliff. A bold string of quartz, vintage glass and turquoise baubles, the necklace captures Archer’s flair for uniting eclectic and often ancient elements.
Hundreds of the designer’s pieces will be for sale today through Sunday at the Asian Village antique shop in Edwards. Sold regularly at Saks Fifth Avenue, Masha’s jewelry has a sort of cult following among celebrities like Barbara Walters, Beyonce Knowles and Jennifer Love Hewitt.
Archer hand crafts many of her pieces. Her latest “festival series” improvises on the necklace Carrie wears in “Sex and the City” with necklaces made from jade, quartz, turquoise, vintage glass and red and orange coral. Archer says the collection is a nod to Mexican folklore artists. Archer collected the other pieces during globe-trotting shopping trips. Shoppers will find rings from Turkey and silver bracelets from China’s Hunan tribe.
What: Masha Archer jewelry on display
Where: Asian Village, 280 Main St. in the Riverwalk shopping center in Edwards
When: Today through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Details: Necklaces with matching earrings by Archer, ethnic bracelets and rings from Archer’s worldwide collection. Most items range from $1,000 and $2,000, though some earrings are under $200.
More information: Call Asian Village at 970-926-6188
Archer says her “lust for jewelry” grew out of her love of painting but more prodding reveals it goes deeper than that. Born in Ukraine during World War II, Archer’s family clung to art during a dark time. Her mother was a painter, her father a sculptor. When they fled Ukraine to escape the Russians, Archer’s family wound up in an American displaced persons camp in Germany, where her father built a foundry in the basement and promptly began casting metal statues.
The family eventually moved to Philadelphia, where Archer began making and wearing her own jewelry like a necklace bristling with tiny silver salt shakers. Other people took notice of Archer’s accessories, and she started taking custom jewelry orders from acquaintances.
Archer developed a preoccupation with image while painting portraits during her studies at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
She hopes visitors to her show in Edwards come away with a necklace or three “and immediately are already going somewhere so that they can be seen,” Archer said. Though the designer, 68, “worships” her collectors, she said she wants to introduce herself to new people.
“I know they’ll love me forever once they get on this experience of wearing these pieces out in the world,” she said.
High Life Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2938 or firstname.lastname@example.org.