Oscar de la Renta’s Spring runway presentation in New York on Sept. 11 featured supermodel sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid, a front row packed with hip-hop superstars, and elegant-but-easy clothes that took inspiration from the Silk Road (think luxe caftans and djellabas).

Adding age-old shine to the mix was jewelry that underscored the collection’s multicultural feel: bold necklaces and earrings anchored by creatively cut-out vermeil coins accented by pearls, red coral, and simple leather cord.

The pieces popped on the models as they walked the runway—not so much because of their size (which was ample) or sheen (which was gleaming), but more due to the jewelry’s singularity. The pieces felt absolutely fresh, but also like treasures plucked from a trove of antiquities.

Soon after the show, we discovered that much of the jewelry was the result of a collaboration between the fabled fashion house and Stacey Lee Webber [MFA ’08], an independent jewelry designer and sculptor based in Philadelphia.

We asked Webber to share how the collaboration came to be:


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