Growing up in Israel’s Kibbutz Na’an, where life was centered on the everyday reality of agriculture and irrigation, it’s no surprise that the young Michal Negrin enjoyed imaginative flights of fancy to a beautiful place filled with jewels and lace, angels and roses.
What is surprising is that the aspiring designer grew up to make her fantasy world a reality. Beginning with a jewelry market stall in 1988, where she sold pieces inspired by her mother’s Russian roots, she now presides over more than 65 personally designed fashion, jewelry and home décor concept stores around the world.
Enter any one of them and you can’t help but be seduced by her pretty, vintage lifestyle.
Negrin fans are in for a real treat for Spring/Summer 2018. The new fashion collection, Sea of Wonder, distils her recent travels and the treasures she collected along the way: antique lace, dolls, painted miniatures, an ancient flower-embellished lamp, an elegant menu card from 1900, and an ornate 19th century wedding invitation lavishly gilded and embossed with birds and flowers. The result is richly printed, feminine, gauzy layers of chiffon with delicate lace and swishy fringing, which have Victorian boho-boudoir charm. Look out for the exquisite bustier dresses and shimmering chiffon blouses dusted with Swarovski crystals, as well as kimonos, maxi-dresses and camis.
Designed to complement the garments’ whimsical allure, her Spring/Summer 2018 jewelry collection features large silk tassels hand-dyed in gem-like colors; rings, extravagant drop earrings and necklaces bejeweled with 3D blooms; jewelry suites featuring an on-trend eye motif; lace chokers and bib necklaces embroidered with sparkling beads; opulent chandelier earrings; and a stunning pendant based around a romantic narrative painted in miniature. All are captured in a photoshoot set against the starkly beautiful Dead Sea. If you prefer maximalist over minimalist and princess over ordinary, then check out michalnegrin.com to locate your nearest store, or order online. You won’t want to leave.