Yesterday, we caught up with Pretty Little Thing designer Lirany Vasquez during the Shop for Breast Cancer event at Vanity Beauty Lounge in downtown San Francisco’s Embarcadero Center for a quick chat about her latest collection, Concrete Jungle. Read on for snippets from our talk:
Tell us what’s new and different about your Concrete Jungle collection:
It’s a lot more statement. My signature line is charm-inspired. Whimsical charms with a feminine and unexpected twist. [Concrete Jungle] is more statement, chunkier, longer pieces and mixed metals, silver, Rhodium, crystals. The mixture of the toughness of darker metals and prettier sparkly crystals is kind of what my line is known for: girlie with a twist.
Ooh, what’s up with that bold lion-themed necklace?
I call it disco safari. It’s vintage-inspired, something I could picture Bianca Jagger wearing in the 70’s….I love to work animals and those sorts of themes into the jewelry.
You’re based in New York, but your parents relocated to the Bay Area when you were in college and now you’re out here four or five months out of the year. What keeps you coming back to the Bay Area, other than family, of course?
I just fell in love with the City and the vibe. I love BART. That’s like freedom to me. The hills [here] freak me out….[Coming here means] getting a bit of a different inspiration. New York is one vibe and feel. It’s nice to have a change of pace.
What are some of your favorite SF spots?
Dolores Park. I love Dolores Park. And what’s that beach where you can see the bridge and…
Yes! That’s it.