“I don’t want to make women look pretty and harmless,” says Annelise Michelson. “Women are sexy, desirable, and complex. I want to give them weapons.” With her bold and sculptural jewelry, Annelise does just that.
Trained at the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris, where she was born and raised, Annelise started out working in fashion design, for such companies as Vanessa Bruno, Paul & Joe and Hermès. But the seductive qualities of jewelry, and the intimacy of it, how it takes on such personal meaning to every woman who wears it, ultimately appealed to her more. The sensuality of wearing a bold metal bracelet or one of Annelise’s Carnivore earcuffs, how they hug the skin, is matched by the process of their creation. Although she was trained to sketch, Annelise feels her way through each piece, molding, sculpting and hand-stitching to create collections that live in her mind for months and years like obsessions before they are produced.
Annelise’s first break came when a collaborator of Carine Roitfeld, then the editor of Vogue Paris, commissioned her a group of accessories and statement jewelry . She elaborated this into her Carnivore collection, with bracelets, earcuffs, necklaces and rings to be worn on all the joints of the finger. It was an instant hit with the fashion press and influential women like Rihanna, Alexa Chung, and Lady Gaga, to name a few. Subsequent collections have continued to emphasize the relation to the body, often with a hint of danger. “Wearing one piece at a time, you can speak softly; combining many together makes you a warrior,” says Annelise.
Annelise’s pieces are all hand made out of 100% French materials, in limited quantities in her atelier in the Marais in Paris, and through a network of carefully vetted artisans throughout Paris.