WHO: PAULA WALDEN
WHAT: PKW DESIGNS
FFF LOVES… her delightfully quirky and sculptural pieces, created with a clean palette and architectural aesthetic.
What are your staples?
LBD by Jean-Paul Gaultier, in contrast… I adore Therese Rawthorne’s simple slips.
What are your indulgences?
What can’t you live without?
My gold, deco inspired ring I made myself - I would not be me without this piece…I wear it everyday, it’s solidified as part of my identity.
What is past its use-by-date?
Festival shirts I’ve collected over the years… I love how used and worn they’ve become though.
What is your wardrobe craving?
Something red: dress in form… sexy in aspect.
About Paula Walden:
Paula Kyle Walden, aka PKW, designs and creates statement costume jewellery and accessories.
Officially trained as a jeweller, during her apprenticeship Paula was a finalist in the Jewellery Association of Australia’s bi-annual competition. Now fully qualified and with years of experience, she is invited to enter the Harper’s Bazaar Diamond Design Guild Awards annually.
However, this fine-jeweller by trade, is self-confessed as “a designer at heart with a constant intuitive sense of fashion”. She is one year away from graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Art with Fashion at the influential Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and will complement her accessory designs with the launch of her fashion collection in mid-2010.
Paula Kyle Walden launched PKW two years ago and continues to push the boundaries of what is regarded as ‘costume jewellery’.
Identified as promising new talent, PKW has collaborated with fashion designers Gail Sorronda (‘Bird’s of Prey’ collection) and George Wu (2009 bespoke collection); both of which were previewed at Rosemount Australian fashion week and Mercedes Benz Brisbane Fashion Festival.
Each PKW collection embodies a strong emotional narrative. “I dream, I explore, I create and take true happiness, vibrancy and light with it all,” says Paula.
“Desire for jewellery is a conscious wish for any individual to release an expression of whom they aspire to be; each collection is an inner-battle of sorts between one’s mind and heart.”
The uniqueness of Paula’s designs, paired with the fact that all pieces are hand made in Australia; make PKW a highly covetable product.