Tough Chic
Violent fashion is on the cutting edge
Style / 30 Jul 2010

We first took notice of what we now refer to as "violent fashion" when, a couple of years ago, the Material Girl walked the red carpet in a pair of infamous Chanel pistol heels. Since then we've seen spikes appear on cocktail dresses and brass knuckles go from unlawful bludgeoning tool to desired fashion accessory. Weaponry is having a decisive style moment.

Switchblade Necklaces: Mary Andrews' Contrary jewelry collection offers the perfect accessory for those with Jekyll and Hyde personalities. Hidden behind the sweet exterior of charms like golden peanuts, brass keys and mermaids is a rather surprising component to a seemingly non-threatening piece of jewelry: a switchblade knife. We've been contemplating taking self-defense classes, and while the impact of a hand strike can't be underestimated, a $30 handmade silver and gold pocket knife necklace might be a sound backup plan. After all, chances are that a necklace-turned-weapon might stun a potential assailant into submission before he has a chance to attack. Remember, however, that while the necklace may be a fun fashion accessory, the chances of it making it past airport security are nil.
Brass Knuckle Rings: As of late, brass knuckle-inspired rings have been seen everywhere from high fashion showrooms to fast fashion retailers. One of our favorite twists on the style comes from Urban Outfitters' newly launched online jewelry shop. Bijules designer Jules Kim created a capsule collection for the retailer called BJ by Jules Kim. Sold exclusively on the store's website, the line includes a variety of sterling silver, gold-plated and plastic rings. Kim's bar rings are meant to be worn on a single finger, but arc across multiple digits (hence the brass knuckle resemblance). The collection also includes nail rings that fit over the wearer's fingertips for a heavy metal "manicure." Some of the more compelling brass knuckle designs are Fallon Jewelry's micro spike bar ring and Luv Aj's spike knucklebuster. We never imagined that engaging our inner assailant could make us feel so fashion-forward.
Gun Reclamation Jewels: Though we're not really big fans of using guns as a trope for fashion - although Gaga's recent display was pretty amazing - New York-based jewelry company Ken & Dana Design has created an innovative jewelry line that upcycles pieces of old guns into new baubles that even the most ardent proponent of arms control should be excited to wear. Gun charms have been ubiquitous for some time now, but Ken & Dana's collection takes a more deconstructed approach, using gun pieces as symbols of anti-violence. There are necklaces and rings made out of gun triggers, and earrings and necklaces made out of gun firing pins. Each jewelry sale from the collection generates a donation for an NYC gun buyback program to help get guns off of the streets. Pow.

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