nOir founder and designer Leeora Catalan is one of my industry idols. She completely embodies her brand – smart, quirky, and approachable – and despite her huge celebrity following (think Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Madonna, and Sarah Jessica Parker) and growing business, she is completely hands on when it comes to every piece of nOir jewelry.
She has collaborated with everyone from Marc Jacobs, Moschino, and DKNY, to Disney, Bebe, and Sex and the City’s Patricia Field. She recently created a limited edition collection of Fantasia-inspired jewelry for Disney’s release of Fantasia & Fantasia 2000: 2-Movie Collection Special Edition on Blu-ray/DVD, which was a success. Now, the designer has teamed with DC Comics for a costume jewelry line for the comic book company’s 75th anniversary.
I’m not much of a comic fan myself, but Catalan has managed to design a collection that would appeal to even the most superhero-averse among us. Commemorating iconic characters including Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Batgirl, and Supergirl, the collection just hit department stores, specialty boutiques, and the nOir website. Everything is priced between $60 and $250.
I may not be a Batman fan myself, but I’m a huge fan of New York City, so the stand-out piece for me is the Gotham City Ring. The Catwoman Larger Claw Earrings are also awesome, especially for the holiday party circuit most of us are working. Lastly, Catalan has re-worked a nOir classic, the oversized star ring, into a Wonder Woman Ring; she switched up the colors to reflect those associated with the superhero. There are dozens of whimsical and opulent pieces in the line, all of which incorporate gunmetal, silver, or gold plating, and are accented with Cubic Zirconia stones and custom enamel.
All of the pieces in the collection are limited edition, and in roughly six months, the series will include Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy (Catalan’s personal favorite). Next in line is Green Lantern, which will coincide with the upcoming movie release. Catalan remarked that “this initial launch is rooted in the concept of ‘girl power’ and the juxtaposition of two opposing realities. The collection is meant to not only appeal to DC Comic fans, but also the fashion privy, the edgy trendsetter.” I couldn’t agree more!