And the Star Wars saga continues with it’s 7th installment and highly anticipated forthcoming release in the series, The Force Awakens, hitting movie theaters this December 18th. Since the countdown is on, so are the odes to, amping up our long-standing feelings about a film that captured much more than the typical sci-fi fodder many moons ago.
I was pretty young when the first installment came out and even though this film genre isn’t my preferred, it left an indelible impression that dug it’s heels deep into my psyche. Yes, it’s pure futuristic fantasy for the masses, but it comes at you with the full force of a genuine story line, mind-blowing visuals, an unforgettable movie score, and characters that you can’t help but fall in love with. Is there not a little bit of the ultimate do-gooder Luke Skywalker in all of us? Or perhaps we recognize a bit of ourselves in the wise-cracking robotic persona of C-3P0? The golden-hued metal man whose preference for keeping himself out of the line of fire is akin to another beloved fictional creature, The Scarecrow, or in this case maybe it’s The Tin Man, nevertheless….
One obvious devotee of the Star Wars mantle is fine jeweler, Justin Davis. His recently released, limited collection of incredibly detailed, and brilliantly rendered rings and necklaces of the most admired, recognizable Star Wars characters….includes Darth Vader, C-3P0, a Stormtrooper and everybody’s favorite, Chewbacca. Some are crafted in metal, while others get the full force of Davis’ design savvy with a complete coating of white or black diamonds.
While Davis may not be the first to mix fashion with the force….remember Comme des Garcons’s Star Wars slogan t-shirts a few seasons back (‘Something To Learn You Still Have’) and Preen’s addition of Darth Vader to their chic chiffons and Rodarte slipping in said characters into their typical, inexplicable mash-up? He probably won’t be the last either. The struggle between good and evil is an ongoing story-line of life in general, and if it’s easier to conjure up the good fight in Star Wars terms, then I’m all for it.