eccentric in a certain way, which marked my childhood and influenced me to create,” she says. She later moved to Massachusetts to take a degree in History of Art, before settling in London and launching her eponymous label in 2009, aged just 24.
Inspired by geometry, textures and colors from India’s Holi festival, Fares’ jewelry is steeped in craft tradition and influenced by her Lebanese heritage. “The idea of using jewelry as talismans and precious stones as amulets has always interested me, and I’m fascinated by people’s relationship with their jewelry,” she explains. “Even though I’ve never lived in Lebanon, I grew up with much of the culture around me: my parents spoke in Arabic and the food at home was always Lebanese. I travel there and am very attached to my roots.” The evil eye symbol, for example, which holds great significance in Lebanese custom, is engraved on most of Fares’ pieces.
Her latest designs, created from oxidized silver, agate and diamonds, use an Ancient Egyptian
technique of carving stones, set within a signature sculptural style. But despite its traditional influences, her work always has an aura of the modern. “There’s a playful element to my collections where you can mix and match different pieces,” she notes.
The designer’s apartment in London’s affluent Knightsbridge neighborhood reveals more about this globetrotter’s eclectic taste. The walls are lined with books and artwork from her travels, a
Sweater and skirt by Proenza Schouler; earrings, necklace and ring by Noor Fares; bracelets Noor’s own