THE DESIGNER DRUGS COLLECTION

First came Molecular Addictions and now, in Aroha Silhouettes' latest Designer Drugs Collection, the roof is blown clean off the lab with pieces sure to make you feel like you’re hallucinating. Imagine an alternate reality where unabashed profligacy and depravity could exist without the 4 day hangover or Breaking Bad consequences. The concept behind Designer Drugs is one of hedonism, indulgence and over-the-top debauchery where, in a ‘fantasy laboratory’, both legal and illicit molecular hybrids are created not to be ingested, but worn.

Bringing together the “wearable vices” from the original Molecular Addictions Collection and synthesizing them to create visually arresting SuperMolecules, the six necklaces comprising Designer Drugs represent a collection of pieces even more stunning than their derivatives.

From the delicate simplicity of Spliff, to Candy Flipping and Coffee and Cigarettes' understated intricacy, to the strikingly exquisite Overdose statement necklace, each of these unapologetically bold pieces create such a delicious piece of eye-catching neck candy, you’re guaranteed to turn every head you pass. This fantastical new collection lets you enjoy a spectacular trip in a way that leaves a lasting impression without the icky flashbacks.

THE COFFEE AND CIGARETTES NECKLACE:

The Coffee and Cigarettes Necklace by Aroha Silhouettes

The Coffee and Cigarettes Necklace by Aroha Silhouettes

The Coffee and Cigarettes Necklace by Aroha Silhouettes

THE SPLIFF NECKLACE:

The Spliff Necklace by Aroha Silhouettes

The Spliff Necklace by Aroha Silhouettes

The Spliff Necklace by Aroha Silhouettes

THE CANDY FLIPPING NECKLACE:

The Candy Flipping Necklace by Aroha Silhouettes

The Candy Flipping Necklace by Aroha Silhouettes

The Candy Flipping Necklace by Aroha Silhouettes

THE TRIPPING BALLS NECKLACE:

The Tripping Balls Necklace by Aroha Silhouettes

The Tripping Balls Necklace by Aroha Silhouettes

The Tripping Balls Necklace by Aroha Silhouettes

THE SPEEDBALL NECKLACE:

The Speedball Necklace by Aroha Silhouettes

The Speedball Necklace by Aroha Silhouettes

The Speedball Necklace by Aroha Silhouettes

THE OVERDOSE NECKLACE:

The Overdose Necklace by Aroha Silhouettes

The Overdose Necklace by Aroha Silhouettes

The Overdose Necklace by Aroha Silhouettes

Photography: Aroha Silhouettes

Hair and makeup: Dina Day

Model: Karie

GOLD MOLECULE NECKLACES AND EARRINGS

Gold, gold gold! All Molecular Addictions necklaces and earrings are now available in a beautiful, lasting 24kt gold finish. Here's just a small sample of the new pieces available in the store:

Aroha Silhouettes gold Caffeine Molecule Necklace

Aroha Silhouettes gold Caffeine Molecule Necklace

Aroha Silhouettes gold Oxytocin Molecule Necklace

Aroha Silhouettes gold Chocolate Molecule Earrings

Aroha Silhouettes gold Serotonin Molecule Necklace

Aroha Silhouettes gold THC Molecule Necklace

 

MOLECULAR ADDICTIONS INSIDE

After focusing Molecular Addictions on consumable molecules, like THC, caffeine, LSD and MDMA, I wanted to take a look at the molecules that live inside us all. Oxytocin, estrogen, serotonin and dopamine are all molecules that are produced naturally by our bodies and form my new Collection, Molecular Addictions Inside.

The images were taken by Kim Akrigg and were brought to life with illustrations by Paulette Arochena, giving the molecules a visual interpretation and a lighthearted spin.

THE OXYTOCIN NECKLACE:

Oxytocin Molecule Necklace by Aroha Silhouettes

THE SEROTONIN NECKLACE:

Serotonin Molecule Necklace by Aroha Silhouettes

THE ESTROGEN NECKLACE:

Estrogen Molecule Necklace by Aroha Silhouettes

THE DOPAMINE NECKLACE:

Dopamine Molecule Necklace by Aroha Silhouettes

Photographer: Kim Akrigg

Hair and makeup: Dina Day

Model: Brittany

Illustrations: Paulette Arochena

THE POLYOMINO GAME BY LISA SHAHNO AND AROHA SILHOUETTES

The Polyomino Game is a collaboration between Russia-based fashion designer Lisa Shahno and jewellery designer Tania Hennessy of Aroha Silhouettes in Canada. Over a span of six months each designer created seven unique pieces following a set of specific rules. In November the Polyomino Game came to an end with a photoshoot in Moscow, Russia.

The rules of the game were precise and simple; each designer was to create seven unique pieces exclusively using combinations of squares. To add an element of difficulty Shahno’s clothing designs were restricted to only using squares 30 x 30 cm and Hennessy’s jewellery and accessory designs 1 x 1 cm squares. The colour palette was also restricted to black, white, grey and violet.

The Polyomino Game began in July and spanned six months ending in November when the pieces from each designer came together for the first time. The final step in the game was a photoshoot of the complete collection in Moscow directed by Lisa. “The photoshoot was inspired by a geometric fake reality and the virtual world of the first computer games,” said Shahno. Throughout the duration of the game Shahno and Hennessy teased each other by sharing sneak peeks of the geometric designs that they were working on but never revealing the completed pieces. Fans were invited to follow the steps of the Polyomino Game as it unfolded. It’s really is amazing what two geometrically obsessed designers can create together without ever meeting each other in real life.

The Polyomino Game by Lisa Shahno and Aroha Silhouettes

The Polyomino Game by Lisa Shahno and Aroha Silhouettes

The Polyomino Game by Lisa Shahno and Aroha Silhouettes

The Polyomino Game by Lisa Shahno and Aroha Silhouettes

The Polyomino Game by Lisa Shahno and Aroha Silhouettes

The Polyomino Game by Lisa Shahno and Aroha Silhouettes

The Polyomino Game by Lisa Shahno and Aroha Silhouettes

The Polyomino Game by Lisa Shahno and Aroha Silhouettes

Photographer: Anastasia Markelova

Model: NNEKA

Makeup: Alina Asriyants

Clothing designs: Lisa Shahno

Jewellery and accessory designs: Aroha Silhouettes

Polyomino logo: The Local Genius

THE STEEL SANDWICH NECKLACE

The Steel Sandwich Necklace features two pieces of lightweight stainless steel finished with a matte black powder coating, sandwiching a third piece of gleaming stainless steel in the middle. Just like a delicious jewellery sandwich! The piece has the perfect amount of weight to it and the layers make this piece really awesome to wear.

The Steel Sandwich Necklace by Aroha Silhouettes

The Steel Sandwich Necklace by Aroha Silhouettes

MOLECULAR ADDICTIONS PART TWO

Molecular Addictions part two incorporates LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, cocaine THC, caffeine and alcohol molecules to push the original collection even further.

The photography for part two of Molecular Addictions was inspired by the experiments done on spiders in the mid 90's by NASA. They discovered that when spiders were exposed to various drugs they spun webs that were undeniably trippy in comparison to their normal webs. The more toxic the drug, the more distorted and deformed the resulting web.

How might someone style their hair while under the influence of these drugs? Unique looks for each of the molecules were created while asking this question, and just like the spiders webs, the result is a collection of images with a distinctive yet mismatched style.

Thank you to Kale Friesen, Talysia Ayala, Karie and Shereen for bringing this crazy collection to life!

Molecular Addictions LSD Necklace by Aroha Silhouettes

Molecular Addictions Alcohol Earrings by Aroha Silhouettes

Molecular Addictions Cocaine Necklace by Aroha Silhouettes

Molecular Addictions Psilocybin Mushrooms Necklace by Aroha Silhouettes

Molecular Addictions THC Earrings by Aroha Silhouettes

Molecular Addictions Caffeine Earrings by Aroha Silhouettes