Diane Kordas is a New Yorker, born and raised, although now she splits her time between her homes in the Big Apple, London (since 1995) and Greece (lucky her!). Even though she is a Parsons School of Design graduate, it was precisely in Greece where she fell in love with jewellery. What is Diane’s connection to this ancient country? Well, her husband is Greek and they used to spend their holiday in the isles. Kordas was hopelessly fascinated by the local craftsmanship which inspired her in her signature style of simple designs with a touch of modern glamour (so New York).
It was in 2000, when the American designer decided to launch her eponymous brand which created an ongoing trend of delicate fine jewellery with small diamonds. Taking a look at her exceptional collections, such as Amulette, Cosmos or Armour, it is easy to understand why her jewels can be defined as extraordinary and lavish. Her use of white, black and coloured diamonds, sapphires and other semiprecious stones set in 18kt gold is just pure magic. And it was wizardry that inspired one of her favourite motifs: The Evil Eye, a Greek talisman to ward off the devils.
Her pieces, statement-making but also delicate-looking, and her influences range from Pop Art and her children’s toys to the stars and the universe. A legion of devotees, among which we find top-tier magazines like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Porter, Vanity Fair and Grazia, cannot be wrong about loving Diane Kordas’ designs.
It really depends, as inspiration for my collection derives from various sources such as art, architecture and history. With this in mind, I was inspired by the 60s exhibition at the V&A in London along with the incredible Abstract Expressionism at the Royal Academy recently. Also, having a second home in Greece inspires my geometric, symmetrical and armour designs which are a clear reference to history.
Sleep! Play! Seriously, I’m actually hardly ever not working as ideas are constantly swirling around my mind! I try to stay fit and in good shape with a healthy body and a healthy mind with challenging workouts.
Waking up in our summer home in Mykonos, throwing on a t-shirt, jean shorts and going barefoot, walking over to breakfast to see our 2 girls, Alex and Kristi who have just flown in from LA and NYC. Definitely, no itinerary for the day except for swimming, chatting and having great friends over for a fun dinner party. Nothing in the world is better than down time with my family and friends in the summer. It’s the ultimate perfect day for me.
I try to design my pieces so they can be worn with almost any designer but I do love to see my pieces combined with Haider Ackermann, Ellery and the newly relaunched Fiorucci collection. My pieces are designed to be worn from morning to evening; my pendants look as cool layered over a swimsuit on the beach as they do with an evening gown.
Drinkee by Sofi Tucker (an electrohouse duo whose Brazilian-inspired beats totally transport you from wherever you are), Solomun, Cyril Hahn, Duke Dumont (along with a few golden oldies), Bruce Springsteen and Sister Sledge.
I would probably say Jackie Onassis. She appeared to be a quiet force in the White House and I would love to hear her opinion about the current geopolitical situation and state-of-the-world affairs. In addition, Jackie held herself with such grace and composure during her most tragic moments. I respect that greatly.