“Since we were young our grandmother got dressed and everybody around us was passionate about clothing,” Phoebe Stephens, one half of the designer sister duo behind cult jewelry label Anndra Neen told us. Phoebe and sister Annette started their jewelry collection three years ago, and it has been racking up the accolades ever since —you can now buy it at Kirna Zabete and Opening Ceremony.
“It was instilled in us to try and be different, to go the extra mile, to be an individual,” Phoebe shares of her personal style. “We don’t like to be the person in the background.”
Annette chimes in (the sisters finish each other’s sentences regularly): “We approach clothing like it’s a moving art piece. A lot of people see magazine editorials and think they could never dress that way but you can dress in that spirit.”
The sisters let us tag along as they got ready for a night out in New York City (in Phoebe’s gorgeous art filled Gramercy Park apartment), stopped for a quick drink at trendy West Village eatery The Lion, and then attended the Whitney Museum of Art Studio Party (a benefit they were on the committee for).
“For the Whitney you have to think about what is going to be appropriate,” Phoebe says of picking out the right outfit for the event. “It is exciting because we get to wear Salvatore Ferragamo. We love it, we are passionate about the house. It’s been revived and you just feel like you want to wear every piece.” The line has undergone an image makeover since Massimiliano Giornetti took the Creative Director reigns in 2010, inspiring a new generation of fans from Jessica Alba to Lady Gaga. Young “it” girls like the Stephens sisters are a perfect match for the elegant clothes with just the right amount of bohemian edge.
“I wore something Ferragamo to the wedding of Karla Martinez who works at W magazine recently,” Phoebe shares. “It was a crochet dress in navy blue—sexy but demure. People were constantly stopping me to ask about it.” Yes, the dress likely had something to do with attention, but there is undoubtedly something about the Stephens sisters that style setters the world over are gravitating towards these days.
Click through the slideshow above to go inside our night out with Annette and Phoebe Stephens.
Photography by: Ally Lindsay
Makeup by: Jessa Blades