Melissa Williams Netherton, owner and designer of zedena lu has been designing jewelry since she was a child. Her love affair with jewelry began when her grandmother, Zedena, used to play Home Shopping Network with her. As she grew older she first experimented with wire designs by using old telephone wire given to her by her other Grandmother, Barbara. zedena lu has evolved to include designs made in glass, metal and Melissa’s favorite medium…enamel..Read on to jump into the fashion forward world of Melissa Williams Netherton..
FG: How would you describe your personal style?
MWN: My personal style is very feminine. I am a girly girl, so there are lots of skirts and dresses in my closet. I would also describe my style as somewhat eclectic. I love mixing vintage items with new pieces and I also love playing with color and of course accessorizing! Shoes have become my obsession this season, particularly wedges and heels. I primarily shop at stores that feature vintage inspired clothing which tends to match very well with my vintage inspired jewelry collections, and I also love finding true vintage pieces to add to my collection.
FG: Name 5 items every woman should have in her closet.
MWN: Every woman needs a little black dress, at least one great fitting pair of jeans, a black blazer, nude heels, and at least one statement piece in her jewelry collection!
FG: Who is your fashion icon and why?
MWN: Since I tend to gravitate towards vintage inspired, feminine fashion, my fashion icon would have to be either Audrey Hepburn or Jackie Kennedy. Both of those ladies had a classic and timeless style which still influences designers today.
FG: What fashion trend is your least favorite?
MWN: I am not a big fan of the romper/jumpsuits that seem to be making a comeback this year. They look adorable on the right body type, but they just don’t work for me.
FG: What the weirdest item in your wardrobe?
MWN: The weirdest item in my wardrobe is probably the collection I have of 7 pairs of the same jeans. Once I find something I love and that fits me well, I tend to purchase multiples and so the jeans were certainly no exception!
FG: What is your style philosophy?
MWN: Wear what you love! I follow fashion trends and try to stay on top of keeping my wardrobe current, but at the same time only wearing pieces that I truly love. I believe in wearing what makes you feel beautiful, rather than just wearing something because it is in style.