Almost from the moment Karma El Khalil launched her collection in 2007, stylish women started sporting it. Angelina Jolie, Emma Stone and Scarlett Johansson are among the long list of stars who have worn the cool jewels. Kim Kardashian special ordered one of Karma’s word chokers with her son Saint’s name and wore it perpetually. (Unfortunately, the piece was among her pieces lost in the Paris robbery last October.) Charlize Theron, who has been wearing Karma’s jewelry for almost ten years, put on one of her trilogy rings for the Fate and the Furious press tour.
While Karma’s jewelry has been on high profile people, the designer remains as low key as her spiritual name. And, yes, Karma is her given name.
“My father felt I had an extremely peaceful look on my face and an old soul when I was born” explains the designer. “As a student of Zen philosophy and a martial artist, he thought the name which most suited his impression of me was Karma.”
Up until now, the contemplative designer, who divides her time between homes in Brooklyn and Beirut where her work is manufactured, has imbued her focus in minimalist jewels with graphic details and lots of negative spaces.
For her new collection named Echo, Karma has introduced more ornate and detailed motifs in fresh silhouettes that check all the right style boxes of the season. Note the statement earrings, convertible designs and the fact that the jewels could be worn as a suite.
Read the designer’s own words about her new work below.
An echo repeats itself but is never the same. It is also musical, a part of nature and has a sense of movement. All of these things inspired me and that’s why I chose to name the collection Echo.
I am always inspired by nature in my collections, but this time I decided to bring that inspiration out in a more concrete rather than an abstract way. Although I still love abstract, I wanted something that was more obvious visually. The motifs are my own variation on suns and stars.
One thing I did do in this collection was give women the opportunity to personalize how they wear the pieces. The pendants detach with a little hook in the back and can be hung on any of the chains or chokers or something someone already has in their jewelry box.
I wanted to do something a lot more romantic than I usually do. The shoulder dusters [seen in the photo at top] are one of the most romantic pieces.
My designs are a direct expression of what I am going through in my life. It could be less rebellion, more at peace.