FALCHI’S RIO: Carlos Falchi has teamed up with Avon’s junior cosmetics line, mark, to launch a limited edition accessories and fashion collection for spring. Falchi named the nine-piece line Rio after his home city in Brazil, which served as his inspiration for the beach-themed bags, bikinis, caftans and jewelry. The Carlos Falchi & mark Present Rio collection will be available for purchase in May on meetmark.com and through mark direct sales representatives. All items retail for less than $50.

MOVES AT SAKS: Lincoln Moore, divisional merchandise manager of handbags and women’s accessories at Saks Fifth Avenue, has been given the additional responsibility of overseeing the fashion office for women’s shoes, handbags, accessories and jewelry. Elizabeth Kanfer has returned to Saks as cobranding director of handbags, soft accessories and jewelry and fashion market director, a role she filled at Saks before joining Hautelook. Kanfer is now responsible for product development of designer cobrand initiatives.

SIMS BETS ON BENDEL’S: Molly Sims is launching her jewelry line, Grayce, at Henri Bendel on March 23. There will be a Grayce pop-up shop in Bendel’s Fifth Avenue store featuring a collage of her inspirations, such as international travel and Art Deco architecture, as well as photos of the line shot by actor Aaron Eckhart. Grayce will retail from $75 to $250 and include fun, layering pieces, such as stackable rings, bangle bracelets and chain necklaces. In April, the line hits retailers such as Scoop, Ron Herman and online at graycebymollysims.com.

Bendel’s will also share in the spotlight on May 4 when chief executive officer Ed Bucciarelli is honored at the Fashion Accessories Benefit Ball for special achievement in accessories. The 21-year-old event will be a more casual affair this year with a large cocktail party format and light fare by Abigail Kirsch.

GLOBAL BAUBLES: Reality TV personality Olivia Palermo has collaborated with designer and retailer Roberta Freymann on a fashion jewelry line set to arrive in Roberta Freymann boutiques and select retailers this spring. Retailing from $175 to $300, the Roberta Freymann by Olivia Palermo collection is inspired by the women’s favorite cities — from Paris’ chic arrondissements to Manhattan’s trendiest neighborhoods. Styles include the Mitte necklace, which features sequins and faceted stones set against emerald green silk, as well as the Tribeca, a neck piece of blue, clear and white stones.

ITALY’S EYEWEAR: The Italian Trade Commission and the Italian Optical Goods Manufacturers’ Association are cohosting a retrospective exhibition called “Eyewear From the Beginning to the Future: The history of eyeglasses from their invention in Italy to the latest trends.” The show, which opens Friday in Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall in Manhattan, documents the history of Italian eyewear design from the 13th century to the present. The presentation also features Italian luxury houses that have launched eyewear categories, such as Prada, Giorgio Armani and Dolce & Gabbana.

Designed by Italian architect Giorgio Borruso, the eyewear exhibit will also showcase trends that will be seen at the 2010 International Vision Expo East show, beginning March 19 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.

“This exhibit represents the tradition of Italian manufacturing, and the idea is to present what Italy has done in this field,” said Aniello Musella, the Italian Trade Commissioner to the U.S.

SPEAKING OF DIAMONDS: Graff USA president and chief executive officer Henri Barguirdjian, Harry Winston president and ceo Frédéric de Narp and DeBeers Botswana ceo Sheila Khama, are among the speakers at the new conference “Diamonds: Substance, Significance and Symbol” organized by Initiatives in Art and Culture. The event will run April 9 to 10 at the Graduate Center in Manhattan. Industry executives, designers and marketers will analyze rare gemstones, from reselling estate jewels to the Kimberley process. Funding is being provided by A Diamond Is Forever, Harry Winston, Circa, Me & Ro and Tiffany & Co. The Kazanjian Foundation is supporting student attendance.


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