PARIS — Ready-to-wear may take center stage this week, but an intriguing range of accessories awaits visitors to Paris Fashion Week. Here’s a look at some of the newest in the arena.
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Not many Kalashnikov bullets carry 7,000 euro, or $10,200, price tags. But then, not many come constructed from white gold, their brushed tips flecked with pavé diamonds.
Fine jewelry newcomer Caroline Gaspard, who will be launching her Akillis collection this week, said the loaded charms are designed to bring out one’s “inner James Bond girl.”
“I wanted to create a collection that was inventive and interchangeable, with a new, rather aggressive [spirit],” said the 26-year-old designer, whose other lines include diamond-encrusted jigsaw puzzle pieces and link bracelets inspired by her father’s Rolex watches.
Gaspard’s ambition is to shake up fusty attitudes to fine jewelry.
“Women tend to either buy classic jewelry or cheap fashion-forward pieces, even if they have big means,” she said. “It’s time to add a bit of fun and fashion to this frosty world.”
Man has forever imitated nature. But Israeli jewelry designer Tzuri Gueta has brought the art to new heights with his realistic imitations crafted from silicon, silk and viscose fiber blends.
Gueta launched his jewelry line two years ago following years of working as a couture textile designer and researcher.
“When I work with coral, say, I don’t remove it from its habitat. I prefer to be inspired by nature, but not use it,” said the designer, whose spring collection is inspired by bones, horn and fossils, as a poetic study of the elegant structure of animal skeletons.
Gueta’s vision is to explore materials differently from the way people are accustomed to seeing it in jewelry.
“I want to show a new material that can really imitate and push forward innovation, as well as show its advantages,” he said, describing how silicon, an ultralight and soft material, also caresses the shape of the body. “It’s very similar to our organs in structure and can imitate a wide range of matter, be it glass, wood, leather.”
Sophie Reyre is out to run rings around the Paris jewelry scene. The designer’s first, color-soaked collection takes inspiration from India’s ancient Mogul Empire.
“I like surprising color mixes and the idea of encrusting motifs on colored stones,” said Reyre, who also favors contrasting high-low materials, such as resin with precious and semiprecious stones like tourmalines, amber, rubies and sapphires.
The line is sold at Karry O’ in Paris, retailing for 1,200 to 2,300 euros, or $1,750 to $3,350.
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)
Discovery is collaborating with British pop artist @philipcolbert on a new line of clothing and accessories called Discovery Shark. The collection, which will launch next summer for Shark Week’s 30th anniversary, features a whimsical line of women’s and men’s bomber jackets, sweatshirts, bags and more. #wwdfashion
“I’m always a big champion of a female rapper, and I’m glad to see a new voice that feels unique and authentic that’s coming up, and I think we’re going to see more great things from her,” said @itsjeremyscott about @iamcardib, who performed at @moschino’s Art Basel Miami Beach party last night. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@janellemonae’s “What’s Your Frequency?” room in @refinery29's #29Rooms made its debut this week at the opening of the Los Angeles art exhibit. “It’s about the ongoing conversation around mass surveillance, the weaponization of technology and cultural uniformity. My space was created so that we can come together and talk about the complexities of our humanity,” said Monáe. #wwdeye (📷: @bucknerphoto)
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)