For some women, having children can throw a wrench in their career plans. Not so with jewelry designer Jennifer Dawes. Following the birth of her son almost two years ago, she revamped her California-based line, Dawes Design, to include only recycled gold, conflict-free diamonds and responsibly mined stones.
"After I gave birth to my son, I was soul-searching," said Dawes, who first launched her jewelry line in 2000. "I needed [my work] to be more meaningful to me."
When Dawes went sustainable, her jewelry garnered new interest online, as word spread through eco-conscious blogs. "I actually haven't had this much attention on my work before," she said. "A lot of people don't know they have the option of getting sustainable jewelry. There are not that many people doing it."
For Dawes, bestsellers include recycled gold stacking rings and jewel-adorned hoop earrings and bracelets wholesaling for $325 to $750; 18-karat hand-hammered rings with rose cut diamonds, wholesaling from $475 up to $1,425 for a large diamond solitaire ring and her customized stacking stone collection in which customers can choose their own stones, cuts and band thickness.
Dawes estimates 2008 sales will reach $500,000. The jewelry is sold online at dawes-design.com and at ABC Carpet & Home in New York, The Clay Pot in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Gallery of Jewels in San Francisco, among other locations.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast