Edgy-but-chic jewelry — think spikes, studs, skulls, bullets and crosses — are still going strong this season, as evidenced at Coeur’s first New York trade show at 404 10th Ave. and the Business Journals-produced AccessoriesTheShow at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center last week. Here, some standouts.
MADE HER THINK Meredith Kahn counts Scarlett Johansson, Rihanna and Angelina Jolie as fans of her gothic-but-girly jewelry. The brand’s new holiday collection at Coeur featured pieces bejeweled with Swarovski Elements, like the Teardrop earrings for $479, while the Jaws of Life ring, in both crystal and diamond versions ranging from $173 to $759, continues to be a bestseller.
BLISS LAU The New York-based designer known for her intricate body chains is expanding into fine and bridal jewelry, ranging from $450 to $2,500 on a custom, made-to-order basis. She showed the new $2,300 Fathom ring at Coeur, which comes apart into two separate rings but can also be worn together, symbolizing the union of a couple. For her spring collection, fine metals like yellow and rose gold and silver play a larger role throughout.
ODETTE NEW YORK Brooklyn-based designer Jennifer Sarkilahti’s six-year-old line places an emphasis on nature, artifacts, primitive forms and anatomy. (Her “Rib” ring, $138 to $198, and “Spear” stud earrings, $110, are bestsellers.) Every piece is handmade using wax-carving techniques, then cast into materials like recycled sterling silver, brass and bronze.
CHARLES ALBERT Charles Albert, known for its sterling silver fashion jewelry since 1990, has launched a new category called Alchemía, a line of lower-priced pieces in a non-precious, lacquered metal (dubbed “zero-karat gold”) that simulates the appearance of 18-karat gold and retail from $30 to $750. The brand’s bullet bracelet was a highlight at AccessoriesTheShow, and comes in both Alchemía and sterling silver versions for $195 or $945, respectively.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“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