Siren of the USTA, Maria Sharapova is pairing with Cole Haan on a new sporting collection for spring. The line’s sandals, flats and heels feature Nike Air technology, while accessories are made of recycled plastic bottles and chrome-free vegetable-tanned leather ($115 to $550, at colehaan.com).
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Vera Wang Lavender Label has partnered with Brown Shoe Co. Inc. for a footwear collection available this spring. The line will target the Lavender Label apparel customer and includes a full range of flats, espadrilles, sandals, clogs, pumps and boots ($175 to $695, at Vera Wang, New York, 212.382.2184).
Lacoste’s latest capsule collection comes straight from the drafting table of Pritzker Prize–winning architect Zaha Hadid. The shoes feature repeated laser patterns—all inspired by Lacoste’s iconic crocodile logo and undulating landscapes (price available upon request, 800.4.LACOSTE).
Driven by an “unbridled passion” for jewelry, Ludovica Andreoni, the chic wife of Ferrari president Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, has launched her own line. Dubbed LA, the collection of rings, bracelets and necklaces have clusters of precious gemstones ($412 to $13,730, at LA, Rome, +39.06.320.8208).
Rebecca Taylor, known for her frilly feminine looks, has come out with accessories and jewelry. The styles mix pretty with a touch of urban chic. Standouts include cutout desert boots and gold sequin-inspired necklaces ($165 to $475, at She Boutique, Chicago, 866.620.8743).
Rag & Bone has introduced a shoe collection for spring, with easy loafers, oxfords and ballet flats that stay true to the line’s men’s wear roots ($330 to $515, at Rag & Bone, New York, 212.727.2990).
Milan designer Albino D’Amato, who recently was tapped as a creative consultant for Les Copains, is dipping his toe into footwear waters for spring with a sexy peep-toe heel in satin and purple python. Expect more styles and fabrics to come for fall ($600 to $980, at Curve, Los Angeles, 310.360.8008).
After dabbling in design at her parents’ brand, R&Y Augousti, Kifu Augousti, the 14-year-old daughter of Ria and Youri Augousti, is at it again with her own collection of headbands for spring. Like her parents, Kifu favors exotic skins, feathers and findings in her line of luxe headpieces, called Headbands by Kifu Augousti ($100 to $225, at select Barneys New York locations, 212.826.8900).
Carrera eyewear is making a comeback. The 52-year-old brand, known for its sleek shield frames, is creating four classic styles in 26 colors. So far, Kanye West,
Paris Hilton and David Beckham are fans ($150, at Solstice Sunglass Boutiques, 866.246.9043).
Liberty of London’s debut jewelry collection spotlights silver designs that are a nod to the company’s Art Nouveau heritage. For instance, an enamel Tudor Rose charm brooch is inspired by the wood paneling in Liberty’s London store ($127 to $526, at Barneys New York, 212.826.8900).
Brooklyn fashion designers Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai of Vena Cava teamed up with Via Spiga for a collection of chunky heels and flats. The line, called Vena Cava for Via Spiga, is tricked out with studs, chains and other haute hardware ($225 to $350, at Via Spiga, New York, 212.219.3448).
Trust Prada to rev up the costume jewelry arena with a new line of retro-looking necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The crystals are treated with thermic shock to create a cracked effect and are applied to ribbons and metal chains ($390 to $750, 888.977.1900).
High fashion meets athletic function as Sergio Rossi and Puma collaborate on two
footwear styles—a sporty sneaker and a sky-high sneaker heel ($190 to $790, at Colette Paris, +220.127.116.11.33.90).
Jewelry designer Azature is giving his namesake brand a recession-era makeover with the introduction of a more accessibly priced collection called A.Z. by Azature. The line uses textured metal to replicate Azature’s characteristic black diamonds, but his signature industrial sensibility is intact. ($80 to $800, Des Kohan, Los Angeles, 323.857.0200).
Diego Dolcini, known for his namesake collection of sexy stilettos, has created a Scholl by Diego Dolcini line of 20 colorful sandals on wooden or cork soles for Scholl, the European sibling to the American Dr. Scholl’s brand ($257, at Galeries Lafayette, Paris, +33.1.4282.3456).
London jeweler Pippa Small is taking a tiny bite out of the West Coast with a 328-square-foot boutique in the quaint Brentwood Country Mart. Lines include an Indian-inspired collection, as well as the Afghan and Made collections, the latter of which is produced in Kenya with a fair trade company of the same name, specializing in recycled brass and glass (Pippa Small, Santa Monica, Calif., 310.260.9222).
Storied jewelry house David Webb is celebrating 60 years in business with a special collection in homage to its late designer. Enameled animal brooches, gem-drenched sautoirs and rock crystal cuffs with diamonds embody the brand’s aesthetic ($1,800 to $800,000, at David Webb, New York, 212.421.3030).
Yohji Yamamoto’s new Prototype sunglasses line, designed in collaboration with Linda Farrow, marries functional forms and industrial details with sophisticated twists, such as clip-on colored titanium and aluminum lenses (starting at $390,
at Tanglewool, Lennox, Mass., 413.637.0900).
British megastore Topshop, which boasts fans including Keira Knightley, Natalie Portman and Kate Bosworth and has top model Kate Moss on the payroll as a designer, is coming to the U.S. this spring with a sprawling shoe salon in Manhattan. The store will feature exclusive designer capsule collections from brands such as Emma Cook and Preen (478 Broadway, New York, topshopnyc.com).
New to the shoe game, designer Hussein Chalayan’s spring lineup includes platform calfskin mules with a curved, spiked metal heel and an ankle strap patent wedge ($600 to $1,163, Opening Ceremony, 212.219.2631).
Inspired by its gemstone-adoring co-president and creative director, watch and jewelry brand Chopard has launched the Caroline bag, named for Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele. The bag, which comes in two sizes and myriad colors and skins, is prime for daytime or evening with a front patch pocket and heartshaped metal closure ($2,400 to $18,500, at chopard.com).
Erickson Beamon is hitting its Target. The jewelry brand was tapped by the retailer to bring its signature brass and sterling silver baubles to the masses ($15.99 to $59.99 at target.com through June).