By  on February 4, 2008

JEWEL BOX: Catherine Malandrino will launch her first jewelry collection today at her fall show. Composed of raw minerals and semiprecious stones — including African jade, aventurine, tigereye and agate and enamel — each piece is enhanced with silver accents and represents Malandrino's colorful aesthetic. The collection's necklaces, rings, cuffs and earrings feature shades of green, cognac, charcoal and black to match her fall ready-to-wear.

"Jewelry is linked with emotion," Malandrino said. "Stones have a soul and bring good energy. When you wear jewelry you open your heart."

Malandrino's jewelry collection will make its debut for fall at her boutique on Melrose Place in Los Angeles.

BASSO'S BAGS: In another round of fashion week collaborations, accessories designer Darby Scott is designing a special handbag collection for Dennis Basso's show on Tuesday. The collection, featuring alligator and sable satchels and delicate evening clutches, will range from $3,500 to $40,000 and will retail at Basso's four boutiques.

"I am flattered that Basso came to me," Scott said. "He appreciates my devotion to couture quality and artistry. We share that devotion."

TURKEY BAIT: Traffic was slow for Turkish leather exhibitors at last week's Turkish Leather Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York, where 27 tanneries, accessories and outerwear companies showcased their wares.

"It's not busy, but it's what I expected,'' said Nevin Erdem, a sales representative for the Sevimli tannery. "Last year was OK, but not good." He cited patent leather as a strong trend.

Saniye Bayat of Desa, an accessories manufacturer with showrooms in Turkey and Moscow, came to the show to try and gain a U.S. presence, but to no avail. She said she did, however, begin to understand what the American consumer wants.

"In Russia, they want fancy bags, in Europe it's more simple," Bayat said. "In America, I have no idea, but I think it's more classic."

EARNEST'S NEW MOSCOT: Moscot, the eyewear brand based on Manhattan's Lower East Side, is launching an exclusive eyewear collection with denim firm Earnest Sewn. The styles, numbered for authenticity and available in limited supply, will bow in April to coincide with the opening of a Moscot installation in the Back Room Project Space of Earnest Sewn's flagship.The eyewear will be available exclusively at Earnest Sewn and Moscot locations. The collaborative collection will fuse Moscot's frame shape with Earnest Sewn's American heritage styling and feature a limited edition Buffalo Horn Moscot Lemtosh frame with copper hardware. Also available at the in-store shop will be the vintage-inspired Moscot Originals eyewear and sun collections — a nod to styles from the brand's archives dating back to 1915. Prices will range from $149 to $400.

FRAGRANT FEET: High-end footwear designer Cesare Paciotti is launching a capsule collection for summer that offers an added draw — a light scent. The collection, called Gelly, comprises ballerina flats, sabots and a handbag that are made with a mixture of PVC and a powdery fragrance, which is a first in the industry, said designer Massimiliano Schiavini, who works with Paciotti.

"It reminds me of those children's dolls that seem to have been doused in talc," Schiavini said. "There is no stitching — if not for some mock seams — as the accessories come out of a single mold."

Schiavini said the designs evoke the Seventies, with a sky-high platform sabot and, on the other end of the spectrum, comfortable, minimal ballerinas. The basket bag is soft and deconstructed. The color palette includes white, black, turquoise, cyclamen, silver and red. Prices range from 120 to 150 euros for the shoes and 350 euros for the bag, or from $176 to $220 and $512 at current exchange. Gelly will be available at Paciotti stores around the world in one month.

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