CHANGING LANES: Neil Lane may be used to accessorizing the Hollywood set with his diamond creations, but now he is going to get better acquainted with the lovely ladies of New York.

The Los Angeles jeweler, who was in Manhattan on Wednesday for an event celebrating the debut of his signature collection exclusive to Saks Fifth Avenue, sponsored by Saks and W Magazine, WWD’s sister title, said he's had fans on both coasts, but never a good retail opportunity outside of his salon on Beverly Boulevard.

"I don't know New York women enough yet, and this a great chance to do that," said Lane. "But when it comes to jewelry, I suspect most women are the same. Jewelry is fun, it's glamorous."

The party drew an intimate crowd of 250, including comedian Sandra Bernhard and singer Ashanti, at the Saks flagship. The collection, with prices that start at $8,500, eventually will be extended to other key Saks doors.

HEAVENS ABOVE: When it comes to presenting a high jewelry collection inspired by the wonders of the cosmos, not just any showcase will do. This is why Chanel worked with fine artist Xavier Veilhan to create original artwork in which to exhibit its new Eléments Céleste one-of-a-kind jewels for its traveling Collection Privée.

The exhibit, featuring 16 diamond pieces ranging in price from $32,000 to $780,000, will arrive in New York at

9 West 57th Street tonight, following stops in Paris and Tokyo. After a private kick-off party, it will be opened to the public, free, Oct. 26-Nov. 5.

EYE TO EYE: Badgley Mischka keeps expanding its accessories assortment. The latest addition is eyewear, in collaboration with Sheila Vance of Sama Eyewear, which Mark Badgley and James Mischka viewed for the first time last month at the Sama Beverly Hills boutique.

"We tried to make sure that all the elements that make a woman feminine were represented in the frames," said Mischka, as he carefully handled a pair with a gray pearl at the temple, then another with bows on either side printed with the rose pattern from the spring ready-to-wear collection.

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