MALE ORDER: De Beers introduced its newest collections this month, including a capsule line of men's diamond jewelry designed by British jeweler Stephen Webster.
For his first men's collection, Webster turned to a range of inspirations, from medieval weaponry to Steve McQueen's 1968 film "Bullitt." Notable pieces include the Mace and Diamond Bead pendant and the Pall Bearer ring, which resembles a miniature coffin covered in diamonds. The new women's collection, dubbed Ice and Fire, is focused on the combination of rough and cut stones.
"It's sexy and elegant at the same time," said Guy Leymarie, chief executive officer of De Beers. The collections hit De Beers stores in October.
CELEBRATING INDIE ACCESSORIES: Handbag Designer 101 and the Fashion Center Business Improvement District held the first annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards at the Museum of the City of New York last month.
The award for Best Student Made Handbag was won by Charmaine Ho of Me. The Best Handmade Handbag honor went to JP Dewberry of SoVi-Southern Vitality. The Handbag Designer 101 Audience Selected Handbag went to Julie Lazarus of Elezar, the Most Socially Responsible Handbag award was won by Maria Estrada of Ignes Handbags and the Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design went to Katherine Kwei. The Lifetime Achievement award was given to Carlos Falchi.
"I'm an independent handbags designer and the chance of being recognized is slim to none," said Emily Blumenthal, who spearheaded the effort. "We thought it would be a great way to celebrate independent designers."
A NEW TOY: Kidrobot and accessories firm Schifter + Partners signed a licensing agreement for lifestyle bags and related accessories, including handbags, tote bags, backpacks, travel bags and wallets. The collection will make its debut in the summer 2008 season.
Founded in 2002 by former filmmaker and media software developer Paul Budnitz, Kidrobot has pioneered the urban vinyl toy movement and combines the work of well-known international graffiti artists, musicians and graphic artists into collectible designer toys. Last year, Kidrobot introduced its collection of luxury apparel and streetwear, sold exclusively in Kidrobot stores in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and in Barneys New York, Colette in Paris and select specialty stores worldwide.
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A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"