NEW YORK -- It's spring, and new talents are blooming on the scene. Here's a look at two young jewelry designers and a hairstylist who's working more than just hairdos.
CLEAN AND SIMPLE
After working for other people for a few years, Laura Mady felt the time had come to go out on her own. A jewelry-design graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, the 24-year-old had gone to work for a jewelry supply company after graduation. Business trips through Europe inspired her to start creating her own pieces. Mady is currently selling her work in various American craft stores, but ultimately sees her pieces in specialized boutiques.
Asked what influences she sees in her work, Mady says, "I'm influenced by a broad range of things -- houseware shapes, architectural motifs, European jewelry designers and Phillipe Starck. I'm inspired by Robert Lee Morris, because he's revolutionized the way people look at jewelry. I do a lot of 'looking-shopping' for ideas and then rush home and design." Mady designs in sterling silver and vermeil with semiprecious stones. Her pieces wholesale from $20 for a pair of earrings to $80 for a vermeil link necklace.
While working on the New York spring runway shows, hairdresser Dennis Lanni was inspired to create his own group of headbands. His collection of them, which retail for $25 apiece at the Vartali Salon, is made of brushed sterling silver. According to Lanni, "They're hip and comfortable at the same time -- perfect for all the silver clothing and raw looking, because they shouldn't look too new." Says salon owner Vartan Vartali, "They're the hair accessory we believe in for spring."
Guenevere Rodriguez may be tiny, but she's loaded with talent. Her mother, an avid moviegoer, named her for Vanessa Redgrave's character in "Camelot." And her great-grandfather was a jeweler before her. Although Rodriguez studied economics in college, she's been making jewelry since she was 10. "I like my work to appear simple, but still have something special about it," she says. She sells her work to Henri Bendel and a limited number of other boutiques. Rodriguez says she would like to stay small for now, because, as she puts it, "Once you get your foot in the door, you want to make sure it stays there." Her pieces wholesale from $14 for a pair of earrings to $75 for a big necklace.
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