From a new Wolford collection designed by Vivienne Westwood to the debut of a Ventilo handbag and shoe firm, accessories are seeing plenty of action this season in Paris. Here, a look at some new collections and happenings around town.
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ONE SYZ ONLY
Jewelry designer Suzanne Syz believes in personal luxury, which to her means that once she has crafted an intricate diamond ring featuring a carved frog caged in a crown, she moves on to something else.
“We’ve all had enough of name-brand things that are expensive, but not personalized,” she said. “People have budgets for haute couture dresses, but they don’t have the jewelry to go with it because most of it is mass produced.”
Syz’s designs are quirky, intricate and extravagant. Prices start at around $80,000 and can run into the millions. Her private clients include Elizabeth Taylor, Gloria von Thurn und Taxis and Caroline of Hanover.
The Geneva-based designer, whose husband owns a private bank, started out crafting fine jewelry as a hobby. But she just opened a showroom and started selling her wares at VJW, a new high-end gift and accessories gallery in Paris. Located at 60 Rue François Premier, it boasts other exclusive accessories and high-priced baubles, from stingray-leather purses to a collapsible chess table for $85,000.
NEW PAIR: WOLFORD AND WESTWOOD
Wolford boasts past collaborations with designers Thierry Mugler, Jean Paul Gaultier and Chantal Thomass. Now, the luxury hosiery firm has teamed with Vivienne Westwood to design a six-piece collection of hosiery and knitwear.
Featuring a pink, yellow or black argyle motif, it is slated to hit stores in September. Westwood said the collection is targeted at a woman “who wants to dress in a sexy, elegant and luxurious way.”
“For all of the hosiery, I stayed with traditional tone to create an intimate feeling,” she added.
Meanwhile, Wolford has tapped Nina Vidovic, who has spent the last 10 years in the studio of Gianfranco Ferré, to design its bodywear collection, formerly designed by Hervé Leroux.
Van Cleef & Arpels is the latest house to hop on the trend for pendant jewelry.
The Paris house has introduced its new “Fringes” line of necklaces and earrings with multiple pendants. It will be carried in Van Cleef stores around the world and retail between $1,140 for gold earrings to $26,220 for a gold and diamond necklace.
Marketing director Eric Jacolliot said, “Van Cleef & Arpels wants to be timely, but the designs are timeless, too.”
French fashion firm Ventilo, famous for its bohemian chic, has mixed elements from South America and the Far East with European minimalism for its new accessories store in Paris.
Located at 11 Rue de Sevigne in the Marais district, the 750-square-foot shop is a springboard for the company’s first collection of shoes and bags. The line includes a variety of embroidered and beaded bags, as well as stoles, scarves and small leather goods.
Prices range from $114 for a cotton tote with a beaded pearl pocket to $509 for a hand-painted leather bag.