ALL IS BRIGHT: “Shine On,” the theme of Forty Five Ten’s holiday party on Thursday, certainly applied to Kelly Wearstler. A constant queue formed for the designer to autograph books or an arty piece from her collaborative collection with Atelier Swarovski, which was created exclusively for the Dallas boutique. Wearstler interpreted the crystal literally, designing a cluster of hexagonal crystals that she used as a motif for a scarf print and a black crystal-on-canvas tote as well as a 3-D gold wood ornament. There were a few Swarovski crystals, too, notably embedded into brass Mohawk spikes atop her signature “Head Trip” black marble bust, which was the priciest item at $13,500.
“We had been working with Swarovski for the last year on various projects, and I felt that they liked Kelly and the idea of doing something with crystals that wasn’t necessarily jewelry,” explained Brian Bolke, president and cofounder of Forty Five Ten. “I love what Kelly did because she made it her own and took the idea of crystals back to their mineral form, which was quite interesting.”
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As for Wearstler, she enjoyed the experience. “I learned from it,” she said. “It was so inspirational. The spikes on the head were made by our jewelers, all hand-done. Everything was made in Los Angeles.”
Guests included Charlotte Jones Anderson, Kimberly and Tyson Chandler, Chandra North, Michael Sam, Christian Siriano and Vanessa Swarovski. Ten percent of sales were allocated to the 50th anniversary of the Art Ball, benefiting the Dallas Museum of Art and attracting major DMA supporters Howard and Cindy Rachofsky and Sharon Young.
Kether Parker, co-owner of Hoorsenbuhs, was also on hand to introduce his hefty gold jewelry and forthcoming clothing brand, Leisure & Luxury. Parker is working with Bolke to establish a shop-in-shop at the expanded Forty Five Ten under construction in downtown Dallas.
He’s also talking to Wearstler about a shop-in-shop for her home and fashion goods as well as her jewelry, which Forty Five Ten sells exclusively outside of her Los Angeles store.