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OLSENS TAKE FLIGHT: Robert Lee Morris showed Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen the ropes of jewelry design, and now the Olsens are ready to spread their wings in the category. In 2008, the triumvirate launched Robert Lee Morris for Elizabeth and James, a line that included silver and gold jewelry. Starting this fall, the jewelry line will be under the Elizabeth and James brand name. Robert Lee Morris’ parent corporation, Clover, will continue to produce the pieces, but now the Olsens have injected more of their own aesthetic. The Bar collection includes sleek double-finger rings in silver, gold and some with strands of pavé diamonds. There are also sleek pendants and sporty gold and silver bangles. The Crest collection plays on a kaleidoscopic print used in the ready-to-wear line with silver crests inlaid with sapphires, and diamonds in an Art Deco style. The collection retails from $55 to $1,200 and sells at Bergdorf Goodman, Shopbop, neimanmarcus.com and aaks.com. Best-sellers from the original collection will continue to be called Robert Lee Morris for Elizabeth and James.
SONIC YOUTH: Musicians including Beck, Lenny Kravitz and Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner turned the camera on their fans for an exhibition of music photography at Paris boutique Colette opening Tuesday through the end of the month. The show will also feature shots by professional photographers Drew Carolan, Josh Cheuse, Philip Andelman, Stefano Giovannini and Poppy de Villeneuve, who have documented musicians and their fans on and off stage. A Top 10 song list compiled by each artist shows they are an eclectic bunch — tracks range from Woody Guthrie to Philip Glass.
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SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW: Miriam Haskell, the 84-year-old American costume jewelry brand, is teaming up with J. Crew for a special bridal jewelry collection. The line will be unveiled to editors on April 12 at Core Club in Manhattan.
CERVESA POR FAVOR: Keith Johnson, Anthropologie’s buyer-at-large and star of “Man Shops Globe,” has barely had time to unpack from his trip to Syria with Anna Sui, but he is already planning his next jaunt. He and Michelle Obama’s favorite interior designer, Michael Smith, will be off to Mexico before too long. At last week’s preview of an Australian design installation at Anthropologie’s Rockefeller Center store, Johnson said he never tires of all the air time. “It’s always so exciting, because it’s new,” he said. In fact, he is already envisioning another first — a trip to Beirut — though he wished he had drummed up that while still in Syria. “I was right there. I could have just got a car and driven over the mountains,” Johnson said.
ALTERNATIVE LIFESTYLE: Candy apples and popcorn helped lure starlets Lily Collins, Nikki Reed, Shenae Grimes and Krysten Ritter, along with designers Richard Chai and Henry Duarte, to a downtown Los Angeles loft for Alternative Apparel’s carnival-themed fashion show. Many of them were actually de facto members of the carny family. Collins, who had dyed her long locks back to blonde after becoming a ginger head for a role in a post-apocalyptic Western called “Priest,” was cuddling with her boyfriend, whose sister is dating Alternative designer Greg Alterman. Grimes appeared in Alternative’s recent green campaign, while Chai was there to check out the pink ruffled top he designed for Alternative’s fall lineup. Ritter, who is fast becoming the next comedy queen with her upcoming role in Amy Heckerling’s “Vamps” with Sigourney Weaver, is pals with the show’s stylist, Ilaria Urbinati. But it was anyone’s guess who brought the folks in furry animal hats dancing to The Walkmen’s bluesy rock at the after-party. Chai summed up the silliness succinctly: “I’m here for fun,” he said.
ALL ABOARD: Real Simple is taking over Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal to celebrate its 10th anniversary. On April 15, the magazine will have an all day event that includes question and answer sessions with Norma Kamali, Tracy Reese, hairstylist Sally Hershberger and Jane Iredale. There will also be six Broadway performances from casts of shows like “Hair,” “Rock of Ages,” “Mamma Mia” and “In the Heights.” The magazine will also hold a similar event in Chicago, in the Great Hall at Union Station.