Columbia-based handbag line Hunting Season got a jump-start on fashion week with a breakfast hosted by founder Danielle Corona, previewing her new collection at Café Clover Monday. She introduced a new shape — a saddle bag that stands on its own in all crocodile and a suede-croc combo — in keeping with the brand’s ethos of a more youthful take on exotics.
Brazilian jeweler Ara Vartanian hosted a cocktail party Monday night at the Mercer Hotel to introduce his latest collection of one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. Highlights included a torque-style choker in 18-karat white gold and diamond flanked by two stunning tanzanites; a large emerald and black diamond double pendant, and a gold cuff with rubies, black diamond with kunzite center stone. All will be showcased in his new Mayfair boutique opening in London this May.
1. Referencing the famous Seven Sisters of the constellation Pleiades, the Lulu Frost presentation showed models adorned in designer Lisa Salzer’s Frequency collection, such as the gold-tone group with labroradite, sapphire, peridot and moonstones worked in a twisted ribbon shape. The models donned tights with hand-embroidered crystals in the shapes of constellations.
2. Lisa Salzer of Lulu Frost explored the universe for her latest collection, called “Frequency.” Not only did she reference constellations, but also the equipment and machinery used in orbit, such as space stations, radio towers and beacons, like this pavé crystal group, reminiscent of satellite solar panels.
The color and textures of a fairy-tale forest, home to damsels in distress, was the thought behind Jill Haber’s fall collection. Who needs a prince, though, when you can fend off dragons with a fierce bag — suede and furs, patchwork exotics, felt-embroidered paisleys and even a magic mirror detail adorned her rich bags, which built upon shapes introduced for spring while adding a new tote shape.
1. There’s a lot of buzz around Brother Vellies designer Aurora James, whose African-sourced and made collections champion sustainability and employing native craftsmen. For fall, Ethiopia and the body art of indigenous women were a source of subtle reference for the collection, which focused on boots — especially granny and over-the-knee styles in suede and Springbox, a fur by-product — as well as a boxy shoulder bag.
2. Demonstrating her no-waste approach, Aurora James commissioned this one-of-a-kind fur poncho that also utilized leftover shoelaces from previous production. She intends to sell it in her Brother Vellies flagship. The presentation also hosted a bevy of live butterflies flown in from Michigan by a handler — some of which were visibly struggling with flight, an interesting choice for the environmentally focused designer.