CENTURY SPECIALS: Christie’s and Miriam Haskell cohosted a luncheon on Thursday to showcase the auction house’s 20th-century photograph sale alongside an edited collection of Miriam Haskell costume jewelry. The event was cohosted by Haskell Jewelry owner Gabrielle Fialkoff and Lydia Fenet, Nathalie Kaplan and Sarah Shepard of Christie’s in New York.

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“When I was told of the photography sale, I thought about our incredible archive of fashion photography and the kinship between 20th-century photography and the DNA of our brand,” Fialkoff said. “It’s also a great opportunity to reintroduce the glamour of Miriam Haskell and celebrate its renaissance.”

Jewelry fans such as Olivia Chantecaille Grady, Allison Aston and Lisa Airan perused works by Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon and Cecil Beaton, while marveling at pieces of jewelry carried around on trays.

“I’m not a big photography collector, but I do collect vintage jewelry and lots of shoes,” Aston said. “When we shop for art, we just buy what we like and throw it on this giant wall, so it has more of a collagelike feel.”

Fenet, director of special events at Christie’s, finds the process of buying photography a bit overwhelming, given her pedigree.

“It’s hard to be at an auction house and buy art, you see so much coming through,” Fenet said. “But photographs speak to me in a special way.”

BENDEL’S BEVY: Accessories firms are “popping up” all over Henri Bendel for holiday. The specialty retailer is hosting a variety of temporary shops to usher in what will hopefully be a successful fourth quarter.

Linea Pelle’s shop opened this month and will offer handbags, belts and small leather goods ranging from $25 to $695 in a customized setting through Dec. 31.

“As a shopping institution, Henri Bendel has long stood for excellence and quality, which we consider the hallmarks of our brand,” said Meira K. Anzaruth, founder and chief executive officer of Linea Pelle. “We see this as an important component of the future of retail. It’s a great way to build and enhance our casual lifestyle brand.”

Dannijo also took up shop at Bendel’s on Wednesday, a stint that will last the next eight weeks. An entire wall of the store’s third floor will be devoted to the jewelry firm’s collection of more than 100 pieces. Dannijo designers Danielle and Jodie Snyder will make weekly appearances to assist customers in styling themselves for holiday parties and shopping for friends and loved ones.

Kara Ross launched her pop-up store at Bendel’s on Nov. 2. A larger-than-life Kara Ross Nox bag made of broken glass is also featured in the window display.

NEW IN MANHATTAN: Ambrosi Abrianna, the year-old exotic skin accessories firm, is opening its first store. The firm, founded by Ambrosi Lim and Abrianna Jang, has signed on for a 1,580-square-foot space at 850 Madison Avenue. The store will house the firm’s new python collection. Prices start at $375 and go to $62,000. The store is slated to open next month.


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