SCOOP’S NEW ANGEL: Lee Angel’s eclectic beaded pieces for spring are sure to be a hit with big specialty stores, but boutique-chain Scoop wanted something a little different. As such, Roxanne Assoulin, creative director, designed a selection of African-inspired beaded bracelets and necklaces for the store. Shipments of multicolored cuffs and large bib necklaces, priced from $22 to $50 wholesale, will arrive in stores June 1.
DESIGNER FOR A DAY: Out in Hollywood, Rodo, the 50-year-old bag and shoe company, hosted a “design your own shoe or bag” party where Cheryl Hines, Jennifer Beals and Nicollette Sheridan had a chance to choose their favorite style and customize the fabric, color, heel and crystal trim and name the new style.
The house also just inked a deal with Sophia Banks and Jeannie Lee of the hip boutique Satine. The pair will design a 15-piece bag and shoe collection for resort that will retail in their store and wholesale to others. Of course, Sheridan chose to leave her silver snakeskin pump as is, shrugging, “Why mess with perfection?”
She later slipped them on, along with a matching bag, to attend a dinner for her co-star, Teri Hatcher. Who says there’s animosity there? Hatcher is also a Rodo fan, having worn a pair when she picked up her Golden Globe award in January.
JEWELRY GIVES BACK: Some 300 members of the jewelry industry gathered at the Hilton New York hotel recently to laud industry leaders Mary Forté and Gedalio “Gerry” Grinberg. The two were honored by the UJA-Federation of New York’s Diamond, Jewelry and Watch Division at its Annual Leadership Awards dinner and benefit.
Forte, president and chief executive officer of the Zale Corp., was awarded the Leadership of Excellence Award for her contributions to the organization. Grinberg, founder and chairman of the Movado Group, received the Award for Humanitarian Excellence. Grinberg is an active member of the organization and a past division chair.
SNAPSHOT: Juergen Teller is at it again. This time the controversial fashion photographer has partnered with the recently revivified auction house Phillips de Pury for its catalogue of magnificent jewelry, to be auctioned in Geneva on May 17.
In true form Teller shot an editorial spread of the squeaky classic estate necklaces of precious gems and diamonds on his friends and family–namely his daughter Lola and baby Ed in Geneva
The avant-garde catalogue will be mailed to potential buyers and is part of Phillips’ aim to reinvigorate the dusty old ways of auction houses by focusing on contemporary art and design, photography and jewelry.
Highlights from the collection will be unveiled at a party on May 9th at Phillips’s relatively new home in the meatpacking district (they moved from 57th Street three years ago).