THINK PINK: Tarina Tarantino will paint the town pink this fall. The Los Angeles-based designer, known for her fuchsia tresses and crystal-embellished whimsical accessories, plans to open a 500-square-foot New York flagship in September. The store will be at 117 Greene Street in lower Manhattan and will launch with a kickoff party during New York Fashion Week.
The boutique will carry the Tarina Tarantino Collection, including jewelry, hair accessories, bridal goods, pet offerings, baby goods, belts and handmade semiprecious items, as well as the firm’s co-branding project with Mattel Inc.’s Barbie Luxe and with Sanrio called Pink Head. There will also be offerings exclusive to the New York location.
Tarantino has stores in Los Angeles and Milan. She is set to open more than a dozen boutiques in Japan during the next three years through a recently inked distribution deal with Itochu Corp.
WAIST WATCHER: Pade Vavra, the Los Angeles-based fine and costume jeweler whose work is inspired by nature, has added belts to her repertoire. Vavra is doing six belt styles for fall ranging from a wide zebra-print calf-hair belt with a 22-karat gold-plated buckle resembling deer antlers to a moss green leather style topped off with a floral buckle inlaid with jade. The belts, which wholesale from $100 to $200, bow at Los Angeles’ Kaviar and Kind on June 1.
Vavra also has ambitions to launch a handbag assortment for spring 2007 and eventually home accessories. Now, however, it’s baby time. The designer is due to give birth to her second child, which she said is perfect timing for the belt launch.
“It’ll be incentive for me to get my body back [in shape],” she said.
INDIAN ADVENTURE: Jewels from the Gem Palace will go on display in September at the Gilbert Collection in London’s Somerset House.
An Indian landmark based in Jaipur, the Gem Palace is a museum for traditional maharajas’ jewels, a jewelry design house and one of the world’s largest fine-quality stonecutters. The monthlong show, which kicks off on Sept. 27, will showcase the Gem Palace’s traditional Indian jewelry, including ropes of blood-red rubies, pear-sized emerald drops and diamond-encrusted tiaras, as well as more contemporary items like chandelier earrings. Organized by the private, London-based jeweler Harry Fane, the exhibition will also have a retail element and sell merchandise from the Gem Palace with a starting price of 500 pounds, or $875.
GREEN DAY: Italian watch and jewelry maker Breil Milano can’t get enough of its Bond girl.
Eva Green, who stars in the new 007 movie “Casino Royale” and appeared in Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Dreamers,” will follow her spring print campaign for the brand with a new TV commercial publicizing the launch of its Steel Leaves jewelry collection. “Leaving Las Vegas” director Mike Figgis will shoot the ad, which will begin airing mainly in Italy in September.
The 64-year-old brand, manufactured by the Binda Group of Milan, is making its first serious foray into the U.S. this year and has ambitions to open a flagship soon in Manhattan’s SoHo district, where the ad also will be showcased.
ME&RO’s MATERNAL MOMENT: Robin Renzi, designer for SoHo jeweler Me&Ro, isn’t having children just yet, but she sure has her mind on them. Back from a recent trip to India, where the designer became involved in the Mariamma Orphanage, helping to clothe needy children, Renzi will head to Los Angeles next.
On Friday, soon-to-be-mom Mariska Hargitay is hosting a party and shopping event in the firm’s store there. That night, Renzi will unveil her largest diamond collection to date, featuring Indian rose cut diamonds. Thirty percent of that night’s proceeds will go to the Joyful Heart Foundation. In addition, Renzi is designing luxe hardware for a limited-edition P-Sling, the baby carrier of choice for Kate Hudson and other young Hollywood mothers.