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TOGETHER AGAIN: Tom Ford threw a cocktail party at his Rodeo Drive flagship on Tuesday night to toast longtime pal and creative collaborator Lisa Eisner and her (sort of) new jewelry collection. Eisner has been wearing her cast-bronze statement pieces around town for months and let Ford use 10 pieces in his last runway presentation. Those pieces now comprise a capsule collection that is available exclusively in Tom Ford stores (retail prices range from $990 to $8,500). However, throughout the store on Tuesday, the entirety of Eisner’s collection was on display in the street-facing windows, on mannequins and in vitrines upstairs, where the party was held.

“I was used to having this entire collection on my pool table to wear whenever I wanted. Now, I have nothing to wear. I’m going to have to start making more,” said Eisner, sporting a bronze-and-turquoise hand bracelet and necklace and surrounded by her husband, Eric Eisner, and friends Roman Alonso, Anjelica Huston, Crystal Lourd and Tracee Ellis Ross. Standing nearby with her BFF Eric Buterbaugh, Demi Moore said, “I tend to be more of a minimalist, but I really appreciate the jewelry. I’ve known Lisa a long time and I’ve seen her wearing some of the pieces, but to see it all together is really incredible. I knew it would be good, but it’s even more than good — it’s exquisite.”
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The most effusive praise came from Ford, who insisted on speaking to WWD in the relative serenity of an air-conditioned shoe closet and away from the party fray. “Lisa and I go back as friends longer than creative partners. Richard Buckley [Ford’s partner] has known Lisa for 30 years — since Paris, when they both lived there in the early Eighties. As soon as Richard and I got together, which is 28 years ago, I met Lisa. Jewelry is her thing, and, my God, I’m so happy that she’s doing it because she is so talented.” Ford said he was also eyeing more of Eisner’s collection for his stores. “I’m about to try to get a lot of it in here so that it’s here.” He also didn’t pause when he learned that one of the larger collar necklaces was priced at $10,000. “That’s not a lot for pieces that are one-of-a-kind. She casts many of them around the stone, and they are just incredible.”

This story first appeared in the October 30, 2014 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

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