On Tuesday night, Elizabeth Kennedy invited guests to Moda Operandi’s Madison Avenue showroom for a look at her 15-piece debut fine jewelry collection, launching exclusively with the online retailer. It stands as a natural progression to her elegant eveningwear, adding a “layer of formality and glamour” to round out cocktail looks.
The impetus for the jewelry range was a vintage bow necklace that balanced modern design and antiquity. The big statement piece was a similar bow necklace in white gold and diamonds that was fully articulated to mold to the neck. A ring and earrings took on similar elements. The rest of the range consisted of classics — infinity bands, stud earrings, matrix bracelets in white gold and diamond pairings — along with more graphic earrings in yellow and black diamonds.
Stemming from the jewelry launch, the designer’s resort collection incorporated hardware and beading as both decorative flourish and jewelry accents. A fully fashioned gown with Swarovski rhinestones was the most literal, and daring, interpretation — and featured a tough, hardware bow choker neckline. A blush gown with sequined skirt and suit with beaded swirls treated the inspiration lightly. Elsewhere, the designer looked to Slim Aarons’ “Poolside Gossip” series for a vibrant color palette and overall mod sensibility. A bold yellow column gown was graphic and elegant while a green chandelier gown was sexy and playful. Other highlights included cocktail separates that build into wardrobe staples, like a fluted skirt with matching strapless top, and a white peplum blouse with sheer sleeves.
See More From the Resort 2018 Collections:
Martha Medeiros Resort 2018: Martha Medeiro’s handmade Brazilian lace collection drew from the arid landscapes of the designer’s native region of Sertão.
Elie Tahari Resort 2018: Elie Tahari designed his heavily embellished resort collection with the mind-set of traveling and escapism.
Sass & Bide Resort 2018: Sophia Berman’s resort collection referenced Casa Batllo, a fantastically decorated home by Antoni Gaudí, to inject a Spanish flare into resort.
Naeem Khan Resort 2018: Naeem Khan’s resort collection was an ode to New York’s Botanical Garden and Miami’s beachside.
Paule Ka Resort 2018: Alithia Spuri-Zampetti gave a bohemian twist to the resort collection with in-depth experimentation with textiles.
Nina Ricci Resort 2018: Guillaume Henry opted for a commedia dell’arte theme and also widened the collection’s price range.