Eddie Borgo Loves Triangles
His name may not be printed on any of the invitations, but you can expect to see plenty of Eddie Borgo’s work at New York fashion week this season. The up-and-coming jewelry designer—who will make his retail debut in March at Barneys—is collaborating with at least three designers for Fall 2009: Jen Kao, Camilla Stærk, and hotly tipped newcomer Joseph Altuzarra. (There may be more—one big name in particular—in the offing.) Borgo, who has collaborated with Marchesa and 3.1 Phillip Lim in past seasons, likes to wrap his boldly geometric aesthetic around other designers’ ideas. “As often as not, seeing what someone else is working on provides an outlet for ideas I already have,” he explained from his midtown studio, while some other designers’ works open up wholly new areas of inspiration. Borgo’s Fall 2009 commissions illustrate the various cases in point. Stærk showed him some vintage bracelets that belonged to her grandmother that Borgo is riffing on for her presentation; Kao’s collection, meanwhile, synched perfectly with his ongoing obsession with triangles. “Joseph [Altuzarra] called me from Cairo recently,” he says with a laugh. “He was like, you have to come! You’ll love it here! There are triangles everywhere.” Borgo also mines ideas from the street—one in particular, in fact. “I love walking down St. Marks Place and seeing all that cheap street jewelry,” he says. “I always feel like my work is about finding a way to take the feeling of that stuff, the rock edge, and translate it into something high-end.” A few tough-chic standouts that do the trick: black latex-wrapped chains, a set of bent nail pieces, and a new group of necklaces Borgo describes as “almost like clothing.” Soon, you may well be seeing his name on a fashion show invite.