Jewelry Designers Grab Piece Of Fashion Week Action
The era of the It bag is over. The reign of the outfit-dominating shoe is, I suspect, on the wane. So, prepare yourself, fashion fiends, for the jewelry moment: There’s no better evidence that bijoux is the new king—queen?—of all accessories than the fact that two jewelry designers, Pamela Love and Arielle de Pinto, are planning stand-alone presentations at New York fashion week in September. (And meanwhile, designers such as Bliss Lau, Philip Crangi, and Eddie Borgo are prepping jewelry collaborations as eagerly anticipated as the ready-to-wear collections with which they’ll be shown.) Love is readying an installation at Milk Studios; de Pinto is planning a presentation/party downtown with Assembly owner Greg Armas. Both designers cop to the challenge of giving jewelry its due in a fashion week-friendly format. “It’s tough, because jewelry is so small,” notes Pinto. “It wants to be seen up close. Even my showpieces are hard to display well in a big space, where you figure there’s going to be a crowd. I’d like to do something like put my pieces on dancers and have them do a choreographed routine, but I’m still brainstorming.” Love, for her part, is seizing the opportunity given her by Milk and venue sponsor MAC Cosmetics to create an environment specific to her new collection. “I love working with other designers,” notes Love, “but it’s refreshing to be able to show the pieces that I’ve created for myself. And plus, my background is painting and set design,” she adds, “so anytime someone gives me the chance to build something, I’m like, yeah.” Two almost makes a trend—but we’re guessing it won’t be long before other jewelry designers decide to step off the runway and into the limelight.