One To Watch: Lele Sadoughi-------
“We all must wear a top, pants, and shoes, but we never need to wear jewels,” designer Lisa “Lele” Sadoughi tells Style.com. “We want to wear jewels, so why not make it memorable?” And that’s just what she’s doing with her debut namesake collection of jewelry this season. Sadoughi, however, is by no means new to the business—she started creating custom private-label pieces while at Ippolita for retailers like Neiman Marcus, Club Monaco, and Anthropologie and in 2006 launched J.Crew’s jewelry line (not to mention, she’s currently the jewelry design director at Tory Burch). “After starting the J.Crew jewelry collection and directing the line for five years, I was more than ready to make my own mark in the world of costume jewelry. I love standout jewelry that is big in personality, scale, and color,” she says.
Her Spring offerings are exactly that—this season she’s reinterpreted the Egyptian revival in the 1920′s using bold colors and strong geometric shapes. “I looked back into the beginning of costume jewelry in the 1920′s, when we started to make jewels that were art-inspired, and not necessarily reproductions of precious gems,” she explained during a market appointment. “I am fascinated with the Egyptian revival in the Art Deco period, when King Tut’s tomb was discovered.” She’s done more direct references, like the scarab statement necklace (above) and sundial earrings in Aegean blue, as well as more classic items like her slider bracelets (below), offered in a variety of hand-cut rock crystal shades. The slider bracelets are sure to be an instant hit (our market director, Marina Larroude, was already eager to bring them to Europe to wear at the shows), and all of the pieces come in at under $500. Her collection premieres here on Style.com and is available to preorder on www.lelesadoughi.com until retail store buyers snatch up her goods. Watch this space.