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Yazbukey Spring 2013

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Label: Yazbukey by Yaz Bukey

Need to know: Paris-based accessories designer Yaz Bukey never fails to coax a smile with her tongue-in-cheek, tromp l’oeil Plexiglas jewelry. This season, the designer presented not only a witty display of colorful baubles but also debuted a handbag range, as well as a selection of playful silk scarves. Inspired by a retro Californian fantasy, the collection was born out of an imaginary sixties motel scenario. In her bizarre, Bukey world, the designer envisioned a scene in which a band, bartender, naughty hotel maid, and guests meet in a kitschy airbrushed paradise. Bukey expresses her vision in key chains shaped like cat-eye sunglasses, studded collars, and lipstick necklaces. Her vintage-tinged tobacco leather handbags and travel cases featured clever, perverse accoutrements, like a pair of leg-shaped zipper tassels that one must pull apart to open the bag. Foulards were printed with fruity cocktails or phrases like “meet me in the lobby,” and the designer further expanded her vision via home accessories, like a giant guitar or motel sign, which can be hung on walls or placed on tables. From her pink hair-dryer pins to the Marilyn Monroe and Elvis pendants, Bukey created an OMG spring outing filled with irreverence, nostalgia, and a cheeky sense of fun.

She says: “I’ve always had a fantasy about the California life, and this collection is about different people meeting in a motel in California in the 1960s. It’s called Tropical Heat Wave, for Marilyn Monroe’s song, because I think there is a little Marilyn in each one of us. She’s not perfect, but I think she was one of the most beautiful women in the world and she was very clever.”

Where to find it: Colette, Joyce Hong Kong, 10 Corso Como, and other select boutiques.

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