August 28 2014

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Monica Vinader and Caroline Issa Seize the Day



“These new pieces are inspired by my mom’s collection of 1930s jewelry and my love of Art Deco—but I’ve put my own little spin on it,” said Monica Vinader last night at Berners Tavern in The London Edition hotel. “I also wanted to keep the price point reasonable because every woman, after all, deserves diamonds.” Given the brisk business Vinader does, it seems many appreciate it, especially her It Brit fans like the Delevingne sisters, Sienna Miller, Ellie Goulding, and Suki Waterhouse—the latter wore Monica Vinader earrings on date night in February with Bradley Cooper to the White House.

Vinader unveiled new pieces in her top-selling Baja collection, including earrings and rings with blue sapphires and emeralds hand-cut by the designer herself, as well as a new bracelet adorned with pavé set diamonds and what is fast becoming her signature: rose-gold vermeil. Cohosted by Tank magazine’s Caroline Issa, the event also celebrated the forthcoming expansion of Vinader’s shop-in-shop at Harrods, as well as the impending opening of a 2,000-square-foot store on Sloane Street. “Business was going so well in Harrods, they asked me if I would consider expanding my space, and it is rather lovely to be asked,” said the designer to the assembled guests. “And I was in the new Sloane Street location yesterday with the architect, and I had to take a big breath. It is so vast and special. I still am having trouble believing it.”

Also pinching herself is Issa, who decided being a management consultant, writer-editor, and model-muse wasn’t quite enough for her. She has thrown her hat into the designing world (hot off the success of her sold-out line of shoes at L.K.Bennett) and will be creating a premium line for a top-tier U.S. department store—a capsule collection that will sit alongside the likes of Stella McCartney and Donna Karan. On the subject of her multitasking, Issa is sanguine: “Careers are so fluid these days. People don’t have to stick to just one thing anymore. I think if a chance presents itself where you can expand your life experience and explore creativity, then why not? It would be crazy not to seize the opportunity.”

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