Shoppers can always count on Upper East Side boutique Fivestory for Claire Distenfeld’s reliably unexpected buys and singular tastes. Paige Novick is a friend and fan (the designer launched her fine jewelry collection, Phyne, at Fivestory last fall), which makes her the perfect partner for Fivestory’s first fine jewelry collaboration, Arc en Ciel. “Claire and I were enamored with the idea of incorporating traditional gemstones such as emerald, ruby, and sapphire with unconventional shapes,” Novick said of the five styles in the collection that earned its name from the rainbow effect that the multicolored ear cuffs took when layered on Distenfeld’s lobes. “Knowing how much Claire embraced color inspired me to push past my default parameters, which was ultimately very liberating,” she said. The pieces are designed around a refreshingly spring-worthy palette, while Novick’s own Phyne line focuses on finishes and shapes rather than color.
Distenfeld, too, feels that the partnership expresses their individual appreciation of design, and that a contrasting but still complementary seriousness and whimsy coexist. “I have a philosophy in life that everything should balance two extremes,” Distenfeld told Style.com. “[Novick's] pieces are both extremely complex in their geometry and pattern, but at the same time carry elements of simplicity and minimalism.” That duality compelled Distenfeld to lend her hand to the delicate ear pieces with her own wisps of elementary notions, like vivid hues and shapes. From collaboration to conception, the two married their singular vision and inimitable aesthetics through the prism of a rainbow lens, delivering an excitingly refreshing point of view.
Arc en Ciel ranges from $370 to $2,370. The line is available for preorder now on paigenovick.com, and will launch exclusively at Fivestory on May 1.
I‘m in an overalls phase lately. I have one navy pair in heavy cotton from Joseph that I purchased many years ago, and they have a very “grown-up,” polished look to them. Lots of girls have been wearing them in denim lately—a look I also want to try. Browsing through Veda’s collection, I came across this leather version. I wondered for a moment if I’m too old to pull them off, but my Style.com colleagues tell me I’m not. I think I can trust them, but either way, I’m a risk taker, so I’m definitely giving them a shot.
Veda Rian overalls, $664, Buy it now
Calling Big Brother…Yesterday, DKNY hosted a fashion-centric Easter egg hunt at its Madison Avenue flagship. The event apparently served to test Awear Solutions’ new clothing chips, which, via an app, aim to make garments one sees on the street instantly shoppable. That’s exactly what I want: random people walking up to me on the sidewalk and scanning me with their iPhones. Great. I miss the days of catcalls and the occasional “Where’d ya get those shoes?” R.I.P.
One cannot have too many shirts. I’m a sucker for a button-down and thank goodness they’re in style right now. I already own a white star-print shirt from Equipment, but seeing Kate Moss wear the black version in Brazil made me want another one. It’s such an easy piece and goes as well with cutoffs as it does with leather leggings. I just placed my order online. Now I need to wait a week to channel Ms. Moss.
Equipment slim signature star-print shirt in black, $248, Buy it now
Neon has been “on trend” for a while now, but it wasn’t until recently that we saw a clear distinction between smart neon and rave-wear. If you aren’t heading to an electronic music festival but want to brighten up your summer wardrobe, opt for sleek, minimal shapes in super-saturated hues that beg for zero accouterments. Whether you go with a single flash of color on a pair of earrings or brights from top to toe—a look we loved at Sydney fashion week—the final result is clean, graphic, and, best of all, easy. Shop our favorite new neon pieces from Valentino, J.Crew, Dannijo, and more, below.
1. Preen by Thornton Bregazzi multicolor tile Shelton top, $625, avenue32.com
2. Dannijo Lizabeth crystal earrings, $605, mytheresa.com
3. Valentino floral lace skirt, $2,190, farfetch.com
4. J.Crew Kiki ballet flats, $150, jcrew.com
5. Saint Laurent Sac Du Jour small neon leather tote, $2,650, net-a-porter.com