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August 23 2014

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5 posts tagged "Accessories"

Editor Obsessions: Hortense Choupette Necklace

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hortense-necklaceEvery day, Style.com’s editors reveal their current obsessions—and where to buy them. Check out today’s pick, below.

Scoring an exclusive interview with Choupette Lagerfeld was one of my greatest journalistic achievements, and I can think of no better way to commemorate the accomplishment than with this Choupette necklace by Hortense. The delicate rose-gold piece, with pointy ears and white diamond embellishments, can be worn alone or layered with other jewelry. It would also pair perfectly with the monogrammed pendant I had made in honor of my cat, Enid Marie Josephine. Some call it crazy, I call it love.

Hortense Choupette necklace, $298, Buy it now

What’s an 18-Karat Solid-Gold Clutch Worth? We’ll Soon Find Out

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Blog_02[6]There’s been a lot of talk about art influencing fashion these days, but Anndra Neen takes it to the next level. Designed by sisters Phoebe and Annette Stephens, Anndra Neen’s pieces function as both wearable accessories and decorative art—their giant collar necklaces, weighty rings, and thick bangles are veritable sculptures. Their most recognizable piece, an alpaca silver cage clutch, was inspired by an aquarium their father built to resemble a birdcage. It was a hit with nearly every fashion editor—including Carine Roitfeld, who commissioned the sisters to produce the clutch in solid 18-karat gold for the LoveGold amfAR gala at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. “I think the gold clutch took around 20 hours to make,” Phoebe told Style.com. “It was all handmade. It’s very different working with precious metals versus alpaca silver. The craftsmanship had to be a lot more delicate and finely done, but it was amazing seeing it come to life. Solid gold shines so beautifully.”

Blog_01[4]The sisters recently decided to auction off the piece, and after meeting with several houses, they partnered with Sotheby’s for its Important Jewels auction in New York this September. They spoke exclusively to Style.com about the sale. “It’s a unique opportunity for Sotheby’s, too, because they don’t usually have so many new designers,” Annette explained. (Sotheby’s fine-jewelry roster includes Van Cleef & Arpels, Buccellati, and De Grisogono.) Anndra Neen certainly doesn’t fit the traditional mold. “They’re looking for more of a fashion focus, and they want a younger audience. There are a lot of young collectors now who are really savvy—they know what they want, and they know about objects and jewelry.”

The 18k question: What will people pay for this clutch? LuxCartel confirmed the auction estimate was between $20,000 and $30,000. “Having one of our pieces auctioned off at Sotheby’s kind of puts us in the art market, which is really validating,” Annette said. “It’s super-exciting to be able to really cross both categories.”

Anndra Neen’s solid-gold cage clutch will be sold at Sotheby’s Important Jewels auction on September 23 in New York.

Photos: Courtesy of Anndra Neen

Resort ’15: Our Top 20 Accessories

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071014_Now_Trending_Resort_Accessories_blog-sbAnyone who’s been through the Resort ringer or brushing up on our trend reports recognizes the season’s commercial significance. Pre-Spring is time to shine when it comes to sales, and we witnessed savvy brands amping up their accessories offerings this year—because at the end of the day, most customers would still rather invest in a timeless bag or a terrific pair of shoes than blow their budget on a fancy cocktail dress they’ll only break out occasionally. This summer, the editors here at Style.com have all but sworn off our heels in favor of still-trendy sneakers or casual flats, and so we got a kick out of the down-to-earth gladiators (much easier than the towering styles made popular two years ago) from the likes of Miu Miu, Valentino, and Sacai Luck. Similarly, the latest lineups from Alexander Wang and 3.1 Phillip Lim both featured knee-high, lace-up desert boots ideal for stomping on city sidewalks. Elsewhere, Nicolas Ghesquière earned extra credit for his Cruise extras spotted on the Louis Vuitton runway in Monaco. Highlights here included the monogrammed Petite Malle bag, which was updated with a chain-link handle. Among this season’s other fresh accessories propositions were Reed Krakoff’s new RK40 satchel, which was a bona fide hit at his recent presentation; Stella McCartney’s bejeweled wooden clutches; and Gucci’s killer go-go boots. Of course, we couldn’t resist the novelty factor of Giles’ playful stegosaurus purse and Jeremy Scott’s “This Is Not a Moschino T-Shirt” moment.

Click here for a slideshow of twenty of our favorite Resort ’15 accessories.

Alejandro Ingelmo Heads Online

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These shoes—towering heels notwithstanding—were made for walking. So when Alejandro Ingelmo, the New York-based footwear designer (and CFDA Swarovski Award nominee for accessories) set out to make a short film about his work, he didn’t want get bogged down in plotting or character development. He just showed his wares doing what his wares do best: strutting on the pavement.

The video, premiering here on Style.com, will soon go live on Ingelmo’s relaunched Web site. That’s not the site’s only draw. With it, Ingelmo is launching e-commerce, offering his most celebrated styles, including his heels to those who can’t hoof it to his Wooster Street store. “E-commerce was something I wanted to do for a long time, but I felt it needed to be interactive and personal,” Ingelmo told Style.com. “The timing is right now as we have seen an increase amount of demand in places where we do not have distribution.” Keep reading for the exclusive video.

Photo: Courtesy of Alejandro Ingelmo

nailing the look

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Bijules is as described by designer Jules Kim as both defiant and identifying, but we’ll throw in clever and fun, too. Take these gold nail rings. Part of Kim’s Serpensive collection, the snake-shaped accessories are fully customizable (you pick the color of your gold and the pavé setting stones). Then feel free to call attention to your new baubles. We suggest squinting your eyes, adopting a pensive look, and bringing your hand up to your chin—all the better to bling you with. For more information, see www.bijulesnyc.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Bijules