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April 20 2014

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Jeweler, Jeweler, How Does Your Garden Grow?

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24 karat? Try 24 carrot. Launched two seasons ago, Alexandra Moosally’s fine jewelry line has everything from dainty rose gold and black diamond bangles to statement-making cocktail rings. But her most delectable baubles are her veggie charms and pendants—like yellow-diamond lemons, gold and diamond artichokes, cherries, and, of course, carrots. “I’m really inspired by the things that I come into contact with every day, and food is definitely one of those things!” laughs the designer.

Moosally’s evil-eye bracelets—which are crafted from precious stones and strung on playful neon nylon bands, are another signature and feature in her new capsule collection for Barneys New York. Available now, the collection ranges from $300 to $1,600—a steal compared to her main line wares, which run up to $9,000. “I want to make my jewelry accessible to all women; that’s why I work with so many different price points,” says Moosally. Also included in the capsule is a diamond-embellished apple. “It’s representative of New York,” she says. Fitting, considering Moosally produces 60 percent of her wares in the great borough of Manhattan. It would seem that Moosally’s playful food motifs stem from an NYC fad, too. “I’ve been watching this whole foodie movement grow over the past few years and I just love it.”

Photo: Courtesy of Alexandra Moosally

Kelly Klein Makes A Splash Once More

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Twenty years ago, Kelly Klein released her first Pools tome, a tribute to the swimming pools around the world in all their various forms. Klein, the ex-wife of Calvin Klein, is back again with a new set of iconic images from some of fashion’s finest photographers, including Steven Meisel, Juergen Teller, and Theo Wenner, in her follow-up book, Pools: Reflections, out this month. “I felt enough time had passed to do the sequel,” Klein tells Style.com. “I’m a bit obsessed with the architecture of pools and the water—swimming is such a form of relaxation for me.” This latest rendition combines pools with fashion, architecture, sculpture, and art. From a Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott photo of a naked Sasha Pivovarova to a Patrick Demarchelier photo of two lovers underwater, this edition is certainly sexed up from the last. One of the book’s highlights is a Bruce Weber photo, featured on a limited-edition ATM T-shirt ($85) on sale at Barneys. (ATM designer Anthony Thomas Melillo also just launched cashmere styles of his namesake label exclusively at Barneys earlier this month.) “I choose the guy and girl underwater photo by Bruce Weber because of how sensual it is,” Klein explains. “You feel what it’s like to be floating underwater with someone—it’s sexy.” There’s also a limited-edition ATM T-shirt being sold by ACRIA (all profits from the book are being donated to the organization). Here, the Weber shirt makes its debut on Style.com before this evening’s private book party at the Barneys New York store.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Nicholas Kirkwood Spring 2013

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Label: Nicholas Kirkwood

Need to know: Crazy colors, wild patterns, and sky-high heels are what we’ve come to expect from London-based shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood. He offered all this and more in his Spring collection, which was inspired by waves. His oceanic theme was apparent in snakeskin gladiator sandals with mirrored resin heels. Instead of going the typical “urban warrior” route, the designer reinterpreted the popular style into something more feminine, using fluid, swirling baroque shapes (not unlike rippling waves) instead of typical straps. Crests splashed over the sides of electric blue, orange, or yellow pumps and sandals in metallic leather and suede. Kirkwood also translated his beachy-inspiration into graphic plastic fan heels, and the metal toecaps on quirky, demure flats mimicked a wave shape. Printed watersnake sandals seemingly inserted into open-toe Mary Janes were a clever take on classic footwear, and the iridescent epoxy resin beads on a range of snakeskin sandals felt particularly aquatic. The designer also introduced a 55mm heel into his collection for the first time, showing it on pointy chevron-printed neon pumps. “It’s a way to get that height that people want without being so mumsy,” explained Kirkwood. “A low heel can still be cool. And it can be young, too.”

He says: “I became a little obsessed with waves this season. We’ve done them in multiple colors and forms. And I was feeling more of a closed-up silhouette, something that’s feminine but not too girly.”

Where to find it: Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York, Saks Fifth Avenue, and in Nicholas Kirkwood stores.

Photo: Courtesy of Nicholas Kirkwood

Monique Péan Spring 2013

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Label: Monique Péan

Need to know: Monique has been quietly showing her collection to editors and buyers for the past several fashion seasons. This time around, the designer did a bigger presentation at the Danziger Projects gallery space in Chelsea, and the collection was the most comprehensive yet. Péan’s latest efforts were inspired by her recent visit to Guatemala. The collection, named K’Atun, has a particular focus on geometric pattern, ancient and modern architecture, and the repetition of symbols and shapes. It’s the first time the designer is using fossilized dinosaur bone in the collection, for her signature rings. My favorite is pictured above.

She says: “Although everything is handmade, I want it to have a finished look. Even our Muyal fossilized woolly mammoth ring with multiple stripes inside (pictured) is done by hand but looks machine-done.”

Where to find it: Barneys New York.

Photo: Courtesy of Monique Péan

Barneys Steps Up Its Shoe Game

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Barneys unveiled the latest piece of its multi-year renovation today—a new 22,000-square-foot floor that is sure to have footwear fans pulling out their credit cards upon arrival. The bright, minimalist fifth-floor space, which has been under way since Gaga’s Workshop packed up back in the winter, houses both men’s and women’s designer shoes (a first for the Madison Avenue flagship), as well as travel accessories from the likes of Givenchy, Balenciaga, and Rimowa.

The new edition (58 percent bigger than the old shoe floor), done under the direction of Dennis Freedman and interior design firm Yabu Pushelberg, features white marble walls, brass fixtures, limestone flooring, iPad stations throughout (conveniently located next to the cushioned seats), and brass-mesh glass cases to highlight specific labels. In the women’s area, those two spaces are designated for two of the store’s major brands, Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik. You’ll find Barneys-exclusive (denoted with the XO signs) styles from Blahnik, Sergio Rossi, and Maison Martin Margiela for women, and for men, shoes from the likes of Battistoni, Endless, and Harris. Co-Op shoes will remain on the eighth floor for men and on the seventh floor for women. In celebration of its newest renovation completion, Barneys has launched Perfect Pairs, a campaign to support the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and its Americans for Marriage Equality Program, with 10 percent of sales from the new shoe floor between today and Sunday going to the HRC. Next to be finished on the retailer’s flagship makeover project is the women’s ground floor, set to be completed in September. Here, a first look at the new fifth level.

Photos: Courtesy of Barneys