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August 30 2014

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Opulent Insects From Atelier Swarovski and Matthew Campbell Laurenza

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Four and a half years of work comes to fruition this week as Matthew Campbell Laurenza and Atelier Swarovski launch Jeweled Garden, fifteen fantastical, one-of-a-kind pieces created exclusively for Bergdorf Goodman. If almost a half-decade seems a tad leisurely, consider the undertaking: Laurenza, who previously collaborated with Swarovski on its annual Gem Visions initiative, began with a series of opulent, larger-than-life insect sculptures. A dragonfly with white topaz pavé wings nearly 3 feet in diameter is poised to take flight and boasts more than 57,500 stones. A black widow of the same scale is lethally lovely, decked out in 31,248 pieces of black spinel, blazing red topaz, and labradorite. For the entomophobic, botanical pieces like jewel-encrusted mushrooms and lilacs should delight. From sculpture, Laurenza soon branched out into equally naturalistic fine jewelry (Atelier Swarovski’s first foray into the market), where offerings include an ornate scorpion cuff and dazzling iris cocktail ring. Taking cues from the Beaux Arts and Deco baubles, the American expat also looked to his adopted homes of Bangkok and Hong Kong: “The use of color in Asia has always been unique from the standpoint that they like to contrast. They don’t believe in the same color theory that a European or an American school would. The more color, the better, whereas here we tend to keep things more somber.” Staid the resulting creations are not, but they do make a case for the chic factor of creepy crawlies.

Laurenza’s sketches for the collection debut exclusively here. Jeweled Garden will be available for purchase beginning tomorrow, April 10, at Bergdorf Goodman.
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Photo: Courtesy of Swarovski

Prabal Gurung, Eddie Borgo, and Domenico De Sole Talk Style for SCAD

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What is style? For fashion folk, that’s a pretty existential question. But the Savannah College of Art and Design will aim to answer that with its upcoming SCADstyle 2014 conference, which will take place at its Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia, campuses, as well as its campus in Hong Kong, from April 14 through 17. With such speakers as Alexander Wang, Prabal Gurung, Eddie Borgo, Sally Singer, Bridget Foley, and Steven Kolb, among others, on its roster, the event will not only explore the concept of “style,” but also provide students (and the public—all are welcome) with invaluable knowledge and insights into the industry. “SCAD is an amazing institution, and I believe that it’s one of the greatest things when a school exposes [students] to real people who live the business day in and day out,” the program’s chair, Domenico De Sole, told Style.com. “Students will get to hear directly from very famous people like Alexander Wang and the president of Bergdorf Goodman, Joshua Shulman. It’s going to be terrific for students to hear about their real-life experiences, real-life fashion, and what it’s actually like doing business.” Considering De Sole’s successful tenure as Gucci’s longtime president and CEO, not to mention his current position as the chairman of Tom Ford International, the executive has accumulated some valuable wisdom of his own. “The greatest lesson I learned is the absolute dominant role of creativity in this industry. I didn’t realize that when I started running Gucci America forty years ago, but the real truth, what really counts, is creative growth,” he offered, adding that his advice for up-and-comers is to “remember the road to success is long and painful.”


Ahead of the conference, SCAD has created a series of films that show speakers like Borgo and Gurung (whose clips debut exclusively here) discussing their careers and definition of style. “Style is an instinctive understanding of who you are as a person and the relationship that you have with the world,” explains Gurung in his clip. Borgo, meanwhile, suggests that style is “authenticity. It’s a personal endeavor that you go through your entire life.” Interesting, right? What’s more is that prospective students and fashion fans can submit their own #IAMSCADSTYLE Instagram flicks for a chance to win a trip to attend April’s festivities.

So what’s De Sole’s definition of style? “The only thing that counts is a very strong, precise, distinct, and consistent aesthetic. [Style] is a complex subject, but that’s what’s really key.”

Wear Sweatpants and Sneakers to Increase Your Status, Says Harvard

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Cara Delevingne Dressing appropriately sometimes means wearing the opposite of what you think you should be wearing, says a recent Harvard study. The Wall Street Journal reports that “standing out in certain circumstances, like wearing sweats in a luxury store, also appears to boost an individual’s standing.”

Which totally makes sense if you think about it. Getting decked out to browse at Bergdorf’s is the fashion equivalent of taking a stretch limo to a movie at your local Cineplex. You’re trying too hard, probably because you’re faking it. Deviating from social norms can lead to a positive uptick in what people think about you, says the study. For instance, wearing sweatpants to work will make people think you’re super-rich because you probably don’t give a shit about getting fired. That’s why people who walk around in gym clothes all the time look like wealth—they don’t need jobs like the rest of us, so they can just do yoga and juice all day. Walk into a Chanel store dressed like that and shop assistants will immediately recognize you as the confident, deliberately offbeat, I-could-care-less type of shopper who might drop a few stacks on a new bag just because it’s Tuesday and you’ve got nothing better to do.

Just respect the boundaries. The key is to look like someone who is intentionally dressing like they don’t know what’s appropriate, not like a crazy person who doesn’t understand how to behave. No one wants to deal with an actual eccentric, just a rich person with the gall to act like one.

Photo: Getty Images 

Bruce Pask Leaves T Magazine for Men’s Director Role at Bergdorf Goodman

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Bruce PaskTurnover at the New York Times fashion desk continues. This time it’s Bruce Pask, men’s fashion director at T: The New York Times Style Magazine, leaving for a gig at Bergdorf Goodman as men’s fashion director.

The news, originally reported today by WWD, isn’t exactly an industry shocker, since Pask has been styling menswear at Bergdorf’s for years, but it is a notable editorial-to-retail crossover—one we’ve seen men’s editors make before. The move brings to mind Bloomingdale’s men’s fashion director Josh Peskowitz, who got his start in editorial with stints at Cargo, Men.style.com, and Esquire.

As media continues to evolve with more shoppable content and attempts at e-commerce, and retail develops its editorial chops to create content of its own, it seems this is a career trajectory we’ll be seeing more of in the future.

In the meantime, let us know when you start taking bets on who will fill Pask’s chair at T.

Photo: Paul Porter/BFAnyc.com

Michelle Campbell: From TV Hooker to Jewelry Darling

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California native Michelle Campbell Mason was an actress and model in a previous life—her first break was on CSI, as a hooker with good intentions who meets a gruesome fate. (“My parents loved that one,” she laughed.)

Things slowed down at one point, Mason said, and she started to lose it. But after inheriting a bunch of jewelry from her grandmother, she picked up a pencil and began to sketch. “They were a little too antique to wear, so I wanted to create something that would complement them, something a little more clean and to the point,” she explains.

Three years on, Campbell’s floating rings and major cuffs have made waves everywhere from Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus to Shopbop.com. This fall, Campbell is taking her first step into fine jewelry with a collection that builds on her signature floaty, classic modernism. Her massive honeycomb cuff was the inspiration for a number of new styles, while a darker-than-usual theme in black and white diamonds on white gold conveys an ongoing fascination with architecture, particularly what she finds in her new home base, New York. “This is meant to play off the contemporary [pieces],” she noted. “We all wear fine jewelry—just not by itself. It’s really clean, easy to pile on and layer,” she explained. And that, in a nutshell, is how crime TV’s loss became fashion’s gain.

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