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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.
Paige Novick may be known for her bold, architectural costume collection, but it’s her new fine jewelry venture, cleverly dubbed Phyne, that’s inspiring her to dig deep into her design DNA. “I saw an opportunity in creating everyday, versatile jewelry that would allow the self-purchasing woman to individualize her look in an effortless way,” Novick said of her decision to launch Phyne. While the same hand is evident in both collections, Novick’s sleek, over-100-piece range adds a more feminine and delicate touch to her signature, often geometric offerings.
Having debuted her costume line in 2008, Novick (who currently sells at heavy-hitting retailers like Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Intermix) is no new kid on the block. But that doesn’t mean the latest venture was easy. “The perceived value has to be the prevailing factor when creating each piece of the collection,” Novick said, referring to the higher stakes that gold and diamonds bring to the table. Her design process entails visualizing each piece from all angles before beginning to create the actual model. It’s a method that seems to be working for Novick. The new rose, black, and yellow gold baubles—all of which are covered with diamonds or inlaid with opal, labradorite, or mother-of-pearl—boast a covetable balance between of-the-moment relevance and timeless design. And from the jointed cage rings to slick triangle cuff, the line offers an easy elegance that will appeal to a wide range of discerning women.
Phyne is available now at Saks Fifth Avenue and Fivestory. Prices range from $900 to $12,000.
“Our cover situation is drastic…We are on the verge of a drastic emergency.” So reads the first entry in the latest Diana Vreeland tome, Memos: The Vogue Years. Compiled by Vreeland’s grandson Alexander (the husband of Lisa Immordino Vreeland, who directed The Eye Has to Travel), the book features more than 250 of Vreeland’s infamous notes from her time at Vogue, which she’d dictate over the phone to her secretary while puffing on cigarettes in a wicker chair in the bathroom of her Park Avenue apartment. This, Alexander told us, was her preferred mode of communication. “She didn’t believe in meetings,” he said. His assertion is backed up by Diana’s memo to the Vogue team on page fifty-nine, in which she considers holding a meeting about the “controversial” topic of dress lengths, but resolves, “Usually, when we have meetings, we don’t get ideas and views from people.”
But it wasn’t just her staff whom she’d confront about everything from the importance of pearls and bangles to her annoyance with the mistreatment of her initials in her editor’s letter (above), to the necessity that Vogue‘s spreads “never, ever copy…any kind of coiffure that is reminiscent of the 30s, 40s, 50s,” via her rapier dictations. The book—which is available now from Rizzoli—also includes her correspondences with the likes of Richard (or Dick, as she called him) Avedon, Irving Penn (to whom she complains about lackluster tulips), Cecil Beaton, Cristobal Balenciaga (above), Halston, Veruschka, and beyond. Continue Reading “Did You Get The Memo? Diana Vreeland In Her Own Words” »
Naming your label Road to Awe sets the bar pretty high. And Eli Azran and David Rimokh—the founders of the new L.A.-based denim and leathers brand launched under that moniker—vow to live up to those lofty expectations. “Road to Awe is a constant journey to perfection,” said the French-born Azran who, at 27, already has experience running three successful denim-centric lines. And while they’re both young (Rimokh, an L.A. native whose expertise lies in accessories and denim, is 26), the duo has demonstrated some serious business savvy. RtA’s first collection, which comprises an expansive range of highly developed washes and leather styles, focuses only on bottoms. For Spring '14, they’ll shine the spotlight on leather jackets and tops, and by Fall '14, the pair will have developed a complete collection. “In today’s market, it’s much easier to launch half a brand first,” explained Azran. “Then, by next fall, both categories will have launched properly, and we’ll be able to go full force.”
With the help of West Coast retail fixture Evelyn Ungvari—whose role, explains Azran, is to bring a feminine touch to the range—the business partners have turned out second-skin denim with unique pigments, coatings, and finishes (see the lacquered, bleached pair above), as well as a series of appealingly priced leather trousers (they start at $595). Fabrics are sourced from Japan, Turkey, and France, and all the wares are produced in L.A. (in fact, when we spoke to the duo, they were walking through one of their local factories). The concept behind the new line—which, quite impressively, has already been picked up by Bergdorf Goodman, Curve, and Ron Herman—is to create pieces with an authentic, vintage feel that cater to women’s everyday desires. “Some brands are so focused on their direction and vision that they ultimately forget what girls want,” offered Azran. And what do women want, exactly? “Simplicity,” he said. Rimokh chimed in. “The more we try to find out what women want, the less we know. That’s why we stick with simplicity.” Smart. And while we’re not sure that all women crave the simple life—it depends on who you ask, really—we have a feeling that lots of ladies will want to buy what these boys are selling.
RtA’s debut collection ranges from $165 to $1100 and is available at Bergdorf Goodman from today.