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Close Encounters of the Jeweled Kind

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David Yurman installation

“It’s mysterious stuff from outer space,” said curator and Playboy‘s director of special projects, Neville Wakefield, at David Yurman’s Vestry street studio last night. He was referring to a piece of Gibeon meteorite, which, named for Gibeon, Namibia, where it struck a billion years prior, was on display. The occasion was the unveiling of Yurman’s new menswear collection, aptly dubbed Meteorite. To fete the launch, Evan Yurman—the jewelry brand’s heir apparent—asked Wakefield to create a presentation that highlighted the lineup’s overarching intergalactic feel. “I wanted to narrate the story of [transforming] the raw material from space into product,” Wakefield told Style.com. The room was staged with a projection of the moon on one end and the meteor on the other, with the label’s pieces raised on pedestals in between. The electronic sounds of French band Air played ever so softly in the background. Continue Reading “Close Encounters of the Jeweled Kind” »

A Downtown Party With an Upton Girl

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Kate UptonLittle-known fact: David Yurman’s headquarters boasts one of the swankiest rooftops in downtown New York. And last night, an intimate group of friends and industry insiders ascended to the designer’s top-floor terrace for his annual summer soiree. The occasion was the launch of the David Yurman Fall ’13 campaign, which, lensed in Malibu by Peter Lindbergh, stars Dree Hemingway, Anais Mali, Catrinel Marlon, and, perhaps you’ve heard of her, Kate Upton. “These four women are beautiful, but with different looks and different personalities, which reflect the diversity of the collection,” Yurman told Style.com. When pressed as to what that meant, he offered, “We do light, tender, and sweet, and then we do big, bold, and fashion.”

As the sun sunk into the Hudson, Yurman admitted that he’s looking forward to heading out East, to Amagansett, for some R&R. But first, a bit more glitz and glamour. Miss Upton’s fashionably late arrival set off a flashbulb frenzy. She wore a stark, jet-black dress that popped against her tan complexion. “Beauty in Contrast,” said Yurman. “That’s the name of the campaign.”

Photo: Joe Schildhorn /BFAnyc.com

Bündchen Or Bust

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Like many events in the past week, David Yurman’s summer soirée last night was at risk of being a bit of dud thanks to the wet weather. But the rainstorms earlier in the day didn’t seem to have Yurman fretting in the slightest about the fate of his annual rooftop party at his downtown New York headquarters. As he came out of his office to join the crowd, Yurman (pictured, left) said, “We should be fine. I’m going to go on up and see what it’s like, the weather is normally so nice.”

Before making their way upstairs to take in the sweeping views of the city, guests (including Carine Roitfeld and Stephen Baldwin) circled the room to check out the jeweler’s latest collection. “I love the big cuffs and the look of the new collection. There is something really Saint-Tropez about it—I idolize David Yurman,” said Nicole Trunfio (pictured, right), who revealed she has been busy for the past year and a half creating her own jewelry line, set to launch next month. “We are just doing the finishing touches now. The staple piece is like a mix between the Cartier Love bracelet and the Pandora. When I first drew it up, they said it was impossible and would never work. We have had to do it over five times now!” she explained.

Though there were plenty of sparkling baubles on show last night, both in the glass cases and on the partygoers, even Yurman was quick to highlight the real gem of the night: “Why talk about jewelry? Let’s talk about Gisele.” Though the supe (who is reportedly expecting another child) was not on hand, images of her Fall ad campaign for the label were everywhere, along with an accompanying video that made its official debut at the party. “I have to say, some of these images might be in my top ten favorites out of all the campaigns we have done in the past 11 years,” he told Style.com. “In the middle of the second day of the shoot, her husband shows up with the two kids and the dogs. I talked to Tom Brady and I said, ‘You know, I am from New York, what happened in that game and what do you guys call the Giants these days?’” Brady’s response, according to Yurman: “The Bums, like the Brooklyn Bums.”

Photo: Joe Schildhorn /BFAnyc.com

The Heavenly Host (Committee)

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Fresh from his Malibu event to reveal an Angel—that’d be Gisele Bündchen—as his new campaign face, David Yurman headed for Heaven. Yurman joined the Art of Elysium’s Jennifer Howell last night at the L.A. home of artist and musician Mark Mothersbaugh (famously of Devo, to say nothing of many Wes Anderson soundtracks) to toast the host committee of the nonprofit’s 2013 Heaven Gala. Justin Bartha, Abigail Spencer (pictured, right), and Amy Smart were among the Young Hollywood-ites who turned out for the evening, but it was Amber Heard (pictured, left) who elicited singling out from Howell. “Did you know she’s bilingual?” she asked the crowd. The actress makes use of her two languages in her work for the L.A.-based organization, which encourages artists, actors, and musicians to donate their time and talent to seriously ill children. “She’s in the hospital with the kids—and talking to them—every chance she gets.”

The evening presented itself as an opportunity for David Yurman, in town for a mini tour that includes the reopening of his expanded Rodeo Drive flagship, to lend his support and champion the charity that has become a cause célèbre for celebs. “We want to find some way to give back,” he said, and Art of Elysium is “heroic, and unbelievably charitable.” Heroico, as Heard might say.

Photo: Stefanie Keenan

Versace Kids’ Shop Opens, Gisele For Givenchy, Karlie Kloss For VS Pink, And More…

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Versace has opened its first Young Versace boutique on the ground floor of the company’s headquarters in Milan. The kids’ line, which Versace debuted at Pitti Immagine Bimbo in Florence last June, includes girls’ and boys’ clothing for babies and kids up to age 12. [WWD]

David Yurman is reportedly not too pleased with Kate Moss’ new ad campaign for her jewelry line for Fred, calling the ads “embarrassingly similar” to the ones Moss did with him. The Sonia Sleff-lensed images feature a topless Moss, much like the ones Peter Lindbergh shot of Moss for Yurman’s Spring ’11 campaign. [Page Six]

Gisele Bündchen is Givenchy’s new girl. The supermodel, who appeared in Riccardo Tisci’s Spring ’12 show, is the star of the brand’s new Mert and Marcus-lensed ad campaigns. [Huff Po]

Karlie Kloss made her debut in the Victoria’s Secret show last month, and now she’s in the VS Pink lookbook. Kloss, who has caused quite a stir with her naked Vogue Italia shoot, appears in the lookbook wearing sequined sporty gear. [Styleite]

Photo: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott