42 posts tagged "Eddie Borgo"
Eddie Borgo’s forte may be urban baubles with a bite, but having primarily worked with crystals and silver-, gunmetal-, and gold-plated metal since launching his eponymous range in 2008, it would seem the designer is embracing the even finer things in life—when it comes to materials, anyway. Tapped by Love Gold to create some one-of-a-kind pieces, Borgo has made his first foray into precious metals with a set of 18K gold cuffs. The wares are a decadent fusion of Borgo’s best-selling bracelets, including his cone bangles. Naturally, the designer’s got big plans for his new baubles’ debut—amfAR will be featuring the pieces in the Ultimate Gold Collection fashion show during its event in Cannes next week.
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Need to Know: Eddie Borgo is a bookworm, a history buff, and “big into referencing.” This season, the book Cleopatra: A Life, by Stacy Schiff, prompted the CFDA Award-winning jewelry designer to revisit a legend he’s loved since childhood. “When men wrote about Cleopatra, they were always depicting her as sinister, a sexual deviant,” he said at a small gathering in his Palais Royal apartment-cum-showroom. “But when I read [the book], I found her even more incredible. She was the most powerful woman in the world. And today there’s not a young person who doesn’t know who she was.” Admittedly obsessive about research, Borgo dug up documentation about what the Egyptian queen actually owned. And he fused his findings with a little Stargate futurism to create his Fall ’13 wares. The resulting collection is an Egyptian revival with a twist. Take for example a chunky scarab cuff in onyx with carnelian inlay, or his first-ever mask, which picks up on the Eye of Horus but is fitted with back combs to double as a headband. Borgo channels the Isis headdress on a massive quartz necklace, the largest of a handful of pieces that mix the queen’s favorite stones (jade, onyx, howlite, and carnelian). Graphic shapes and ombré plating lend a distinct twenties vibe. (Footnote: Egyptian-revival jewelry had a major moment after King Tut’s tomb was discovered in 1922.) Borgo’s Ancient Egypt-meets-Art Deco combo makes for some serious statement pieces.
He says: “It’s easy to get obsessive about Cleopatra, because there’s so little information and so much mystery.”
Where to find it: Bergdorf Goodman, Fivestory, Net-a-Porter.com, Eddieborgo.com, and other select retailers.
Designers showed lots of love for the nineties in their Spring ’13 collections, and Eddie Borgo was no exception. His Spring baubles were all about the gilded glory of the decade (think vintage Chanel chains and Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele shoots) and its epic glamazons. So it makes sense that the designer would enlist a modern-day super—Anja Rubik—to star in his Spring images. Styled by Keegan Singh and shot by Paul Maffi, the ads mark the first campaign Borgo will run in a publication (they’ll come out in the new issue of The Last Magazine this Wednesday). To further express his theme, Borgo asked Rubik to star in a sexy-meets-campy Spring film that, the designer explains, “represents the slick imagery of the time.” Set to Gary Glitter’s Rock and Roll, the short features Rubik dripping in Borgo’s no-nonsense wares, like geometric gold necklaces, hoop or link earrings, and piles of cuffs. Take a gander at the designer’s ode to the nineties in his Spring shoot (above) and film (below), both of which debut exclusively on Style.com.
After showing his pre-fall ’13 collection in Paris, New York-based jewelry designer Eddie Borgo jetted down to Brazil to source semiprecious stones, do a photo shoot, get a little inspiration, and soak up some sunshine. Borgo sent us back a few snaps from his Brazilian adventure. Read all about it, below.
Once I landed in Rio (see the view from the plane, above left), I headed to my hotel, which overlooked Ipanema Beach. After coming from Paris (where the temperature was near freezing), I was excited to see that the weather report was a sunny 91 degrees!
When I woke up on my first day, I went to Tijuca National Park and took a wonderful hike above the city of Paineiras. The views of Rio are indescribable.
I visited the H.Stern workshop and spent an afternoon looking through their unbelievable archives. It was so inspiring to see such unique craftsmanship and history. I then had lunch and incredible conversation with Costanza Pascolato, editor at large at Vogue Brazil. Afterward, I took a shopping tour of NK, a great luxury boutique in Rio owned by Natalie Klein. Continue Reading “Designer Diary: Eddie Borgo’s Postcard from Brazil” »
On February 15, Phaidon Press will release Pattern, a book that highlights one hundred compelling fashion designers on the rise. Phaidon handed over the book’s curatorial duties to a group of ten designers and industry insiders (including stylist Keegan Singh, Preen’s Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi, the SHOWstudio team, and Business of Fashion‘s founder Imran Amed, just to name a few), each of whom chose ten talents to fill Pattern‘s pages.
The book (which is a follow-up to the 2005 fashion tome SAMPLE) features established designers (Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, Christopher Kane, Sarah Burton), well-known emerging labels (Eddie Borgo, Thomas Tait, Creatures of the Wind, Mary Katrantzou, whose work is pictured above), and proper newbies (Simone Rocha, Marques’ Almeida, Phoebe English, Maarten van der Horst). The designers’ diverse aesthetics, techniques and outlooks are presented via detailed introductions, backstage, campaign and editorial photographs, and never-before-seen sketches, all of which serve to give readers an in-depth understanding of their work. “For me, seeing that the designers had a consistent point of view that’s true to their style was important,” said Singh, whose picks include Cushnie et Ochs (left), Olivier Rousteing of Balmain, Tabitha Simmons, Dominic Jones, and Gianvito Rossi, among others. “You know, it’s like Azzedine Alaïa. He has his thing, and he always sticks to it,” he added. So does Singh think the next Alaïa is somewhere between Pattern‘s covers? “It’s a possibility!” he laughed. At the very least, he notes, “the book gives the young designers a chance to reach broader audiences; it exposes them to a whole new group of people.”
Pattern: 100 Fashion Designers, 10 Curators will be available on February 15, on phaidon.com.