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A singular color, Majorelle Blue, may be the starting point for Eddie Borgo’s Fall collection. But Borgo being Borgo, that was only the start of it. “I’ve always loved the color, I was familiar with Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé’s home in Marrakesh, but I wanted to find out more. Why this property? Why then?” he recalled in the Paris apartment where he presented his collection. Unraveling those questions led Borgo to photos of Chefchaouen, Morocco’s Blue City; the life of Talitha Getty and her jet-set entourage; and ultimately to interior designer Bill Willis, a friend to Getty and YSL and the interior decorator credited with bringing traditional Moroccan decor—mosaics, sandstone, bells, tassels, etc.—to mainstream design culture.
For Fall, Eddie Borgo gives those bells, tassels, and colors—cobalt, marigold, blood red—a rock-and-roll spin. He combines his signature geometric links with knots on an iteration of a Berber necklace, works starry black sandstone into large drop earrings, and recasts fez tassels as plugs that dangle from behind the ears. Among the lighter, more everyday pieces are a little bell necklace and flat, Tuareg-inspired rings that come in mix-and-match sets of four.
Elsewhere, a cuff bracelet and choker recall snake mosaics Willis created for a few of YSL’s bedrooms. “It’s really about him [Willis],” said Borgo. “The attitude is really specific to that place and time and those people.” No doubt Willis, a man known for living large and suffering no one, would have felt honored.
Eddie Borgo spent his last vacation island-hopping in the Aegean, and it shows. For his pre-fall collection, the designer recast his signature graphic shapes in opalescent hues and matte finishes that seem weathered by the sun, wind, and water. All three shapes come together in Estate—a mosaic of a necklace in pyrite cubes, hand-cut opal glass cones, and agate pyramids set in matte silver and gold plate. Meanwhile, Borgo has also been edging into fine jewelry, and a trio of supple mini-cone bracelets set with crystals offer a seductive hint as to where the designer might be headed next.
At Art Basel Miami Beach, fashion collaborations are no doubt becoming a mainstay. So far, we’ve seen a slew of designers tapped for a one-off project between the retailers Alchemist and Colette, and Eddie Borgo has announced a forthcoming capsule collection for Laure Heriard Dubreuil’s The Webster.
All that’s well and good, but we hadn’t seen anything for Basel’s fashion-forward gents, until today. Del Toro—the Wynwood, Miami-based company known primarily for its velvet slippers—has partnered with Lapo Elkann’s eyewear label, Italia Independent. Together, they’ll introduce exclusive pairs of suede and velvet cobalt-and-navy sunglasses and chukkas come fair time.
“The cobalt palette resonated especially, because it evoked my childhood in Italy, watching Gli Azzurri—Italy’s national football team,” said Matthew Chevallard, Del Toro’s founder and creative director. The sunnies are your standard Wayfarer shape, and the kicks—which are lent a Made in Italy charm, thanks to heel tabs printed with the country’s flag—blend Chevallard’s color of choice with dark blue accents. Considering Del Toro x Italia Independent drops on December 2, fairgoers will have plenty of time to pick up a pair of either—or both—before they start show-hopping.
Del Toro x Italia Independent will be available from December 2 at Del Toro’s Miami Beach pop-up, located at 2000 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, as well as at the Del Toro Boutique at 2750 NW 3rd Avenue, Suite 22, Miami. The range will also be available at Italia Independent boutiques in Italy.
“There’s this sort of mad dash to go from one event to the other,” said Eddie Borgo of Art Basel in Miami Beach. “But that’s not really my style.” What is his beat, however, is splitting his time between the art scene and the street—a testament to his high/low sensibility that’s sure to translate to his Basel capsule collection for The Webster. The range, which debuts exclusively here, will launch on December 4—Basel, day one, naturally.
“The pieces that we ended up rethinking for the collaboration are things that Laure [Heriard Dubreuil, The Webster's owner] wears, or would wear,” said Borgo. And while he’s built a name on selling geometric baubles at relatively accessible price points, this lineup delivers a bit more of a glitzy kick: Each item is plated in “blonde” gold and handset with smoked pavé crystals. “The choker has something like three thousand or thirty-five hundred of them,” he said.
As for how to weather the Basel storm, Borgo offered a few pointers: “I like to keep it a little bit casual. I’ll go to Soho Beach House and have lunch at Cecconi’s. But then, I’ll go down to Fifth Street to eat Haitian food, or over to West Avenue—there’re lots of cool little restaurants. It’s got more of a local scene.” To kill time, he suggests “visiting the home stores in the Design District,” a revitalized grid just north of Miami proper’s Midtown area (and where LVMH has relocated many of its outposts from nearby Bal Harbour). But the key to a successful Basel outing? “Know where you’re going.”
Eddie Borgo x The Webster ranges from $350 to $1,250.