8 posts tagged "Frankie Rayder"
“When I was a little girl, I really wanted to get my ears pierced because my mom had big earrings all the time,” jewelry designer Pamela Love told Style.com. “I finally did at 5 years old, and my mom gave me this pair of 14-karat gold aquamarine earrings, one of which I lost pretty quickly after. I remember being devastated and crawling under the couch and digging through the carpet looking for the earring, and I never found it…but I still wear its partner every day.”
It was this formative experience, Love says, that introduced her to the “power and allure of jewelry.” It compelled her to create her namesake line in 2006, and now, to launch her inaugural collection of fine jewelry, Pamela Love Fine. With a selection set to launch at Barneys New York next week, the twenty-eight-piece collection is revealed in full in Golden Girl (above), a film that, directed by Skye Parrott and starring model Frankie Rayder, debuts exclusively here. “She’s so beautiful, and there’s something a little devious about her that makes her the perfect muse for this collection,” Love said of her leading lady.
With prices ranging from $795 to $22,400, the Pamela Love Fine collection was made possible via a strategic partnership with LoveGold, and took approximately one year to develop and create. The line sees all of Love’s regular obsessions—astrology, tribal spikes, and the natural world—reimagined with ethically sourced precious stones, like diamonds, sapphires, and opals from India, Thailand, and Madagascar. The gems are set in clean-mined or recycled 18-karat gold.
The collection incorporates the handiwork of Love’s Manhattan studio (about 30 percent of the wares are made in-house) alongside a network of master jewelers. And she hopes to explore new materials in the seasons ahead. “We have only one piece with opal in it. Opal is my love. I want to do as much opal as possible. I really want to work with rubies and emeralds…and maybe get into some platinum.”
So who is the Pamela Love Fine woman? “She’s just a really independent woman who takes what she wants and is confident,” Love said. “It’s lovely if her husband or boyfriend buys her some jewelry, but she doesn’t need a man…she can get what she wants for herself.”
We’ve just passed the midway point of fashion month with the Milan shows well under way, and there have been plenty of memorable modeling moments thus far, particularly for newcomers. In general, the top-tier, A-list catwalkers have been more selective with their schedules, leaving room for fresh faces to ascend the ranks. Perhaps the easiest way to break down our favorite rookies is by hair color. By and large, it’s been the season of the platinum blond, with familiar faces Julia Nobis, Ashleigh Good, Juliana Schurig, Sasha Luss, and Devon Windsor making a strong case for bleached tresses (reminiscent of Khaleesi from Game of Thrones). Several new models have been riding Fall’s peroxide wave, too. First is ethereal Polish beauty Ola Rudnicka, who debuted at Prada’s Spring show and landed a spot in the label’s latest campaign. She’s turned up on just about every major runway in each city so far. Rudnicka kicked things off on a high note in New York, walking Jason Wu, Michael Kors, Proenza Schouler, and Marc Jacobs. She went on to do Burberry and Christopher Kane in London, and continued to take Milan by storm, bookending No. 21 on Tuesday in addition to walking Max Mara and Moschino yesterday. Another noteworthy newcomer rocking a flaxen mane is Harleth Kuusik (who currently stars in Proenza Schouler’s Spring ads). In New York, she did turns at Rag & Bone, Victoria Beckham, and Proenza Schouler, then followed those up with J.W. Anderson and Erdem in London. We plan to see a lot more of both Rudnicka and Kuusik next week.
Next up is the fiery-tressed group of redheads led by sophomores such as Lera Tribel and Nika Cole (who can forget her teased-out, lamp-shade ’do from Schiaparelli’s Couture show?). They are joined by Quebec native Sophie Touchet, who made an early impact at Thakoon, 3.1 Phillip Lim, MBMJ (a.k.a. Marc by Marc Jacobs), and Burberry Prorsum, then moved on to open Alberta Ferretti and walk in Fendi yesterday. Finally, we’ve got a mixed bag of brunettes, ranging from Dutch stunner Imaan Hammam (she won the genetic lottery with a Moroccan mother and a father from Egypt, and her exotic looks have helped earn her key spots in top-tier casts including Prada, Proenza Schouler, Narciso Rodriguez, and Fendi) to fierce-looking Ronja Furrer (that strong jawline gave her an edge at Altuzarra, Alexander Wang, Christopher Kane, and more). And how about this season’s most buzzed-about newcomer? Waleska Gorczevski has a hell of a name and a hell of a presence. During NYFW, the Brazilian model was the first girl out at Marc Jacobs. She also opened Yigal Azrouël and bookended Victoria Beckham, and has continued to rack up an impressive show list including Calvin Klein Collection, Hugo Boss, Proenza Schouler, Christopher Kane, and Fendi. No doubt Paris will take to her serene, slightly quirky appeal.
Aside from Fall’s freshman class of catwalkers, we’ve witnessed plenty of noteworthy cameos by old-school veterans, too. For example, Alexander Wang’s finale featured the likes of Angela Lindvall, Bridget Hall, Candice Swanepoel, Caroline Trentini, Anne V., Hilary Rhoda, and Jacquetta Wheeler. Meanwhile, Karen Elson has been going at full throttle this year, and she continued to dazzle at Tom Ford, Donna Karan, and Diane von Furstenberg. On the other hand, we’ve got Karolina Kurkova, who surprised us by opening Cushnie et Ochs and turning up at Christopher Kane (where she was easily the most experienced model in the lineup). Other highlights included: Kirsten Owen opening and closing Mary Katrantzou; Mini Anden at Proenza Schouler; Liberty Ross and Stella Tennant at Tom Ford; and the triple threat of Carolyn Murphy, Frankie Rayder, and Liisa Winkler at Michael Kors. Last but not least was the brilliant cast at Burberry Prorsum, which featured Edie Campbell in addition to her two younger sisters, Olympia and Jean. Mark our words, those Campbell girls are stars in the making. And speaking of stars, you can’t deny that Kendall Jenner was a total natural on the runways at Marc Jacobs and Giles.
Alexander Wang has made it his business to launch models’ careers. Britt Maren circa Spring 2011, Aymeline Valade for Fall ’11. But this February, he turned to the pros, enlisting the likes of Frankie Rayder, Carmen Kass, Gisele Bündchen, and Shalom Harlow to walk his Fall 2012 runway at Pier 94. Harlow is the star of Wang’s latest Confessional video. “It goes without saying that Shalom is an icon,” the designer told Style.com. “Usually we feature new faces in our Confessional, but given the fact that her last show was in 2007, we felt she deserved to tell her story.” In the clip, directed by Peter Szollosi, Harlow recalls her arrival in New York in the early nineties. The city “had a pretty electric energy then,” she said. “There was a lot of really fun, theatrical types designing and the runway became this stage for all of these mega model personalities to flaunt their stuff.” You can watch her video exclusively here on Style.com. For more behind-the-scenes footage of Wang’s show, visit Alexanderwang.com/studio.
Opening Ceremony is traveling the world again—this time, with its Fall 2011 in-house collection, to the Irish and Scottish isles. If that’s not exactly the mood of the moment, you can bet in a minute it will be. And while some of the offerings in the collections skew aggressively editorial (who better to pull off the oddest than O.C.’s ready-on-call staff of attractive young shop clerks?), there’s plenty for anybody to walk out the door with. “We were thinking of Sinéad O’Connor,” O.C. co-founder Humberto Leon said at a preview breakfast this morning (presumably showing on St. Patrick’s Day was a happy coincidence). “A little Cranberries, too.” Throw in Shirley Manson, and you’ve got the perfect Scotch-and-Irish triumvirate—and all very nineties, too. There was definitely some of that decade flowing through the velvet-trimmed cardigans, the fleurette-embroidered romper dresses, and the patchworking details throughout. (If you’re feeling varsity jackets, by the way, there are some great, padded sweater versions—Humberto confessed he’s saved all of his varsity jackets from his days on the high school tennis team.) The Scottish and Irish influences are never clearer than in the chorus of plaids, not to mention the strong knits, like cropped tartan sweaters and scarf-fringe coats, skirts, and gaucho pants.
In keeping with the nineties vibe, Leon and his partner, Carol Lim, shot the lookbook on late-nineties supe Frankie Rayder. She’s joined by girl-of-the-moment Ashley Smith.
We didn’t include Frankie Rayder in our roundup of the best party dresses of 2009 because, well, she wasn’t wearing a party dress. But we couldn’t let the year close without giving Ms. Rayder her due: This was one of our favorite looks this year. At Alexander Wang and Love’s famous gas-station party this September, the model combined (at least!) three trends in one: the Wang-approved sweats, the military flak jacket, and the still-all-important quilted bag.