11 posts tagged "Gaia Repossi"
Thanks to the tastemaking powers of Nicolas Ghesquière and Gaia Repossi, five-fingered rings and tough ear cuffs have been all the rage for the past year or so. But judging from the recent Resort collections, the new jewelry must-have is a chunky chain. We spied statement-making metal necklaces that were equal parts punk and hip-hop bling at Chanel, Bottega Veneta, Givenchy, and Lanvin, among others. Jenni Kayne, for her part, piled on the gold strands for an extra dose of swag (let’s just say that Jay-Z himself would be jealous), while Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing, Bouchra Jarrar, and Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent incorporated gleaming links as accents on their clothes. In addition to Rihanna, whose Céline ID choker has been in heavy rotation for some time now, cool girls such as Caroline de Maigret have taken a new liking to heavy-duty chokers. We’re betting they’ll be street-style status symbols at the Spring ’14 shows.
Ever wonder where Sofia Coppola goes to relax, who cuts Natalie Portman’s hair, or where Lady Gaga gets her vintage treasures? How about Isabel Marant’s favorite spot for scrambled eggs? French Vogue contributor Carole Sabas divulges all this and more in two new books: Fashion Insiders’ Guide to Paris and Fashion Insiders’ Guide to New York, both of which hit stores on May 7. A Parisian living in New York, Sabas has previously published tomes detailing hotspots in Miami, Paris, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, but the 2013 editions offer updated, personal picks from the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Viktor & Rolf, Gaia Repossi, Alexander Wang, and Yaz Bukey. Needless to say, fashion’s best-kept secrets—like under-the-radar eateries, flea markets, and late-night spots—are no more. Sabas’ useful, privileged info is accompanied by the illustrations of Caroline Andrieu (above, left) and Bernadette Pascua (above, right). However, in her Paris intro, the author warns that the books are not meant to be authoritative. “Sometimes the crowd in a restaurant will look more appealing than your food. And you may wonder why the tastemakers still come here season after season. Ask them and they’ll shrug: ‘The owner is crazy.’” But, she adds, when you follow the fashion set, “expect to be surprised, bewitched, puzzled, maybe disappointed at times, but always dazzled.”
Carole Sabas’ Fashion Insiders guides are available for pre-order now at Abramsbooks.com.
Gaia Repossi is setting new rules for fine jewelry. While she works at her family’s nearly 100-year-old Place Vendôme house, her approach to precious metal and stones is anything but traditional. For instance, her ear cuffs, as well as her multi Berbère rings, are must-haves for fashionable cool girls like Diane Kruger and Kate Bosworth. And although her forward-thinking, often diamond-sprinkled wares indeed have an haute edge, she has never worked with large stones. Until now, that is. At an appointment yesterday, Repossi unveiled “Serti sur Vide” (which translates to “Set on Empty”), a collection of one-of-a-kind pieces that feature wide set, hand set stones. Our favorite ring is made with two diamonds: a twenty-four carat stone sparkles at the base of the hand and, in an innovative twist, the setting arcs under the finger and a six carat diamond sits on top. “My idea was to surprise people and show them that a large stone can still look modern and not age the [wearer],” Repossi told Style.com. Because of the hidden setting, the diamonds look as though they’re floating on your finger. It’s delicate, futuristic, and perfect for a twenty-first-century princess.
Who says two is better than one? At least in earrings, girls are bucking that conventional wisdom—symmetry be damned. Our market director Marina Larroude has been a fan of the trend since Gaia Repossi launched her multipierced earrings, which she frequently wears in only one ear, and nurtured her obsession with innovative pieces by Ca & Lou and Noir. Her latest find is this white gold and sapphire cone earring by Parisian brand Pristine (available at Colette), featured in today’s In the Mood For. Two would be too many—go one and done.