13 posts tagged "Joseph"
If you’ve always hankered for a piece of fine jewelry designed by embattled rocker and erstwhile Kate Moss beau Pete Doherty, you’re in luck. The Babyshambles front man stopped by Joseph in London last night to unveil Albion Trinketry, the 15-piece range of unisex jewelry he created with Hannah Martin, the Cartier-trained jeweler who designs her own namesake collection and has collaborated in the past with fellow English youngbloods Hannah Marshall and Carolyn Massey. (Earlier this year, Doherty played the opening party of Joseph’s refurbished Avenue Montaigne store.) The collection includes pendants, necklaces, bracelets, and cuff links, many of them playing on cross and Art Deco-ish starburst motifs. “We wanted to offer jewelry that may have not been seen before by our customer. How often does one go into a jewelry store? Not often,” opined Joseph Group CEO Sara Ferrero. “We are opening up the opportunity to buy jewelry in a different way—fine jewelry being shown in a relaxed [and] non-intimidating environment.” That was yesterday. Doherty spent today in an environment a shade less relaxed: the courts, where, English tabs gleefully reported, he is due to face another round of charges.
London girls have always known about Joseph—since the seventies, it’s been the brand they’ve raided their mothers’ closets for, poaching the great fur accessories, slouchy knits, and signature form-fitting trousers. The label—and its attendant store, founded by retail legend Joseph Ettedgui, which also stocks sharp picks from Alexander Wang, Alaïa, Proenza Schouler, and Givenchy—has maintained a steady client base over the years but fallen largely off the radar of the young and acquisitive. With new owners (the Japanese retail giant Onward Kashiyama, which also owns Jil Sander) and the guiding direction of artistic director Alain Snege (formerly a buyer for Colette and mastermind behind of-the-moment collaborations with the likes of Seven for All Mankind and LD Tuttle), Joseph is gaining traction anew. Longstanding clients Claudia Schiffer, Elle Macpherson, and Liz Hurley—meet Alison Mosshart and Poppy Delevingne.
The Joseph look—designed by Louise Trotter, with input from Snege—includes a few girly party dresses (Gwyneth Paltrow recently snapped up a lacy gold frock), but for Fall, it’s got more than a little of the hard-edged, hell-bent-for-leather look popularized by Carine Roitfeld. (No surprise, a friend of Snege’s.) And in keeping with tradition, the fur accents are still liberally dispensed. U.S. fans can find the label at Intermix, Net-a-Porter, and Shopbop, as well as at the label’s Madison Avenue flagship store.
They say leopards don’t change their spots—and that’s fine with me, because I am obsessed with them. I’ve been collecting leopard-print pieces for a few years, but I never managed to find the perfect coat. Until now. I love this extra-soft rabbit-fur piece at Joseph, either to pair with slouchy boyfriend jeans on the weekends or with my sleek, skinny J Brands for work. Printed fur can be tricky—either too flashy or too cheap-looking—but this one’s just right. Fair warning, though: It doesn’t look cheap because, well, it isn’t.
$1,450, available at Joseph, 816 Madison Ave., NYC, (212) 570-0077.