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Yesterday at the CFDA’s offices in Nolita, seventeen CFDA jewelry designers gathered for the first time to show their new works collectively to buyers, editors, and industry influencers. “Jewelry is such a distinct category in fashion—it stands alone—and it’s a growing category in our membership,” explained CFDA CEO Steven Kolb. “So the idea was to really celebrate that specialness and the members who are jewelry designers.”
Among the featured designers were Mimi So, who used natural, unrefined sapphires to create Portofino-inspired, deep-aquamarine-colored wares (above, top left); Lisa Salzer of Lulu Frost (above, top right), who told us, “Our S/S collection is inspired by the Sofia Coppola-[directed] Marie Antoinette movie. The collection is so girly, but it also has a little bit of punk with a neon twist.”; and Mish Tworkowski of Mish (above, bottom right). “These are really wonderful, rare special stones—and baroque pearls and gold cuffs in yellow gold with brown diamonds,” said the latter of his new pieces.
Simon Alcantara (above, bottom left), a CFDA jewelry member, teamed up with jewelry consultant Talya Cousins to spearhead the initiative. “These are people I’ve known for years,” said Alcantara of his fellow presenting members. “We help and support each other. I feel like together we’re a strong team. And the jewelry membership—I just recently realized—is like 25 percent of the CFDA and growing. So it’s the right time.”
Last night, Lulu Frost’s Lisa Salzer joined up with Amanda Ferry to host an intimate cocktail soiree at retailer Matches Fashion’s headquarters. It was there that Salzer presented her Resort ’14 wares, as well as her recently launched men’s accessories range George Frost, to the London set. “The men’s line is named after my grandfather and actually co-designed with my boyfriend, [ballet dancer] Marlon Taylor-Wiles, and Jon Sneden of Victory Group. It’s inspired by American heroes from World War II and their loved ones waiting for them at home. That’s why we called the collection Love and Luck,” Salzer told Style.com.
A bracelet with beading in Morse code patterns spelled out “I love you,” and engraved Victory cuffs, as well as a necklace of real grenade pull pins, embraced the theme.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Resort collection, titled Roman Holiday, was extremely feminine. Encrusted in glass and beads, the pieces did indeed recall Audrey Hepburn’s rebellious, regal character from the film of the same name. Also on display were the designer’s 100 Year necklaces. “Basically, I collected little bits from each decade over the past hundred years, like pieces of Bakelite from the twenties or Czech crystals from the thirties. Then I put it all together, so you are actually wearing history, but in a very modern [way].” So where does she find these antique materials? “I source them from all over—from estate sales, from my travels. But really, I have lost entire days to eBay. It’s amazing what you can unearth from there.”
The CFDA just got a little—well, actually, significantly—bigger. Today, the Council of Fashion Designers of America named 32 new members, including Suno’s Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis (above), who won the 2013 Swarovski Award for Womenswear, Jennifer Meyer, Todd Snyder, Creatures of the Wind’s Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters, Lulu Frost’s Lisa Salzer, Illesteva’s Daniel Silberman and Justin Salguero, and more. “Acceptance into the CFDA family is validation of a designer’s talent and it is an opportunity to access the many offerings and programs provided by the organization,” CFDA CEO Steven Kolb told WWD. The council, which hosted its 2013 awards bash last week, is now up to a whopping 454 members.
Label: Lulu Frost by Lisa Salzer (pictured, left)
Need to know: For her Spring 2013 presentation, designer Lisa Salzer created three jewelry collections based on feminist icons referenced in friend Lesley M. M. Blume’s book Let’s Bring Back. The groups were staged in separate vignettes during a throwback-style cocktail party at the Carlyle Hotel. The first in the series is based on Belle Époque heiress the Marchesa Casati and offers up a Victorian, almost celestial aesthetic, with serpent-wrapped bangles and pendants dripping with moons and stars. Salzer’s second story is based on Jazz Age activist Nancy Cunard and showcases wildly bright resin, pops of crystal, and batik fabrics woven through each piece. The last collection, inspired by Surrealist designer and style icon Elsa Schiaparelli, features jewelry molded into playful fruit, lobsters, and hand shapes.
She says: “These women were all muses in her [Blume's] book, which I contributed to a few years ago, so we’ve been thinking about this for a long time,” said Salzer. “We love celebrating the old and modernizing it, bringing it back, and it made sense to do a jewelry collection influenced by strong women. We wanted them to be very different and we wanted to explore different decades and influences.”
Where to find it: Bergdorf Goodman, Kirna Zabête, Intermix, LuluFrost.com