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Editorialist Toasts Its Collaboration With the CFDA


Stefania Allen, Steven Kolb, Kate Davidson Hudson

It was a fashion feast among friends last night at The High Line Hotel, where the CFDA and Editorialist celebrated their collaborative Accessories Spotlight campaign. “Accessories and jewelry aren’t often promoted,” offered the CFDA’s Steven Kolb, explaining the impetus for the ongoing series. “Most of the designers featured, this is their craft and their art,” said Kolb, who decided to show his personal support by donning a pair of Illesteva frames.

Once a month, Editorialist—the fashion magazine meets online retailer created by former Elle editors Stefania Allen and Kate Davidson Hudson—casts the spotlight on a new CFDA accessories designer. Showcased talents, like this month’s Lisa Salzer of Lulu Frost, receive a dedicated gallery on Editorialist, where their confections are displayed. Furthermore, special content gives greater insight into the brands’ aesthetics, inspirations, and histories.

The camaraderie was certainly passed around the long dining table as editors, designers, and models sipped champagne and dined on ginger-crusted tilapia under the high-vaulted ceiling of the gothic, turn-of-the-century hotel. “It’s OK, we know each other!” said one editor as she boldly stabbed her fork into her neighbor’s fish.

So what did Illesteva’s Daniel Silberman think of Kolb’s eyewear choice? “I think Steven rotates between a few other designers’ pairs,” said Silberman. “But no one gets mad. Here, we’re all friends.”

Photo: David X Prutting/ 

The CFDA Gives Its Jewelry Designers a Chance to Shine


Jewelry from Mimi So, Lulu Frost, Mish, and Simon AlcantaraYesterday 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.”

Photos: Courtesy of the CFDA

A Roman Holiday, With a Pit Stop in London


Jewelry from Lulu Frost's Resort and George Frost collections

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

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.”

Photos: Courtesy of Lulu Frost

The CFDA’s New Members Revealed


Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis at the 2013 CFDA Awards

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.

Photo: Neil Rasmus/

At The Social Set’s Holiday Parties, The Past Is Present

------- contributing editor and party reporter Darrell Hartman circles the city and, occasionally, the globe in the line of duty. In a new column, he reports on the topics—whatever they may be at whatever given moment—that are stirring the social set.

Last week, the in-demand event designer Bronson van Wyck made his first foray into retail with a holiday pop-up space at the West Village vintage shop Overbey & Dunn. A shrine to traditional (read: WASP) Christmas, it’s richly decked out with vintage baubles and antlered taxidermy. There are magnolia garlands by the foot, with the added option of gilding and pomegranates—”an ancient symbol of prosperity and good fortune,” van Wyck explained at the launch party Thursday night, which drew the likes of André Balazs (left, with van Wyck) and Martha Stewart. (“Fabulous,” the entertaining queen declared, admiring a basket of faux-glass ornaments.) Van Wyck’s staff—or “elves,” as he’s calling them—will even deliver you a made-to-measure Christmas tree.

People tend to get nostalgic around the holidays. We literally turn the clocks back, as if to prepare for them. But there seems to be more nostalgia going on this time around. For the high-minded party set this season, revisiting the past is all the rage. Continue Reading “At The Social Set’s Holiday Parties, The Past Is Present” »