August 31 2014

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A First Look at Des Kohan’s Newest Designer Capsule Collection



L.A.-based store owner Desiree Kohan is a veteran of exclusive collaborations, with a roster of past partners that includes Alaïa, Chalayan, and Juan Carlos Obando. For the latest capsule collection for her namesake boutique, Des Kohan, which has become one of the city’s most well-regarded shopping destinations over the past ten years, she sought out fellow Angeleno, jeweler Gabriela Artigas.

Comprised of six distinct pieces that marry Japanese cultivated pearls and oversize vintage spheres with Artigas’ already architectural designs, the range of chokers, cuffs, pendants, and earrings is anything but ornate. “I love the modernity and timelessness of the pearl, and I knew she would have the right understanding on how to work with a perfect sphere,” Kohan tells

Artigas articulated the collaboration as a way of furthering their existing relationship (the store was one of the first to carry her line) and creating a capsule of wearable art. Working off of Kohan’s original inspiration, Artigas found ways to bring her own designs back to their roots in an inventive way. “The collection is a blend between elegance and architecture,” Artigas said of pairing the pearls with Kohan’s vision. “They’re the kind of pieces that you wear and immediately evoke the grace and pureness of being a woman.” Here, a first look at the pieces.

The collection (from $276 to $1,955) will be available beginning July 17 at Des Kohan, 671 South Cloverdale Avenue, Los Angeles, and on

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Pearls and Beads Make the Rounds for Fall


Karl Lagerfeld may have swapped Chanel’s traditional pearls for jade this season, but the lustrous gem showed up on plenty of other runways. Pearls were outsized at Moschino Cheap & Chic, strung onto ribbon at 3.1 Phillip Lim, and embroidered and buried in tulle at Comme des Garçons. Hidden treasures also popped up at Givenchy, where Riccardo Tisci hung strands of fabric-encased beads from draped tops, and at Sinha-Stanic, where twinkly buttons were applied to rock-chick dresses after the style of the Cockney Pearlies. At Louis Vuitton, meanwhile, ankle-strap party shoes featured pearl-pierced hourglass-shaped heels. Click for a slideshow, then tell us if you’ve taken a shine to this trend. Tell us below.




Photo: Marcio Madeira