4 posts tagged "Venessa Arizaga"
If Spring ’13 is any indication, extravagance need not be reserved for the evening hours. This season, designers amused themselves with some sartorial contradictions: We’ve seen jewels on sneakers, crystal brooches on T-shirts, and sequins on sweatshirts. Adorn yourself, and shop our picks from Christopher Kane, Suno, Miu Miu, and more, below.
1. House of Holland sweatshirt, $196, available at www.brownsfashion.com
2. Christopher Kane top, $1,955, available at www.matchesfashion.com
3. Suno skirt, $325, available at www.brownsfashion.com
4. Venessa Arizaga bracelet, $317, available at www.brownsfashion.com
5. Miu Miu sneakers, $595, available at www.bergdorfgoodman.com
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Valentine’s Day is a little over a month away, but jewelry designer Venessa Arizaga is already feeling the romance. To celebrate the holiday in style, she’s releasing a special collection that features her signature charms and colorful threadwork with a V-Day twist. Highlights include the “Pour Your Heart Out” necklace (above) with pink and black embroidery and the “Crazy About You” charm bracelet with hearts and block letters. “The pieces declare their love to both the wearer and the admirer,” Arizaga said. Ranging from $55-$350, Arizaga’s love-ly baubles will be available from January 15 on VenessaArizaga.com, and at Net-a-Porter, Opening Ceremony, and Bergdorf Goodman in February.
What’s a jewelry designer to do when approached by Opening Ceremony to create an Olympic-inspired capsule collection for the brand’s new London store? Go for the gold—and the silver. “It was a challenge because when you think of the Olympics, you think of materials that are sporty, like spandex,” says Venessa Arizaga. “I wanted to think outside of the box, beyond the Olympic rings, olive branches, and flames.”
The ten-piece range for Opening Ceremony, which caps off at $350, includes colorful bracelets and necklaces accented with signature VA charms. As of July 19, you’ll find everything from doves and peace signs to stars and horseshoes, all of which were developed by the designer herself. As a huge fan of the Olympics, Arizaga gave the jewelry spirited names, like the All Stars bracelet and the First Place necklace, designed to look like the Games’ iconic gold medal. “The First Place necklace is my favorite,” says Arizaga. “It’s like you won something spectacular, and you feel like a goddess in it.” Sounds like every Olympian’s dream. Style.com has the exclusive first look at the collection, above.
Minimalist, this is not. Launched last season at Opening Ceremony, Venessa Arizaga’s jewelry has a winning everything-but-the-kitchen-sink quality, what with the multicolored stones, thread, piled chains, and handfuls of charms that adorn her pieces. Her second collection, for Spring ’11, may be even more eye-popping. “There’s a different twist to the color,” Arizaga says. “And rhinestones, so there’s a bit more shine.” It’s a far cry from the ladylike looks the Parsons grad created as a member of the ready-to-wear design teams at Tuleh, Carolina Herrera, and Zac Posen.
But, as Arizaga explains, it was her experience as a creator of luxe garments that allowed her to develop her jewelry’s signature construction, which relies on couture sewing techniques. “I was doing the jewelry as a hobby, and at one point, when I was on vacation in Puerto Rico, I decided to incorporate some shells I found on the beach,” Arizaga recalls. “But I didn’t want to use traditional hardware closures, so I started threading things together.” Many bits and bobs later, Arizaga is making jewelry full-time, and finding a ready audience for her wares: Net-a-Porter just picked up the line for spring. For now, visit www.venessaarizaga.com.