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Need to Know: After years of working with Giorgio Armani, Wilfredo Rosado realized his dream was to launch his own fine jewelry collection. And in 2011, he did just that. Top international retailers like Bergdorf Goodman and Lane Crawford quickly snatched up his unique pieces. His cameos were an instant success, Gwyneth Paltrow wore his pink feather and diamond earrings to the 2011 Grammys, and ever since debuting his first collection, editors and buyers alike have championed his extravagant, eccentric take on diamonds.
When asked about his Fall ’13 collection, Rosado told Style.com that he has always been a fan of the Smoke series of burned furniture by the Dutch designer Maarten Baas. He’s fascinated by the idea of creating high-luxury pieces and treating them as common, non-precious objects. You can’t get much more precious than 18-karat gold set with sapphires, diamonds, and emeralds. But for Fall, Rosado inlaid his decadent wares with burned wood. He tells us they’re meant to be worn as everyday accessories.
He Says: “Should I call this collection ‘HOT’? I just want women—or men, for that matter—to look and feel cool wearing it, without feeling like they’re wearing the family jewels!”
Where to Find It: Bergdorf Goodman, Just One Eye, Neiman Marcus
In addition to the major jewelers who showed at Paris’ Place Vendôme during Couture week, two presentations by burgeoning American talents caught our eye. The first was Eddie Borgo, who showed his pre-fall ’13 collection in an apartment-turned-showroom on the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. This season, the New York-based designer (who, after only five years on the scene, has already garnered a healthy international following) made a bold move into color. He presented chunky gold, rose-gold, and silver pieces studded with malachite, Botswana agate, and delicate blue lace agate, respectively. Borgo also debuted silver and malachite clip-on collar tips and star clips set with glass pearls for shoes. Where to keep all of these urban baubles, you ask? After showing a single jewelry box last season, Borgo has expanded into an entire range of them. Inspired by memories of his grandmother’s long-lost vanity case, the designer’s new boxes are made of embossed Italian leather with Eddie Borgo hardware and practical hinged compartments that swing outward.
Over at the Plaza Athénée, self-taught designer Wilfredo Rosado explained that his design philosophy in general—and the one behind this particular collection of nine one-off pieces—is that “there are no rules.” Formerly the fashion director at Giorgio Armani, Rosado (who, it should be noted, was the man behind those diamond and pink Lemarié feather earrings Gwyneth Paltrow wore to the Grammys in 2011) is a fashion-world veteran. This time around, he showcased “Art Deco in New York”-inspired pieces such as a tension-set cuff with diamonds and emeralds, as well as an elaborate necklace set with removable diamonds that can be worn with or without a scattering of colorful laser-cut leather flowers. Also on display were revisited blackamoor busts, sassy “lip-licking” cameos, and diamonds on a mesh lace of handwoven gold. “What can I say? This is not jewelry for wallflowers,” he joked.
Narrowing down more than 5,000 bags, shoes, and jewels—no easy feat. But then, it is our job. In the midst of compiling our Fall 2011 Accessories Index, we’ve all come across a few favorites we’re saving up for come September. Below, Style.com’s editors on the pieces they can’t wait to get their hands on.
“I’ve been on the lookout for a pair of light brown boots for a while. Phillip Lim’s will look great with all of my denim flares, and they have the added attraction of a friendly price point too.” —Nicole Phelps, executive editor
“Wilfredo Rosado is my favorite new designer to watch. After years working with Mr. Armani, he’s launching a fine jewelry collection this fall; if you noticed Gwyneth Paltrow’s pink feather earrings at the Grammys this year, you’ve already seen his unique pieces in action. This pendant in one of my favorites—you have to look at it twice to notice that it’s not just your old classic cameo.” —Marina Larroude, senior market editor
“The shape of this Chloé bag reminds me of Coach’s old bucket bags—which I still stalk on eBay to this day. The patchwork of exotic skins also seems like it would go with every piece of outerwear I own, including my leopard swing coat—no small feat.” —Celia Ellenberg, senior beauty editor
“Let’s just say I am seriously considering a weekend job so I can kick it in these forest green/fuchsia Kirkwood pumps come Fall.” —Brittany Adams, associate fashion editor