5 posts tagged "Yaz Bukey"
We all need a little levity in our lives. Luckily, this season designers had a flair for the flamboyant. From Delfina Delettrez’s rainbow rubber jewels to Olympia Le-Tan’s witty ode to all things pop, Spring’s must-have accessories are whimsical and, at times, a bit wacky. With equal measures eccentricity and elegance, let these expressive extras do the talking. Shop our playful picks from Yazbukey, Marc Jacobs, and more, below.
1. Olympia Le-Tan sac, $1,274, available at www.colette.fr
2. Christian Louboutin bag, $2,195, available at www.net-a-porter.com
3. Yazbukey mirror, $135, available at www.kirnazabete.com
4. Delfina Delettrez cuff, $924, available at www.matchesfashion.com
5. Marc Jacobs pumps, $694, available at www.colette.fr
Ever wonder where Sofia Coppola goes to relax, who cuts Natalie Portman’s hair, or where Lady Gaga gets her vintage treasures? How about Isabel Marant’s favorite spot for scrambled eggs? French Vogue contributor Carole Sabas divulges all this and more in two new books: Fashion Insiders’ Guide to Paris and Fashion Insiders’ Guide to New York, both of which hit stores on May 7. A Parisian living in New York, Sabas has previously published tomes detailing hotspots in Miami, Paris, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, but the 2013 editions offer updated, personal picks from the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Viktor & Rolf, Gaia Repossi, Alexander Wang, and Yaz Bukey. Needless to say, fashion’s best-kept secrets—like under-the-radar eateries, flea markets, and late-night spots—are no more. Sabas’ useful, privileged info is accompanied by the illustrations of Caroline Andrieu (above, left) and Bernadette Pascua (above, right). However, in her Paris intro, the author warns that the books are not meant to be authoritative. “Sometimes the crowd in a restaurant will look more appealing than your food. And you may wonder why the tastemakers still come here season after season. Ask them and they’ll shrug: ‘The owner is crazy.’” But, she adds, when you follow the fashion set, “expect to be surprised, bewitched, puzzled, maybe disappointed at times, but always dazzled.”
Carole Sabas’ Fashion Insiders guides are available for pre-order now at Abramsbooks.com.
Accessories designer (and Ottoman princess) Yaz Bukey has been spending time in Istanbul of late. And the city’s landmark nineteenth-century hotel Pera Palace was the starting point for her Fall 2013 Yazbukey collection, which she’s titled “Murder She Wrote.” The designer donned several of her new Plexiglas wares at her party at the Maison Darré last night, including a heart-and-dagger headpiece that grazed the temple of anyone who attempted to kiss her cheek. “My sister lived in Pera Palace years ago, before the renovation,” she recalled. “It was eerie, kind of haunted, and there was a legend about a missing key. Now, it’s a luxury hotel, but I was thinking about the way it used to be, because that’s where Agatha Christie lived while writing Murder on the Orient Express. This collection is an homage to her and to Angela Lansbury, both.”
At the back of the boutique, a living tableau of characters inspired by a Yazbukey take on the board game Clue (caricatures with names like Agatha Fletcher, Poison Yvette, Professor Doremi, and Crazy Scarlett) camped it up around a Plexiglas piano keyboard. Equally notable as the theatric display were Bukey’s figurative necklaces, plastrons, and handmade handbags inlaid with images of lipstick, pearls, eyeglasses, or—the designer’s personal favorite—a handful of detective novels. Burning on a side table was Bukey’s recent collaboration with Cire Trudon—a candle she said was inspired by a fifties pinup on the back of her boyfriend’s motorcycle. Its scent? “Hair spray, lipstick, and leather.”
Label: Yazbukey by Yaz Bukey
Need to know: Paris-based accessories designer Yaz Bukey never fails to coax a smile with her tongue-in-cheek, tromp l’oeil Plexiglas jewelry. This season, the designer presented not only a witty display of colorful baubles but also debuted a handbag range, as well as a selection of playful silk scarves. Inspired by a retro Californian fantasy, the collection was born out of an imaginary sixties motel scenario. In her bizarre, Bukey world, the designer envisioned a scene in which a band, bartender, naughty hotel maid, and guests meet in a kitschy airbrushed paradise. Bukey expresses her vision in key chains shaped like cat-eye sunglasses, studded collars, and lipstick necklaces. Her vintage-tinged tobacco leather handbags and travel cases featured clever, perverse accoutrements, like a pair of leg-shaped zipper tassels that one must pull apart to open the bag. Foulards were printed with fruity cocktails or phrases like “meet me in the lobby,” and the designer further expanded her vision via home accessories, like a giant guitar or motel sign, which can be hung on walls or placed on tables. From her pink hair-dryer pins to the Marilyn Monroe and Elvis pendants, Bukey created an OMG spring outing filled with irreverence, nostalgia, and a cheeky sense of fun.
She says: “I’ve always had a fantasy about the California life, and this collection is about different people meeting in a motel in California in the 1960s. It’s called Tropical Heat Wave, for Marilyn Monroe’s song, because I think there is a little Marilyn in each one of us. She’s not perfect, but I think she was one of the most beautiful women in the world and she was very clever.”
Where to find it: Colette, Joyce Hong Kong, 10 Corso Como, and other select boutiques.