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Ottomania! Yaz Bukey Returns to Her Roots for Fall



Jewelry designer and all-around fashion personality Yaz Bukey descends from Ottoman royalty—her ancestor Mehmet Ali Pasha, king of Egypt, offered Napoleon the obelisk on the Place de la Concorde—but her father was a diplomat, so she’s never really lived in Turkey. “This collection is sort of my fantasy rendition of Turkey—the Ottoman Empire and decadence,” she said during her Fall ’14 presentation. Sporting a fez and purple cobra earrings, she stood before a live tableau for Turkish Delight, complete with a fishnet-clad odalisque, a Plexiglas hookah, a black cat, and a belly dancer. “We’re in a bazaar; we’ve tumbled down a hidden passageway and emerged in a back room that’s part Saint Laurent in the Opium days, or maybe it’s the twenties, but in any case, it’s very decadent,” she said.

For Fall, Yaz Bukey’s colorful creations include purses and clutches shaped like a clock, a backgammon board, dice, a piano, a flying carpet, and a pack of cigarettes that she’s dubbed Top Kapi. That last idea came from Jules Dassin’s film Topkapi, a sixties-era jewelry-heist caper starring Melina Mercouri and Peter Ustinov. Speaking of jewels, Yaz Bukey has recently created some faux baubles for a collaboration with Causse, the haute glove-maker that is now a part of the Chanel galaxy. A second colorful collection is already in the pipeline—but for that, you’ll have to hang tight until next spring.

Photo: Courtesy Photo 

Lip Service


Spring '14 lips

Pucker up, kiddos. Smooches abounded on the Spring ’14 runways, making their mark everywhere from Peter Jensen, where frocks and tops were covered with photo-realistic lips, to Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, who crafted a pair of sunglasses with gilded gobs for lenses. The gap-toothed pink and purple pouts that appeared on a series of looks at Giles Deacon were rumored to be an ode to stylist Katie Grand’s grin. Meanwhile, Saint Laurent‘s Hedi Slimane doused an 80s-tinged ruffle top and short black wrap dress with an allover rouge lip print. Inspired by Yves Saint Laurent’s 1971 Vichy Chic collection, the smackers were a somewhat surprising embrace of the house’s history. Tucker’s Gaby Basora employed the motif, too. The New York-based designer collaborated with Solange Azagury-Partridge—best known for her “Hot Lips” baubles—on rosebud blouses and dresses strewn with fuchsia kissers.

If mouthy accessories are more your taste, look no further than Yaz Bukey’s Spring ’14 range. The designer served up a patent cherry bouche bag—as well as a pair of lipstick-shaped earrings for touch-ups. And even on the street, showgoers were donning mouth-embellished duds. Tommy Ton snapped one femme in Paris wearing surreal black driving gloves fit for Dali—the wrists sealed with two bright red kisses.

Yazbukey Goes to the Market



It’s hard to imagine that anything remotely charming, amusing, or fashionable could come out of last spring’s Findus horsemeat scandal. But then again, one should never underestimate how Yaz Bukey’s mind—or sense of humor—works. “I was so shocked. Now all of a sudden people are thinking more about what we consume. But packaging is why we keep buying, so tonight’s cocktail [party] is a fabulous supermarket,” explained the evening’s “cashier,” dressed in a short, tight red and white Alai-yaz ensemble (circa 1990), with earrings in the shape of pink nail polish bottles. Inside a bubble-wrapped room at the Maison Darré, where Bukey hosted her Spring ’14 presentation, were pinups and Plexi purses shaped like detergent boxes with matching bubble mirrors, a selection of super-flat clutches (a sardine, a toothpaste tube), and a new venture into sunglasses in collaboration with British eyewear company Zanzan. “We met through Instagram: They posted one of my images and everything took off from there,” the designer said.

Photo: Courtesy of Yaz Bukey

Liberté, Égalité, Lingerie


Fleur du Mal's Bastile Day panties

A celebration of the French Revolution, Bastille Day has become somewhat of a cult-favorite fete among Stateside Francophiles. The holiday lands on July 14, and this year Fleur du Mal’s Jennifer Zuccarini is giving New Yorkers a place to party. “It doesn’t mean much in the U.S.,” says Zuccarini, a Toronto native who used to spend her Bastille Days in Montreal. “But we thought it was perfect and loved the idea of making it chic and fun to fit in with the identity of our brand.”

Citing Baudelaire as a constant source of inspiration (hence the name of her line), the lingerie designer has installed a French-themed pop-up shop in Soho’s Clic Gallery. Lined with gold and black wallpaper, which was custom-made by Flat Vernacular using a gold Tour Eiffel print and black-and-white Polaroids from Fleur du Mal’s last shoot, the store will sell bits and bobs that are quintessentially français.

There will be limited-edition Fleur du Mal panties, which, made in collaboration with LQQK Studio, are printed with French sayings like Coquine, and Plat du Jour. The shop’s stock will also include the brand’s mainline wares, vintage records, books and magazines, Eiffel Tower T-shirts, and surreal Plexiglas jewelry by Paris-based designer Yaz Bukey (Zuccarini hints that there might be a joint project brewing). And you’ll be able to buy that saucy wallpaper, too.

At tonight’s private opening party, guests will be treated to Lillet vin and a reading by the Paris Review‘s Hallie Gates. Zuccarini plans to continue the revelry throughout the week, with cocktails and a DJ set scheduled for the actual holiday. If you can’t make it to the store, or just don’t want to get caught up in the Bastille Day hustle and bustle, you can visit Fleur du Mal’s mobile site to shop all the pop-up has to offer.

Fleur du Mal’s pop-up shop will be open at 255 Centre Street until July 21.

Photos: Courtesy of Fleur du Mal

Shop the Look: Kid ’n’ Play


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

2. Christian Louboutin bag, $2,195, available at

3. Yazbukey mirror, $135, available at

4. Delfina Delettrez cuff, $924, available at

5. Marc Jacobs pumps, $694, available at

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