She’s best known as a beauty heiress and founder of her own new cosmetics brand. Now add jewelry designer to multi-hyphenate Aerin Lauder. In her just-launched collaboration with Karen Erickson of Erickson Beamon (the label’s handcrafted dazzlers have been photographed on everyone from the First Lady to Lady Gaga), Lauder references both her own vintage jewelry collection and the archive of her late grandmother, Estée. The 60-piece collection ($150–$1,000) includes “essentials,” as well as groupings influenced by idyllic beach destinations.
Most people know Ippolita Rostagno by her first name only. Ken Downing gets the scoop—including how to pronounce that famous name—on the Florence-born, New York-based jewelry designer. Read the Q&A in the May issue of The Book by Neiman Marcus.
1. Joie crochet top + shorts
2. 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Floral Mini Satchel
3. Miu Miu round sunglasses
4. Tolani multicolored printed shorts
5. Namrata Joshipura ikat turban
6. Free People a-line lace dress
7. Sheryl Lowe bangles
8. Laurence Dacade gladiator
9. Marc by Marc Jacobs pack rat backpak
10. Mara Hoffman pow cutout one-piece swimsuit
Is Sydney the new fashion capital? Fashion insiders are increasingly making the long trip to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, making it ripe with fashion inspiration for all of us.
Marina Bulgari is the granddaughter of Sottiro Bulgari, founder of the renowned Italian jewelry company Bulgari. During her tenure at the family business, Marina created several of their enduring best-sellers. In 1978, she founded her own luxury brand, Marina B, designing an incredible succession of iconic and legendary jewelry.
Over the next two decades Bulgari continued to design collections filled with eye-catching statement pieces that mixed classicism and modernity, and color and contrast. Bulgari’s jewelry was worn by an array of celebrities such as actress Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, Julia Roberts and Princess Grace. Although Bulgari stopped designing jewelry in 1996, her legacy of legendary work continued to live on with the relaunch of the brand in 2010.
“The spirit of Marina B lies in creating exclusive, innovative handmade jewelry with a distinct boldness of style and richness in color, while using the finest quality diamonds and gemstones. We pride ourselves in upholding only the highest possible standards of craftsmanship,” says Marina B CEO Paul Lubetsky.
Today, all of the jewelry is still handmade in Italy including rings and bangles in the Trisola collection (a collection originally started by Bulgari herself.) “We were delighted when we found the unfinished project at our atelier,” say Lubetsky. Our Italian workshop and our current design team worked in collaboration with our jewelers for over 9 months to complete the Trisola bangle and ring set.
The Trisola collection is made with a process of wrapping and interlocking strips of gold around a “die.” This process is known in Italy as “tubogas” and was pioneered by Marina Bulgari during her time as CEO of her family business. To this day, this process remains one of the most iconic examples of her legacy at Bulgari. This process is used in the Trisola collection, which according to Lubetsky, is one of the most challenging shapes ever attempted in “tubogas” work. There are thirteen steps to the process of completing one Trisola bangle.
See below as master jeweler Giuseppe creates a Trisola bangle at the factory in Italy.
Marina B is available in select Neiman Marcus stores.
8:00 a.m. – Tory Burch backstage
The Tory Burch presentation was held at the elegant Pierre Hotel right off of Central Park. A ballroom dangling with crystal chandeliers and wrapped in brocade wallpaper was the hair and makeup staging area. Unlike most backstage environments, the pre-show vibe at was relaxed and serene. The beauty look for Tory’s Fall 2013 show was a low side bun with a fresh and clean face. Spotted backstage: CNN’s Alina Cho complete with live camera crew and top fashion blogger Blair Eadie of Atlantic Pacific. – SB
9:00 a.m. – Tory Burch show
The Tory Burch show felt more intimate than most shows. There were only 2 rows of seating, so everyone in the room had an opportunity to view the collection relatively up close. For Fall 2013 Burch was inspired by the rich textures of Gustav Klimt’s portraits. His decorative style and that of other Art Nouveau greats like Rene Lalique influenced the free-spirited and romantic mood of the collection. – SB
11:00 a.m. – Vera Wang show
When I arrived at the Vera Wang show at Lincoln Center the first thing I noticed was the embroidered brocade screen print covering the runway. The rich fabric design was a sign of what was soon to walk down it. Wang’s Fall 2013 collection celebrates classical dressmaking in sculptural silhouettes with collages of texture, pattern, color and proportion. — SB
2:00 Naeem Khan show
Naeem Khan’s Fall 2013 collection delivered something for every woman in search of glamour — old Hollywood sparkling gowns, draped grecian gowns, velvet capes over ornate trailing gowns and Indian sari-esque gowns. — SB
2:00 p.m. – Nonoo presentation
The sun’s reflection sparkled off the Hudson River, while the icy sea breeze whipped through The Standard Hotel this afternoon at the Nonoo presentation. Designer Misha Nonoo’s Fall 2013 collection was inspired by a weekend invitation to the Russian countryside, blending romantic youth and confident ease with noble sophistication. Nonoo’s rich, regal hues of imperial ink and military green make up this season’s bold color palette. Nonoo is definitely a brand to watch. – KS
6:30 p.m. – Oscar de la Renta show
Prominent guests – Valentino Garavani, Mario Testino and Diane von Furstenberg, to name a few — packed Oscar de la Renta’s atelier this evening for the Fall 2013 show, not to mention an array of A-list models – Karlie Kloss, Alek Wek, Magdalena Frackowiak and Jessica Stam — who walked the runway. The bounty of ball gowns and face-framing jewels didn’t disappoint. — KS
All photos and text by Kristen Spaulding and Sarah Bray.
The Neiman Marcus team fans out across the runways, presentations, backstages and showrooms New York Fashion Week!
French designer Hervé Van Der Straeten debuts his new exhibition STRUCTURE/S in New York, at the Ralph Pucci Gallery, from January 31 to May 15. It will be a unique occasion to discover Hervé Van Der Straeten’s latest designs as well as iconic pieces, including his famous curved mirrors and newest consoles. Centered on a collection of furniture, lighting and objects, the exhibition examines Hervé Van Der Straten’s work, bringing to the forefront the precision of the designer’s constantly renewed exploration of volumes, contrasting materials and combining textures.
My couture week kicked off on Monday morning with a showroom appointment at Roger Vivier. In true Parisian style their flagship located on the famed Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré also houses their showroom and offices of creative director Bruno Frisoni and in-house muse, legendary supermodel Ines de la Fressange. Bruno transformed his studio using silver foil to mimic Andy Warhol’s famed Factory as the backdrop to show his mod spring/summer 2013 couture collection. He modernized classic shapes and couture techniques – such as Lesage embroidery – using fur, metal, feathers and bright colors. Ines opened the doors to her pink office/treasure trove and was on hand to speak about Bruno’s latest masterpiece collection for Vivier.
No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to Azzedine Alaia. You never know what will stand behind the boutique’s ironclad doors, such as, in my case, famed French actress Catherine Deneuve waiting with two other women outside the communal changing room for Mr. Alaia to finish an ever-important couture fitting. The building houses the world’s only Alaia boutique, showroom, atelier, countless works by artist Julian Schnabel and serves as one of Azzedine’s many Parisian homes.
On Wednesday evening it was time to play dress up with jeweler Eddie Borgo and his pre-fall 2013 collection. Borgo was showing his latest pieces for men and women in a temporary Parisian showroom located just across from Roger Vivier; he even had a few of his stunning jewelry boxes on-hand to showcase alongside his latest baubles. This season, Eddie has added new designs in silver, gold and rose gold and has reinterpreted classics like his ever-popular cone bracelets and tassel necklace in new sizes and colors.
Whether it be fashion or art, culture is ubiquitous in Paris. On Thursday once couture had concluded it was time to visit Galerie Perrotin. On view were three distinct shows by artists Johan Creten, Jean-Michel Othoniel and Pieter Vermeersch. The later is an abstract painter while the former two are both sculptors. A favorite moment of mine, however, came when seeing the adorable artist toys by KAWS and Takashi Murakami in the gallery owner’s office.
Paris’ Left Bank is home to famed taxidermy mecca, Deyrolle, where they offer stuffed and dried animals ranging in sizes from tiny bugs smaller than a centimeter to a giraffe or elephant. Their entire back room devoted to butterflies and insects transports you into what feels more like the mind of artist Damien Hirst than a room filled with dried bugs. The shop has been around for almost two hundred years and serves as a unique source of inspiration for designers looking to learn more about the wild.