In the latest episode of Style Coalition TV's Behind the Seams, I stepped inside the Flatiron headquarters of Lulu Frost. Designer Lisa Salzer chats about getting her start as a jewelry designer, the art of collaboration AND her most recent Spring '13 collection dubbed Let's Bring Back.
Let's Bring Back derives inspiration from three extraordinary and diverse women - Belle Epoque heiress The Marchesa Casati, Jazz Age activist Nancy Cunard, and mid-century Surrealist designer Elsa Schiaparelli. A capsule within the collection is devoted to each, with prices ranging from $130-$480.
Learn more about Lulu Frost in the episode above, and shop the collection online at LuluFrost.com!
In just a few weeks, I'll be headed down to Atlantic City to fete the 30th birthday of a friend. And while I prefer a sure thing, knowing myself, I won't be able to resist the allure of the casino floors. In short? A lucky charm is in order, and I knew it when I saw it - a Vintage Poker Chip pendant ($155) by designer Miranda Frye.
Available as an ultra limited edition, each Vintage Poker Chip necklace boasts a vintage 1920's poker chip, made of precious Mother of Pearl (as opposed to the plastic or clay chips used today) and set on a silver or gold chain. Miranda's simple, modern jewelry is perfect for layering and with most pieces under $100, it's definitely tempting to splurge on multiple pieces. There's also an appealing earthiness in the collection, a la the ultra lightweight and glamorous Pointed Paisley Earrings, $40, also seen above.
Learn more about Miranda Frye and explore the collection online at MirandaFrye.com.
Jewelry is a grand love of mine (perhaps the longest lasting love of my life, in fact) but at today's NXNE brunch, I learned that not all of my friends can relate - and one in particular asked for some guidance on how to best create a capsule wardrobe of "essentials". Now the tricky thing about jewelry and the idea of essentials is that, essentially, there's no such thing. I mean, I can sing the praises of classics like a monogram pendant, hoop earrings, diamond studs or a tank watch - but the reality is that those items, classic as they may be, really don't speak to every woman's style - in fact, I only own two of the four and wear those rarely.
A hippie at heart, my friend Lisa needs jewelry that she can wear both for to work and to play - and silver is her preferred metal. Above, my picks for a capsule wardrobe of jewelry to get her started (top left, clockwise):
- BaubleBar sets a new gold standard for affordable jewelry and with their mix of designers and styles, anyone is sure to find a cart full of baubles to love. For Lisa, I liked the Silver Fringe Bib Necklace ($32) - it's simple enough to not overwhelm her small frame, but also bold enough to make a statement.
- It's entirely possible that I'm projecting here (I loooove an evil eye!), but I also think that the Voodoo Hindsight Duo ($26) could be perfect for Lisa's mildly Stevie Nicks meets Janis Joplin vibe. These beaded bracelets are inexpensive, and can be worn solo or layered with a stack of contrasting bangles.
- As the child of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet, Zoe Kravitz is rock royalty - and though she's young, we could all learn a little something from her effortlessly bohemian vibe (seriously, I was wowed by her inherent chicness when we met years ago). This Spring, she's collaborated with Swarovski Crystallized on a capsule collection of jewelry. It's all Native American-inspired - think silver and turquoise (of course) - and thereby perfect for the free spirit. There's a lot to love here, but the Sierra Light Necklace ($116) is seasonless and will work easily as well layered or solo.
- While I love delicate jewelry, I do think it's important to make a statement at times. The Ainsley Bracelet from Stella & Dot is perf for such occasions - this wide, glittering bracelet (it stretches to fit anyone) boasts 500 crystals. For $98, it's a steal.
- It's hard to identify just one style of earring that every woman MUST own. In my book, quirky studs are a go-to daily, though I'd CERTAINLY never want to live without a sleek hoop or a glittering chandelier. The Cosima Earrings from Lia Sophia are a nice compromise - they're exotic-looking (you could tell people that you picked them up in Bali without a doubt) and cut from a chic, antique-finish silver.
Designer, artist and entrepreneur Robert Lee Morris is nothing short of a legend in the jewelry business. His stunning namesake collection, launched in 1971, is one that's instantly recognizable to anyone who has even the slightest interest in jewelry - pieces are bold and sometimes architectural, yet sensual, often deriving inspiration from organic forms. I'm particularly obsessed with the bold cuffs, which sit perfectly on the wrist despite their often striking size.
Last week, I had the pleasure of going Behind The Seams and in the studio with Robert in the Style Coalition TV episode below. In addition to a peek at his current collection, archives and workroom, we chatted about the art of designer collaborations (having worked with legends like Calvin Klein and Donna Karan, Robert knows a bit on the matter). His advice is worth a listen for any young designer.
Shop the Robert Lee Morris collection at Bergdorf Goodman, Kirna Zabête, or at Morris’ Soho store at 400 West Broadway.
Bevel Trunk Show's 12 Days of Trunk Shows rolls on today, with a very special sale hosted by YOURS TRULY. Today's featured designer is LYRALOVESTAR - a collection of celestial themed jewelry by celebrity stylist Crystal Streets. The Siri Pave Edged Crescent Earrings ($125) seen here are so my style - a modern mixed metal half moon that moves as you do, edged in glam pave crystal.
You can shop these beauties, along with a gorgeous new designer piece daily through the holiday, on Bevel Trunk Shows -just enter code NYC150 to cut the waitlist and be granted immediate access.
One lucky girl won't have to risk missing this limited edition, because I'm also giving away a pair of Lyra Love Star earrings from Bevel. Simply become a member and leave a comment here to enter. One lucky winner will be chosen at Noon on Friday, December 28, 2012.
For more from me, you can also visit Bevel Uncut to read their interview with me today.
I often talk here of my love of jewelry - I have an astounding amount but somehow, inexplicably, I'm always in the market for more. It's the junkie in me, I suppose. I was recently intro-d to Bevel, a new shopping destination that offers limited time online trunk shows featuring some of the finest independent jewelry designers around.
Take LYRALOVESTAR. Designed by Celebrity Stylist Crystal Streets, this striking collection of jewelry includes the Siri Pave Edged Crescent Earrings seen here on yours truly. Streets says that the collection - named for her daughter Lyra -is inspired by all things celestial (you can see the sleek crescent moon shape on the earrings above, for example) and that she designs for the 'fashion forward woman who lives in the moment, looks to the future, and believes in the power of passion and determination to make her dreams come true'. I can relate...can you?
LYRALOVESTAR's Trunk Show will go live exclusively on Bevel, this Wednesday, December 19. RSVP HERE to gain access to shop (or use code NYC150), and stay tuned for a very special giveaway I'll be hosting later this week as part of Bevel's 12 Days of Christmas campaign!
WHO: Giles & Brother
WHAT: Special holiday shopping event including complimentary stamping of railroad spikes at 20% OFF, sample sale pieces at 70% off and an appearance by designer Philip Crangi
WHEN: Wednesday, December 12th, Thursday December 13th, and Friday December 14th, 10AM-6PM
WHERE: Giles & Brother Showroom - 147 W 29th Street, Suite 5E (Between 7th and 8th Avenues)
WHY: Up to 70% OFF Retail
In the midst of New York Fashion Week, I'm excited to share some exciting news from Style Coalition - namely, the launch of my new SCTV video series, Behind the Seams.
Launching first with a glimpse into the New York City studio of Tuleste Market, a contemporary jewelry collection created by sisters in style Celeste and Satu Greenberg, Behind the Seams will take an insider's look into fashion's most fun, interesting and hopefully! inspirational showrooms, boutiques and events.
Check out the ep above, subscribe to Style Coalition TV on YouTube and get further Tuleste'd (that's their clever terminology, not mine!) over at TulesteMarket.com. Here are a few of my picks from the Fall '12 collection:
Jewelry designer Lisa Salzer of Lulu Frost celebrated New York Fashion Week last night with a special presentation of Let's Bring Back by Lulu Frost at the chic, uptown Carlyle Hotel.
Collaborating with acclaimed author and long-time friend Lesley M. M. Blume, the Let's Bring Back by Lulu Frost presentation explores the iconic style of three Let's Bring Back muses: beguiling Belle Epoque heiress The Marchesa Casati; Nancy Cunard, an untamed Jazz Age activist; and Elsa Schiaparelli, the famously irreverent mid-century Surrealist designer. In the Spring/Summer 2013 collection, Lisa captures the essence of each woman while infusing each necklace, bracelet, brooch and pair of earrings with quintessential Lulu Frost flourishes.