OK, if you haven’t already heard of BaubleBar, let me enlighten you about my newest crush. We’ve all heard about mixing high-low ad nauseam, Galliano with J.Crew, Lanvin with Massimo Dutti, etc. etc. But for the most part I have been unable to find really great designs at the lower end of the price range that are well-made AND well-designed. So when I stumbled upon BaubleBar, I went a little overboard. Seriously!
BaubleBar does fashion jewelry better than anyone else I’ve seen out there (OK, there are a few and yes you know who you are and you have or will be mentioned so don’t get grumpy!). In particular, I LOVE LOVE LOVE BaubleBar’s collaborations! They just finished a project with Erickson Beamon (one of my top 5 designer costume jewelry houses) and they still have a few pieces left here and are currently collaborating with DKNY. Bet part of all? At price ranges starting around $20 its guilt free like Fro-Yo! Here are some things I have my eye on:
BaubleBar beauties are perfect for stacking, you can drape a boat-load around your neck and still have change left over for cocktails! YAY! Oh, and hint, they have Twitter feed necklaces. I was debating on whether or not I should disclose this considering that I haven’t yet received mine but alas, altruism reigns. They are like name necklaces except with twitter handles (@DelivMeDiamonds, @Jeanzpoh). CRUSH!. Apparently BaubleBar is revamping its Vault and will reveal a new loyalty program come April 30th so stay tuned.
I was just reading an article in the Financial Times yesterday about how Asia is becoming a force to be reckoned with in the world of fashion and luxury goods. Not only are Chinese companies buying up flailing European brands, they are also creating their own luxury design labels which are then in turn being produced in Europe (the Asian consumer is very picky about quality). Hi, European bail out anyone?
It comes by no surprise then that Hong Kong native, Patrick Wong, owner and creator of Venna is so hot these days on the international fashion circuit. Patrick graduated from Central Saint Martins in London (same school that produced Alexander McQueen, Zac Posen and my dear friend, Mary Ping, brilliant mind behind Slow and Steady Wins the Race) and started Venna in 2005. Venna pieces are all made by hand and considered MUST HAVES by the fashion world at large. What do I think? Honey, I think the fringes are fabulous! I hand-picked a few pieces from his new collection to display here, though he has plenty of divine non-fringed pieces as well. I am especially taken with the Gold Fringe necklace, its like 50′s costume jewelry that got tangled with a gold fringed curtain tie back while its owner was having a romp through the curtains. Heaven! There is a Venna trunk show on at Moda Operandi until April 17th if you care to buy it online. Otherwise, wait for it to hit stores like Lane Crawford, Bon Marche, Barney’s New York, etc.
My goldfish memory didn’t fail me this time! As promised, I shall enlighten those who haven’t discovered the wonder that is Dana Lorenz on the designer behind Fenton and Fallon. If you haven’t heard the names Fenton, Fallon or Dana Lorenz dropped around yet then you’ve been living under a rock. Ms. Lorenz is a darling of the fashion world and has been taking the costume jewelry world by storm since 2006. The designer uses metals, rhinestones, crystals, feathers, leather, fur(!) and any other material she can get her paws on to create irreverent punk-meets-upper-east-side inspired gorgeousness. I’m predicting that Ms. Lorenz will be a funkier downtown-Miriam Haskell for our times.
Ms. Lorenz has collaborated with Proenza Schouler and Thakoon for runway, done capsule collections for J.Crew (I told you J.Crew sometimes comes out with some damn good costume jewelry) and Opening Ceremony. You can find Fenton/Fallon in my happy places Barney’s, Ikram, Colette, 10 Corso Como (Milano), Dover Street Market (London), Luisa via Roma, Liberty and Lane Crawford. I am still slightly shocked that my second home (Bergdorfs) doesn’t carry her line but fear not my happy place online (www.modaoperandi.com) is hosting a Fenton trunk show until March 27th!
Fallon is the younger sister of the designer’s Fenton label and consists of more staple/layering pieces—no sleek way to say it so I’m just going to have at it—its a lower price point as well. If Fenton is your Rick Owens leather jacket, Fallon is the Alexander Wang T-shirt you layer under it. Get me? Good. Now be off and seek out your pretties and remember to blink once in a while—we don’t need you giving yourself diamond blindness.