An Evening With Coco: Fashion Group 1969-“The Theory of Elegance”

Scan from my textual archive: Chanel, The Fashion Group Program. 1969.

During my constant search for fashion accessories texts and archives I ran across an interesting rare program from an event given in December of 1969, by The Fashion Group called, An Evening With Coco. The event was to honor her unique and fabulous style with a party and special performance of the sell out musical “Coco” (Frederick Brisson production of the musical-Katharine Hepburn played Coco. Cecil Beaton designed the costumes)  to benefit the group’s foundation focused on helping develop young talent in the industry as well as advancing women’s health and programs/job opportunities for those who would otherwise not have exposure to them.

The Fashion Group was founded in the 1970s, based on a program which was started in 1928 by seventeen New York women made up of store executives, fashion magazine editors etc. who shared an idea that fashion in America could be more. They wanted equality in fashion for women so that together both sexes could advance “American fashion”.

Coco was still very much alive in 1969 when the event was given – well into her 80s and the program features an interview with her by James Brady, WWD among rare images, quotes, information and stories. “She is the only designer who ever created a spirit as well as a look. And she has been her own best mannequin” (James Brady, WWD).

Chanelisms Coco Chanel Quotes 1969

Chanelisms. Scan from Chanel, The Fashion Group. 1969.

The post focuses on the contents of the program for all of the accessories and fashion lovers out there.  I hope to share some of those lesser known facts and sayings that this program has to offer:

Chanel 101:

She opened her Millinery shop in 1910 and her boutique in Deauville in 1912. Her first official shop was in Paris in 1914 and by 1916 her jersey was featured in Harper’s Bazaar. By 1918 she was leading the industry in Paris and in 1919 she made the “little nothing dress, 1920 the little black dress, the cage dress, pleated skirts and the quilted coat” (Program, page 12).  Other noteworthy moments – she creates Chanel no. 5 in 1922, 1925 she coins the sport tweed look.  In 1928: “Jewelry made of colored glass and crystal. ‘Quality, always quality-this is essential in the perfumery as in fashion’, says Mlle. Chanel” (from page 13 Chanel Non Stop).

Chanel actually closes and stops designing in 1938, keeping her perfume still available and popular until 1954 when she reopens at 31 Rue Cambon and starts designing again. Thus, as a designer she takes quite a long absence and gets back on the horse again!

The Lady and The Legend:

One of my favorite parts of the program is entitled The Lady and The Legend by Tomi Block and it explores the best of the “Chanel” stories and legends.  “All my life I have been called Coco“, she says-

Coco Chanel -The Fashion Group

Chanel vintage History Chanel Timeline Chanel

The Chanel Look (page 10):

“The Chanel Look, as specific as H2O, meant a combination of youth, comfort, jersey, pearls, of luxury hidden away in the perfection of detail, such as sable lining a collar and revealed only when the collar was turned up”. Luce cache and jewels, real or fake, were part of her theory of elegance…

1969 program scan closeup on Coco.

1969 program scan closeup on Coco.

“The essence of the Chanel Look was Chanel herself“….- it finishes that longer paragraph with one of my favorite parts:Combining true and the false, she wrapped her throat and filled in the V of the jacket with a mass of real pearl ropes, jumbled with red and green stones, obviously fake.”

Vintage Red and Green Chanel Jewelry

Chanel. 1969. Image scan.

Chanel. 1969. Image scan.

Coco facts

 

Accessocraft Design Archive: A Vintage New York City Fashion Jeweler

Vintage Accessocraft piece, from an archive boxed away for over 30 years. Prototype without signature, but with classic Accessocraft antiqued metal, chain and finish.

Vintage Accessocraft piece, from an archive which was boxed away for over 30 years. Prototype is without signature, but with classic Accessocraft antiqued metal, chain and finish.

Accessocraft, while a somewhat lesser known brand in terms of today’s global vintage market, was during it’s heyday producing jewelry for film, television and with major designers such as; Pauline Trigere and Anne Klein.  The New York City company produced spectacular designs worn by many women, that have influenced other designers over the years, as well.  The company was founded around 1930, by Edgar Rodelheimer and Theodore Steinman, but ceased operations in 1998.  Designers for the company are listed by Julia Carroll in her text Costume Jewelry 202 as: Theodore Steinman, Philippe Israel, Edgar Rodelheimer, Robert Appleby, Albert Freeman. However; I also own a Rhino brooch with an original Bill DeSeta for Accessocraft paper tag, pictured in the visual archive below.  This highlights the probability that other designer may have worked with the brand, but the paper tags were lost. The company’s popularity really began to escalate with their WWII relief themed pieces in the 1940s.

Great example of Accessocraft's 1940s work that put them on the map!

Great example of Accessocraft’s 1940s work that put them on the map!

 

Yet eventually, it became their large flashy 1960s-70s gothic, byzantine and relic influenced designs that they were most appreciated for in the long term. Signature styles in the brand’s history included the use of the names: Feathergold, Plastigold and Accessocraft.

1951 Ad, features a larger antique inspired necklace, showing their progression from daintier pieces of the 1940s to antique and artifact inspired styles.

1951 Ad, features a larger antique inspired necklace, showing their progression from daintier pieces of the 1940s to antique and artifact inspired styles.

1953 Ad by Accessocraft.

1953 Ad by Accessocraft.

Circa 1952 Accessocraft charm bracelet ad. They did a variety of these during this period.

Circa 1952 Accessocraft charm bracelet ad. They did a variety of these during this period.

Hannan Saleh image of a Sarara Couture Accessocraft Dragon necklace. A great example of one of the various precious stones used.

Hannan Saleh image of a Sarara Couture Accessocraft Dragon necklace. A great example of one of the various precious stones used.

In the collector’s market, the pieces do hold their value, but are somewhat undervalued at the same time -ranging in prices from 50-700 dollars. Most pieces fall into the 40-300 dollar range today on the resale market, with the larger dragon and Byzantine styles commanding a bit more. The higher end designs being larger and rarer are sought after, but even those prices fluctuate depending on the market. The materials they used ranged from gemstones to glass or lucite, set in quality antiqued metal finishes. I do expect that the brand will become more valued in the future.

As a resident of the New York tristate area, I have found that the history of the company is often right at your fingertips, if you happen to be in the right place at the right time… Besides the Bill DeSeta example, I have had two very informative archival encounters locally. One being a box of jewelry components signed and unsigned-finished and unfinished. The person who had the collection had purchased them from a man in his 90s in the late 1970s- early 1980s. They could not remember his name, but had stored the collection until 2014 in it’s entirety.  I was able to purchase some examples and take images of rarer pieces. In incomplete jewelry was also found in the box, and it included interesting body jewelry style pieces as well as jewelry style suspenders. Also, present were Indian and Nepal jewelry, which helped inspire their aesthetic and specific pieces that did go into production. See the foo dog necklace example and inspiration piece below. This newly found archive affords us a look into the design history and process. Fish bone necklaces in the collection, in a very large size where examples that I had not run across before.

THE BOX- FORMER ACCESSOCRAFT AFFILIATE’S COLLECTION/ARCHIVE

Unique oversized fish scale necklaces found in the Accessocraft collection/box of the former employee. I had not seen these examples before so I am not sure how many were put into actual production.

Unique oversized fish scale necklaces found in the Accessocraft collection/box of the former employee. I had not seen these examples before so I am not sure how many were put into actual production.

Finished designs very typical of Accessocraft's style. From the box.

Finished designs very typical of Accessocraft’s style. From the box.

Finished examples of Accessocraft designs found in the box.

Finished examples of Accessocraft designs found in the box.

In process signed Accessocraft belt, not completed. From the box saved by an old Accessocraft employee.

In process signed Accessocraft belt, not completed. From the box saved by an old Accessocraft employee.

Closeup detail of the Accessocraft "Foo Dog" necklace.

Closeup detail of the Accessocraft “Foo Dog” necklace.

1970s Foo Dog pendant made by a company in Nepal. Found in the old Accessocraft employee's box. Possible inspiration for the Accessocraft "Foo Dog" necklace as seen here.

1970s Foo Dog pendant made by a company in Nepal. Found in the old Accessocraft employee’s box. Possible inspiration for the Accessocraft “Foo Dog” necklace as seen here.

Back of the signed inspiration piece from the Accessocraft archive box found.

Back of the signed inspiration piece from the Accessocraft archive box found.

Accessocraft cuff, antique finish, similar style to their crosses and Byzantine revival pieces. As this was in the production and samples box it is one of the in progress unsigned pieces.

Accessocraft cuff, antique finish, similar style to their crosses and Byzantine revival pieces. As this was in the production and samples box it is one of the in progress unsigned pieces.

Acccessocraft prototype or design experiment, unsigned. Features elements with common Accessocraft construction traits.

Acccessocraft prototype or design experiment, unsigned. Features elements with common Accessocraft construction traits.

However, the sample or in process finds proved interesting in terms of my second encounter,  Accessocraft pieces from a set designer’s collection. Some elements found match or coincide with those found in the Accessocraft employee’s box. The set designer used Accessocraft jewelry in the 60s-70s on his television and film sets when needed, as I understand it. Some known brand themes and componets were found in multiples, as well as unique examples…made possibly just for his use- see those photographs below. There were also pieces with Accessocraft tags and made in France tags still attached. This gives us insight into a possible French maker that may have worked with the company to produce its pieces in the 1960s.

SET DESIGNER’S ARCHIVE CIRCA 1960S-70S

Accessocraft Byzantine example

One of my favorite Byzantine examples from his collection, possibly custom or made for his use by the company. Signed. As with some examples in the article archive here, they are for sale in the shop.

Accessocraft Key

Key Necklace by Accessocraft from the set designer’s archive.

Byzantine style Accessocraft cross form his collection.

Byzantine style Accessocraft cross form his collection.

Goddess Necklace from his archive.

Goddess Necklace from his archive.

Accessocraft Medieval Necklace

Large unique Ancient Cross style Accessocraft necklace from his collection.

Vintage Accessocraft Bird Accessocraft Snake Necklace

Accessocraft signature example, there were circular plaques attached near clasps, rectangular plaques on the backs....

Accessocraft signature example, there were circular plaques attached near clasps, rectangular plaques on the backs….

70s Accessocraft Necklace

Accessocraft "Yoga" Fish.

Accessocraft “Yoga” Fish.

As I continue to collect these pieces, I will add examples to the archive. Please feel free to send interesting jewelry photographs or vintage Accessocraft ads/editorials to me as I may include them here.

VISUAL DESIGN ARCHIVE VIA MY PERSONAL COLLECTION AND SHOP ARCHIVE:

Burst Necklace, signed.

Burst Necklace, signed.

60s Accessocraft

Shary Conella image. Accessocraft Mod Necklace. In the shop collection.

Silver variation of their well known oversized Byzantine necklace.

Silver variation of their well known oversized Byzantine necklace.

Accessocraft Egyptian Revival example. This was a theme they used often and the Egyptian theme reappears throughout the 1970s.

Accessocraft Egyptian Revival example. This was a theme they used often it reappears throughout the 1970s.

Accessocraft by Bill DeSeta example. The paper tag was the only evidence that the design was his.... The back is only signed Accessocraft.

Accessocraft by Bill DeSeta example. The paper tag was the only evidence that the design was his…. The back is only signed Accessocraft.

Anne Klein for Accessocraft.

Anne Klein for Accessocraft necklace. Accessocraft earlier on had a contract with AK to produce her jewelry. More coming on the relationship between the two.

Accessocraft Ethnic Necklace Accessocraft Byzantine necklace Vintage Crystal Accessocraft Necklace Accessocraft Dragon necklace 1970s Accessocraft runway necklace Accessocraft Dragon Necklace

Golden Shield, signed.

Golden Shield, signed.

Accessocraft Egyptian Revival Necklace, signed.

Accessocraft Egyptian Revival Necklace, signed.

Various examples from my collection.

Various examples from my collection. The golden tassel pendant is almost identical to a piece by Pauline Rader. It may be that they also produced her pieces at some point.

Accessocraft Snake Belt, they made various belt styles.

Accessocraft Snake Belt, they made various belt styles.

The golden necklace to the left is an example of a theme that they did in pins, belts and other necklaces. The silver Byzantine style necklace is the silver version of the popular large golden example seen above.

The golden necklace to the left is an example of a theme that they did in pins, belts, earrings and other necklaces. The silver Byzantine style necklace is the silver version of the popular large golden example seen above.

 

 

 

*Article idea, content and image rights reserved. Research and analysis done by Sara, Sarara Couture.

MontageArt: Abstract Portrait of a Brazilian Fashion Jeweler

Montageart "African" collection jewelry. Image Montageart.

Montageart African Necklace. Image Montageart.

 

I have a deep love for the way in which Brazilian artists and designers see the world. Having studied 5 years in Brazil, I was able to get a sense of fashion trends, learn about popular fashion designers, take in how they interpret popular and folk cultural inspirations and follow their fashion week coverage. Beyond this, I have such an appreciation for the jewelry created by indigenous Brazilians, as well as, by artists with brands or even those that can be bought on a beach or roadside.  I ran across the brand Montageart recently, and decided they’d be a fit for the blogazine. They are beyond creative and this is evident in both their jewelry line and artistic home decor and lighting. They had me at the gigantic necklace they created as wall decor! The artist’s definition of Montage is “a combination of images taken from any number of media (photographs, film, and handmade). These images can be whole or partial, glued together on a surface (such as a photomontage), or edited together to produce a video or film” (arthistory.about.com).  When one gazes at their pieces, they can begin to understand why they chose this name. They create with each piece, a sort of an accessories collage. Their necklaces and bracelets are very editorial but also textural. Their work has been featured in Brazilian Cosmopolitan, Estilo, Shape, Elle and on well known figures.

Montageart jewelry in Shape Brazil.

Montageart jewelry in Shape Brazil.

 

I was instantly drawn to their armor style modern, but earthy mesh pieces. These oversized examples have such style and fashion references as well.  Some of my favorite designs can be seen below. You can also browse more of their creative process and jewelry examples via their instagram.

mesh necklace Montageart

Amazing montageart headdress via https://instagram.com/loo_ana/

Amazing montageart headdress via https://instagram.com/loo_ana/

The Interview:

When did you begin making jewelry and why?

We started in 2002 as a hobby, when we realized that we could turn it into a business. Eduardo is an architect and I (Alex) am a graphic designer. Today, we work as designers for Montageart. We discovered that people had been looking for accessories to mix with their jewelry in order to create unique looks. We then started selling as this aesthetic became a trend, incorporating such vintage pieces. We were sort of in the right place at the right time. Our strength is in the mix of materials and the superposition of layers without limits.

Vietnam collection image. Montageart.

Vietnam collection image. Montageart.

Vietnam collection 2015. Montageart.

Vietnam collection 2015. Montageart.

What are some of the things you look to for inspiration each season?

Our latest collection was inspired on Vietnam. We have always researched diverse cultural groups and have chosen a few of these as a theme for some of our collections. However, we are not limited to such inspiration. We have used different themes such as bees, travel, etc.

Montageart bee necklaces. image by Montageart.

Montageart bee necklaces. image by Montageart.

Explain your process for design and construction?

We have a sort of intuitive process during the construction of the pieces. We always try to be attentive to what is happening. Also, taking into account the attitude and wide diversity of the people who wear our jewelry. We keep an open mind and don’t get caught up in trends, but we do pay attention to them. 

Montageart image, large decorative necklace wall art.

Montageart image, large decorative necklace wall art.

What were some of your favorite creations so far?

Besides accessories we created a brand of objects for home decor. Sort of decor out of objects, right now our favorite is a large “collar” made to decorate the wall.  

Does Brazil inspire your designs in any way?

Yes, but not solely. As it was mentioned before, we are always open to new ideas and contrasts. Again, with no limits.

What are some of your favorite materials to work with?

Many. We really like textile treads in general, crystals, rough stones, and metals- which we also dye. We are constantly experimenting with new materials.

Fashion inspirations current or past?

We like a lot Karl Lagerfeld, Manish Arora, Vivienne Westwood, Miucha Prada. Among Brazilian designers, Antonio Bernardo and Amir Slama…

Who are your jewelry icons, maybe a brand you look up to, styles 1920s, art deco, 1970s, Victorian?

Miriam Haskell ,YSL Bijoux, Cartier, Paco Rabanne, 1920s/art deco  jewelry, antique pieces, tribal/ethnic jewelry. We are always doing research look not only to the history of the accessory, but decoration, art etc.

Chinese Imperial Beads: Jewelry Find of the Week

Chinese Imperial necklace, 19th century. Eden Galleries image.

Chinese Imperial necklace, 19th century. Eden Fine Antique Galleries image.

I often attend auctions, private sales, scout private collections, hunt abroad and on. I think fashion jewelry, collectors and accessories lovers alike will enjoy seeing them. Most of these are available accessories for purchase at auction or in shops, that I run across during my jewelry hunt. This week’s find is a Chinese Chinese Pearl Imperial Court ChaoZhu Beads. China, 19th C., Qing imperial court necklace.  There two necklaces are my favorites from this auction and with the Met exhibit-China through the looking glass, these pieces fit the mood of the month.  Offered at Eden Fine Antiques Galleries Showroom. Preview starts May 20th in Marietta Georgia. This is an online auction as well. 

Chinese Imperial necklace, 19th century. Eden Galleries image. Chinese Pearl Imperial Court ChaoZhu Beads. China, 19th C., Qing imperial court necklace comprised of well strung 108 natural round shape Pearls accented by four larger agate beads bordered with smaller green jade beads. circled toward the center Fotou connecting to a golden-yellow ribbon suspending Oval shaped Filigree emblem-ed with green jade, followed by a quartz crystal tear shaped pendant. Eden Fine Antiques Gallery description and image. Available at auction.

Chinese Imperial necklace, 19th century. Eden Galleries image. Chinese Pearl Imperial Court ChaoZhu Beads. China, 19th C., Qing imperial court necklace comprised of well strung 108 natural round shape Pearls accented by four larger agate beads bordered with smaller green jade beads. circled toward the center Fotou connecting to a golden-yellow ribbon suspending Oval shaped Filigree emblem-ed with green jade, followed by a quartz crystal tear shaped pendant. Eden Fine Antiques Gallery description and image. Available at auction.

A RARE and IMPORTANT Chinese ChenXiang Beads in Filigree (gilt over silver) Trinket Box  Chinese ChenXiang Prayer's Beads Necklace comprised of well strung carved round shape ChenXiang wood accented by three larger Tourmaline beads. Circled toward the center Jade Fotou followed with a double-gourd turquoise bead connecting to a golden-yellow ribbon suspending flower shaped cloisonne cartouche emblem-ed with oval shaped green jade, followed by brown and green tassels. Eden Fine Antiques Gallery description and image.

A RARE and IMPORTANT Chinese ChenXiang Beads in Filigree (gilt over silver) Trinket Box
Chinese ChenXiang Prayer’s Beads Necklace comprised of well strung carved round shape ChenXiang wood accented by three larger Tourmaline beads. Circled toward the center Jade Fotou followed with a double-gourd turquoise bead connecting to a golden-yellow ribbon suspending flower shaped cloisonne cartouche emblem-ed with oval shaped green jade, followed by brown and green tassels. Eden Fine Antiques Gallery description and image.

 

Tiaras Off To Sotheby’s: The Magnificent and Nobel Jewels Auction

The Burmese Ruby, Jean Schlumberger paure, 1930s Cartier tiara and 19th century tiara necklace from Mary's collection. Finally the pink diamond ring. Sotheby's press images.

The Burmese Ruby, Jean Schlumberger paure, 1930s Cartier tiara and 19th century tiara necklace from Mary’s collection. Finally the pink diamond ring. Sotheby’s press images.

May 12 Sotheby’s will present a treasure trove of jewelry to fit a queen or king! There will be a total of 5 Tiaras of nobel origin, as well as amazing rare gemstones.  The viewings have started in Geneva and we are releasing images of some of the most important pieces like the Historic Pink Diamond an 8.72 carat and the blood red Burmese ruby The Sunrise Ruby, over 25 carats.  The pink diamond is is rumored to have been part of the collection of Princess Mathilde, a niece of Napoleon. Yet, the jewelry lover/ historian in me would be very curious to see the entire selection of historic pieces by Cartier, in person-all from a private collection. The French designs represented like the Jean Schlumberger parure, circa 1960s are also quite interesting.

Maybe most intriguing to me, would be the tiaras formerly owned by Mary Duchess of Roxburghe, granddaughter of the Rothschild heiress Hanna. She was divorced in 1953, which created a huge scandal, yet she endured.  Born in 1915 and died last year…. She grew up along side noble neighbors and dinned with royalty, if ever there was a real life Mary of Downton-she could come close. She was strong willed and withstood a stand off during the divorce that caused her to refuse to leave her quarters in their Castle for six weeks. She was without phone, water, and electricity. For a look at the catalogue click here.

If you just can’t wait for May, here are some of my April 21st auction favorites -based on design and or historical significance. This auction is entitled only Magnificent jewels.  Sort of a precurser to the huge May sale: Magnificent Jewels and Nobel Jewels. However there were so many beauties it’s best to click here to see this catalogue for April:

Sotheby's catalogue image.

Sotheby’s catalogue image.

18 Karat Gold, Jadeite and Diamond Pendant, Henry Dunay. Sotheby's auction catalogue image.

18 Karat Gold, Jadeite and Diamond Pendant, Henry Dunay. Sotheby’s auction catalogue image.

1928. Cartier Tutti Frutti bracelet. Sotheby's image.

1928. Cartier Tutti Frutti bracelet. Sotheby’s image.

Platinum, Emerald and Diamond Pendant-Necklace, 1910. Sotheby's Auction image.

Platinum, Emerald and Diamond Pendant-Necklace, 1910. Sotheby’s Auction image.

Sotheby's catalogue image.

Sotheby’s catalogue image.

Dragon of the East: Jute Magazine features Sarara Couture Jewelry

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Love a good dragon? Feeling a bit Daenerys Targaryen?  Well, so do we; the “webitorial” now posted on Jute Fashion Magazine’s website today, shot by none other than the talented Hannan Saleh, features our jewelry. That’s our Miao collar, Judith Leiber handbag and a big vintage Accessocraft dragon necklace, one of my favorites.  Hannan let us have a few extra images and I’m posting them below.  The editorial went live today so be sure to check out the complete photo story on Jute. 

 

 

 

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Delilah’s Snake Rings

 

Delilah looking chic and well accessorized.

Delilah looking chic and well accessorized.

Thursday evening coming back from working in the city, I made a stop about an hour outside the city in Connecticut to get something good to eat on the way home. Now, I never stop at this town, but I did this evening. I stumbled into a ambiance filled little place with an old style bar and eatery.  All was normal as I waited at the bar for the food I had ordered, when in came a chic lady (of a certain age- I didn’t ask, she didn’t tell) completely done: deep red, almost black nails, hair and when she slipped her coat over her shoulders I saw the rings!  She had a certain vibe and really her name said it all: Delilah. If I was to give her a name it would have been that one…… After watching her stir her martini for a bit I decided to ask about those rings.  Snakes on almost every finger. She said, “oh thank you, I got them in New York at the Trump towers… I had them made”. I was wondering the age of a few of them, since they had an older aesthetic- but she replied that she had them all made in the 70s-80s. Plus they weren’t just snakes- there was the cobra, I think there was a viper and on. I have to admit I’d rock that cobra ring -ready to strike. Loved it and it was no light weight. We continued to chat and she let me snap some images. I told her I was in the vintage jewelry business and that she was quite in fashion.  When the food appeared, I said goodbye and left for the rest of my trip home. Now I wished I’d asked a bit more, interesting looking people often have interesting lives…… Enjoy this little accessories memoirs nugget:

Snake Rings

Snake Rings

Gold snake rings

Vintage Fine Gold snake rings

 

 

1990s Miu Miu Wedge Heels- Find of the Week!

Wedge vintage sandal.

Miu Miu 90s Wedge. Available at Big Yellow Taxi Vintage. Image by BYTV.

With the wedge heel all over the runways this season into the winter boots for 2015-16, I thought these were a great find. The 70s look that is on trend for the spring and technically now being from the 90s they are “vintage”.  I’m still in denial and hoping the 80s is technically vintage, but for the sake of argument…. In terms of spring this are on spot for being on trend and fun.  The patent element is also a plus as seen on the Dior Paris A/W2015 runway in the form of colorful patent leather boots.  Available from Big Yellow Taxi on etsy. 79.99, Size 36.

Wedge side view. Big Yellow Taxi image.

Wedge side view. Big Yellow Taxi image.

Jewelry À la Carte, Rebecca Taylor Style

Spring/Summer 2015, Rebecca Taylor jumper. Accessories available at Rebecca Taylor.

Spring Summer 2015 Rebecca Taylor jumper, Accessories available at Rebecca Taylor. Look assembled by Sarara Couture via polypore. Rebecca Taylor online images.

When one thinks of Rebecca Taylor, designer and brand, they envision modern feminine wearable clothing. As of late, Princess Kate in her suit might come to mind. Don’t get me started on RT’s Spring and new Fall/Winter 2015 looks. Upon closer inspection, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the they have quite a collection and focus on accessories of the same make. What I love is that she sources items from New York designers, LA and abroad; curating a selection that compliments her clothing and speaks to her “it girl”. In a world where we increasingly shop online, it’s great that she has some of these available via Rebecca Taylor -the website.

Artist made wall sculptures- at Rebecca Taylor, Soho. Image Sarara Couture.

Artist made wall sculptures at Rebecca Taylor, Soho. image Sarara Couture.

 

 

However, as this fashion jewelry lover soon learned, when I stopped in her Mott street storefront in Soho, that wasn’t half the story…. Plus, there are literally more unique pieces in the drawers waiting to be put out. The store itself, has an ambiance that is quite clean, yet nature inspired. From organic jewelry style sculptures to the lighting.

Jewelry Displayed at Rebecca Taylor.

Jewelry Displayed at Rebecca Taylor.

Store manager Christina Mercurio, was lovely, showing us pieces new to the store-even giving us a peek at that mysterious drawer full of coming pieces….. The store’s collection gives one the sense that the owner understands what accessories a modern women will enjoy wearing. She has chosen easy to wear items and has a knowledge of fashion trends. Staples in the shop, but not online- included various 14k gold earrings which could be mixed or matched. A very contemporary concept that I enjoy! If I want to buy one earring I can!

14k earrings

Adina Reyter Diamond earrings, Jennie Kwon 14k studs. Prices ranging from $60 for a single earring to $297 depending on the pair. Available at Rebecca Taylor, 260 Mott Street, New York City.

Examples include, Jennie Kwon or Adina Reyter diamond studs which could easily be worn alone or mismatched. The earrings were not the only items that could be stacked, new arrivals to the store and online include the cool and modern Meridan cuff.  

Meridan, In God We Trust, bangles.

Meridan, In God We Trust, bangles.

Prices ranging from 110-140 for the silver items. Most of her offerings include quality 14k gold, sterling, and also brass pieces at great price points. Possibly my favorite earrings, besides the Faris earrings (now on SALE), were the stake style Collette Ishimaya earrings, $90 in the Soho store. Collette, a New York designer, is now stocked at the shop.

Saber Earrings by Collette- available at Rebecca Taylor Soho.

Saber Earrings by Collette- available at Rebecca Taylor Soho.

Onyx Faris pyramid earrings, in sale the section now at Rebecca Taylor, Mott Street, NYC.

Onyx Faris pyramid earrings, in sale section now at Rebecca Taylor, Mott Street, NYC.

If you are in the mood for some international inspiration and some energy harness crystals, the store also stocks Krystle Knight jewelry. Look no further, with geodes-(in demand, yet again and really never seeming to go out of style) as well as stackable rings, you are covered.

Indulging in multiple Krystal Knight rings at Rebecca Taylor, Soho.

Me, indulging in multiple Krystal Knight rings at Rebecca Taylor, Soho.

Getting sidetracked in Odette Spine ring, available in recycled silver. Rebecca Taylor Soho.

Getting sidetracked in Odette Spine ring, available in recycled silver. Rebecca Taylor Soho.

The central point concerning the way Rebecca curates accessories, is that you have access to the rising jewelry stars.  Yet, they are done with an eye for what will remain classic. The pieces are unique and editorial- you won’t see yourself coming and going on every street corner. This allows you  to accessorize her clothing in a thoughtful way. Not to forget the sunglass line, Sunday Somewhere, she carries is also modern and chic.

Sunglass heaven via Rebecca Taylor, Soho.

Sunglass heaven via Rebecca Taylor, Soho.

So, next time your are in the mood for some new threads, remember the JEWELS!

Store image. Soho.

Store image. Soho.

Fashion Polar Vortex: Accessories, Street Style, Fashion Celebs and NYFW 2015

Love this NYFW-Fall/Winter 2015 street style image by Hannan Saleh. So very Fashion week meets Sex in the City.....

Love this NYFW-Fall/Winter 2015 street style image by Hannan Saleh. So very Fashion week meets Sex in the City…..

With the what feels like longest February ever, which still has not totally thawed and a freezing fashion week behind us in New York, I wanted to do a post on all of the looks caught via Hannan Saleh’s lens.  Not just the current and coming trends, but the creative looks seen on the streets during this NYFW FW 2015. She snapped the style of well known attendees, from bloggers, editors to models- like Man Repeller, Natalie Joos of Tales of Endearment, Susie Bubble, Laura Brown of Harper’s Bazaar, Eva Chen of Lucky, Gigi Hadid, as well as Zanna Roberts Rassi and Nina Garcia as they zipped in and out of the shows. Too many really, to list, but you will recognize many fashion faces below! Hannan is becoming known for her street fashion photos. She has a keen eye and is a quick shot. There are definitely lots of winter colors, coats, bags, scarves, glasses, shoes and hat inspiration. These ideas can most definitely be used as we ride out the last cold weeks of winter into spring. And the bags and sunglasses well, those are fair game all year!

Hannan Saleh, street style image.

Hannan Saleh, street style image.

 

 

 

 

Not to mention most of those accessories can be applied next winter, as the looks worn by many were in the spirit of the season being shown on the runways aka Fall/Winter 2015. Besides, The Cut, just awarded their best looks to winners and gave out the peacock award, so it seemed like there was a window to talk street style again! I’ve tried to compile a series of her images, that I know you’ll enjoy and items I’d love to wear. (*All images Hannan Saleh, rights reserved). They capture perfectly the spirit of New York fashion week -so without further ado- Who would you choose for best accessories? Hit the Continue Reading link below to see the complete slideshow!

 

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