New Designer Gallery at JA New York

In less than two weeks JA New York, and as you know, I curated the New Designer Gallery. Each of the amazing designers in the section have a strong vision, a unique aesthtic and an incredibly high-quality product. It's been so inspiring to see their new collections evolve - I am so very impressed and am looking forward to the show.  

I spent way too many hours choosing my three favorite designs every designer in the gallery - it was difficult, but below I made my picks. Make sure you explore their collections further and if you are able, stop by the JA New York show! 

Elisa Solomon

Quadrum Wish List

Finally after several years of friendship with the Managing Director, Sia, I was able to visit Quadrum Gallery in Boston. The store may be small, but the selection of jewelry is incredible. They have more than SIX cases of Gabriella Kiss, every Pat Flynn design I've ever wanted to see as well as Annette Ferdinandsen, Todd Reed, Margery Hirschey, Rosanne Pugliese, Todd Pownell, Jamie Joseph, Annie Fensterstock, Maria Beaulieu, Polly Wales AND MORE. Not only does the store contain all of those designers, but also some of the friendliest and most passionate jewelry lovers I have ever met. If you live in or are visiting Boston, make a point of stopping by. 

I will be sharing a ton of photos from the few hours I spent exploring the store on Instagram, but also have put together my wish list below - all of them are available on Quadrum's website!

Bill Cunningham, 1929-2016

Over the weekend Bill Cunningham, photographer for the New York Times and an icon in the fashion industry passed away at the age of 87. The news hit me hard. I don't know this man, but after seeing the 2011 documentary about him, I've been inspired by his story and his work. Bill Cunningham, the originator of street fashion photography, had an eye for the weird and interesting. In a world where dressing like everyone else is the norm and the focus tends to be on what celebrities are wearing, Bill brought attention to the unique - the people thinking (and dressing) outside the box. 

Bill reminds me a bit of myself - so passionate about clothing and fashion that his hobby was working. He worked up until the very end. And although he was surrounded by wealth and excess, he lived simply and stayed incredibly humble. What a treasure this man was! He will be missed, but will continue to be an inspiration. 

Rest in peace, Bill Cunningham. 

Love Adorned Wish List

Yesterday I was in New York City for a couple of meetings and, as I usually do, I made a point of stopping by Love Adorned. The store has an incredible collection of jewelry thoughtfully curated by the owner, Lori. As I was gazing at the unique, beautiful designs I made a mental wish list that I am sharing here. Also, I must note, this is the shortened version (even so, I still have two pieces by Fraser Hamilton on the list, I'm obsessed). I also decided to share my favorites pieces from their collection of vintage jewelry in a separate post.  If you are ever near one of their locations (NYC, Amagansett or Santa Monica), I highly recommend stopping by, or of course, you can shop their website

4x4 by Sophie Hughes

Sophie Hughes has a new, limited-edition collection that I love! It's called 4x4 and only 16 pieces of each design will be produced. The collection is inspired by "the crescent motif found in ancient art that continues to travel throughout time and across cultures." 

What I love most about Sophie's jewelry is that she handcrafts each piece in her Boston showroom using traditional metalsmithing techniques - vintage hammers, anvils and torches. Having seen many of these techniques in action while I worked at Todd Reed, I am always enchanted and impressed by the process. Sophie is one talented lady!

My favorite designs from the collection are below, see more on her website

 

Trends at Couture 2016

WOW, last week was insane and amazing and I'm tired but so excited to tell you about so many amazing designers. This summary of the trends I noticed at the COUTURE show has taken me hours to write because I saw so much incredible jewelry. In the next few weeks I will be sharing designers I met at the show that must be on your radar! 

Enamel

Enameling is an art that has been around for centuries, but it's still popular. Many designers are using enamel in a very innovative way.


Y Necklaces

Some of these could also be considered bolo ties - either way, I like this trend. 


Alternative Hoops

Hoops are a staple in any jewelry collection, now you have some very unique options. 


Rings to Stack

Ring stacks are in and have been in, but now designers are thinking about rings that fit together in unique ways to take your stacking game to the next level. 


2-in-1

Or in the case of the above earrings, 7-in-1. Fine jewelry is a big investment, so designs that can be converted or worn several ways adds value. I'm excited by these thoughtful designs. 


Art Deco

Design elements from the 1920s were used in many collections, but in a very interesting and modern way. I love how designs are being inspired by the Art Deco era.