April 16, 2014
As mentioned this weekend, I attended the 4th Annual Initiatives in Art and Culture's GOLD: Design, Desire and Demand at the Grad Center at CUNY. One of the panels focused on Personalization of Gold: Form, Technique and Culture with Jack Ogden as moderator and jewelry designers Coomi, Heather Moore, Alex Woo of Alex Woo NYC and David Rees of 10,000 Things. The panel focused on the importance of maintaining their brands while offering their customers the ability to personalize and/or customize their items. It's an ability to allow customers to become brand ambassadors instantly by being able to embrace a brand that they enjoy wearing while adding a new meaning. This exchange allows the designer to also see how items they create effect those that wear it to provide an additional layer of meaning.
Although all the panelists had a number of great points within this topic, I was personally struck with Alex Woo as I have seen her previously at Accessory Council events. Her brand uses 14kt gold and sterling silver and is made in NYC and is known for its personal nature for those that wear it. She loves working within this kind of jewelry as her customers wear her pieces close to their heart and it creates an inherent value that converts this to an heirloom. She defines her pieces as those that are happy and provide a positive feeling. LIke me she loves to mix metals which is a great way to showcase visual texture.
In today's Accessory Edit, I'm sharing 5 charms from Alex Woo's line that reflect my personality and what it would mean to me if I wore them together or alone. The Little Animal Giraffe in 14kt gold (it's always good to have a pop of gold) is definitely a cute charm but to me symbolizes a striking animal that looks at things at a bird's eye view while being able to connect to things when needed. This reminds me of how I go about my work as an Accessory Expert - engaging in a number of projects always looking at things at a wide perspective and then being able to zoom in on the items that are of particular interest. Little Seasons Owl within the grouping of charms is not only cute but I love that this bird is known for being wise - an essential when you're working. As a Virgo, Little Signs Silver Lily reflects this portion of the zodiac while also being one of my favorite flowers. I'm someone who is a big believer in ideas and that you never know when they strike, thus I'm a huge fan of the Little Rock Star Silver Lightning Bolt. Finally, I have a piece that reminds me of one of the first charms I received from my mom that came from her collection when she wore it in college - the cornicello which I lost at some point in high school or college. It is meant as a good luck charm but I now see this Little Cities Horn in Sterling Silver in a different way as it reminds me of my boyfriend who is Italian and Sicilian.
Together, the charms combine all of my loves in one place. It's the combination of turning what the designer created into your own by wearing it. No matter where I'm traveling or doing TV segments, wearing this collection of charms would remind me of home, nostalgia and my own beliefs/views on life. Check out additional charms that I love by visiting Accessory Agenda's Facebook Gallery.
April 15, 2014
There are a number of ways to amp up your look this summer and focusing on a color is the perfect way to add to your accessory closet. We have 4 must have accessories within blue green hues that can make your look perfect no matter where you are off to this summer. Last July during Miami Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Columbian swimwear designers Catalina Alaverez and Mariana Hinestroza of Agua Bendita showcased their SS/14 collection which focused on safaris as a theme. This one piece suit is a bit of whimsy within the line as it has stripes as well as a graphic of a camera. The safari doesn't just reside in the jungles but anywhere you happen to voyage.
To rock this look or a number of looks there are 4 musts which happen to be available in blue green hues. Panama Jack's Ladies Straw Fedora not only protects you from the sun but adds the perfect tone to your look. Sunglasses are always an essential and as an accessory they need a pop of color as well C Wonder's Oversized Aviators is always chic from a day out and about to grabbing a bite to eat on the promenade. Stacking is never too much and whether it's one wrap bracelet or a few, Chan Luu's Aqua Fire Agate Mix Graduated in Natural Brown Leather is the visual texture that you need as the summer is all about reducing the layers. Finally, a statement ring is always a must and Alexis Bittar has a turquoise Olmeca Grand Ring inspired by the Aztecs and is Deco designed.
April 14, 2014
This weekend we spent a significant amount of time at the Graduate Center at CUNY in midtown for the 4th Annual Initiatives in Art and Culture (IAC) GOLD: Design, Desire and Demand Conference which covered topics within the gold jewelry industry including marketing to Millenials, designing for Millenials, sustainability initiatives, trend forecasting and more. Over the next few days, we will share this content through the site for those that are enthusiasts, jewelers and more.
A topic of great importance on Accessory Agenda within the realm of new technologies as it applies to the accessory industry took place during a panel on Saturday focusing on New Horizons: New Techniques and Their Possibilities a Conversation moderated by Peggy Jo Donahue (Director of Public Affairs at MJSA) with panelists - Steven Adler (Founder of A3DM Technologies Corp; leading supplier of product engineering services used by luxury brand in fine jewelry and fine art sculptures), Joshua St John (Director of User Experience at 3DSystems) and Mark B. Mann (Director of Global Jewelry Manufacturing Arts, Gemological Institute of America). Of particular interest was the focus on 3D Printing as it applies to jewelry and specifically an area known as Precious Metal Powders.
As a technology, 3D Printing has been around for nearly 30 years and in terms of industries, jewelers adopted this technology early on in terms of generating their designs in terms of CAD and CAM. In recent years, more designers have begun creating within this space from the creation of the design to the actual product. Our interest specifically is its use in fine metals. Nervous Systems has created a number of 3D Printed earrings, bracelets and necklaces and has upgraded the materials to silver as seen above. During the conference, we saw a gold piece that they had created which was apart of a bracelet. The movability, hinges and the fact that it was made in gold was stunning! This was produced via Precious Metal Powders which is an intriguing process to create this jewelry.
Steven Alder announced that they just launched the 3D PMP contest (put on by Gemvision, A3DM and Cooksongold) which allows jewelers and those that operate within Matrix to compete to create 3D Printed jewelry in Precious Metal Powders. Submissions are due by May 9, 2014. Those who enter will be judged within the 5 areas of thick to thin geometries, hollowware, articulation, manufacturability and aesthetic. Judging and announcement of winners will take place at the upcoming JCK Las Vegas show in the Gemvision booth on June 1, 2014. It's an exciting way to push the space forward, see the amount of creativity that can be produced and to encourage this technology in a mainstream way.
April 13, 2014
One of the best resources that is a must at the Accessory Agenda studio, is Schiffer Fashion Press' The SFP Lookbook for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week New York. Each season, it shares collections from the previous season of all shows that hit the runways during MBFW. It's a great way to see each collection, remind you of shows that you saw whether you attended or watched via live stream or as a way to see the trends (fabrication, colors, styles, embellishments, accessories and a number of categories in apparel). After receiving our Spring 2014 Collections edition, we were reminded of Monique Lhuillier's collection and this ombre dress is the essence of the decadence of summer in the evening. A simple dress that is a one shoulder number with a slit that is perfect for gallery openings, rooftop parties and so much more.
This dramatic and elegantly bohemian dress can be accessorized with gold and turquoise which brings a vibrant color to the ombre ensemble. Virgin, Saints and Angels hoop style Rose of Venus Earrings are not only eye catching but were requested via the producers from the DaVinci Code movie. The roses that are within the piece come together to create a cross which is a great aesthetic. These earrings pair well with Pamela Love's Solar Handpiece in Brass which combines a ring and bracelet together which adds an exotic look to the outfit. Finally, pair these with a pair of Gucci's Ankle Strap Leather Sandal which has a signature horsebit detail.
April 12, 2014
Earlier this afternoon media and buyers were lulled into dream like states with the much anticipated Romona Keveza lines which includes the Romona Keveza Collection and Legends for Spring/Summer 2015, today at the Dior Suite of the St Regis Hotel. Within the legends collection there was a theme of "Rose Petal" which was a slight blush that was used within her garments whether it was the hue of the tulle or as an under layer. Those who are fans of the collection know that her classic staple of models wear her gowns which showcase the girl who would wear the look as well as matching their own personality. Typically, the viewing has taken place with Romona herself; however, this season, Alexis (pictured in the fabulous black and gold A-line look that is apart of the FW/14 RTW collection) who has modeled the looks and has appeared in some of the pictures showcasing the line, talked about the line. Having someone who has worn the line share what she loved about the pieces and how they flowed was a great way to get the feeling of the line. Above are our 3 favorite bridal looks from the show that were presented today (front and back).
More looks can be seen in our Accessory Agenda Facebook Gallery.