Above and below left Swarovski crystals as used by Gian Paolo Maria. Clockwise, from below right Helmets by Nexx of Portugal, Kask of Italy, Andrea Cardone, New Max of Italy, and Casco of Germany.
Lola Saab heads across the Atlantic to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center to check out the latest accessories, from Seychelles’ shoes to inventive helmets adorned with Swarovski crystals
August 5–7, 2012 marked a three-day event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City where hundreds of people, craving for the latest looks, gathered to satiate their appetite in fashion, around magnificent accessories, footwear and clothing.
Numerous stands presented various brands during Accessories, the Show, Moda Manhattan and Fame, where visitors took the time to admire and appreciate the pieces on display amid the vast space. It was all transformed into a world within a universe with more than 15,000 collections on display, bringing ideas to fashion lovers’ minds and smiles to boutique owners’ faces.
There were names that rang a bell as others were conveniently categorized as ‘emerging labels’ waiting to be discovered.
Many exhibitors stood out, amongst them included the chic and flawless line of footwear by the Los Angeles-based brand, Seychelles. What they call ‘vintage-inspired styles with a modern twist’ is perceived as elegant and fashionable. The company was founded in the 1980s, allowing wearers to express their fashionably attractive looks through a sophisticated, tasteful approach with either a pair of heels, flats, sandals, wedges or even a pair of stylish boots. Seychelles offers a vast choice of footwear, leaving the wearer to choose their preferred design amongst different shades of colours and a number of looks that induce a desirably hip and trendy appearance.
Sergio Gutiérrez’s Liquid Metal Collection spices things up with a patent technique he calls Liquid Microchips. The pieces glisten from dozens of booths away. His creation began in the early 1990s with a ball chain that was created to form a mesh-like material. A selection of pieces included intricately detailed rings, cuff bracelets, earrings and belts, all created to highlight the wearer’s funky wardrobe.
Overall, there were fabulous shades of bold colours with gold emphasizing a flamboyant feminine look. A wide range of fabrics included silks, organza and leather. Amongst a number of collections, it would be hard to choose a favourite; they each provide buyers and visitors different tastes to fulfil one’s personal pleasure in fashion.
We move on to the Accessorie Circuit–Intermezzo Collections at the ENK Shows, presenting a large selection of name brands. Swarovski took centre-stage as an all-white, crystal-inspired lounge featured pieces by numerous designers who use Swarovski Elements in their creative designs. A long, large crystal encrusted collar-necklace, made specially to fit a woman’s lean neck, by Gian Paolo Maria, beautifully glimmered amongst a number of other pieces that flickered elegantly. The necklace was not only the focal point, it was also worn by the cover model of the publication, Made with Swarovski Elements, which also includes dozens of other luxury brands. (Such brands comprise Versace, Blumarine, On Aura Tout Vu, and Jean Paul Gaultier.)
As acclaimed brands skilfully include Swarovski pieces to their collection, so do extravagant helmet brands from different countries, making horse-riders in the open air, bikers in a busy city or the countryside, skiers on the high slopes and motorcyclists on an empty highway, reach the peak of luxury anywhere they roam. While some crystals were more discreet, others screamed radiantly.
As we currently prepare for New York Fashion Week, American designers began to shed a light on their fabulous collections including BCBG Max Azria, BCBGeneration, Nanette Lepore, Rebecca Taylor, Tibi, Milly and Alice & Olivia by Stacey Bendet. We look forward to fall’s new creations hitting the runway and, soon, one’s closet.
Lola Saab is Paris editor of Lucire.
As acclaimed brands skilfully include Swarovski pieces to their collection, so do extravagant helmet brands from different countries, making horse-riders in the open air, bikers in a busy city or the countryside, skiers on the high slopes and motorcyclists on an empty highway, reach the peak of luxury anywhere they roam
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