Public School Wins First Menswear Woolmark Prize

With a Woolmark and CFDA award for menswear under their belt, Public School has officially arrived.

The International WOOLMARK Prize USA Regional Awards 2014International Woolmark Prize (US) finalists Public School (L) and M. Patmos (R).

Last night, New York’s Milk Studios played host to the 2014/15 International Woolmark Prize USA regional final, where Dao-Yi and Maxwell Osbourne, the duo behind Public School (available at Saks Fifth Avenue’s New York City and Beverly Hills locations) were crowned the victors in the prestigious prize’s first ever menswear category. Marcia Patmos, of M. Patmos took home the womenswear award, beating out Man Repeller-darling Rosie Assoulin, as well as Nonoo, Jonathan Simkhai and Whit.

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The International WOOLMARK Prize USA Regional Awards 2014International Woolmark Prize (US) finalists Public School (L) and M. Patmos (R).

Last night, New York’s Milk Studios played host to the 2014/15 International Woolmark Prize USA regional final, where Dao-Yi and Maxwell Osbourne, the duo behind Public School (available at Saks Fifth Avenue’s New York City and Beverly Hills locations) were crowned the victors in the prestigious prize’s first ever menswear category. Marcia Patmos, of M. Patmos took home the womenswear award, beating out Man Repeller-darling Rosie Assoulin, as well as Nonoo, Jonathan Simkhai and Whit.

The International WOOLMARK Prize USA Regional Awards 2014Marcia Patmos shows off her winning techniques with Merino wool.

The Woolmark Prize honors burgeoning designers in both menswear and womenswear in the states, as well as Asia, Australia, Europe, India and the Middle-East, and allots the respective finalists and winners to broaden their artistic scope in designing with Merino wool. All nominees that move on to become international finalists are awarded $50,000 AU to help jump-start their next collection, while the ultimate international winners are granted a considerable $100,000 AU prize.

The International WOOLMARK Prize USA Regional Awards 2014Saks Fifth Avenue’s Eric Jennings on the judges’ panel. 

The USA judging panel was a veritable who’s who of the American fashion industry, which included Saks Fifth Avenue’s very own Colleen Sherin, Senior Fashion Director and Eric Jennings, Vice President & Fashion Director Menswear, Home, Food and Gifts.

The International WOOLMARK Prize USA Regional Awards 2014New York fashion heavyweights take a break from adjudication for a chic photo-op.

Other USA judges included renowned designer Alexander Wang, Creative Director of Alexander Wang and Balenciaga; Ariel Foxman, Editor-in-Chief of InStyle; David Granger, Editor-in-Chief of Esquire; Malcolm Carfrae, Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer of Calvin Klein; Michelle Lee, Director of Americas for The Woolmark Company, Stefano Tonchi, Editor-in-Chief of W Magazine and Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA.

The International WOOLMARK Prize USA Regional Awards 2014Saks’ Senior Fashion Director Colleen Sherin and fellow judges making big decisions.

Despite their nascent status, Public School was able to beat out some stiff competition in their category, including New York favorite Timo Weiland. “We’re so incredibly thrilled and honored to be selected as the US representative in the first Woolmark Prize for menswear,” the duo stated after their win. “Working with wool and all of its natural benefits has been instrumental in developing the trans-seasonality and versatility of our own collection and it’s going to really help jump-start our knitwear business.”

The International WOOLMARK Prize USA Regional Awards 2014The ten finalists’ qualifying looks on display.

Next order of business for the International Woolmark Prize is selecting the rest of their regional finalists, at which point there will be one menswear winner and one womenswear winner, each of which will have their final Merino wool collections sold in over a dozen of the most prestigious fashion retailers worldwide. Stay tuned to see who makes the international cut.

Get cozied up in his and hers statement knit sweaters.

All images courtesy of the The Woolmark Company, shot by the BFA.


And the CFDA Award Goes To…

A look at the winners from the 2014 CFDA Awards.

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Last night, the fashion crowd gathered at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall for the 2014 CFDA Awards. The evening honored the likes of Tom Ford (Lifetime Achievement), activist Bethann Hardison (Founder’s Award), Raf Simons for Dior (International Award), co-founder of KCD Paul Cavaco (Media Award) and philanthropist Ruth Finley (Board of Directors’ Tribute). Rihanna brought the summer sizzle to the red carpet and accepted the award of ‘Fashion Icon’ from Vogue‘s Anna Wintour.

But the evening belonged to America’s best and brightest design talent. Find out who took home top honors.

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Last night, the fashion crowd gathered at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall for the 2014 CFDA Awards. The evening honored the likes of Tom Ford (Lifetime Achievement), activist Bethann Hardison (Founder’s Award), Raf Simons for Dior (International Award), co-founder of KCD Paul Cavaco (Media Award) and philanthropist Ruth Finley (Board of Directors’ Tribute). Rihanna brought the summer sizzle to the red carpet and accepted the award of ‘Fashion Icon’ from Vogue‘s Anna Wintour.

But the evening belonged to America’s best and brightest design talent. Find out who took home top honors.

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Joseph Altuzarra walked way with the coveted ‘Womenswear Designer of the Year’ award, while Shane Gabier & Christopher Peters of Creatures of the Wind received the ‘Swarovski’ nod in the same category.

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Public School‘s dynamic duo, Dao-Yi Chow & Maxwell Osbourne, walked way with ‘Menswear Designer of the Year’, who were nominated alongside Thom Browne and Marcus Wainwright & David Neville of Rag & Bone. Ashley Olsen & Mary-Kate Olsen of The Row took home ‘Accessories Designer of the Year’.

Congratulations to this years winners and nominees.

Photos from CFDA Facebook Page & Twitter @AltuzarraStudio


Marchesa’s Next Move

Georgina Chapman & Keren Craig launch Marchesa Voyage at Saks New York

If you were ever in need of an ultra-fab red carpet gown, Marchesa would be at the top of your list. Its prettier-than-pretty confections—dreamt up by founders Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig—are a celebrity go-to, after all. That said, Georgina and Keren can do casual-cool, too—and prove it with their new contemporary line, Marchesa Voyage. They stopped by Saks New York on Thursday to launch the new collection and chat about their partnership, inspiration, and gym wear (spoiler: not gonna happen). Who is the Voyage woman? Chapman: She’s relaxed, she’s globally minded, and she likes something a little glamorous but easy in attitude. Craig: For the first collection, we were looking at Istanbul. So you’ll see references—Georgina’s wearing paisley, there are cheetah prints, there are…

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If you were ever in need of an ultra-fab red carpet gown, Marchesa would be at the top of your list. Its prettier-than-pretty confections—dreamt up by founders Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig—are a celebrity go-to, after all.

That said, Georgina and Keren can do casual-cool, too—and prove it with their new contemporary line, Marchesa Voyage. They stopped by Saks New York on Thursday to launch the new collection and chat about their partnership, inspiration, and gym wear (spoiler: not gonna happen).

Who is the Voyage woman?
Chapman: She’s relaxed, she’s globally minded, and she likes something a little glamorous but easy in attitude.
Craig: For the first collection, we were looking at Istanbul. So you’ll see references—Georgina’s wearing paisley, there are cheetah prints, there are florals…

How did you meet?
Chapman: We met in the [school] canteen. Keren and I have the same aesthetic. We’ve always liked the same things and we work well together. We each have our own areas and it just fits.

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You’re known for glamorous red carpet dresses. Can either of you remember the last time you wore sweatpants?
Chapman: We don’t really do sweatpants. [Pointing to Keren’s cropped floral-print pants] These would be our version of sweatpants. It’s casual trousers for us!

Then what’s your idea of everyday chic?
Both: Voyage!

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Thom Browne, Fashion Fantasist

The celebrated designer introduced his new collection exclusively at Saks New York

It goes without saying that Thom Browne has a flair for the dramatic….after all, Gothic fairy queens and Victorian asylum patients have sprung from his imagination and into wearable fantasies before. Luckily for American fashion, Browne’s Spring 2014 collection is no exception. The reverie du jour: Elizabethan clowns. Saks customers were the first in America to see the spring collection in an exclusive spring trunk show on Thursday at our New York store. Clad in one of his signature bespoke suits (cropped at the ankle, naturally), Browne mingled with customers and chatted about the methods to his distinct brand of madness. How do you envision your customer wearing these pieces? Browne: I always feel like the customer should dictate when and how something should be…

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It goes without saying that Thom Browne has a flair for the dramatic….after all, Gothic fairy queens and Victorian asylum patients have sprung from his imagination and into wearable fantasies before. Luckily for American fashion, Browne’s Spring 2014 collection is no exception. The reverie du jour: Elizabethan clowns.

Saks customers were the first in America to see the spring collection in an exclusive spring trunk show on Thursday at our New York store. Clad in one of his signature bespoke suits (cropped at the ankle, naturally), Browne mingled with customers and chatted about the methods to his distinct brand of madness.

How do you envision your customer wearing these pieces?
Browne: I always feel like the customer should dictate when and how something should be worn. My true customer is someone who has the confidence to wear what they want, when they want.

What are you excited for people to see up close?
Browne: There’s so much time spent in the pattern-making, quality and the details, I feel looking inside of the garment is just as important as seeing the outside.

If not in fashion, where else would you be?
Browne: I feel like my shows are really stories that I put in front of people—so maybe directing? Stanley Kubrick’s style really interests me. His perspective was so uniquely diverse.

Finish this sentence:  I wish women would…
Browne: …wear what they feel suits them best, as opposed to opening a magazine and wearing what they’re told to.

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Thom Browne
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611 Fifth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets

212.753.4000

 


Double Happiness

Kick-off the season with new sunglasses and get a complimentary copy of Sophie Kinsella’s new book

Summer is a time for tough questions like, “Which sunglasses should I wear to the beach?” and “What should I read when I get there?” Beginning May 30 through June 8, Saks New York customers can answer both quandaries at once. Visit the store to scoop up a pair of new shades, and receive a signed copy of Sophie Kinsella’s new book Wedding Night, too. We quizzed the best-selling writer behind page turners Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess and the Shopaholic series about her summer essentials and her first stop on a Saks shopping spree. SaksPOV: Your heroine in Wedding Night escapes to a Greek beach getaway for her dream honeymoon. Where’s your idea of perfect paradise? Sophie Kinsella: For me, paradise is…

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Summer is a time for tough questions like, “Which sunglasses should I wear to the beach?” and “What should I read when I get there?” Beginning May 30 through June 8, Saks New York customers can answer both quandaries at once. Visit the store to scoop up a pair of new shades, and receive a signed copy of Sophie Kinsella’s new book Wedding Night, too. We quizzed the best-selling writer behind page turners Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess and the Shopaholic series about her summer essentials and her first stop on a Saks shopping spree.

SaksPOV: Your heroine in Wedding Night escapes to a Greek beach getaway for her dream honeymoon. Where’s your idea of perfect paradise?
Sophie Kinsella: For me, paradise is the beach too. White sand, warm sea and some shade is all I need. I go to Oman a lot and there’s a particular beach there that I love.

SaksPOV: What’s an essential you bring whenever you travel?
S.K.: I’m addicted to Crème de la Mer, so I always take it wherever I go. I have lots of little pots that I decant it into.

SaksPOV: Name a fashion splurge you’re planning this summer?
S.K.: I’m a sucker for summer dresses and this year I have my eye on a Milly fit-and-flare dress. I’ll get it in white, for a nod to the Grecian look!

SaksPOV: What are your favorite sunglasses? Oversized like Audrey Hepburn? Sleek aviators? Retro Wayfarers?
S.K.: I always go for oversized sunglasses – so glamorous – and I love a printed frame, especially tortoiseshell.

SaksPOV: If you were granted a Saks shopping spree, which department would you head for first?
S.K.: Shoes! Followed by bags! Followed by everything!

SaksPOV: Do you have a writing uniform?
S.K.: No, it’s just whatever feel like wearing. I often wear an exercise outfit in the hope that it will inspire me to workout when I’ve finished for the day. (Doesn’t always work…!)

SaksPOV: What’s the best part of your job?
S.K.: There are so many! Research is fun, finishing a book is amazing and meeting readers is one of my favorite parts. But the very best is that buzz you get when you have a new idea. Nothing beats it.

 

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Visit the Saks flagship in New York May 30 through June 8, buy up a pair of new shades, and receive a signed copy of Sophie Kinsella’s new book Wedding Night.

 


Bond No. 9 Heads Back to the Beach

Bond No. 9 New York is famous for capturing the inspiring scents of New York  City with artisanal, hand crafted fragrances like Union Square (lily of the valley, green stem, blue freesia), Central Park South (jasmine, lily of the valley), and Cooper Square (cognac, juniper berry, lavender) that make the olfactory go wowza. But the haute firm’s founder, Laurice Rahme, isn’t solely a city dweller. She loves the beach. Case in point: Rahme has dedicated six Bond No. 9 New York scents in homage to the distinctive shores of New York with Sag Harbor, Montauk, Coney Island, Hamptons, Eau de New York and Fire Island. With summer just around the bend, we talked to Laurice about beach essentials. SaksPOV: What do you love most about…

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Bond No. 9 New York is famous for capturing the inspiring scents of New York  City with artisanal, hand crafted fragrances like Union Square (lily of the valley, green stem, blue freesia), Central Park South (jasmine, lily of the valley), and Cooper Square (cognac, juniper berry, lavender) that make the olfactory go wowza. But the haute firm’s founder, Laurice Rahme, isn’t solely a city dweller. She loves the beach. Case in point: Rahme has dedicated six Bond No. 9 New York scents in homage to the distinctive shores of New York with Sag Harbor, Montauk, Coney Island, Hamptons, Eau de New York and Fire Island. With summer just around the bend, we talked to Laurice about beach essentials.

SaksPOV: What do you love most about the summer?
Laurice Rahme: I love the scent of the flowers and fruits — the feeling and scent of sun on your skin, a deep blue sky and of course the feeling of freedom. I love dinners or cocktails outside in my private home or going out. Most of all I love that life takes place outside.

SaksPOV: Beaches have inspired many of your fragrances. What do you love about the beach — specifically what do you love about New York beaches?
L.R.: The New York beaches are so unique! So close to the energy and dynamism of Manhattan, yet so far away with the ocean lapping at your feet and the horizon way, way out over the sea. These beaches have a beautiful heritage that I love to celebrate and pay homage to with my scents — the history and liveliness of Coney Island, the sophistication of the Hamptons, the fun-filled quirkiness of Fire Island, the authenticity and old world feel of Sag Harbor.

SaksPOV: What is your favorite beach destination?
L.R.: I cannot say – they are all so unique and wonderful! I love them all!

SaksPOV: What are your fashion must-haves for a weekend at the beach?
L.R.: It depends on my mood and – of course – the weather! My essentials are hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. The rest is up to how I feel that day.

SaksPOV: How does your personal style vary on each beach?
L.R.: It is really my mood that inspires me anew every day.

SaksPOV: What is your favorite beach activity (reading, listening to music, swimming, etc.)?
All of the above! I enjoy time away from the hustle and bustle but at the same time I love spending time in the cafes, restaurants, and shops. I love life and enjoy being where it happens.

SaksPOV: Who do you like to go to the beach with?
L.R.: My friends and family! There is nothing better than a weekend in at the beach with big dinners outside and the scent of seawater in the air. That’s when life is light and carefree.

SaksPOV: What is the best way to incorporate fragrance in the summer?
L.R.: Wear what you love and what makes you feel free and confident!

 

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Tabitha Has Us Bewitched!

Photographed by Phillip Angert  Tabitha Simmons stopped by Saks Fifth Avenue on Tuesday to meet with clients and talk about one of our favorite subjects:  shoes. American Express and Saks hosted a private breakfast with the British Fashion Award-winning shoes designer and fashion stylist on Tuesday, followed by a tour of Shoe Obsession, the stunning shoe exhibition at The Museum at FIT. We took the opportunity to ask the woman who wears many hats — err, shoes, rather — about spring style. SaksPOV: It’s 830 am, and you seem fairly chipper… Tabitha Simmons: I wake up every day at 6am to get my kids ready for school, so this isn’t early for me at all! SaksPOV: And it finally feels like springtime in New York….

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Photographed by Phillip Angert 

Tabitha Simmons stopped by Saks Fifth Avenue on Tuesday to meet with clients and talk about one of our favorite subjects:  shoes. American Express and Saks hosted a private breakfast with the British Fashion Award-winning shoes designer and fashion stylist on Tuesday, followed by a tour of Shoe Obsession, the stunning shoe exhibition at The Museum at FIT. We took the opportunity to ask the woman who wears many hats — err, shoes, rather — about spring style.

SaksPOV: It’s 830 am, and you seem fairly chipper…
Tabitha Simmons: I wake up every day at 6am to get my kids ready for school, so this isn’t early for me at all!

SaksPOV: And it finally feels like springtime in New York. What is your favorite part of spring?
T.S.: The warm weather, absolutely! 

SaksPOV: What will you be wearing this spring? Do you have any favorite styles from your collection in mind?
T.S.: I’m just so excited to be able to wear lighter shoes. I’ve been in boots and ankle boots for so long now. I’m going to wear these striped oxfords a lot!

SaksPOV: What is it like when you meet with customers?
T.S.:  It’s the greatest thing, honestly. I used to work at a shoe store — it was my first Saturday job. I love seeing what people like.

SaksPOV: What do you think when you see someone wearing your shoes?
T.S.: I still get excited! When I see someone wearing my shoes on the street, I accost them and say, “I made those shoes!”

From left to right: Tabitha Simmons with Deb Curtis from American Express and Saks Fifth Avenue President Ron Frasch.

Tabitha Simmons shoes on display at 10022-SHOE

 

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Downtown Girl in an Uptown World

Style blogger Lainy Hedaya takes a spin in the latest from Helmut Lang in NYC

Lainy Hedaya’s style is decidedly downtown, even though her address isn’t. The New York City style blogger of Haute Inhabit, is known for her edgy looks — Helmut Lang is one of her favorite designers — but perhaps surprisingly, she spends much of her time in uptown Manhattan, where she gathers inspiration for her blog, takes in world class art and sketches fashion looks. Here, Saks spends a day uptown with Lainy, as she wears her favorite new look from the Helmut Lang spring collection, which Vogue called the “fashion equivalent of fashionable surf and turf,” with  boxy jackets and short suits inspired by all things nautical. The “urban ocean”-themed collection is a departure for Lang designers  Nicole and Michael Colovos, who took inspiration from…

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Lainy Hedaya’s style is decidedly downtown, even though her address isn’t. The New York City style blogger of Haute Inhabit, is known for her edgy looks — Helmut Lang is one of her favorite designers — but perhaps surprisingly, she spends much of her time in uptown Manhattan, where she gathers inspiration for her blog, takes in world class art and sketches fashion looks. Here, Saks spends a day uptown with Lainy, as she wears her favorite new look from the Helmut Lang spring collection, which Vogue called the “fashion equivalent of fashionable surf and turf,” with  boxy jackets and short suits inspired by all things nautical. The “urban ocean”-themed collection is a departure for Lang designers  Nicole and Michael Colovos, who took inspiration from the drawings of  nineteenth-century German biologist Ernst Haeckel and tapped tattoo artist Thomas Hooper to recreate his drawings as seen on the jacket in this story.

“I love Helmut Lang because their designs are very sexy. Not sexy in a sense that they are revealing, but the edge and cleanliness of the design is what makes it so attractive. I like this outfit because it’s very comfortable — I can run around in it all day and feel good.”

“Art and fashion blend in a sense that the materials and composition in a garment can be applicable to art.”

“The innate foundation of what I am inspired by comes from my childhood, James Bond films, 18th Century and modern architecture.”

“When I design something I am mainly focused on the construction of the garment. I like things that are complex.”

Photographed by KSWFashion credits: Sea Horse Print blazer, Spectra Jersey Sleeveless top, Glossy linen pants, all by Helmut Lang. Shoes by Jimmy Choo, bag by Christian Louboutin.

 

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Getting to know Cushnie et Ochs

The Fashion Law’s Julie Zerbo interviews the design duo for SaksPOV

Cushnie et Ochs is one of the most coveted young design brands out there.  The duo behind the label, Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, are known for their body-conscious dresses, perfectly-placed cut outs and minimalist elegance favored by the likes of Salma Hayek and even Michelle Obama. The designers, who met in their junior year of Parsons, are based in New York City, where they develop every aspect of their brand — from sketching and pattern making to sales and production. I stopped by on a recent morning on behalf of SaksPOV, where an entire wall of their showroom was lined with rolls of fabric. The designers apologized for what they deemed a disorderly state but   such “disarray” is a real insight into the inner…

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Cushnie et Ochs is one of the most coveted young design brands out there.  The duo behind the label, Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, are known for their body-conscious dresses, perfectly-placed cut outs and minimalist elegance favored by the likes of Salma Hayek and even Michelle Obama.

The designers, who met in their junior year of Parsons, are based in New York City, where they develop every aspect of their brand — from sketching and pattern making to sales and production.

I stopped by on a recent morning on behalf of SaksPOV, where an entire wall of their showroom was lined with rolls of fabric. The designers apologized for what they deemed a disorderly state but   such “disarray” is a real insight into the inner workings of the duo and their 100% Made in NYC garments. Aside from local manufacturing and high quality, focus is one of the duo’s  strengths. They are first and foremost building a brand, a vocabulary.

“We design for the woman and the female body,” notes Cushnie.  “So, our clothes only work with a body in them,” adds Ochs. Their instinct of how to dress their own bodies, and thus, those of other women,  is clearly one reason why their collections are continually celebrated, bought and worn by a wide range of women. They aren’t simply talented designers and equally smart businesswomen —in their own designs, they make it look so easy.

— By Julie Zerbo, The Fashion Law, Photographed by KSW

 

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All that Glitters

Saks Fifth Avenue makes for a sparkling arrival of Gabriele Frantzen’s eponymous jewelry collection

“I’m all about mixing and layering, so I recommend everybody to carry another necklace in their purse at all times — you never know what the day brings!” says the German-born jewelry designer Gabriele Frantzen. Her fabulous creations channel old world glamour but with modern twists. Take the tasseled Disco Ball sautoir, loosely inspired by the movie “The Artist,” which combines  Art Deco with fresh colors and incorporates neon-colored Czech glass beads and crystals. Frantzen’s mixed media Chunky Chain choker, made from entwining ropes of chains and pearls, carries a bold brass lion’s head pendant. Her brown-tone Sundial necklace is great for the beach, brings wooden beads and animal-print Italian links together with round crystal ornaments resembling vintage brooches. As a fashion industry veteran and…

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“I’m all about mixing and layering, so I recommend everybody to carry another necklace in their purse at all times — you never know what the day brings!” says the German-born jewelry designer Gabriele Frantzen.

Her fabulous creations channel old world glamour but with modern twists. Take the tasseled Disco Ball sautoir, loosely inspired by the movie “The Artist,” which combines  Art Deco with fresh colors and incorporates neon-colored Czech glass beads and crystals. Frantzen’s mixed media Chunky Chain choker, made from entwining ropes of chains and pearls, carries a bold brass lion’s head pendant. Her brown-tone Sundial necklace is great for the beach, brings wooden beads and animal-print Italian links together with round crystal ornaments resembling vintage brooches.

As a fashion industry veteran and former retailer, Frantzen, who has been making her own jewelry creations for years, decided to launch her brand two years ago after frequently being stopped in the street or at parties by strangers wanting to know about her jewelry. She felt there was a niche for fashion necklaces that made a statement in terms of design and quality, but didn’t cost the earth. “I started doing jewelry because I couldn’t find what I wanted to wear and I didn’t want to spend over $1,500 for a fashion necklace,” says the designer. Based between New York and Munich, Frantzen works with a cornucopia of materials from across the globe, such as pearls, colored Czech glass, Swarovski crystals, Japanese silk and nickel-free chains. Each piece is handmade in New York.