Marc Alary Runner-up for 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award

Juan Carlos Obando, Dao-yi Chow, Maxwell Osborne, Marc Alary

Juan Carlos Obando, Dao-yi Chow, Maxwell Osborne, Marc Alary

For the fifth year in a row, a jeweler has been in the top three for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award.

Announced yesterday evening, Marc Alary, the only jeweler finalist this year, is runner-up along side womenswear designer Juan Carlo Obando, with the big prize going to menswear designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School. This prestigious award gets Alary $100,000 (the winner takes home $300,000), plus valuable mentoring and a presentation at Spring 2015 New York Fashion Week, among other opportunities. It’s the 10th anniversary of the award that was started to support up-and-coming designers and past jeweler runners-up have been Monique Péan (2009), Eddie Borgo (2010), Pamela Love (2011), and Jennifer Meyer (2012). For little more about Alary click here.

Sixth time a charm? Here’s hoping a jeweler will come out on top next year!

Marc Alary Articulated Monkey ring with moving parts.

Marc Alary Articulated Monkey ring with moving parts.

Marc Alary Articulated Monkey ring on the move.

Marc Alary Articulated Monkey ring on the move.

Alexis Bittar Awarded Brand of the Year by Accessories Council

New 'Winter Deco' collection from Alexis Bittar.

New ‘Winter Deco’ collection from Alexis Bittar.

New retail stores and a launch into fine jewelry are just two of the things that have been keeping New York-based Alexis Bittar busy this year. With more than 20 years under his belt in the jewelry industry, it is fair to say that his name has become a distinctive global brand and tonight he will be picking up the ‘Brand of the Year’ award from the Accessories Council. In its 17th year, the awards are determined by industry peers, the Accessories Council board, retailers and fashion press, and (fun fact!) Bittar won the Council’s Rising Star award in 2004. Congrats on coming full circle! Read an interview from The Cut about winning the award here.

ITS 2013 Jewelry Award Winners

by Lili Colley

‘Geo Deco’ necklace by Lili Colley.

The International Talent Support (ITS) awards for 2013 have been handed out, including two jewelry awards. The Swarovski Elements award (€10,000 and a 6 month internship) went to Lili Colley, a recent London College of Fashion grad. Her geometric, brightly colored acrylic pieces (some of which feature LED lights) certainly caught my eye!

The Swatch Award (€5,000 and collaboration opportunity) went to Milko Boyarov, a Bulgarian designer. He uses a number of different mediums, but one of his most recent collections, Be Visible, also features plastics. This particular collection takes inspiration from glowing jellyfish. Very cool! Be sure to check out his very latest collection, Magma Skin, on his website too.

'Geo Hexa' necklace by Lili Colley.

‘Geo Hexa’ necklace by Lili Colley.

'Geo Hexa Cluster' necklace by Lili Colley.

‘Geo Hexa Cluster’ necklace by Lili Colley.

Here’s a fun little video of Lili’s Geo Deco collection:

Be Visible Collection by Milko Boyarov.

Be Visible Collection by Milko Boyarov.

Be Visible Collection by Milko Boyarov.

Be Visible Collection by Milko Boyarov.

Be Visible Collection by Milko Boyarov.

Be Visible Collection by Milko Boyarov.

Another great jewelry video from Milko featuring the Be Visible collection:

Marc Alary: 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalist

18k gold, diamond and sapphire 'Two Monkeys' necklace (US$13,940 from Fragments).

18k gold, diamond and sapphire ‘Two Monkeys’ necklace (US$13,940 from Fragments).

The 10 finalists for the very valuable 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award have been announced and there is one jewelry designer among them. French-born Marc Alary studied graphic design and illustration before moving to New York City in 2003, where he is now based. He launched his jewelry line in 2009 after designing some pieces for Marc Jacobs. Animals are his main design focus, and a childhood love.

Last year’s group included two jewelry finalists, Jennifer Fisher and Jennifer Meyer, the latter of whom was a runner-up for the big prize. The 2013 winner and two runner-ups will be announced on November 11 after a series of interviews, studio visits and a design challenge.

18k gold and tourmaline 'Panther' ring ($1,355 from Fragments).

18k gold and tourmaline ‘Panther’ ring ($1,355 from Fragments).

18k gold, enamel and diamond 'Black and White Zebra' pendant ($2,360 from Fragments).

18k gold, enamel and diamond ‘Black and White Zebra’ pendant ($2,360 from Fragments).

18k gold, diamond and citrine 'Lucky Monkey' earrings ($6,650 at Fragments).

18k gold, diamond and citrine ‘Lucky Monkey’ earrings ($6,650 at Fragments).

18k gold, sapphire and tourmaline 'Elephant Caravan' ring ($4,355 from Fragments).

18k gold, sapphire and tourmaline ‘Elephant Caravan’ ring ($4,355 from Fragments).