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.
A fine jewelry collection, a long time in the making, officially launches today. Alexis Bittar is introducing an all-new line to his retail/e-commerce stores and 17 Neiman Marcus locations today.
My first thought upon viewing the collection, which has a focus on the marquis shape, was ‘my, what a prickly demeanor’, but I mean it in the nicest way possible! There are spikes abound in this collection that wrap around gemstones like chalcedony, sapphire, quartz and iolite, with sterling silver and 18k gold studded with colored and white diamonds. These pieces are countered with the smooth surfaces of another style that translates the marquis shape into metal. The collection is not a total departure from the signature Alexis Bittar aesthetic, but it does scale things down a bit while keeping the fun. Check out the full collection online now.
What jewelry to wear to the kick-off concert of the Legends of the Summer tour with Justin Timberlake and Jay Z? Hmm…
Justin doesn’t provide too much inspiration, other than perhaps a crisp black and white look, and I just can’t pull off ‘Jay Z size’ chains in all their diamond encrusted glory (though a number of girls in the audience tried!). So I looked to the significant others and decided that since both Jessica Biel and Beyonce are big fans of big earrings, that was clearly the way to go. Beyonce also tends to wear one other statement piece, so I went with a black and gold combo of big Alexis Bittar pieces. And then 45,000 or so people and I danced for almost three hours.
It was a busy day at Paris Fashion Week on Day 2 with lots of jewelry to be seen.
Alexis Bittar made another appearance on a fashion week runway at Muglar with sculptural earrings especially made for show.
Dries Van Noten also brought some attention to the ear with a ‘full ear cuff’ of glued on crystals. Not practical for everyday, but could be interpreted in an interesting way. They were paired with a basic crystal necklace, a similar style that showed up a couple hours later at Rochas. Interestingly, the handbags at Rochas resembled jewelry travel rolls and were Women’s Wear Daily’s accessory of the day for February 27.
Some great linear spiky pieces were seen at Nicolas Andreas Taralis.
There was lots of gold on the runways with fine chains and charms from Alexis Mabille, bold cuffs and rings at A.P.C. and solid shiny collars from Undercover.