Archive for June, 2006
When it comes to accessories, misplaced items can sometimes yield the greatest rewards. It’s an unusual philosophy—one that Dartmouth grad and designing diva Lisa Salzer embodies like no other. The 23-year-old collects long lost room numbers from the sumptuous Plaza Hotel, along with other rare charms that pop up where she least expects them. This single antique directional compass earring in 14k gold is certainly unexpected. Although we don’t recommend wearing this particular pair on your next camping trip—even if you are directionally challenged—we do suggest checking out her website where you can shop your heart’s content and find some exquisite treasures.
Neely Mack’s deep understanding of leather allows her to create unique handbags and shoes (check out these peep-toe pumps), as well as decadent garments. Her jackets and tops are made of soft, supple leathers from France and other parts of the world. But 2001 brought the addition of a new collection that introduces agate and rare stone belt buckles and necklaces. Each one is handcrafted in beautiful silver bezel.
She’s not a household name (yet) but Dominique De Sentino is one of Canada’s rising stars and we’re ga-ga over her gorgeous designs. Born in Casablanca to a French mother and Italian father, she spent her formative years in the French Riviera, a culture rich in fashion and art. After experiencing Paris, the world’s unofficial capital of beauty, she was inspired to follow her creative urges. “When I sit down to design a collection, my mind is somewhere between simple classical taste and something a little more exotic,” she says. Her pieces are ideal when you’re in the mood to dress-to-thrill.
Modern women live by an unspoken creed: when the going gets tough, the tough go shopping. Sure, Jessica Simpson was a shop-a-holic long before her divorce, but we’re guessing that Nick’s absence was her best excuse yet excuse to indulge in little retail resuscitation. When Miss Simpson wore this colorful number by Bahnaz Sarafpour, we couldn’t keep our eyes off her (and this is coming from the folks who refused to pick up one more tabloid with her face on the cover). Sarafpour has worked with Isaac Mizrahi, Narcisco Rodriguez and Richard Tyler and designed the Barney’s NY Collection. Her collections can be found throughout Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and on red carpets throughout the USA.
Loree Rodkin’s other-worldy jewelry collection has been featured in way too many magazines to count. Although we generally turn our backs to anything that’s already been declared a “must-have” by mainstream media, we do appreciate great design. Let’s face it: her jewelry is a cut above. Do like Steven Tyler, Elton John, Cher and splurge on one of her sumptuous treasures fit for rock royalty.
SF’s official must-have accessory, the messenger bag, should have street cred. The city’s own Dave Warnke created this bright and cheery number which fits file folders, notebooks, and all of your daily essentials. Warnke’s cartoonish style is full of weird, whimsical creatures and bright, bold colors. You’ve seen his hand-made stickers and posters all over SF on boarded up buildings, poles and trash cans. Now that’s urban credibility.
A gal wants to be noticed without having to scream Right Said Fred lyrics from the rooftop. While some designs scream “I’m too sexy, darn it!” House of Hengst is ideal for the understated temptress. Designer Susan Hengst spends her time jet setting between the East and West coasts and her collections strike an appropriate balance between the two. Think cashmere skirts and silk jersey tunics that leave a little to the imagination.
If you’re going to wear a fedora in this lifetime, it better be a Goorin. The Burlingame-based company was founded out of the back of a horse-drawn carriage in 1895. Much to our delight, it’s recently added a retail store in San Francisco where you’ll find everything from Caribbean-inspired baseball caps to pinstriped fedoras. Also on our radar? Scarves, belts and gloves to spice up an ensemble.
Dolls! We’re sure you’ll agree when we say that a flattering swimsuit is hard to find. You work hard on that marvelous bod and you deserve a design that clings in all the right places. Well, heed our advice. When we first spotted Piedras swimsuits on a runway in South Beach, it was love at first sight. We were so smitten with the revealing cuts that we swore off dessert for the next 6 months (judging by our array of favorites in Epicurean Delights, you know this was no easy task). Born in Milan in 2001, Piedras is the brainchild of the lovely Maria Buccellati and Paula Berger. These former models have tapped into their Latin heritage, as well as the colors of sky and sea to create this decadent collection.
Summer is barely a blip on our radar and we’re already eager to fast-track into autumn. As we all know, the fashion world is a few seasons ahead of the rest of us. C&M’s all-knowing style oracles are predicting a rich color scheme of dark teal and brown, as well as brick and charcoal. We’re giddy to introduce you to Israeli-based designer Rina Zin. Her collection, which focuses on fall’s refined, tailored essence and said colors, is new to the United States (although in-the-know fashionistas have been following her line since she created it 15 years ago).