The best thing about Sonia, apart from the fact that she’s a phenomenal designer, is that she’s FUN.
I remember prowling around her studio when she was developing these pieces. I thought that they were particularly graphic for her and she told me that they were inspired by M.C. Escher. You can see his influence. www.soniabstyle.com
Vera Wang's Tassel Necklace, $750 at Vionnet Boutique, Robertson Blvd.
Last week I wandered into the Vionnet Boutique (no relation to the iconic French fashion house Vionnet) and was pleasantly surprised. Vionnet has that boutique-y feel that is rarer and rarer these days.
Nestled among the eclectic merchandise, (everything is vegan, so don’t expect any footwear), look for artisanal brass rings, beautifully puckered strapless cocktail dresses and warm woolen sweaters in saffron and cherry red. I thought this Vera Wang tassel necklace of hammered metal (the shop girl wasn’t sure what kind) and ribbon to be just the kind of unique find that could augment a simple dress into a show stopper. I love the Ottoman influences and floral motif.
Buy it at Vionnet Boutique on Robertson Blvd. in Los Angeles. www.vionnetboutique.com
White South Sea Cultured Pearls, Diamonds and Purple Sapphires, necklace, $185,000, earrings, $95,000.
Available @ Mikimoto
I’m definitely a member of the “found objects” school. It’s fun to go antiquing, rummage through vintage (a nicer euphemism for “second-hand”) clothing and even better, go through your distant relative’s closets (I acquired an awesome vintage hat collection that way).
Jeweler Lisa Salzer, the force behind the line Lulu Frost, culls many of her influences from the past. Her one-of-a-kind pieces are made from objects that you might not immediately connect with jewelry. For example, she uses long-lost room numbers form the Plaza Hotel, cut-steel shoe buckles from the 1870’s, old-fashioned keys and locks, chandelier crystals and watch fobs. Another designer who uses objects like these is the fantastic Sonia Boyajian.
Lisa comes to Fred Segal Melrose this Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. She will be making custom pieces from her collection of unusual objects. Come by for some shopping and a chance to meet the East Coast-based designer! -Stylechica.
P.S. Sorry, I could not resist the title. Actually, I think it’s rather restrained. I almost put “Frost Forecast For The West Coast This Weekend!”
Here is the invite!