Just In: Venessa Arizaga Spring 2013 Collection

Venessa Arizaga’s Spring/Summer collection is here! These pieces are stunning. Many have a glamorous, almost rock-n-roll feel to them and feature metals and darker threads, whereas others are super playful and bright.

Venessa is a true original in the fashion world. Trained as a fashion designer at Parson’s in New York, she had stints at Carolina Herrera and later at Zac Posen, where she served as Design Director, before breaking out on her own and starting her own line. A favorite of the hyper-fashionable, her line is beautifully executed (plus, all of it is handmade in Brooklyn – we love supporting designers who are committed to making their pieces in the U.S.). She regularly describes herself and her designs as “magpie” like, in that she is a constant collector of all things pretty and shiny and her jewelry reflects that (minimalist she in not). We so appreciate the spirit of her work, its craftsmanship and her creative vision.

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I absolutely love this black and pearl collar. I am such a die hard pearl fan that this combination would fit right into all my layers. It is edgy but demure at the same time. I find I have to edge my pearls up (wear with ripped jeans or black eyeliner) so they don’t look too old.

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Venessa’s spring collection features lavender and pink thread. I love how these feminine colors can lighten up an outfit. She is so skilled at mixing pastels or demure pearl with heavy black chain.  Perfection.

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Who doesn’t need a sterling silver web around their neck? I know I DO.

Come in and check out the rest of the spring collection. We also have corresponding bracelets.

XOXO

Erica


Obsession: Top Button & Statement Necklace

Do we all agree that the top button MUST be buttoned?  Yes, okay good.  But now, how do we wear necklaces??!  Collared shirts are always a bit tricky with necklaces – usually the necklace falls inside the collar on your skin.  If you want to button up your oxford a bigger necklace worn almost like a bow tie works well.  I thought this red tuxedo blazer and pressed shirt combo was a good palette to show how I wear a necklace with a high, buttoned up collar.

Amazing cooper “waterfall” necklace by Xenia Mara.  This piece is sooooo fabulous.  It works with literally everything (believe it or not!).  I love this necklace with just an athletic grey v-neck t-shirt, as much as with a silk cocktail dress a la Helmut Lang.  The chains reach all the way to your belly button (can I say button one more time in this post!?) and so I thought it would be cool to button (there I go again!) up the blazer too.  The necklace then disappears within the blazer.

Crocheted sterling silver and cotton thread necklace by Venessa Arizaga.  Evil doily or spider web?  Either way – yes!

I cannot stop wearing my MOSCOT frames.  They have become an essential in my fall wardrobe.

I chose the Pamela Love arrowhead necklace to show a more delicate look with a buttoned collar.  This works because the pendant has some weight.  It can’t be too delicate or the collar will be too strong.  The necklace also has to be over 18″ long.

I stuck with the arrowhead necklace to wear all day and paired it with dramatic earrings that play off the crude/organic vibe of the necklace.  These earrings are so unique!  They are made by Karazi Design, a new artist to Hitchcock Madrona.  I need to do a proper post on her work but for now check out these hand-carved antler (traditional Balinese design) earrings set in gold plated sterling silver.  Obsessed!

Sterling silver spine ring by Michael Spirito (middle finger) and sterling silver, moonstone and pink tourmaline snake ring also by Michael Spirito.

Let me see your top button and statement necklace combinations – post photos on our Facebook page!

XOXO

Erica


hitchcock Madrona in NYC: Day 2

We were up bright and early (well, 9:00 am) on day two to visit the famous Opening Ceremony showroom.  We work with Opening Ceremony on Pamela Love Jewelry and Venessa Arizaga. The space is beautiful and overflowing with creativity.  Opening Ceremony is a showroom that loves to represent and support emerging artists and bring them national attention and distribution. Basically, they are cooler than cool.

Working with our lovely account executive Angela on a new Pamela Love collection.

Our Pamela Love picks!

Up next – Venessa Arizaga! This collection is so up my alley – pearls, black woven cotton, and chain. Yes – please!

One of my favorite pieces from Venessa Arizaga’s spring 2013 collection. We are only getting one. Who will be the lucky lady??

Proper NYC lunch (this is actually day one – I’m cheating).
Our next meeting was at Eddie Borgo – we are so excited to start carrying his jewelry line. I am sure you have seen his work in a million editorial photo shoots in several national magazines. He was nominated for the Vogue CDFA Fashion Fund Award in 2010 (he got runner up!). Then a year later he won the CDFA Swarovski Award for innovation in accessory design.  His work is edgy yet timeless, sophisticated yet whimsical.

His website describes his esthetic perfectly: “THE EDDIE BORGO COLLECTION IS A STUDY IN TRADITIONS; AMERICAN COSTUME JEWELRY, THE HISTORY OF ROCK AND ROLL, AND THE HERITAGE OF NEW YORK CITY. EDDIE BORGO BRINGS NEW ENERGY AND A MODERN POINT OF VIEW TO THESE ESTABLISHED THEMES, FUSING HIGH END AND STREET IN EVERY PIECE HE CREATES.”

We will be carrying his spring 2013 line as well as a group of pieces from his classic collection – cone bracelet, anyone??

A shot of his spring/summer 2013 inspiration board in his studio. 1990’s Linda – does it get better than 1990’s super models?

Sanae, Dustin, and Kara at Eddie Borgo.

Then for some down time, a stop at our FAVORITE NYC spot – the Double RL store in Soho. Probably the high point of our trip was an exclusive tour of the Double RL showroom at Ralph Lauren headquarters on Madison Ave. It was so thrilling and inspirational. Thank you again to our people. We love you Merry, AC, and Andrew!

What happened inside?? We will never tell!

XOXO

Erica


Just in: Venessa Arizaga Fall 2012

I am totally and completely head over heals in love with the new fall collection from Venessa Arizaga (NYC).  Her mixed medium creations combine cotton and lurex thread, metal chain and crystals in a goth meets artsy aesthetic.  These are going to be perfect to combine with fall’s big, slouchy knits.  When you wear them with a crew neck t-shirt it looks just like it is the collar of the shirt – talk about the best way to elevate an outfit.  Hurry in and get the pick of the litter!  They are selling fast!

XOXO

Erica


Outfit of the Day…..NEON

I busted out the hot pink pants today.  For me, neon is still relevant.  I especially love pairing neon with sophisticated colors.  To wear neon successfully, especially for anyone over 25, balance the trendiness with timeless colors such as dove grey, beige, white (of course), charcoal grey and blush pink (that combo would be great!).  I chose to balance my neon (hello pants!) with my nude wedges and the slight vintage feel of this floral blouse.  I need to wear these pants before fall comes unless I devise a clever way to wear them in colder weather.  Boots?  I don’t think so – still thinking on that challenge.  Stay tuned.

Green onyx and pearl earrings by Regina Chang.

Necklaces: (top to bottom) 1) Raw green sapphire necklace by hitchcock Madrona. 2) Vintage brass chain (personal).  3) Vintage rhinestone brooch necklace by Thea Grant.  I love the play between the flowers on my blouse and the leaf/flower shapes of the brooch.  Layering similar shapes creates depth and dimension.

Druzy quartz ring with sterling silver setting by hitchcock Madrona.  Bracelets: 1) Woven thread and chain bracelet by Venessa Arizaga.  2) Sterling silver and leather cuff by hitchcock Madrona.
XOXO

Erica


What I am wearing today…..Stripes on Stripes

A special thanks two these two adorable girls eating their ice cream in Madrona.  We couldn’t resist capturing this idyllic summer scene.

I (and the rest of the world) can’t stop wearing striped shirts.  This one, bought in the men’s department, luckily has some refreshing new details.  I wanted to create more stripes to really take the outfit to the almost ridiculous – the two necklaces are striped and so is my belt.

Necklaces: (top to bottom) 1) Woven cotton collar, Venessa Arizaga. 2) Crystal, Pearl and Metal Necklace, IOSSELlIANI. 3) Bronze and Lapis Arrow Necklace, Pamela Love NYC.

The thin gold chain is one that my dad wore daily when I was growing up.  It has been sitting in his jewelry box for about 15 years with a broken clasp.  I resurrected it, after asking permission of course, and have been wearing it constantly.  I love mixing family heirlooms with fun/fashion jewelry.  They personalize a look beyond just composing a great combination.  Antique pieces, especially from a loved one, give your look a dimension that I can’t quite articulate.  Is it the soul that old things possess?  Or, what the sentiment does to the wearer?  Not sure.  Plus, I am also really into longer necklaces right now!  I will write more on that later.

XOXO

Erica


Evening Wear

I broke out this green silky pajama shirt today for the first time.  I purchased this as part of a set (I can’t wait to wear the pants with a simple white tank top!) in India when we were there in January.  I think it is actually a men’s pajama set but not totally sure. Oh well!

Dustin is back from Hawaii (yeah!) so we had fun this morning accessorizing my bright green and yellow shirt with tons o’jewels!

Necklaces (top to bottom):

Woven Gold Lame and Base Metal Necklace, Venessa Arizaga

Peach Sunstone and Copper Layers Necklace, Xenia Mara (this is such a wardrobe staple!)

Polished Raw Citrine Chunks, hitchcock Madrona

Speaking of India!  While we were buying gemstones for our designs in India, Dustin and I came upon this amazing strand of Citrine.  We purchased it from a stone supplier that has very random but super high-quality stones.  When we visit we sit down and say, “only show us what YOU think is the most special and of the highest quality in your stock.”  He has an infectious passion for unique stones (the best of the best).  With excitement he proceeds to unveil countless jaw-dropping strands of gemstones.  If we could only buy them all!

This strand is special for a couple reasons: the quality of stone (over 1,000 carats! aka ridiculous), cut and perfect graduation, and clarity/extraordinary color.  We had to keep them together (of course) and make one fabulous necklace.  It is hand knotted with a sterling silver clasp.  Stunning!

Sterling Silver and Gold Plated Cast Bullet Necklace, Unearthen

*Cotton Scarf, hitchcock Madrona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XOXO

Erica