Miriam Haskell, one of my absolute favorites in vintage jewelry has relaunched a line of "knockout" pieces. The "scarf" necklace is a work of art. Following is an article from W magazine, written by Sophia Chabbott about the "new treasures". it is titled "Lost and Found".
"With Miriam Haskell costume jewelry commanding quite a price on the vintage circuit, a relaunch was inevitable. Enter Gabrielle Fialkoff Redford, whose family bought the company in 1990 and who set about to re-create Haskell's bold aesthetic and pitch it to a new generation. When Haskell passed away in the eighties, she left no archive, but Fialkoff Redford has found another more personal way to access the originals-through Haskell's many fans. "People accost me, saying, 'I have my grandmother's piece', or 'I have my mother's piece,' " Fialkoff Redford says. From these, she and her design team craft tweaked versions of the original ornate filigree necklaces, complex crystal brooches ad coiling beaded cuffs."
Tom Binns, another favorite, has opened a store in New York's west village. Following is the article written for Vogue's February 2009 issue by Mark Holgate. The title of the article is "What has put a glint in the eye of jewel provocateur Tom Binns?
"Last September, Tom Binns presented a new collection of ornate earrings and elaborate necklaces featuring discs engraved with the word DIAMOND or RUBY in place of the real stones. With the economy only having just started it's downward spiral, Binns presciently reckoned that if you couldn't, or wouldn't, buy the genuine article, why not get a playful take on it? But has he now taken leave of his financial senses? Binns has done possibly the craziest thing any designer could do: opened a store-his first, no less-in New York, at 41 Perry Street in the West Village. "Well, there is nothing like swimming against the tide," he says laughing. "we've got to battle against these economically depressed times." Given the boutique's bijou size, it's tempting to call it a jewel box, but that wouldn't be right, for the simple reason that he has kept the place as spare as possible. Binns hold no truck with superfancy, superdesigned, superstatement designer temples; this is a stark white space, the better to show off what he does, e it sculptural gold hoops, neon-orange frosted rococo necklaces, or, yes, even those disc jewels that masquerade as something much, much fancier."
Now on to one of THE most legendary style icons.
In an article written for the March 2009 issue of vogue, Jean Nathan states that "Verdura is launching a line of pieces once designed for the inimitable Babe Paley".
Ciao for now!