Tuesday, August 16, 2011
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Monday, July 11, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
We returned in early June from a very successful & energetic Couture show in Las Vegas. What a week! Stores were ready to buy and designers were proud to show their newest collections. Fragments was excited to showcase 15 designers this year including the launch of Nak Armstrong, Mizuki, Suzanne Kalan, Shaesby, Nam Cho, Annie Fensterstock, Moritz Glik, Colette, Vibe’s, Yewn, Katie Decker, Borgioni, Wendy Yue, Gabrielle Sanchez and Lena Skadegard. Each designer had something fresh to bring to the table and the response was tremendous!!
Mixed metals took a front seat this year as a trend worth highlighting. Although we’ve seen it before, it stood out as an important element for all of us to work into our jewelry wardrobes. Moritz Glik showcased his signature 18k yellow gold mixed with oxidized silver, Annie Fensterstock’s 22k yellow and blackened silver was also a big hit and there were edgy mixes of rose gold and blackened gold at Colette.
There were also major touches of color by way of bold gemstones, colored diamonds and more. Offset by subtle metals, these stones really popped and reminded the buyers that “wow factor” investment pieces are key for their selection. Luscious green turquoise, carved coral and boulder opals were standouts at Wendy Yue and the fire opal at Colette made a huge splash. Nam Cho also showcased color in an array of rubies, blue sapphires and emeralds – these shades appeared mostly in her “bullseye” collection which merchandised beautifully with her newer more diamond & moonstone focused pieces. Super luxurious in look and feel, many of Nam Cho’s new pieces are convertible – pendants turn into pins, earrings are detachable, etc. We also saw some convertible/detachable pieces at Katie Decker, giving buyers the opportunity to wear one piece multiple ways. In Katie’s collection, amethyst drops could be removed from a pair of earrings to give way to a more simple, streamlined look. She also showed pendants and charms that could be mixed and matched with different chains – a great opportunity for collectors!
We noticed the “Not Your Grandmother’s Pearls” theme in an array of designers, all of whom put their own twist on the ultra-feminine, underwater favorite. Lena Skadegard, Gabrielle Sanchez and Vibe’s were major standouts in this category but we also saw pearl touches over at Wendy Yue, Colette and Katie Decker. There was a pearl for everyone – be it super luxe and sophisticated, playful and unique, bohemian and casual or traditional and classic – you could not miss this trend!
Creatures were crawling all over this years Couture show, too! Bugs, snakes, dragonflies and more were buzzing and slithering around hoops, bangles, oversized pendants and showstopping rings. Borgioni has this look down to a science and they are a favorite of many. Vibe’s displayed a few subtle bug touches as well and Colette took them to another level in carved labradorite and diamonds. Another creature classic is Wendy Yue who almost always infuses nature inspiration into her work. These designers make creepy crawlers tres chic!
I also want to congratulate our designer, Moritz Glik, who won a Couture Award in the Diamonds Under $20,000 category. What a well-deserved win – it was such a special night for him & Fragments is SO proud!
Stay tuned…I’ll be talking about these trends and lots more all season long!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
The designer’s pave diamond kiss earrings were beautifully displayed along with a fantastic write up about our newest talent! Just one day after, First Lady Michelle Obama lit up Santiago, Chile in Jordan Alexander jewelry at an official dinner at La Moneda Palace hosted by Chile's President Sebastian Pinera and First Lady Cecilia Morel de Pinera. The renowned fashion icon and role model for women wore Jordan Alexander’s pave diamond “kiss” earrings (the same ones that were in the Times!) and two strands of navy Baroque Chinese South Sea pearls adorned with diamond accents. We are honored & excited to see our First Lady showcasing emerging talent in such a unique way. Our designer’s navy pearls were the perfect complement to the feminine neckline & deep magenta color of the First Lady’s Sophie Theallet dress. A modern and fresh perspective on classic pearls, this look was unexpected, effortless and beautiful. Take note jewelry buffs & collectors: these are the NEW pearls! How about a bit of background on the designer…and I’ll also tell you how you can add these pieces to your own jewelry boxes!
The Jordan Alexander collection is designed by Los Angeles & New York-based Theresa Bruno. Named after her sons, Jordan & Alexander, the collection blends luxurious elements like Tahitian pearls, diamonds and rubies with unexpected bohemian touches like macramé, sandalwood, turquoise, moonstone and lava beads. Inspired by her Southern roots as well as her grandmother’s and mother’s exquisite estate-like personal jewelry collections, the designer sought to create beautiful, but everyday wearable fine jewelry that would represent her own free-spirited style. The best part of all of this is that you too can get our First Lady’s look on Fragments.com and in our store in New York City (Fragments, 212.334.9588.) Both strands of pearls (16” & 42”) as well as the earrings and more Jordan Alexander jewelry are available for purchase. Stay tuned for more news every week and thank you for following me! Love, Janet
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Another important and exciting trend that we are seeing has touches of neon as well as hints of coral and turquoise. Check out LK Designs for dramatic (and lightweight, easy to wear) silhouettes, MAJOR neon accents as well as great coral and turquoise combinations. Miguel Ases’ Spring collection also features beautiful coral & turquoise hues, as well as a lavender and orange color story, which totally reminds me of my hippie days! You can see it in our store (116 Prince Street, NYC, 212.334.9588) and stay tuned… pieces will be available shortly on our website!
Our FRAGMENTS collection is also very cool, and all about a rainbow of gorgeous colors. Our hoops, bangles and disco ball bracelets are special favorites and a perfect way to incorporate bold color and sparkle into your everyday looks. We’re all about stacking the bangles, mixing them with the disco ball bracelets and experimenting with a bevy of colors. Don’t forget the hoops for added glamour; at just $58, they are everyday wardrobe staples and meant for collecting! The hoops are available in our store now and will be on our website in the next couple of weeks…feel free to call our store – 212.334.9588 to order your pair before they sell out!
Don't you just love fashion! Its all in the details, so spring right into color this season!
What are some of your favorite colors and how do you plan to infuse them into your Springtime style? Send me pics, feedback and of course any questions! Thank you for following me; I will be back soon!
PS - stay tuned for new designer CORALIA LEETS...who is all about color and phenomenal price points. We'll be introducing her shortly on our website, on our Facebook and of course on our blog!
Monday, February 28, 2011
Then there was Gwyneth Paltrow in fluid Calvin Klein Collection - it was simple, incredibly chic and a beautiful compliment to her colorful highly-designed Louis Vuitton statement jewelry (earrings, ring and brooch.)
I also loved Mila Kunis in lavender Elie Saab - this was my favorite gown of the evening. I loved it because it was feminine, flowing, sexy and my favorite color. She, like Halle, paired it with simple but stunning diamonds.
Anne Hathaway's first look of the night (red Valentino) is another example of major color, silhouette and intricate detail (floral applique) juxtaposed with classic diamond pieces by Tiffany.
We will show you our offerings this season so you can dress like a star! Fragments has the perfect combination of bold statement jewelry as well as smaller, more personal pieces and we're all about mixing both into your wardrobe. For your more classic and clean fashion silhouettes, I recommend Anton Heunis for his intricate, interesting and colorful statement jewelry like this cuff or this ring. I also love Millianna for larger-scale, bold jewelry. These earrings would be the perfect compliment to a modern, clean look and the price is right. Their cuffs dress up the simplest of outfits. Miguel Ases is another talented designer who understands color, detail and silhouette; his jewelry is perfect to add "wow factor" to tee shirt dressing or black tie moments.
For your more dramatic fashion choices, I recommend Suzanne Kalan jewelry. It's modern, romantic and the perfect final touch without being too overwhelming. These earrings serve the same purpose as Halle Berry's 20 karat sparklers (and under $1,000,) but can easily be worn day to night - so check them out! Other great designers to achieve this look are Phillips Frankel, Deanna Hamro & Sethi Couture. Pieces from these collections are exquisite and forever - but they will let your fashion do the talking!
All of these pieces and more are available now on Fragments.com.
I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts and found it helpful as you build your treasured jewelry collection. Have fun and thanks for following Fragments! I'll be back soon...
Friday, February 25, 2011
Everything at Fragments has been fantastic - we have been busy in market and have had a very successful few weeks. Anton Heunis' new collection is here (he showed at D&A) and it's exquisite! With inspiration from Barbarella, Casino Royale and Charlies Angles...you can expect to see a lot of mixed metal graphite, spikes juxtaposed with feminie crystals, that "retro futuristic" feel, luxurious color, intricate detail, gemstones and more. Everyone is loving it!
Friday, January 28, 2011
Happy Friday! How are you all doing?
It was a fun and very special afternoon where we honored sensational young talents in the fashion and accessories industry. For those of you not familiar with Moritz's work, here are some images. He is a true talent - an artist - inspired by international culture, museums all over the world and antique jewelry from the 1700s/1800s. His jewelry is quite architectural, yet fluid, modern and incredibly beautiful. Working with full cuts, single cuts and rose cut diamonds as well as oxidized silver, yellow gold, white gold and white sapphire (where the diamonds are often enclosed) - Moritz never ceases to amaze us. His collection is available at Fragments: 212.334.9588, 116 Prince Street in New York City. Enjoy and have a great weekend! Love always, Janet.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
How are you all doing? I know it's been so long since I have blogged - forgive me, we have been crazy busy! We just wrapped up at the ENK show last week and it was really successful. I saw lots of emerging trends - neon and bold colors like coral and turquoise in Miguel Ases & LK Designs. And on the opposite end, neutrals were also a big hit like in Millianna & Dana Kellin. I love watching all of the designers come out to display their newest creations and show the market what's next - it's very exciting! One of my favorite moments from the ENK show that you will also love was when I layered a Huichol beaded cuff with a Miguel Ases bracelet over it. We are so excited about this new combination - the response has been amazing and soon these bracelets will be available on Fragments.com so you can achieve the same look!
Fragments is also gearing up for CENTURION in Arizona, a fine jewelry show where two of our designers, Arman and Suzanne Kalan, will be showing their newest collections. We're having fun preparing and feel confident that this will be a very successful, exciting show. I'll be sure to fill you all in afterwards...
We have also been getting some amazing press! Recently our designers have been featured on the covers of Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Inside Weddings, Self, Women's Health and inside books including Vogue Gioello, JCK Magazine, Alexa, Harper's Bazaar, MUSE, MORE magazine, W, Houston Magazine and many more. We're so proud of our talented designers and there is nothing more rewarding then seeing them featured so prominently in the press.
I will be back with more next week! Thanks for reading our blog and remember to become our fan on Facebook for daily updates!