NYFW Report: Daniella Kallmeyer A/W 2012 Show

NYFW Report: Daniella Kallmeyer A/W 2012 Show

NYFW Report: Daniella Kallmeyer A/W 2012 Show

As the little girls of the 90s have grown older and more nostalgic about the days of tie dye and their older sister’s grunge, they’ve (okay, we’ve) started to gravitate towards nouveau nineties lines.

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It’s sometimes hard to translate without moving in to that awkward not-quite-old-enough-for-retro territory. Daniella Kallmeyer gets it, quite thoroughly, and delivered a Fall/Winter collection that was at once a nod to the old ravers and an invitation to the new.

“My New Year’s Resolution was to go out more. I’m a workaholic, so I never do,” Daniella said, smiling, at the close of her presentation. “I was very inspired by raver culture and 90s TV shows.”

There’s definite evidence of that here.

In the lining of her flawlessly tailored grey suit pieces (her resume includes Alexander McQueen, Jen Kao and Proenza Schouler, and it shows) are cosmic flares in purple and orange. The black patent leather was offset by furry black straps, and swathes of purple and tangerine broke up the largely monochromatic palette.

The standouts, a skirt and suit in a green and white iridescent material and a liquid matte sequin maxi skirt, are almost certainly going to be snapped up for editorial or two. The movement of the pieces was important to her, which is why she didn’t repeat last year’s digitally projected presentation style and opted for a live, way up close presentation. The clothes held up to close scrutiny; not a stitch seemed out of place or hurried.

If she has any extra bit of hubris about being a young designer producing consistently extraordinary collections, Daniella isn’t showing it. “I’m just really inspired by the people around me,” she said, glancing to the right at an older couple waving at her and grinning, her parents. In her stilettos and furred headband, she politely excused herself from the cameras to talk to them.

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NYFW Report: Sobotka A/W 2012 Show

NYFW Report: Sobotka A/W 2012 Show

NYFW Report: Sobotka A/W 2012 Show

Though Burning Man attendees may disagree, Sobotka has a bit of growing up to do if it is to compete with the ever-swelling ranks of exceptional young lines. The showing, at the Tribeca Grand Hotel, was small and a bit inconsistent. The reason for that is simple: curtains.

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Apparently the designer, Megan Marie Dodge (a more compelling presence than many of her pieces), used curtains left by the elderly ex-tenants of her apartment to create the standout look of the collection, a precise and original pajama-y suit. It and the other beauty, a crop top (a Sobotka signature) and circle skirt made from some sort of blue and bronze rug, were side by side next to a strange, lumpy tapestry vest and patchy paisley dresses. Another seemed worryingly like it had been carved from a bolt of Missoni fabric.

The footwear was most confusing, though. Jelly shoes, kind of like closed Crocs but worse, were used when bare or stocking feet would have worked nicely.

The makeup was interesting if incongruous: neon bright eyeliner matched streaks in the model’s half-cornrowed, half-frizzed hair.

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NYFW Report: Custo Barcelona A/W 2012 Fashion Show

NYFW Report: Custo Barcelona A/W 2012 Show

NYFW Report: Custo Barcelona A/W 2012 Fashion Show

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As other lines bounce between minimalist and Muppet-esque from year to year, there is one certainty: Custo Barcelona will never dip in to that clean and architectural side of the spectrum.

So flamboyant that they sometimes toe the line of gimmicky, Custo’s collections are always riots of prints and colors and patchworking, and their Fall/Winter 2012 showing was no exception.

Custo Dalmau sent his girls out in stomping boots and dizzy sweaters, some trimmed with flapping yarn and fuzzy trim, and one featuring a mane of bright green fringe.

Aquatic teals and mints popped up between the blacks and browns and reds and disappeared, replaced with lilac and rose; a characteristically un-unified color scheme.

And yet there were some pieces that looked independently wearable: shimmering, almost sheer tees, a liquid velvet menswear-inspired overcoat and a graphic mini-dress topped with a reworked varsity jacket were lovely and still uncompromising.

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The Style Dialogues: What Outfit Can I Wear To a Concert and for Going Out Afterwards?

The Style Dialogues: What Outfit Can I Wear To a Concert and for Going Out Afterwards?

The Style Dialogues: What Outfit Can I Wear To a Concert and for Going Out Afterwards?

Ah, the old concert footwear conundrum. I have seen a few girls bravely attempt to wear heels at a show, and I have seen many of them knocked down or tripped up or limping around later. Luckily, girls usually have a bit of nightclub leeway, so unless the places you plan to party at are super-fancy, you can get away with a pair of bright skinny jeans and a non-casual black top (think lacy details or low back), an outfit that should also suit you fine at the show.   Check if the concert venue has a coat check--if they do, stash your heels there and opt for flats if it's a low-key show and closed toe boots if it might get rowdy. Intact toes is well worth toting around an extra pair of shoes all night.

Ah, the old concert footwear conundrum.

I have seen a few girls bravely attempt to wear heels at a show, and I have seen many of them knocked down or tripped up or limping around later.

Luckily, girls usually have a bit of nightclub leeway, so unless the places you plan to party at are super-fancy, you can get away with a pair of bright skinny jeans and a non-casual black top (think lacy details or low back), an outfit that should also suit you fine at the show.

Check if the concert venue has a coat check--if they do, stash your heels there and opt for flats if it's a low-key show and closed toe boots if it might get rowdy.

Intact toes are well worth toting around an extra pair of shoes all night.

Get the look!

Forever 21 Buttoned Lace Bodysuit

MOTO Pink Metallic Leigh Jeans

ELIZABETH & JAMES Shane Ankle Boot Black Suede

Oasis Leopard Cross Body


The Style Dialogues: How Can I Make Wearing Heels Less Painful?

The Style Dialogues: How Can I Make Wearing Heels Less Painful?

The Style Dialogues: How Can I Make Wearing Heels Less Painful?

Dear Gracie with the painful feet,

I have that very same problem. Mine is more specific, actually. My technique is pretty good: make sure you're stepping heel to toe, and that you're putting one foot in front of the other as much as possible, and you won't look like a duck.

But no matter what, my ankles do what I call the baby giraffe whenever I walk around in heels for too long. Once they've decided they've had enough, they just kind of wobble out of place and I usually wind up stumbling the last couple of blocks to the train. Unpleasant. But not incurable.

There are two solutions to this conundrum: wedges and booties.

Zara Wedge Bootie
Zara Wedge Lace-Up Ankle Boot

You don't necessarily need stilettos for height. You can get the same butt lifting, calf hardening, wolf whistling effect from a shoe that throws your foot into any kind of Barbie type angle.

If your issue is stability, look for a three to four inch wedge--they're much sturdier than regular heels. Check out Steve Madden and TopShop for affordable pairs.

If you have ankle mutiny problems like me, look for ankle booties and gel insoles. Zara has some incredible ones on sale right now, so go solve your problem by buying a pair, and wobble no more!


Pre-Fall 2012 Preview: Alexander McQueen

Pre-Fall 2012 Preview: Alexander McQueen

Pre-Fall 2012 Preview: Alexander McQueen

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Despite reviews and fervent professions of love from writers, editors and customers, there was always a sort of museum hush around the collections designed by McQueen himself.

Rarely were his pieces less than higher art, and it's comforting to see the way in which Sarah Burton is solidly carrying on with his line. There hasn't been a hiccup yet, and for this year's pre-fall line she has picked an aesthetic—theatrically dramatic, of course--and run with it successfully.

She isn't afraid to deviate a bit from the house's iconic silhouettes, though, and worked her dresses' horizontals as well as their verticals.

The results range from gossamer gowns that seemed to have been sketched over the models to sharply heavy Deco lined tailored suits and tea-length velvet brocade dresses.

Rather than appearing to play to (or be dictating) trends, the line achieves the new timelessness that has always produced reverent gasps.

The only thing Burton seems to have neglected is the footwear, opting for universal (in the McQueen universe) pointed patent leather booties for all of the looks. But that could just mean she's saved her shoe-energy for the fall showings.


On The Runway Menswear 2012 Trend Report

Trend Report: Menswear F/W 2012 Sees Plaids, 60s Revisits and Royal Dressing

On The Runway Menswear 2012 Trend Report

Poor Menswear Shows. Not only are they sandwiched between Pre-Fall and Fall runway shows in January, but they don't even have a huge community of loyal, gushing bloggers posting OOTDs (outfits of the day) and runway looks.

Everyone seems to think menswear shows are sort of boring--they're always suits, and those are always pretty much black and brown, right?

Okay, so there are a lot of suits. But when you look closely, they're all as different as couture gowns, just not as strikingly so. And this season saw sleek nods to the 60s, full velvet outfits and lots and lots of  man bags. So do menswear everywhere a favor and check out the Fall collections. Tell us which are your favorites, or make you cringe, and take a peek at what's in for the boys for Fall 2012.

On The Runway Menswear 2012 Trend Report

Photo left to right: Alexander McQueen F/W 2012 (Imaxtree), Giorgio Armani F/W 2012 (Monica Feudi / Feudiguaineri.com), Etro F/W 2012 (Photo: Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com). See entire F/W 2012 collections here.

 

Velvet: They’re takin’ it back

We ladies tend to steal a lot of things from the menfolk—boyfriend blazers, smoking shoes, tuxedo pants—so it’s only fair that they reclaim something every now and again. Like velvet.One of the best additions to the F/W 2011 womenswear showings was translated into luxe velvet tailored pieces, full suits and big snuggly coats for the boys at Gucci, Burberry, Canali, Ferragamo, Etro and Alexander McQueen. Take heed, boys.

On The Runway Menswear 2012 Trend Report

Photo left to right: Canali F/W 2012, Gucci F/W 2012 (Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com), Jonathan Saunders F/W 2012  (courtesy of Jonathan Saunders). See entire F/W 2012 collections here.

 

60s Redux

Just as the womenswear designers have most recently fixated on the 60s, menswear showings like Canali and Gucci were full of looks that would have made Bond—1962 - 1967 Sean Connery Bond,  not Daniel Craig Bond—feel quite at home. And Jonathan Saunders played with prints, pastels and mod silhouettes pretty brilliantly as well, giving his pre-fall women's collection a run for its money.

On The Runway Menswear 2012 Trend Report

Photo left to right: Prada F/W 2012 (Monica Feudi / Feudiguaineri.com), Prada F/W 2012 (Monica Feudi / Feudiguaineri.com),  Salvatore Ferragamo ( Filippo Fior / GoRunway.com). See entire F/W 2012 collections here.

 

Royal Dressing

It's said that in times of economic hardship, people turn to clothes and movies for a bit of a getaway. I think everyone gets bored of dressing grungy, and every 20 years we all bounce back into super spiffy wardrobes (and a recent massive royal wedding helps that along). Prada and Salvatore Ferragamo showed two kinds of aristocrat this season: Prada the obvious royal, complete with military detailing and knee-length coats; Ferragamo the modern noble, with all of the richness in the gem tones and the detailing. Either way is a lovely break from the giant sweaters and slouchy coats of streetwear.

On The Runway Menswear 2012 Trend Report

Photo from left to right: Versace F/W 2012 (Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com), Versace F/W 2012 (Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com),   Etro  F/W 2012 (Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com). See entire F/W 2012 collections here.

 

Seeing Red

Versace does not put out clothing of very subtle aesthetic. Ever. So it makes sense that they led the red charge this season, with gorgeous crimson overcoats and bright red details that were also seen at Etro. They did, however, go a teensy bit overboard with the technicolor vomit + neon green collared suit sets. But I suppose they've earned the right.

On The Runway Menswear 2012 Trend Report

Photo from left to right: Vivienne Westwood F/W 2012 ( Filippo Fior / GoRunway.com), Brioni F/W 2012 (courtesy of Brioni), Alexander McQueen (courtesy of Alexander McQueen). See entire F/W 2012 collections here.

 

Academical!

There were lots of professorially looks this season—literal and deconstructed. Plaids, from the subtle at McQueen and Brioni, to the, well, Westwoodesque at VIvienne Westwood, surfaced regularly in smart suits and jackets, and the Murse made a glorious return at several shows in the form of large leather satchels and doctor's bags.


The Style Dialogues

The Style Dialogues: How Can My Personal Style Look Ahead of the Pack?

The Style Dialogues

Dear Melinda,

The answer is right under your nose.

To be ahead of the pack, you can't look like the pack.

Though Tumblr and fashion blogs are incredible places to spot cool things you would never find elsewhere (Hallelujah, internet!), they can also lead to what I like to call a Jeffrey Campbell effect. All of the cool girls are photographed wearing them. Then everyone starts coveting, and soon there's a sale and more and more people start buying and being photographed in them. Then the market on cool yet stompy footwear is saturated, and the only thing you're doing by buying JCs, awesome as most of them are, is looking like everyone else. It's like the world has turned into a big high school.

So back to your question--how to outdo the popular kids?

Stop watching them so closely! Head over the style.com, and check out runway coverage from the past few seasons.

Look up classic designer lines, too, for context, and then you'll start to figure out what your own style is independent of what everyone else is wearing.

Once you've figured out what to wear, you have a whole world wide web to shop for it.


The Style Dialogues: Where Can I Find Bargain Shopping After the Holidays

The Style Dialogues: Where Can I Find Bargain Shopping After the Holidays?

The Style Dialogues: Where Can I Find Bargain Shopping After the Holidays

Dear Mary G. in New York,

Give up? On shopping?

No, no, no.

This might be the best season to shop. In fact, stores are looking to recoup their losses from the flood of holiday returns that they see in January, and both real stores and web stores are looking to get last season's stock outta the warehouses in anticipation of spring and summer collections.

Remember, fashion is always about 6 months early to the temperature party.

It's not polite, but it can be convenient if you're looking for, say, a winter coat in the winter.

Check out sites that are known for their blowout sales: Urban Outfitters, Karmaloop, ASOS and ShopAkira are good places to start, and for basics, nothing beats Victoria's Secret's semi-annual sale paired with an arsenal of coupon codes from RetailMeNot.

If you don't mind saving up a bit, check out Yoox and The Outnet for incredible deals on super fancy designer pieces (as the best way to really build a wardrobe is through good, lasting staple pieces).

Mary, hopefully my suggestions will give plenty of affordable, thrifty options for your post holiday shopping.

Happy shopping!


15 Gifts for 15 Fashion Archetypes For Under $50 Gift Guide: The Fashion Victim

15 Gifts for 15 Fashion Archetypes For Under $50 Gift Guide: The Fashion Victim

The best gifts are the ones that are useful for years and years, not the ones expunged with April's winter clothing purge. But then there's your friend who only wears things once, because although they are so now right now, in five minutes they are so replaceable. Maybe she has a personal style blog and needs to keep up with the rest of the Campbellites, or maybe she just likes keeping up with the times.

So for this joyous holiday season, get her something she'll squeal over and love intensely for a while, like velvet smoking shoes or a circle scarf in one of the 752 different colors American Apparel offers. If you really love her, throw a bottle of Chanel Peridot her way. Or go the instructive route and let her know that though you do love her, you don't necessarily think it's a good plan to spend $200 on things like circle scarves and feather earrings every other month, and let her know this with words. Confessions of a Shopaholic is a good start.

Confessions of A Shopaholic | $7.99
Circle Scarf | $28
Chanel Peridot | $34.95
Velvet Smoking Shoes | $34


15 Gifts for 15 Fashion Archetypes For Under $50 Gift Guide: The Socialite

15 Gifts for 15 Fashion Archetypes For Under $50 Gift Guide: The Socialite

For that girl you know who is surgically attached to her iPhone and is rarely seen sans Louboutins and a cocktail, thoughtful gifts are the way to go.

For when she needs a break from the stilettos, luxe looking loafers will be much appreciated. If she's one of those who drop their expensive-as-botox phones as soon as they are standing on a hard floor (like me, minus the botox comparison), a Yofo will make sure she's able to cradle that baby tight as she shops, drinks, throws herself into cabs after drinks, and wakes up early and discreetly in the wee hours to make her way home from wherever that cab took her after drinks.  And for any budding socialite, a subscription to Vanity Fair is definitely a necessity.

ELLE Star Loafers | $40
One year subscription to Vanity Fair | $26
Yofo SmartPhone Protector | $26


Zac Posen Pre-Fall 2012

Zac Posen Pre-Fall 2012: A Perfect Balance of the Two Zacs

Zac Posen Pre-Fall 2012

Zac Posen is the kind of designer who is pretty much guaranteed to have a retrospective at the Met in thirty or so years, and maybe another a few decades later. And it's hard to believe that it's been almost a decade since he, at 21 years old, first showed a collection.

It's a bit like watching a child star of the Drew Barrymore or Kirsten Dunst ilk grow up gracefully and awesomely--though they were wonderful from the get-go, they eventually assume full control of their voices and exuberance, make a movie like  The Virgin Suicides and solidify their icon status.

There has always been a strong sense of architecture underlying Posen's collections; it's just that it seems he has finally gotten a full guru-level mastery of his considerable talents.

After putting out several collections rife with frills and pomp and falling off his own horse a bit with two too-sober (yet still perfectly seamed) showings in Paris, Posen's Pre-Fall 2012 line is a balance of the two Zacs.

Each dress—no pants this go around, ladies—is something of a well planned piece of figure machinery on its own, but no art was sacrificed for structure.

The word chinoiserie has been thrown around a lot in describing the collection, but it fits in the sense that the clothes harken back to a time when the Far East was more kitschy for the American royalty he had in mind when designing, and less readily accessible. Nipped waists, his brilliant shattered glass seaming on the first white dress and a blouse with shoulders that would befit a Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy if she could choose her wardrobe. And though the shapes are dramatic and the silhouettes are almost cartoonishly luxurious at points (his pooling, caped damask gown could be a 1940s couture fashion plate), they're most definitely not unwearable.

My only wonder is at what he'll present in February—and if this is the Zac Posen that's here to stay.

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Knock Off Runway Looks that We Hope The Big Chains Grab

Spring 2012 Runway Looks that We Hope The Big Chains Grab

Clockwise top left to bottom right: Prada Spring 2012 (Monica Feudi / Feudiguaineri.com), Akris Spring 2012 ( Alessandro Viero / GoRunway.com), Valentino Spring 2012, Burberry Prorsum

Knock offs are a less gentle name for how most of the mortal fashion world conducts business—runway shows dictate next year's colors, silhouettes and patterns, and major fast fashion stores like H&M, Zara and Aldo copy what they choose.

Though it sucks to see blatant counterfeits (ahem, Forever21, ahem ahem Canal Street), we've all bought and worn distilled versions of runway looks from large chain clothing stores.

So since everyone's already doing it, we might as well put in our requests from the Spring/Summer 2012 shows, no?

AkrisZippers Everywhere: Akris

Akris' automobile inspired silhouettes were awesome this spring, and the zippers that replaced architectural seams are something I'd definitely wait in line for.

PradaPrinted Pleats: Prada

Pleats have been done (and done and done), but they're not over yet. Prada's spring collection amped them up a bit with bright geometric prints in the pleats.

BurberrySpiral Woven Wedges: Burberry

These remind me of a giant sculpture I love in New York that you can see for blocks and blocks away--it looks kind of like a big black hole opened up mid-air. I would definitely wear that on my feet, especially if it didn't cost $5,000 to do so.

ValentinoSneaky See Through: Valentino

Mesh can be lovely, and it can also be really really awful. Valentino definitely did it lovely with enlarged lace motifs in blacks and whites.I can only hope that the idea isn't screwed up upon redesign, but you never know when bad fake chantilly will rear its ugly head.

 


Fashion Men of the Moment

It's funny--whenever anyone mentions a supermodel, does anyone think of a male model?

I know that I jump right to the Giseles and Tyras, but there is another world of modeling aside from the one where smizing and conjectures about butt implants rule.

Male models are the ones often draped behind magazine cover models and who are credited on the very last page of the editorial, but it's high time we stop treating the boys like furniture.

Below are four male models who look set to get on a first-name basis with the world without ever walking in a Victoria's Secret Show. Though that would admittedly be interesting.

Yuri Pleskun, 20, New York by way of Russia

Big Break:
Topman Spring 2009 campaign

Why he's going to be big
: Though he's already a quickly recognizable face, Yuri looks poised to become a household name. He also has that perfect mix of delicate, pretty features and tattooed toughness, without any stiffness.

Where you've seen him: Yuri's anchored the covers and editorials of pretty much every major and minor fashion magazine from WWD to i-D, and has been booking campaigns for Calvin Klein, Equipment and Balenciaga.Meets Obsession Magazine

David AgbodjiDavid Agbodji, 24, France

Big break: Calvin Klein Men's S/S 2010 runway show

Why he's going to be big: David's face is so chiseled and symmetrical that it looks like it was carved. Plus he can do everything from Express campaigns to Vivienne Westwood runway shows and look just right for the job.

Where you've seen him: David walked for ZZegna, D&G, Mugler, Viktor & Rolf, Hermes, Bottega Veneta, Hugo Boss and Jean Paul Gaultier during the S/S 2012 shows.

And if that isn't a hell of a resume, we don't know what is.

Henric OlssonHenric Olsson, Sweden

Big Break: We're waiting to see Henric walk in some shows, but he's appeared in a bunch of international fashion magazines and as a background man for cover girls (see below on Jessica Biel and Henric on a motorcycle).

Why he's going to be big: Flexibility for sure. Henric can go from scruffy biker a la Sons of Anarchy to clean shaven Ralph Lauren man, and also has the uncanny ability to make a 17th century conquistador cut beard and stache look amazing. Which is no simple task.

Where you've seen him: Check out the subscriber cover of December Elle for a glimpse of Henric chauffering Jessica Biel around on a bike.

Francisco LachowskiFrancisco Lachowski, 20, Brazil
Big Break: Winning the Ford Supermodel of the World contest, and subsequently getting signed by Ford Models

Why he's going to be big: Francisco's features--pouty mouth, high cheekbones, piercing eyes, perfect abs--call to mind some of his fellow Brazilian supermodel countrywomen. It's no stretch to think he could soon join Alessandra and Gisele in reaching household name status.

Where you've seen him: He walked the runway at Roberto Cavalli, Giorgio Armani and Ermannno Scervinno, Versace, DSquared and Mugler (to name a few) during the S/S 2012 shows.


Six Jewelry Designers You'll Love So Much Your Wallet Will Hurt

Six Jewelry Designers You'll Love So Much Your Wallet Will Hurt

Six Jewelry Designers You'll Love So Much Your Wallet Will Hurt

Clockwise top left to bottom left: Charlotte Martyr, Charlotte Martyr,
Shadowplay, Rebecca Schiffman.

I don't know about you, but my favorite gifts to give and (mostly) buy for myself tend to be strange pieces of jewelry. Which is why I'm an extremely happy camper these days, what with all the amazing designers you can stumble into debt upon on Etsy and Fab.com.

Admittedly, it can be a bit much to sift through all of the people selling fake Swarovski wire earrings, but it's well worth it once you do hit the motherlode of raw crystals and chain cuffs. To make your job easier in this season of gorge shopping, here are six of the best new designers I've seen while clicking around the interwebs.

Urban Aviary

Urban Aviary

Urban Aviary was started and continues  to operate out of designer Samantha Bird's house in Delaware, and since 2008, has been marrying geometry and nature in simple, striking pieces. And it's also super cute. Super cuteness is highly important. While their metal pieces are certainly covetable, the raw gemstone necklaces are definitely standouts, and beg to be layered.

Favorite Piece: Amethyst Chunk Necklace, $35

Shadowplay

Shadowplay

Shadowplay's mix of yarn and crystals isn't for everyone (one of my friends actually sniffed at it), but they totally pulled off the Rodarte-esque crazy-mixed-knits thing. The pieces are a break from traditional chain-and-charm necklaces or heavy bib pieces-- look like gem studded cobwebs, and if you put your mind to it, you'll find these pieces are quite wearable.

Favorite piece: Harkness necklace

Rebecca Schiffman

Rebecca Schiffman

Rebecca Schiffman is a self-taught jewelry maker (jealousy) and musician (more jealously) who interned for Proenza Schuler (and I'm giving up because it's too much jealousy).

Her UES collection is inspired by architectural elements of New York's Upper East Side (think silver versions of all the pretty building details everyone misses--hares, flowers, fences) and is borderline genius, and her IMK collection is an equally lovely study of chainmail and art.

You can buy her designs, albums, or Rebecca herself for a night (to play music, people, music) through Kickstarter and at Henri Bendel, but she also has a gorgeous website that showcases her jewelry and music as well if you want to ogle.

Favorite Piece: Blue Wave Cuff 

Charlotte Martyr

Charlotte Martyr

French designer Charlotte Martyr's pieces are just tough enough: no jutting spikes to impede everyday activities like blowing up balloons and petting dogs, just an expensive seeming coolness and heaviness.

Best part is, her pieces aren't crazy expensive--the website prices are in Euros, but they work out to $35-$270 USD for a range of faceted metal pendants and bracelets, earrings and necklaces that look like the Nazca lines and an awesome little snake ring. Well worth it, if you ask me.

Favorite Piece: Black Mamba Ring, 32 Euro ($43)

Designerica

Designerica

Currently, Erica Schwartz's Designerica is based exclusively on Etsy, but with a fab.com sale (which I totally patronized) under her belt, it's hard to imagine the Brooklyn-based designer not getting big enough for her own digital place very soon.

Her moon rings, which come in a bunch of different finishes and sit in between the fingers, are amazing looking and amazingly priced. Plus, she has a great power button ring for all us computer and Xbox affectionate people.

Favorite Piece: Triple Moonball Ring, $60

Gabriela Artigas

Gabriela Artigas

My favorite Gabriela Artigas pieces are the tea rings, but those don't really do her collection justice (though mark my words: mid finger rings are the next big thing).

Gabriela started her jewelry career making cuffs out of toothbrush handles in her native Mexico City, and has since moved on to delicate gold rings, heavy chain necklaces and chain bows that look like organza ribbon. And she still sells the toothbrush cuffs.

Favorite Piece: Raven Geometric Studs Triple Necklace, $90