Here’s a funny clip from Ab Fab for your enjoyment:
Archive February, 2012
I partnered with Barbara Tfank. She has recently made big splash in fashion, having designed the dress that Adele wore to the Grammys after party– after Adele deservedly scooped up 6 Grammy awards — and Michelle Obama’s dress at the State of the Union Address a few weeks ago. Here are a couple of photos of her latest collection featuring some of my jewelry.
Here’s an amazing shoot in the March issue of Vogue. Styled by Camilla Nickerson.
If I didn’t know Jeremy Scott was American, I would have definitely assumed he was a Brit. He is known for his outrageous designs and has worked with everyone from Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Victoria Beckham to Miss Piggy.
Karl Lagerfeld has said that Jeremy is the only designer that could succeed him at Chanel. So, you Chanel Ladies, better take a good look at the wackiness! You may be wearing this in the future.
I teamed up with Jeremy to design jewelry for his Fall 2012 show for the New York Fashion Week.
Here are some photos from the show…
J. Alexander from America’s Next Top Model taking notes.
This is the headpiece being sampled on Nick as we were designing it.
They come in all shapes and sizes at Barbie! For New York Fashion Week Barbie threw a bash across from Lincoln Center. I went super early to avoid the crowds. So far, I have had the opportunity to design 2 Barbies. Being sort of a “dude”, I don’t get around to bragging about it.
Here is the pictorial rundown of the night…
Cross dresser from Vienna who was VERY excited waiting online.
Sweet young designer I snuck into the event.
Brainwashed young girl DYING to get in to see Barbie.
Through Barbie’s technological advancement, I get to dress like her in her “Dream Closet”. This is my “making pies” outfit.
This is me going for a job interview.
This is a “real life” Barbie at the party, wearing Alexis Bittar jewelry.
Well, the title says it all. A little dash of Deco is added to the South Western classic style. I’ve never seen Deco fused with American Indian design. It seemed like a great combination since you can trace the lineage from American Indian design to 1930’s geometric patterns.
I think the artisans here in the shop who paint the Lucite were initially daunted by the concept, but the hand-painted pattern on the Lucite came out beautifully.
What can I say… She is ROCKING!
As the younger sister collection in the family, Miss Havisham continues to have an edge. She is VERY naughty.
This season I went in a bunch of new directions. One of my favorites is the man-made drusy we created.
I have always felt restricted by the weight of natural drusy (which is sets of tiny crystals of minerals that form on the surface of another stone). I always wanted to form it and bend it and never could, so I decided to make my own! Each piece is then hand carved. The effect looks quite real, and without the weight.
In addition, I referenced a bit of my early punk days but glammed it up a bit. The Havisham Collection maintains a classic and sculptural feel with the unexpected edges.
I’m excited about working with clear Lucite. I love the sculptural fluidity of the material. At the same time, I wanted to keep the collection classic. I added encrusted, almost sea-like, formations of jewels and crystals to accent the liquidity in the Lucite. Each piece, as usual, is hand carved IN BROOKLYN!
The collection has a modern sensibility that has a touch of classic 1960’s fused with a minimalist 1990’s edge.
The Drusy Collection was actually designed with man made drusy. I have always been fascinated by drusy and how the crystals formed. Every time I see it I want to bend it or manipulate it to form a bracelet. For this collection, I decided to make my own by crushing glass and embedding it in resin. Each piece is then hand carved to create the crystal formations. I think it came out pretty convincing and as a bonus, it’s much lighter than real drusy.
Hope you guys like them for Spring!
Elements got a facelift! Gone are the days of the classic cluster that defined this collection.
This season I combined the aesthetics of classic Baroque designs and American Indian art. It’s another combination that I’ve never seen before. When an editor asked what I was designing for Spring and I mentioned the inspiration for the Elements Collection, she looked at me cross eyed. She couldn’t understand how these two sensibilities would marry.
There are lots of details. For instance, the custom cut stones, the two-tone encrusted metal, and the figure references of the eagle, all make the line stand out in an unexpected way. And it continues to straddle between the “Bohemian Girl” and a “Classic 1960’s Gal”.
It’s terrible when you hear that such a talented person who brought so much joy to the world has passed away, especially when their passing is so sudden.
Whitney Houston hit the world stage in such an unbelievably strong way. Her voice had such clarity and transcended above any other voice at the time.
I recently watched the Body Guard a few months ago and could not believe how strong her voice was. I remember thinking, “Who has a voice like that now?” Plus, she was so incredibly beautiful!
Have you ever seen the footage of her singing in the choir when she was a teenager? You wanted her to succeed. She seemed so solid and strong.
When I heard she was doing another album a few years ago I was so happy for her. I worked with her stylist to design the jewellery for her album and tour. I wanted her to know how supportive I was of her. I decided to write her a note telling her I was 19 years sober and knew how hard it is to fight addiction and I was wishing her the best.
I felt for her, her public decline and couldn’t imagine how hard it must be to deal with a broken life, having an addiction while the world scrutinized your every move. It was hard for me to watch it.
Everyone I knew rooted for her when she had her comeback and they wanted her to succeed. I think her comeback was so anticipated because everyone was happy to have their “Whitney” back. I think she had become a part of our own individual history.
I was stunned and saddened to hear she has passed and I hope she is resting in peace after her long personal struggle.
Who would of thunk it. From selling on the street with my first designs to getting to working with the Ab Fab gals for this ad and now seeing it plastered on the West Side Highway… This is CRAZY INCREDIBLE!!
The crazy coincidence is that it’s on a building that used to be a club in the early 90′s called MARS. My dance partners were Lady Bunny and Miss Kier who became Dee Lite…hit single “Groove is in the Heart”…just in case you forgot. Sadly, it has sat empty for the last 10 years, but I got to breathe some life into it with this ad.
Thanks to Sam and Pascale (from our PR Dept) for braving the below zero temperatures and arctic winds to shoot this video at 6am on the side of a highway on the dirty Hudson River.
In 2004 I was walking through the Tucson Gem Show and stumbled across this booth of jewelry by Alex and Lee. I stopped in my tracks because the jewelry was the embodiment of Nastassia Kinski and the YSL collection in Ballet Russe. It was a combination of late 70s and a kind of bad pothead hippie aesthetic. Anyway, I was completely manic with excitement and decided to collaborate with them.
Here are a few photos from that collection:
Alex and Lee started in the 70s in San Fran during the hippie acid rage on Fillmore St. They were part of the movement documented in The Couquettes. Alex died in 1992 but their line continues. Anyway, our collaboration was a great success for both of us. Recently their company collaborated with Proenza Schouler and are again on a massive upswing of chicness…
I had dinner recently with Arianne Phillips. I’ve been talking about her a lot lately. I can’t tell you how impressed I am with her work. It’s the result of creativity, diligence, and a real lack of egotism. She’s been considered one of the best stylists of our time and her work spans both fashion and film. It’s rare that you work with someone in fashion who doesn’t mask an insecurity with pomposity. I often find that people who reach the upper echelon of fashion hierarchy throw ego around. Not Arianne. Hers is beautifully restrained and packed with creativity.
She was just nominated for her second Oscar for W.E., directed by Madonna. I worked with her on the jewelry choices. The movie’s getting panned by the press. But no one is criticizing the impeccable nature of Arianne’s styling.
I decided to give you guys a quick photo set of some of her work (not all of it, just some)…
Here’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Walk the Line
3:10 to Yuma
A Single Man
And of course W.E., which you can read about here.
About 8 years ago I got a call on my first cell phone. I know, I was really late in the game. A faint voice introduced herself as Rachel Zoe. She wasn’t someone I knew. I wasn’t dialed into Hollywood. She was working with Cameron Diaz who had recently purchased a piece of my jewelry on Third St in LA. Rachel was styling Cameron’s press junket for an upcoming movie.
Rachel and I have worked together ever since. She’s been a huge supporter and I’ve been impressed with how she’s parlayed her styling into a brand. Not many stylists have been able to do that. My hat goes off to her!
Here are some shots of her last week wearing some Miss Havisham pieces. She’s with her husband and Anne Hathaway. Looking fierce, girl!