Super Moons, Kendall (Jenner) + Jewels with Eddie Borgo: #NYFW Day 5

Eddie Borgo and some of his gorgeous new jewels

What day is it again? After toughing it out in the trenches — if braid bars and yoga and ogling gorgeous fashion can be called “the trenches” — for 5+ days, we’re starting to do things like sing, “What’s the day again,” to the tune of What’s My Age Again. Clever! We know.

BTW you can follow up through #NYFW on Instagram at @alyssashapiro, @sarajanenyc, @emilyovaert, and of course at @blackbookmag.

Sara: Alyssa, where have you been at since we hung out with Eddie Borgo this morning., who I know you’ve hung out with before, but I LOVED him.

Alyssa: He’s great, isn’t he? It’s a treat to visit his showroom. There are always macarons… and I always try on jewelry. I’m not sure if I’m supposed to, but I can’t help it! It’s like playing dress up in your mom’s closet but with really cool, gorgeous, relevant jewelry, instead of, you know, pearls. Though I love pearls. June baby here.

And yes, I’m redoing my manicure as we type.

Sara: I remember saving up for one of his smaller bracelets when his line first came out so the fashion nerd in me was pretty psyched.

Alyssa: Yes! Same. So while Sara and I were hanging out with Eddie and his new collection, what did you get up to, Emily?

Emily: Saw Kendall, Georgia May Jagger, Alexa Chung, AND Anna Wintour.  Finally got some big celeb sightings in today.

Alyssa: Hanging’ with the big guns! I like how you don’t think Kendall needs a last name, but freaking Georgia May does.

Sara: Is it weird that I am significantly more excited by Alexa and Kendall than Anna? Anna sat in front of me at Bridges of Madison County a few months ago, though, and I did not watch it for a moment. Kendall (her agency?) decided she didn’t need a last name, which is so endlessly hilarious to me. Like, sweetie, we can’t forget 10 seasons.

Alyssa: BAHAHA. Yes. They’ve provided quality TV for some time now, and I say that without a hint of irony. I appreciate their contribution.

Emily: I feel like I can be on a first name basis with the Kardashians. But really, I was so excited to see Georgia. I’m a HUGE Rolling Stones fan, and she is rock royalty.

Alyssa: We can. There is no other Kim in the world. But also, Georgia May forever.

Sara: Actually just LOLed. One more celeb thing: Nicki (Minaj’s) video with the Alexander Wang models, dancing to Anaconda is one of the best things to come out of NYFW.

Anyway. My day was super chill. I spent the morning with Alyssa and Jacob for a hot sec with Eddie Borgo and then walked two blocks to the New Museum for a different kind of fashion show. They are showing an exhibit of Snoopy and his sister Belle, and shortly you will be able to read a whole article on this exhibit.

Alyssa: Hi, I did not know Snoopy had a sister.

Sara: Um, me neither, but they are an extremely well dressed sibling pair. Vintage Chanel, Gucci, and of course newer styles from the likes of DVF, VPL, Opening Ceremony, and more. I was actually really excited because I got a poster which someday, I will frame. THEN, I got a Snoopy manicure.

snoopy nails

Alyssa: But no framing today, because fashion is the only thing?

Sara: Not a chance. I walked west after the Phillipp Plein store opening and literally thought, wow, this is the first time I have been outside and not running to a show in DAYS. I was out late (for me, but I am 97) with Peyton List last night. By late, I really don’t mean that late. Like 1:30 a.m. But today I was so tired, I got a little weepy. Eek. Fashion-emergency.

Alyssa: Okay this is really important, but it’s the Super Moon. Full moon in full effect. Not even joking, be careful. There is a reason why it all feels nuts, aside from it being mid-fashion week.

Sara: Wait, that’s insane! I remember Lena Dunham ‘gramming bout that a few months ago, so I thought we were done with that ish.

Alyssa: My friend Cecilia (who is the coolest hairstylist ever so I trust her) actually just told me we have six coming up in 2015.

Emily: On that same thread, Stephen Hawkings also mentioned how the God particle he’s working with could destroy the entire universe AT ANY MOMENT HAHA. Just weird vibes all around today.

Sara: I READ THAT TOO!

Alyssa: What.

Emily: Apparently (ginger kid voice) we don’t have the machines big enough for it to collapse the entire universe, but if Stephen Hawkings talks about potential universal doom, I’m going to pay attention.

Important alert: Watch this:

Alyssa: Well, apparently, we just all need to keep an eye out this week circa Super Moon. So now you know why you’ve been weepy. Someone (wish I could remember who) tweeted that her NYFW survival tactic was to pretend every day is Wednesday. So I’ve been trying that.

Emily: I had a more chill day today as well but really happy I got to see the Tommy Hilfiger show! The stage was set like the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover, and Beatles songs played before the show started. Then when the models finally came out the playlist changed to include songs by Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones with a live band playing. Maybe it’s because that’s some of my favorite music but I absolutely loved it and thought it gave an awesome energy to the show.

Alyssa: I love good show music. There’s so much about seeing a show in person that helps in understanding the collection. You gotta feel the whole vibe! I have so many good songs stuck in my head now from this week…

Okay so it wasn’t a show, but a presentation, but you guys, Theory was really good! So chic, really beautiful. Just simple, clean, so well done, so nicely staged. Just… sigh.

Emily: Yes! I loved Theory as well. It was presented really well and felt like a cool art exhibit.

Alyssa: So who wins, Snoopy or Theory?

Sara: SNOOPY!

Alyssa: My vote’s for Theory…

Eddie Borgo Shows Us How It’s Made

Edythe wears the Eddie Borgo Graduated Gemstone Cube Bracelet. Photo by Rodolfo Martinez.

Ever wonder how your treasured jewels are made? The necklace you wear everywhere but the shower, or the rings you slip on before heading out on the town. We asked Eddie Borgo to get super-specific on the how-it’s-made of his beloved beauties. In part three (see part one here and two here) we get to see just how the Graduated Gemstone Cube Bracelet came to be.

Raw Gemstone
“The raw gemstones are analyzed by “eye and hand” craftsmen who are experienced in cutting raw stones. They use their knowledge of stone growth to achieve the cut for what we need. This helps us create an internal roadmap of the stone and understand any inclusions or fault lines.”
Eddie Borgo_Graduated Gemstone Cube Cuff Step 1

Development
“The mold and cages for the back side of the piece are made of raw brass and grown in a 3D printer, technically referred to as the Additive Manufacturing Process. The 3D printer functions in a way that it distributes extremely fine layers of a material around a support material to build up the shape of the computer generated model.”
Eddie Borgo_Graduated Gemstone Cube Cuff Step 2

Assembly
“Many of our pieces mimic fine jewelry constructions and are assembled in a similar manner. We create custom cages for the back of each setting — an added detail that is unique to costume jewelry.”
Eddie Borgo_Graduated Gemstone Cube Cuff Step 3

“Working on closures can be one of the most technically challenging of a piece as it has to remain secure over prolonged wear.”
Eddie Borgo_Graduated Gemstone Cube Cuff Step 4

Final Product
“The cube is a signature shape for the brand and something we include almost every season. I am inspired by modern art and sculpture, and the shapes we used in the Graduated Gemstone Cube Cuff remind me of the work of the artist Donald Judd.”
Eddie Borgo_Graduated Gemstone Cube Cuff Step 5

Edythe (Marilyn) wears the Eddie Borgo Gemstone Gemstone Cube Bracelet
Photographer: Rodolfo Martinez
Hair: Hikaru Hirano
Makeup: Ayindé Castro
Fashion Editor: Alyssa Shapiro

How’d He Make That? Eddie Borgo Gemstone Estate Necklace Edition

Edythe wears the Eddie Borgo Gemstone Estate Bib Necklace. Photo by Rodolfo Martinez.

Ever wonder how your treasured jewels are made? The necklace you wear everywhere but the shower, or the rings you slip on before heading out on the town. We asked Eddie Borgo to get super-specific on the how-it’s-made of his beloved beauties. In part two of three (see part one here) we witness the birth of the Gemstone Estate Bib Necklace. Estate-worthy, indeed.

Ideation
“I devote as much time as possible to hand-sketching at my studio. Our drawings contain as much detail as possible, concentrating on measurements in millimeter.”
Eddie Borgo_Gemstone Estate Necklace Step 1

Development
The Gemstone Estate Bib Necklace combines all the different silhouettes — pyramid, cone, and cube — that we showed in the Pre Fall 2014 Collection. The placement of each section was engineered by my team with careful consideration for fit and feel.
Eddie Borgo_Gemstone Estate Necklace Step 2_A Eddie Borgo_Gemstone Estate Necklace Step 2_B Eddie Borgo_Gemstone Estate Necklace Step 2_C

At my studio, we use a computer assisted design program called Rhinoceros. It helps create a 3D rendering that lets us examine the functionality of a design. My team will translate my hand-sketches into 3D computer-generated models before we start manufacturing the samples.

Eddie Borgo Rendering — Gemstone Estate Bib Necklace from BlackBook on Vimeo.

Eddie Borgo Gemstone Estate Necklace Step 3 from BlackBook on Vimeo.

Assembly
There are 59 pyramid shapes, 45 cube shapes, and 38 cone shapes assembled in the final necklace. Each hinge and setting must be reinforced since the design is so intricate and complicated.
Eddie Borgo_Gemstone Estate Necklace Step 4

Final Product
Once the final sample arrives, we wear test each style and track how well the design performs at market. It’s gratifying to see our supporters experience a collection for the first time. When they recognize the craftsmanship that goes into each piece — especially one as intricate as the Gemstone Estate Bib Necklace — it is extremely rewarding.
Eddie Borgo_Gemstone Estate Necklace Step 5

Edythe (Marilyn) wears the Eddie Borgo Gemstone Estate Bib Necklace
Photographer: Rodolfo Martinez
Hair: Hikaru Hirano
Makeup: Ayindé Castro
Fashion Editor: Alyssa Shapiro

Witness the Birth of an Eddie Borgo Gemstone Pyramid Bracelet

Edythe wears the Eddie Borgo Graduated Pyramid Cuff. Photo by Rodolfo Martinez.

Ever wonder how your treasured jewels are made? The necklace you wear everywhere but the shower, or the rings you slip on before heading out on the town. We asked Eddie Borgo to get super-specific on the how-it’s-made of his beloved beauties. In this first part (of three) we witness the birth of the Graduated Pyramid Bracelet — an Eddie Borgo classic.

Ideation
“Hand-sketching is always the first step.”
Eddie Borgo_Graduated Pyramid Bracelet Step 1

Development
“After analyzing the raw stone, we are able to make cuts based on the shapes we need, then polish or sandblast. For the Gemstone Pyramid group, we used a sandblasting technique to achieve a matte, powdery finish on the stone.”
Eddie Borgo_Graduated Pyramid Bracelet Step 2

“With 3D renderings, we can also view styles in groups to help us see the full range of a collection before ever producing one physical sample. This is especially helpful when merchandising the collection.”
Eddie Borgo_Graduated Pyramid Bracelet Step 3_A“The animated rendering is a 3D model in a virtual studio. We are able to rate the model, zoom in and out, and even see the insides of the piece designed. This allows us to analyze every angle and see any potential manufacturing problems. The computer generates a still image of each angle of the piece and puts them together in a video animation to get a seamless look at the entire piece.”

Birth of an Eddie Borgo Graduated Pyramid Bracelet from BlackBook on Vimeo.

Final Product
“The Gemstone Pyramid bracelet and cuff with matte agate gemstones and a matte rose gold finish has become a best selling style for the season.”

Eddie Borgo_Graduated Pyramid Bracelet Step 5_A Eddie Borgo_Graduated Pyramid Bracelet Step 5_B

 

 

Edythe (Marilyn) wears the Eddie Borgo Graduated Pyramid Cuff
Photographer: Rodolfo Martinez
Hair: Hikaru Hirano
Makeup: Ayindé Castro
Fashion Editor: Alyssa Shapiro

STYLE SCOOP: Fighting Words from Roberto Cavalli, New from A.L.C. and Eddie Borgo

Breaking: Effective immediately, Matthew Singer resigns from his post as men’s fashion director of Neiman Marcus, a title he held since 2012 when he made the move to Neiman’s from Bloomingdale’s.

Them’s Fighting Words: Italian designer Roberto Cavalli made it clear on this recent New York trip that he doesn’t care for American fashion in the slightest. According to the Italian, we’re sadly, “negatively” wearing black to look thinner. He also asks Michael Kors to please stop copying him. But I can’t remember the last time a Michael Kors put a slinky (to put it nicely), thigh-high slitted, multi-animal-printed dress on the runway. You know?

HBD Eddie Borgo: The jewelry designer’s collection turns five, and in celebration, he’s unveiled a revamped website. The website will be Eddie Borgo exclusive inclusive.

A.L.C. is Launching Bags: and they are pretty! Six styles will be offered, beginning in January.

Jewels for LV: Louis Vuitton is bringing jewelry designer Camille Miceli back into the fold after a few years at Christian Dior, where she focused on costume jewelry. She’ll operate in a similar capacity with Louis Vuitton beginning after the couture collections.

Agency for Sale: IMG will be bought by Silver Lake and William Morris Endeavors, bringing a whole lotta models (like Karlie Kloss) and athletes into WME’s entertainment fold. IMG is going for about $2.4 billion.

MacGil: Gillis MacGil, a supermodel before the term extisted, has died. She was 85.