MANHATTAN — With Labor Day marking the unofficial end of summer, September’s arrival has brought to light beautiful and interesting accessory statements — from the global and glamorous to the fanciful and reimagined.
Street Chic combed the avenues and found interesting combinations of materials and bold styling choices that proved how far imagination can take you.
In SoHo, we spotted a striking necklace designed by Iradj Moini, the former jewelry designer for Oscar de la Renta who has created statement pieces worn by First Lady Michelle Obama. The necklace — made from carnelian and malachite hanging from an antique, 18-carat gold-plated chain — was inscribed with an Arabic prayer. Additionally, large red stones and a complementary red link necklace was also a noteworthy look at the Diana Broussard Boutique in the West Village.
Global style also caught our attention, as displayed in beautiful red, yellow and green blocked fabric with a plaid overlay on a traditional turban worn by Senegalese haute-couture model Ataui Deng, who was in town for castings and fittings for New York Fashion Week.
Other statement looks Street Chic was quite taken with included decadent draped fabric, gold, stone and pearl jewelry worn by photographer and designer Reign Apiim in SoHo. We also thought the subtle size and discreet, sexy style of a black leather harness worked with the white T-shirt worn by model Ryan Rivera. Similar accessory proportions were also seen in the suspenders and tie worn with a military-style shirt by Craig Cady on Christopher Street.
Among the many directional looks Street Chic found was a necklace from BOND Hardware, a well-known brand to the insider, fashion-savvy crowd. The BOND aesthetic features an industrial edge, reusing and repurposing items such as chain door locks and double-bolt snaps.
The reimagined application — rethinking day-today objects and products, leading to an exploration of how to create from existing design — represents an extremely large movement within many current creative and industrial fields. Street Chic spotted one of the company’s founders, Vincent Barile, at the Brandon Sun Fall 2012 Collection debut last winter wearing a nickel and brass chain lock neckpiece. More recently, we ran into BOND Hardware assistant Samuel Hecht wearing a nickel-plated hitching ring.