Q+A: Alexis Bittar On Inspiration and His Dream Collaboration

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As the statement necklace trend has evolved into the statement everything perma-trend, a few of the boldest modern masters have emerged as true influencers. Alexis Bittar, the Brooklyn-based designer with a seemingly unending imagination, is chief among those that set the trends—and his lust-worthy lucite and intricate gemstone pieces are back on Gilt today at noon ET. We’re celebrating by asking him to weigh in on influences, inspiration, and spotting his own pieces on the first lady. Read on, then shop our favorites.

StyleFile: You’re part of an elite group of jewelry designers who have really reinvigorated the fashion jewelry scene–why do you think the category has become so important again in recent years?
Alexis Bittar: I think the market has been primed for a while for accessories that are bold and push the envelope. As the world becomes more commercialized, people are increasingly looking to accessories and jewelry as personal statements of individuality – the more unique and daring that statement is, the better!

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#FlashbackFriday: Style Icons of the Mod Movement

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Clockwise from top left: Mary Quant; Audrey Hepburn; Nancy Kwan; Edie Sedgwick; Brigitte Bardot; Diana Ross, Florence Ballard, and Mary Wilson of The Supremes; Jackie Kennedy; Jane Birkin; Twiggy

Sixties-inspired dressing was one of the biggest trend takeaways from the Fall ’14 shows — and rightly so, considering the wealth of iconic references, from the micro hemlines championed by Brit designer Mary Quant to the splashy color-coordination of power girl groups like The Supremes and The Ronettes. And while the modern slant on mod is certainly an homage to the era, you can go for subtlety with pieces from our Fall Trend #6: ’60s Moment sale, featuring throwback favorites revamped for right now: Think sleek knee-high boots, geometric shades, and streamlined dresses in psychedelic prints. But don’t fret if you missed your shot at the rest of our trend series: We’ve got the fix with The Fall Trend Shop, your destination for the season’s best bets, updated weekly with a brand new trend to obsess over. Take a cue from our vintage roundup of the decade’s ultimate style-setters, then get shopping for a seriously chic, this-minute look.

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Pack It Up: Erin Fetherston’s Pro Tips


Erin Fetherston’s fast-paced lifestyle relies on her first-class traveling — and packing — skills, right down to her night-out accessories. Good thing the NYC designer is sharing her expertise in a new online video series, “Charmed, I’m Sure“, a collection of quirky DIY shorts detailing everything from pulling off the perfect ponytail to packing your evening clutch like a seasoned pro. And Fetherston’s even got you covered when it comes to much larger baggage: Check out her travel tips and shop a stylish fleet of luggage in our Tumi sale, on Gilt now.

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The StyleFile Q+A: Lady Gaga’s Stylist, Brandon Maxwell

lady gaga tony bennett_final Practically any celebrity stylist can put a girl in a gown and tell her she looks fierce, but it takes a true mastermind to dress the perpetually boundary-pushing icon—not a word we use lightly around here— known as Lady Gaga. That job falls to stylist Brandon Maxwell, who works with the pop queen to create the most memorable, expressive looks in the game. They teamed up for her flashback style on the new album she recorded with Tony Bennett, Cheek To Cheek, and the results are unsurprisingly on-point. Download the album now on Gilt, then catch up with Brandon to learn about the method behind their collective (brilliant) madness.

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