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Pamela Love: When Life Imitates Art and Art Accessorizes Life

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We caught up with jewelry designer Pamela on set shooting the images for her Gilt sale (launching today at 9PM ET) to give us a peek into how her jewelry is truly an alchemy of her aesthetics.  She won the CFDA Swarovski Award for Accessory Design in 2013 and has since solidified her brand as a go-to for New York City’s cool girls. Like a magic trick, her made-in-Manhattan jewelry can transform your look from ordinary to otherworldly and she shows us how to perfect it by styling—and modeling—her pieces as she rocks them in real life.

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Q+A: Alexis Bittar On The Beauty Of Lucite And His Brand Of Maximalism

ALEXIS_PORTRAITBrooklyn tastemaker and jewelry designer Alexis Bittar has come a long way since selling his handmade designs on the streets of New York City’s Soho in the ’90s. Today, he’s got more than 200 employees and a seemingly endless supply of imagination, creating a new era of refinement showcased in his coveted Lucite, Elements, and Miss Havisham collections — back on Gilt today at noon ET. Read about his inspirations (antiques! punk rock!), and then shop the most lust-worthy Alexis Bittar pieces for spring.

StyleFile: When you sit down to create a new collection or collaboration, how do you begin? Are you an artist with a method to his creative madness, or is it a different experience every time?

Alexis Bittar: I look at historical references. I love antiques. I try not to look at other jewelry, but I do look at the runways and feel where I want things to go and what was missed. I try to harness that energy and embody it in jewelry.

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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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Inside Glimpse: Eddie Borgo Shares Sketches & Inspiration

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Consider the pieces designed by Eddie Borgo—CFDA winner, fashion world darling, and re-definer of what “luxury” means in the jewelry space—the markers of a modern It girl. Diane Kruger, Sienna Miller, and Rihanna are all fans, and obviously, so are we—the line returns to Gilt today, and to celebrate, we asked the designer to share some of his inspiration in the mood board above (vintage Linda Evangelista? We’re sold!) and in the interview that follows:

StyleFile: Where do you generally turn for inspiration? 
Eddie Borgo: Art, architecture, geometry and form—paired with clever engineering.

SF: What’s the most unexpected source you’ve been inspired by?
EB:  I recently re-visited the jewelry collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London—they hold over 3,000 jewels from ancient times to present day. I was surprisingly not drawn to the contemporary jewelry, I was really fascinated by the 19th century pieces. At that time in jewelry design, the focus turned to the past and goldsmiths attempted to revive ancient techniques that imitated archaeological jewelry. The pieces were elaborate, and the compositions were complex.

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