Fearless Fridays: Alexis Bittar (aka my lucite love)

Fearless Fridays: Alexis Bittar (aka my lucite love)

More than four years ago when I worked as a Nordstrom personal stylist, I was introduced to Alexis Bittar’s jewelry. His fondness for vintage baubles (no doubt influenced by his antique collecting parents) is reflected in his use of lucite.

Alexis Bittar sword earrings

I was taken by the sculptural element of Bittar’s jewelry, and the use of color.
And in one of my first blog posts I showed how I liked mixing my vintage jewelry with his square bangles.

mystackedbracelets

My love for his aesthetic has expanded recently. Bittar used style icon Iris Apfel for his recent spring campaign. Using the ninety-four-year old aligns with his effort to broaden the fashion industry’s often narrow view of beauty.

Iris Apfel and Alexis Bittar

Who is your favorite jewelry designer?

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shape shifting

shape shifting

Minimalism.  I’ll always remember fondly as a young teenager reading about Italian designer Miuccia Prada.  This was the nineties and monastic dressing was the new style as a response to the over-the-top maximalism of the eighties.  The sartorial world pronounced Ms. Prada’s designs not only the height of fashion, but her position as the reigning queen.

Now, well into my thirties I am just as enamored with clean crisp lines today as I was then.  Sparse silhouettes are welcome in accessories as well.  One local jewelry line who embodies this aesthetic is Limbo Jewelry Design.

Limbo drop mixed necklace

limbodrop threader earrings

Limbo lotus bangle bracelet

Husband and wife team Edson Enriquez and Ann Rutt-Enriquez founded Limbo Jewelry Design in 2005.  As the creative director, Mr. Enriquez has a clear love for architecture which translates into playful use of shapes in the jewelry.  I’m particularly fond of the lariat necklaces, a staple for each season; you wear the necklace by threading one of the shapes through the other.  It not only creates a striking effect, but highlights how you can personalize the necklace and make it your own.

Please join me Thursday March 21st at 6:30pm for my first style talk of the season!  Limbo Jewelry Design is celebrating the opening of their new South Congress location in Austin, Texas…  For more information, please go here.