by April Walloga | April 23, 2009 | Style & Beauty
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Bracelet, lariat and rings by Aya Azrielant; Nicolas Petrou cropped jacket and kimono print dress; Earrings and necklace by Cocoa and Lime; Clutch, necklace and earrings by Swarovski; Bag by Breil Milano.
Ayelet Bezalel, the mind behind Cocoa and Lime, creates each of her designs with the hope that it will bring the wearer “a bit of beauty and delightful indulgence.” Bezalel’s feminine and flirty pieces are often one-of-a-kind creations using only the most radiant precious and semiprecious stones. The 14k goldfilled hoops with Kyanite drops ($55) and gemstone necklace strung with peridot and quartz of rose and lemon ($475) are the perfect complements to a budding spring wardrobe. Cocoa and Lime, 516-316-2885; cocoandlime.com.
Swarovski’s spring collection offers feats of accessory architecture. This goddessworthy necklace ($750) simply begs for a plunging neckline, and matching hoop earrings dripping with crystals ($180) are a must. Or stash your beauty touchups and night-out necessities in this glitzy fuchsia clutch ($850). Swarovski, 625 Madison Avenue, 212-308-1710; swarovski.com.
Carrying everything you need for city living can be cumbersome. That’s why we love Breil Milano’s functional, ergonomic, and chic N’Zero handbags, exclusive to the Soho flagship. All the bags in the line feature an innovative handle that virtually disappears when it’s not being carried. This supple lambskin tote ($995) gently molds itself to the body. Breil Milano, 148 Spring Street, 212-925-1031; breilmilano.com.
Israeli-born jewelry designer Aya Azrielant’s use of textures, shapes, and colors inspired by her homeland make her collection both simple and extraordinary. The 14k gold-over-sterling silver lariat ($550) and bracelet ($95) are a striking mix of smooth gold pebbles and textured beads. Her bold first-finger rings (à la Rachel Zoe) and Emerald City-inspired quartz ring ($295) are must-haves. Aya Azrielant, 877-292-6060; ayaonline.com.
Nicolas Petrou, the Dennis Basso creative director who now designs his own feminine frocks and furs, is firmly against mass production and admits a preoccupation with meticulous detail. This patchwork kimono-print dress and cropped jacket (prices on request) are ideal for breezy spring outings. The bottom ruffle makes it especially versatile, so you can pair it with simple flats or your best sky-high heels. Petrou, 850 Madison Avenue, 212-249-7111; petrou.com.
photograph by Erin Gillis (PETROU)