January 1, 2012
Our cogs are churning in contemplation of these industrial accessories
By Nancy Staab
Just call it Industrial-Luxe: accessories embellished with spikes, cogs and other factory-minded features for a hard-edged glamour.
These pieces may be just as street as they are chic, but don’t mistake their machine-age detailing for something mass-produced. These statement pieces are decidedly soigné. The Cog Necklace and Ring by American-based luxury jewelry designer Wilfredo Rosado are from his aptly-named Factory Collection. They may conjure turn-of-the-century assembly lines or the inner workings of mechanical watches, but these pieces are rendered in fine 18K white gold and diamonds. And speaking of factories, Rosado did time in Andy Warhol’s own artistic factory and at Warhol's Interview magazine before becoming Giorgio Armani’s U.S. Fashion Director in the 1990s. Rosado has also collaborated on pieces with artists like Julian Schnabel and Marc Quinn before launching his eponymous line in 2007. The jeweler says he is schooled in “glamour and grit,” equally inspired by street life as haute couture. Likewise, his collection ranges from cheeky remakes of vintage chestnuts like the blackamoor brooch or cameo jewelry (although his lascivious Rolling Stones tongue cameo is anything but classic) to high-fashion feathered bangles crafted in the legendary Parisian atelier of Maison Lemarié. However, we are most enchanted by the intricate tracery of these diamond-dusted cogs.
Equally sensational are these hard-spiked, crystal-pavé Lady Max T-Strap sandals by Christian Louboutin. Talk about killer accessories: these 4-inch shoes are positively lethal. We suggest pairing them with something very ladylike and feminine, maybe even borrowed from the current black lace trend, to keep the boys on their toes. And of course, we don’t need to mention this footware also comes with Louboutin’s signature red sole.
For more information visit wilfredrosado.com. Rosado’s Factory collection includes a necklace, ring, bracelet and chandelier earrings. Louboutin Lady Max sandals are available from Neiman Marcus for $1,495 at www.neimanmarcus.com