Megan Pruitt Winder
- January 17, 2014
CFDA Accessories Designer of the Year Alexis Bittar is trying his hand at something new: fine jewelry. The efficacious designer — who currently oversees three collections of costume jewelry, Lucite, Miss Havisham and Elements — seamlessly evolves his aesthetic, which he views as a natural evolution of what began many years back, peddling vintage gems out of a stall in NYC’s St. Marks Place. Bittar melds divergent qualities such as a 1950s lady and a 1990s grunge chick, to create the attitude of the Alexis Bittar Fine collection He relishes the opportunity to have opposing ideas — his meditation on marquis-cut stones and tennis bracelets harkens to an established style, while the blue and white topaz and smoky quartz express a contemporary relevancy, and edgy claw-like prongs set the tone for the contrasting tenors. Bittar further distills his visions with two distinct collections within the Fine line, the first compromised of 18K gold, the second incorporating high-polished sterling and oxidized sterling silver. This bauble bloke always has our vote. Alexis Bittar Fine, $295 to $16,000, at Neiman Marcus.