Megan Pruitt Winder
- February 18, 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 from what began so many years back peddling vintage gems out of a stall in New York City’s St. Marks Place. Bittar melds divergent qualities, such as a 1950s lady juxtaposed with a 1990s grunge chick, to create the attitude of the collection, titled Alexis Bittar Fine. Bittar relishes the opportunity to have opposing ideas — his meditation on marquis-cut stones and tennis bracelets hearkens 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 with precious and semiprecious stones, the second incorporating high-polished sterling and oxidized sterling silver with accents of 18K gold set with precious and semiprecious stones. This bauble bloke always has our vote. Alexis Bittar Fine, $295 to $16,000, at Neiman Marcus.