GEM OF A Evening: The Jewelers of The us previous week marked the once-a-year Gem Awards celebration, back in human being following getting held digitally in 2021 due to the global pandemic.

The night honored designers, vendors, editors and executives for their contributions to the jewellery field more than the past 12 months. Winners included Lorraine Schwartz for Jewelry Model and Stephen Lussier, DeBeers Group’s govt vice president for models and consumer marketplaces, for Life span Achievement as perfectly as awards for jewelry design and style, media excellence and retail excellence.

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“Being with her is like coming residence,” described Blake Energetic, who kicked off the night in a Sergio Hudson look to supplying a heartfelt speech about working with Lorraine Schwartz. Together with Lively there ended up movies from Tina Knowles, Pharrell Williams, Heidi Klum and Kim Kardashian, each and every praising the designer’s function.

“Yes, she cares about the jewels, but what she cares about far more are the people, the humanity, the connectivity,” Energetic ongoing, recalling her initial conference with Schwartz for Lively’s first Fulfilled Ball.

Her speech underscored a concept of the night time: the deep sense of local community inside the limited-knit jewelry group. The exhilaration in the place was palpable, with attendees marking the 20th anniversary of the function by expressing gratitude about currently being ready to get in human being.

“This is an incredible sector and we can do much with each other,” Schwartz, a third-generation diamond supplier, said though supplying thanks to her loved ones and team. She also spoke to the Black, Indigenous and individuals of colour designers who are part of the system she spearheads with the Pure Diamond Council, remarking, “I’m so proud of you and I’ve bought your back. 1 working day I hope you far too will be up right here.”

Next up was the award for media excellence, offered to Melanie Grant. The journalist pointed out that she grew up in a council estate in the U.K. and never ever thought the luxurious earth was open to her, but she discussed that she has been welcomed in. “I’m really privileged to be in a position provide people like me along for the trip,” she claimed.

Marissa Collections took home the win for retail excellence, beating Muse and Saks Fifth Avenue. Jewelry Layout was awarded to Lauren Harwell Godfrey, who was brought to tears by her get. “It’s been these kinds of an honor to be a aspect of this category,” she remarked, highlighting her workforce and all people along the way who have assisted her.

“While this is an award about the earlier year, to me it is about the long run. I want make you very pleased,” she said, conveying a huge section of her operate is also being capable to give back to brings about she cares about. “By shining a gentle on these results in, the help, it’s only going to mature,” she stated, closing by asking for a bottle of tequila to be brought to her desk to rejoice. — THOMAS WALLER

UPCYCLING Force: Yoox has introduced a new undertaking dubbed “Rethink with <3” as part of its Yooxygen platform that is dedicated to sustainable fashion.

Aimed at promoting a more conscious consumption, the new initiative is to offer exclusive pieces and capsule collections crafted from deadstock fabrics.

To feed this section, the e-tailer will partner with a series of international designers, the first of which is Caterina Gatta. For Yoox, the Rome-based indie talent has developed a focused capsule collection including 10 tops and 10 skirts crafted from colorful fabrics recovered from Italian artisanal laboratories.

Launching on Tuesday, the range is priced between 150 euros and 240 euros.

Holding a degree in fashion and costume sciences from La Sapienza University of Rome, Gatta started her career by collecting vintage fabrics across Europe with the mission to breathe new life into retro items. To focus attention on the textiles and prints, Gatta designs basic, clean silhouettes, sometimes made quirky with the unconventional use of origami-inspired, three-dimensional details.

Caterina Gatta x Yoox - Credit: Courtesy of Yoox

Caterina Gatta x Yoox – Credit: Courtesy of Yoox

Courtesy of Yoox

The Yooxygen social and environmentally conscious platform launched on Earth Day 2008 to promote sustainable fashion practices through education and collaborations.

Brands and products showcased in this area are selected for representing one or more of four attributes: being better for people the planet animals, or being innovators by pushing the boundaries of sustainable design with the application of innovative technologies, new materials and cutting edge approaches to manufacturing.

The e-commerce’s initiatives reinforce Yoox Net-a-porter Group’s overall 2030 strategy for sustainability, named “Infinity.” This 10-year plan is underpinned by 12 measurable commitments that connect to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, focusing on four areas — Circular Business, Circular Culture, Planet Positive and People Positive — each of which is designed to advance the company’s ambition of providing circular and long-lasting luxury fashion. — SANDRA SALIBIAN

ALL ABOUT CHUCK: Converse and Comme des Garçons are coming together once again for a sneaker collaboration.

The two brands are teaming on their latest sneaker collaboration for the Converse Chuck 70 shoe. The collaboration includes hi and lo versions of the Converse 70 sneaker in white and black featuring Comme des Garçons’ well-known heart-and-eyes logo, as well as a red sole and foxing.

For the collaboration, the brands partnered with creative directors Ronnie Cooke Newhouse and Karl Bolander as well as fashion photographer Craig McDean for the campaign. In the campaign, the styles are photographed against a sleek red backdrop stacked on top of each other.

Converse x Comme des Gar&#xe7;ons - Credit: Courtesy of Dover Street Market

Converse x Comme des Garçons – Credit: Courtesy of Dover Street Market

Courtesy of Dover Street Market

The brands’ most recent collaboration came out during the holidays and included a restock of eight different Chuck 70 iterations, such as original pairs with the heart motif as well as others in a blue and gray colorway.

Converse has regularly teamed with various fashion brands and designers for collaborations over the year. Last year alone, the shoe brand teamed with Rick Owens for a collection of chunky sneakers and partnered with Kim Jones for his own versions of the Chuck 70, which both debuted last April.

The new Converse x Play Comme des Garçons Chuck 70 collaboration will be available for purchase starting March 24 at Comme des Garçons and Dover Street Market stores globally, as well as select retailers. The styles all retail for $150. — LAYLA ILCHI

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