You never know when you’re going to get lost somewhere and be in need of a of fire source. So, you can imagine how delighted we were to see that the crew at Lulu Frost added neon pink matchboxes, emblazoned with a word from Marie Antoinette, “dreams weigh nothing,” to their show favors this year. Bowls brimming with the stuff greeted us as we entered the label’s 20th Street showroom for its “Neon Baroque” Spring 2014 presentation. Things were off to a good start.
The storied Queen of France was the muse for designer Lisa Salzer (as was Sofia Coppola). Displays and be-tutued models were lavished with treasures like painted resin gem-encrusted horseshoe pendants, chunky bibs heavy with mixed media baubles, and glass crystal and pearl earrings that remind us of something we stole from our mother’s jewelry box. Yes—there were several neon options (stones boasted hand painted treatments), but metallic tones and vintage-style gems also held a firm presence. There were even some braided chain link and spikes, and touches of cameo–for Marie, of course.
We loved one particular necklace, which was actually more like a chest plate. Let’s just say there was a blinged out peacock resting on a flower, and a giant emerald-green teardrop gem. It was Iris-Apfel-rare-bird-epic. Salzer went for opulence and excess this season, and it worked. It was certainly a showing fit for the trendier lot, without entirely forgetting a gal with more traditional tastes in accessorizing.