Last night fancy fashion folks feted (like that alliteration? hmmm?) the launch of Aurelie Bidermann's first collection exclusively for Barney's over dinner at Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria. Simon Doonan, Barneys Ambassador at Large, was there to welcome editors and socialites like host Garance Dore, Rachel Chandler, Bonnie Morrison, Lauren Remington Platt and Amanda Ross to name a few.
"Welcome to Arby's! This is Arby's," Doonan announced at the start of our feast, which included enough cured and roasted meats to feed a small army (we weren't complaining). I laughed but not many others did. Later that night Doonan bemoaned his joke falling flat. "Maybe fashion people don't know about how delicious fast food roast beef is?" I posited.
Anyway. The French jewelry designer has a cult following thanks to her ultra-chic friendship-style bracelets which have taken up permanent residence on the wrists (or to quote The Manrepeller, "arm parties") of many a fashionista. For Barneys she delved into bronze, creating a gorgeous capsule collection of floral embellished statement necklaces, cuffs, and earrings.
"For Barneys I decided to use bronze because I think it's very flattering in the way that sculptors use bronze," Bidermann told us. "I like the idea that women are like sculptures and that these pieces live with you and they change with you."
As Francophiles we had to ask, is this a collection designed with the New York girl in mind? And how is this American girl different, in Bidermann's eye, than the Parisian jeune fille?
"It's for the New York girl," Bidermann said. "I'm very impressed by the American girl's style--they always have a finished look, always perfect head-to-toe and Parisians are always unfinished. So I wanted these pieces to compliment that girl."
To that we say, mission accomplished. And Mr. Doonan, are you free to go to Arby's sometime soon?
See the full collection below.