THE FINISHING TOUCH
Looking for something new and different to add to your jewelry collection? Check out these one-of-a-kind pieces available for a limited time only
by Liza Ilarde
Kara Ross was a teenager when she made her first trip to Africa, where she bought a tourmaline stone. When she returned home to the US, she designed a ring around that stone and had it made by a local jeweler. It was that experience that eventually brought Kara to where she is today (after a stint in advertising at Harper's Bazaar)—a successful jewelry designer.
That one-of-a-kind aesthetic is evident in her lines of jewelry, which include the Fine Jewelry Gallery (one-off pieces using precious gems and unusual materials, available by special order), the Gemstone Collection (which uses
And Kara Ross is bringing part of that collection to Manila—albeit briefly. As New York Fashion Week wound down, her handbag and jewelry coordinator, Noelle Rivera, was in town to introduce some choice pieces to the local market.
"We'll be setting up a pop-up store in Celestina in Greenbelt 5 for 30 days," says Noelle, "where the Boutique Collection and Handbags will be available for sale." Among the jewelry pieces are Kara's signature cuffs, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and rings, all made with 18k gold-plate, exotic skins, and gemstones such as rose quartz, onyx, and hematite. There will be around 20 bag styles, most of them clutches, in colorful exotic leathers accented with gemstones.
"Our skins are all designed, dyed, and treated in Spain, and are exclusive to Kara Ross," explains Noelle. "They include python, lizard, ostrich, stingray, and watersnake. The alligator skin, however, is from our suppliers in the US."
For a relatively young company (it was launched in 2003), Kara Ross has already achieved success and recognition, being sold in luxury department stores like Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Harrods, and worn by Hollywood celebrities, such as Hilary Swank, Anne Hathaway, and Oprah Winfrey. So what's next?
"In January 2012, we will be launching our men's line," reveals Noelle. Called Ross by Kara Ross, materials used will be more masculine, like gunmetal and dark stones. As for other product categories such as shoes and ready-to-wear, Noelle smiles. "Who knows? We're always developing new things. For Kara, the sky's the limit."
Kara Ross Boutique Collection and Handbags will be available until October 15, 2011 at Celestina, Greenbelt 5, tel (2) 729-9715.
below: noelle rivera at celestina, plus a few pieces by kara ross