Some of the most interesting designers of NY Fashion Week were not on the runway. Waris Ahluwalia first made waves co-starring in The Darjeeling Limited and other quirky movies like Rosencrantz and Gildenstern are Undead. He is consistently spotted by NY media as the ultimate global hipster socializing around town.
As a designer, he has craftsmen in Rome and India make the jewelry for the House of Waris. His collections have been known to sell out at luxury boutiques like Maxfield's in Los Angeles and Bergdorf Goodman in New York.
The collection he showed in the Lincoln Center tents during Mercedes-Benz Fashion week had an elegant look with European and Eastern influences. Gold pieces were inlaid with delicate stones, shapes were inspired by forms in nature. I don't know what I like more, the idea of Waris, an international man of style celebrated for his "exotic" look, or that he has the multi-tasking career that any fashionista would dream of (boutique/jewelry/tea shop entrepreneur with an acting career in artsy films).
If you're shopping for a jetsetter this holiday, this collection is the one to complete your gift list.