Is there a lovelier way to spend an early summer evening than admiring luxe baubles over the Manhattan skyline? I don't think so.
Designer Kara Ross previewed her gorgeous collection of handbags and jewelry on the rooftop lounge of her Columbus Circle building. There were plenty of her signature glittering pieces with lots of stones and exotic envelope clutches.
What always sets her handbags apart for me, is her innovative treatments of the leather. She takes surface design on her leathers a step further. A glazed python clutch is additionally airbrushed with metallic. Deeply dyed ostrich is two-toned on the spots. The trend of Ikat patterns is re-interpreted in snakeskin with handpainted designs right on the leather.
A neon group of jewelry was a departure for Kara Ross and my favorite of the evening. The designer took the craft of decoupage upscale with using pieced collages of fashion magazines on top of wood and finished with acrylic for a stone-like mosaic look. The bright patterns were paired with striking neon for amazing statement pieces for resort.