The Beads Show Her the Way
2011-11-16
“I ALWAYS say everything finds its own place,” said Lori Goldstein, the stylist who for decades has helped create the look of Versacecampaigns and the photo shoots of Annie Leibovitz and Steven Meisel. In her approach to fashion, she has kept an open mind when facing a rack of clothes, letting the look of each outfit come together naturally. Ms. Goldstein has just created a new collection of jewelry for Fred Leighton, the 45-year-old bauble house that had never before opened its archives to an outside collaboration. Having worked with the company’s creative director, Rebecca Selva, on several campaigns, Ms. Goldstein was deemed worthy of the task.“She understands what Fred Leighton is about,” said Greg Kwiat, its chief executive. “This almost seemed like a logical extension of the things we’ve already done.”

Ms. Goldstein has been expanding her repertory beyond styling, having started an accessories and clothing collection for QVC last year. But her designs for Fred Leighton are a bit more upscale, priced from $3,500 to $25,000 and made of an impressive range of 50 types of beads, inspired by the colors of the Ballets Russes. Necklaces are strung with an eclectic mix of faceted diamonds, Tahitian pearls, vintage glass, platinum cages filled with sapphires, hand-painted Czechoslovak wooden beads and a Victorian crystal heart. There are 25 pieces in the line, some of which can be seen in the windows of the Fred Leighton store at 773 Madison Avenue.