About Lizzie Fortunato Lizzie Fortunato Jewels is a NYC-based accessories line designed by Elizabeth ("Lizzie") Fortunato and operated by her twin sister, Kathryn. The Wilmington, Delaware natives moved to NYC after college and were soon being commissioned by fashion editors and designers for their signature statement necklaces and perfectly layered bracelets. Lizzie's bold jewelry fuses found, reclaimed, and precious materials in fashion forward silhouettes. The collections have been featured on the pages of Vogue, Elle, and Harper's Bazaar (who twice recognized the line as 'one of the world's most promising accessories lines').
Kathryn Fortunato (left) and Lizzie Fortunato (right)
McMullen Q&A with Lizzie & Kathryn: We asked this fabulous design duo a few questions about their Spring / Summer collection, what keeps them inspired and their favorite spring indulgence!
What was your inspiration for the recent collection? SS12 was inspired by mid-century American architecture, particularly the Eames House and Edward Neutra's Kaufmann Desert House in Palm Springs, California. These architects perfectly fused practicality and high design which was our goal for SS12, to create signature, Lizzie-esque statement necklaces that were also effortless and practical. The Palm Springs influence also affected the palate for SS12 -- you'll see lots of peaches, sandy colors, and wood tones.
How do you stay motivated and inspired ? I have a regular morning routine of some serious blog perusing over coffee. It gets me inspired to see the work of fellow friends, artists, illustrators, editors, musicians and designers and starts my day off right. I have recently started my own blog and its a great way to channel my energy in other ways than pure design -- it's a perfect mix of diary, mood board and story telling for me!
What are you most excited about in fashion & accessories right now? I love all the muted colors for spring. I feel like I have a lot of "dusty rose" in my closet right now, perfect for with our SS12 collection - especially the Case Study I and Mesa necklaces. (see below)
What is your top style tip for women (of any age)? Dress your age.
What's your favorite springtime indulgence? Tequila, fresh lime juice, rocks, no salt.
In the climate of the Bay Area layers are a must and we can never get enough of Demy Lee's impeccably designed cashmere sweaters and chic interpretation of the classics. Her Spring line is full of light weight knit staples that feel easy and always pulled together.
About Demy Lee:
Demy Lee moved to New York City from her
native Korea when she was fifteen, and later graduated from Parsons School of
Design. Demylee’s design-driven, stylish
look was garnered from Demy’s years of experience as a women’s collection
designer at Calvin Klein, GAP, and later at Tory Burch, where she played a key
role in launching the
brand. Always a perfectionist, Demy learned
everything she could about cashmere upon starting her line, from the ideal
climate for the Inner Mongolian goats
that are used, to fiber length and yarn processing. The
result was impeccable production quality.
Demy expanded the line to include cut and
sew tops in pima cotton for Spring 2010, thus increasing her product offering
for those looking for lighter weight wardrobe staples. Demy continues to focus on “classic but
current” knits, thus
filling the niche for a fashion piece with an American sportswear ease.
Q : What was your inspiration for your Spring 2012 collection? A : I was first inspired by photographs of Jackie O on holiday in Capri, Italy.
I wanted to recreate the look and feel of an American vacation in the 60’s,
but with my own modern touch. I drew inspiration from the nature of the sea,
as well as from the idea of a classic yacht excursion, so my collection includes
a sort of contrast between gentle hues and silhouettes and more severe
stripe patterns and crisp lines.
Q : How do you stay motivated and inspired everyday? A : Inspiration is really everywhere. I’m inspired by everything in my daily life,
from random pedestrians on the street to the tacky outfits that my daughter
puts together. My true motivation is love and support from my family and friends.
Q : What are you most excited about in fashion right now? A : Being individual. Back then, there was a certain “look” that everyone
followed, a standard that was expected by the culture of the time.
But there’s no correct formula in fashion today. Fashion today incorporates
the old with the new, the modern with the traditional,
the cosmopolitan with the ethnic…
People really know how to create “newness" in their own ways.
Q : What is your top style tip for women (of any age)? A : Effortlessness, comfort, simplicity… And above all, confidence!
Q : What's your favorite summer indulgence? A : Crisp white, fun colors, great sunglasses… Summer is the ideal season
to indulge in a bold look. I like to pair an exquisite printed sundress
with sunglasses and a basket tote.
Stop by McMullen soon to see the gorgeous spring/summer Demy Lee collection!