Paige Novick has an enviable street cred résumé that any designer would kill for: She's a native New Yorker who cemented her Francophile status while studying at the Sorbonne in Paris. And while there she landed a coveted internship with Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel...seriously.
Since her eponymous label launch in 2008, Novick's name has become notable in the luxe jewelry market, and her pieces are a go-to for fashionable femmes like Solange Knowles, Anne Hathaway, Cameron Diaz, Allison Williams and Anna Kendrick.
Novick's most recent venture is a spinoff collection called PHYNE by Paige Novick--a range of fine jewelry that you can check out right here in Sarasota on Saturday, January 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at June Simmons Jewelry @ The Met, 35 South Boulevard of the Presidents, St. Armands Circle.
And here's a fun Q&A with Novick herself in which you'll get to know more about her background and her design aesthetic.
Not sure I can go much further into this Q&A without asking about your internship with Karl Lagerfeld (!). What would we be surprised to know about this fashion icon?
He speaks seven languages fluently and faster than you can say haute couture.
And how did your time in Paris (sigh!) influence your way of thinking when it comes to style? Does it ultimately inform your sketching/designs?
The history, architecture and lifestyle had had a definite impact on my approach to design. With respect to the actual jewelry, there is an effortless quality I strive for that is synonymous with French style
Speaking of your designs, tell us what defines your eponymous line and what differentiates it from your PHYNE by Paige Novick collection.
The namesake costume collection is about bold, geometric statement pieces whereas the Phyne collection is very delicate, architectural and feminine.
How do you strike that delicate balance of creating a piece with of-the-moment style, but that will achieve classic status in years to come?
It's all about harmony--knowing when to push the boundaries and when to reign them in.
What’s the one thing everyone should do while in Paris?
Eat likes there's no tomorrow!
What word/term are you tired of?