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British designer Misha Vaidya, of By Misha, presented her AW14 collection “Eloquence” in collaboration with handbag designer Mary Lai and jewelry designer Jackie Barbosa. Together, their pieces made a modern statement for the sophisticated city girl.

Vaidya designed her collection for the intelligent woman with incorruptible poise. “A woman who isn’t swayed by other people, has her own mind, knows what she wants to do,” she said. “I was inspired by noteworthy women, icons, people who other girls, women can look up to. So each of the garments is named after either an inventor, or a poet, or a writer.” For example, a fit and flare printed dress was named Hepburn, mini shorts, Amelia, and a tailored cropped jacket, Eleanor.

The collection featured silk, lace and a “summit” print similar to snakeskin. Vaidya happened upon this pattern while doodling in a restaurant. “If you look close it looks like the peaks of mountains, because I was thinking summit, like the highest possible, achievable point,” she said.

The Marylai New York handbags accented the collection with just the right amount of edge, in leathers, python, studs, and leopard haircalf. Inspired heavily by artwork, she thinks about what her friends find cool in a handbag. “I try to make really great pieces that are classic, yet with the collection like this I try to bring the edge to this look by studs, chains, and hardware, but in a very classic way,” said Mary Lai of the bags she made for Eloquence. She started her label with three styles and adds on two to three more each season. Her signature heart clutch, Essex, is a popular favorite and comes in a handful of colors and materials to fit any style. “The reason I like her stuff is because it’s absolute quality. They’re simple, they’re interesting, but the quality and the leathers are incredible,” said Vaidya.

Brazilian designer, Jackie Barbosa, just launched her jewelry line GBGH, also featured in By Misha’s collection. “Each piece is a custom piece and she also has a story behind it. That’s the way I design…so I appreciated the fact that she did the same thing,” said Vaidya. Short for “Go Big or Go Home,” the namesake describes Barbosa’s attitude when designing her larger-than-life pieces, featuring chunky metals, thick chains, and oversized stones from her native country. “When I first started working with that like four or five years ago, I thought it was crazy, but I was like I’m going to do this anyway!” said Barbosa. She finds inspiration from nature and wild animals, particularly the lions and panthers she grew up with. Her father raised rescued animals on a farm before they were sent to zoos. “The panther, she was usually in my living room,” said Barbosa.

For the beauty looks, Vaidya wanted something romantic and feminine, while reiterating the strength throughout her collection. Prive Salon created two, sleek buns in models’ hair. “I felt the second bun was the avant-garde, the interesting fashion piece, but the first bun was like strength in the woman, the intelligence and sophistication. It’s a very city look,” said Vaidya. Makeup was a simple, natural look with subtle, smokey eyes, soft, pink lips, and strong brows. “It’s all about flawless skin,” said Bobbi Brown artistic director, Kai Vinson. Each model had a manicure to fit her outfit, a deep red, blue, or shiny neutral with a touch of metallic on the tips. “I thought why not have a little bit of sparkle added into the collection. I have to put it in even if it’s in a subtle way,” said Vaidya.

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