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By KAREN ROBINOVITZ
To hell with the nameplate necklace. It’s so over. So are the nameplate earrings, pendants with pave diamond initials and anything else of that sort.
Make way for the new approach to personalized accessories: numbers.
At Henri Bendel in New York, jewelry designer Alex Woo has just launched her “little numbers” collection of — you guessed it — little numbers that dangle from sleek cords or chains.
“I wanted to make something that would have a personal touch to it for the wearer and feel different than what is already out there. Everyone has a number that means something special — a birthday, numerology, a lucky digit — and I thought it would be great to create something that symbolized the story behind the numbers,” says Woo, who learned to perfect her craft as the daughter of a master bench jeweler.
Woo, who wears a one and a three for her birthday (January 13) and sometimes a 16 (she got married on the 16th of August) says that the numbers allow people to individualize their jewelry in their own “little way” and “keep it close to their heart.” Kelly Ripa, for example, wears a three to signify her three children and Lucy Liu wears a gold number two for her birthday.
In the first two weeks, the pieces sold out at Bendel (a re-order is already in place). “It’s classic yet trendy, but not so trendy that you won’t be able to wear it in twenty years,” explains Woo, who feels that the whole nameplate necklace fad was just that — a fad, something that could only be worn during the time it was deemed “in.” “It’s the new wave of the nameplate,” she offers.
The numbers are available in any combination and in gold, silver or pave diamonds. Just remember: one is the loneliest number.
Kelly Ripa‘s kids Michael, Lola and Joaquin are close to their mother’s heart — a few inches up and over. That’s because the actress and talk show host is wearing Alex Woo’s numeral 3 necklace (they’re available in 0 to 9). Lucy Liu, Hilary Duff and Selma Blair are all doing a number on themselves too. Liu chose a 2 because her birthday is Dec. 2, and Duff got an 8 and 7 because she was born in 1987…
The magazine about shopping, Lucky this month discusses what fashion editors really wear, the season’s best coats, and a primer on fall’s freshest options, along with ways to wear them.
In the feature story about Alicia Silverstone, the actress discusses how to shop organic. With a passion for living in a way that doesn’t harm others, especially animals – she’s a vegan – and she wants to spread the word. “People who don’t share my environmental concerns think, ‘What a headache,’ but it gives me satisfaction when they realize they can find stuff so easily.”
In the “Lucky Jewelry Guide” feature, a whopping 11-page overview of the season’s most inspired designs from dazzling cocktail rings to elegantly embellished hoops, Alex Woo’s Sienna necklace is nicely noted as “a clean, minimalist classic that you’ll wear for years to come.”