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This is the story of a true collaboration. Blending together an appreciation for sculptural design and a yearning for modern, style-forward hair accessories, celebrity hair stylist Adir Abergel and designer Sara Bieler Sasson of Lelet NY have co-created Adir X Lelet NY, a collection of luxury mixed-metal hair jewelry that offers beautiful, functional ways to stand out in the crowd—or on the red carpet.
The 15 piece mixed-metal headbands, barrettes, combs and hairpins are crafted from antiqued 18k gold, antique sterling silver, and rose gold and have already made their red-carpet debut this awards season, gracing the tresses of Abergel devotees including Kristen Stewart, Marion Cotillard, Jessica Biel, Bryce Dallas Howard and Vanessa Kirby. Launching on February 8, the collection is inspired by iconic, romantic looks that Adir has created for high-wattage clients Reese Witherspoon, Saoirse Ronan, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Garner and Rooney Mara.
What began as a series of sketches and prototypes that Abergel had hand-made using wire or twine has evolved into a labor of love between himself and Sasson, emerging as an opulent—yet minimal— take on what can often be an overly fussy accessory category. “We liked the idea of making something hard and stagnant like metal look soft and organic”, Sasson, who has an architecture background, says. “We began to test out different metal textures, hand hammering the material until the light moved on the surface like water.”
Crafted by artisans in NYC, some pieces in the Adir X Lelet NY collection are one of a kind. The Quill bobbi and Headband are hand-molded into shape, so no two are the same, much like the starlets that entrust Abergel with their high-profile looks. “ I wanted to celebrate women’s self-expression with these pieces, the same way I approach working with my clients”, says Abergel. “If I’m doing Kristen Stewart, she’s going to be a little bit more punk, with a rougher texture in her hair and a style that’s a bit deconstructed. Whereas with Rooney Mara, I’m doing really sleek, tight origami shapes, and all of these really intense, severe up-dos. My passion for my work, and what I hope that comes through with Adir X Lelet NY, is really with the person that’s in my chair and that relationship and confidence that we build together.”
Striving to fill a gap in the crowded, but often uninspired, hair accessory market, Adir X Lelet NY brings the vision of two modern-day artists into the style-centric woman’s hair wardrobe, offering a decidedly unique way to express their individual sense of beauty and style.
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