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For generations, Rizik’s has led the evolution of women’s couture in Washington, D.C. Specially-selected fashions of European and American designers and personal service have long defined Rizik’s unique customer experience.

Quick-Change Artist

Adapt:  make (something) suitable for a new use or purpose; modify

Transmute:  change in form, nature or substance

Transfigure:  transform into something more beautiful or elevated

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In the history of art, there are countless examples of translating one medium into another. The informality of paper and pencil (not to mention an eraser) renders drawing well-suited to creating preparatory studies for other art forms like painting, sculpture, fashion or architecture. But there is no strict hierarchy or linear process to creativity and all materials can dance with each other:  a tapestry based on a painting’s composition, a poem gives rise to a sculpture, a dress sparked by a designer noticing an alluring textile, for example. The possibilities are endless and ongoing, for if we open our eyes to all around us there is inspiration—invariably followed by interpretation—everywhere.   

Berlin-based fashion brand Front Row Society’s philosophy, therefore, is part of an established tradition of artistic practice.   Each accessory collection results from a collaboration with international artists, wherein an artist’s composition is transformed into a limited edition scarf or handbag, literally becoming wearable art. This spring, Rizik’s Accessories Department showcases four Front Row Society scarves. Fascinatingly, Front Row Society shares the artists’ own descriptions of their subjects on the garment tags, so we are able to learn about their interests’ firsthand. Those represented at Rizik’s—Printmuse, Sebastien Alibert, Sofia Brajal and Zoya Kraus—are all captivated by nature and their works approach this vast topic through unique windows. 

The cycle of perception and innovation, then, continues. The scarves are a testament to imagination and what better thing is there to remind yourself of and wrap yourself in everyday? Find the one that speaks to you.  

 

Photo: Courtesy of Front Row Society

 

 
 

Crystallization; Photo: Courtesy of Front Row Society

 
 

Detail of Crystallization; Photo: Courtesy of Alice Cisternino/Rizik’s

 

Artwork:  Crystallization

Artist: Printmuse

$195, 100% cashmere

The concept of ultimate harmony in macro and micro structures and how to articulate these in “wearable aesthetics” is a guiding interest for Spanish design agency Printmuse.  They explain, “Our Crystallization artwork forms a part of our overall design concept.  It is a study in how a collage of intricate, complex patterns can nevertheless form a clean and simple whole.” Crystallization both illustrates the process of solidifying particles and is itself an example of elements frozen in time, in the form of a textile.  
 

 

The Windmaker; Photo: Courtesy of Front Row Society

 

 
 

Detail of The Windmaker; Photo: Courtesy of Alice Cisternino/Rizik’s

 

Artwork: The Windmaker

Artist: Sebastien Alibert

$70, 100% viscose-modal

The French idiom “touch à tout” resonates with artist Sebastien Alibert.  It translates as “to touch everything,” to be a person of many interests, skills and experiences.  A self-described graphic designer, painter and sculptor, Alibert enjoys the crossover between different media.  The Windmaker, he says, “explores the theme of bleached memories, with a particular emphasis on variations on nature, the season cycle, the wind and the mayfly.”  A mayfly lives only a few days and the wind is always shifting, one season morphs into the next and memories fade.  Alibert’s composition uses a delicate staccato of marks to express movement and the momentum of change.  

 

 

Honey; Photo: Courtesy of Front Row Society

 

 
 

Detail of Honey; Photo: Courtesy of Alice Cisternino/Rizik’s

 

Artwork: Honey

Artist: Sofia Brajal

$125, 15% silk, 85% modal

Portuguese artist Sofia Brajal shares, “When it comes to creativity, I find that disobedience is something of a necessary virtue….  I try to explore and mix different techniques all the time, which is an excellent method for finding many different sources of inspiration.”  Honey explores the beauty of this natural, increasingly rare substance.  She concentrates on honey’s warm, majestic glow and liquid sheen, as well as its underlying geometry, to create an opulent, elegant design.   Furthermore, we can infer that with bees disappearing, the day will come when natural honey is gone and the ways it has been documented, such as Brajal’s adaptation, are what remain.   

 

Tribal Bones; Photo: Courtesy of Front Row Society

 

 
 

Detail of Tribal Bones; Photo: Courtesy of Alice Cisternino/Rizik’s

 

Artwork: Tribal Bones

Artist: Zoya Kraus

$70, 100% viscose-modal

The landscape of her home—Australia’s Blue Mountains region—inspires artist Zoya Kraus.  Calling herself “a passionate, flamboyant surface artist,” she primarily produces textile designs that couple her fascination with color and contemporary Australian subjects.  In Tribal Bones she reflects on indigenous cultures.  While cognizant of the myriad differences in artistic expressions between communities and individuals within each group, Kraus ultimately chose to emphasize unity by highlighting what we all share—a body.   She describes, “For my design I thought it would be interesting to explore the core of humanity in the form of the human body, the internal structure of which is the same within all of us.”

This Spring, Minimalism Reigns

Precise silhouettes demonstrate less is more.  Pared-down shapes in monochrome or geometric patterns are unapologetically bold.  They manifest that stripping away the excess and arriving at what is essential is liberating.  And to look and feel renewed is to embody spring. 

 

Photo Courtesy of Eva & Claudi

 

Knitwear inspired by the art of Piet Mondrian illustrates that basic forms, carefully arranged, bring harmony and rhythm.  Eva & Claudi Highlight Skirt, $150, with matching tank, $185.
 
 

 

Photo Courtesy of Paule Ka

 

The Cold Shoulder Top is anything but—a touch of carefully revealed skin beckons, amplified by the contrast between black and white.  Paule Ka ribbed cotton sweater, $275.

  

 

Photo Courtesy of Weill

 

A classic belted shirt dress radiates sensual nonchalance in an updated check and chain pattern.  Weill Tamarac Dress, $640.

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Sarah Magid

 

A sculptural cuff symbolizing boundless energy resonates with spring.  Sarah Magid openwork brass and crystal Swirl Cuff, $325.

  

 

Photo Courtesy of Fabiana Filippi

 

Luxury materials speak for themselves and further adornments would merely be distractions.  Fabiana Filippi Merino Wool jacket with chamois leather collar, $1,315.

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Paule Ka

 

Flirt with the line between innocent and sexy in an over the knee trompe l’oeil dress of delicate ribbon striped organza paired with an off-the-shoulder neckline in black jersey.  Paule Ka bayadère organza and jersey dress, $1,050. 
 

 

Photo Courtesy of Front Row Society

 

Artist Sofia Brajal translates honey into a silken composition of glittering geometry by magnifying, abstracting and suspending its structure in time.  Front Row Society Honey Scarf, $125.
 
 

 

Photo Courtesy of Paule Ka

 

With understated confidence, the sheath dress delineates the body.  Topstitching skims the contours of the waist, torso and thighs, subtlety drawing the eye.  Paule Ka Jacquard Dress (sold with matching coat), $1,835.
  

 

Photo Courtesy of Mignon Faget

 

Simple shapes become powerful symbols in a necklace which guards love’s pearl with a fence that both protects and breathes.  Mignon Faget Chain Link Heart Necklace, $100, and Chain Link Earrings, $190.  

 

The Gift of Sight

My love reveals objects
silken butterflies
concealed in his fingers

his words
splash me with stars

night shines like lightning
under the fingers of my love

My love invents worlds where
jeweled glittering serpents live

worlds where music is the world

worlds where houses with open eyes
contemplate the dawn

My love is a mad sunflower that forgets
fragments of sun in the silence

 

Isabel Freire de Matos, “My Love Reveals Objects”

 

The world is full of magic when you are in love.  You see everything anew, brimming with possibility.  Sunlight casts details in high relief and beauty—in nature, people and objects—is manifest. 

We invite you to open your eyes to enchanting Valentine's Day gifts available at Rizik’s.  Envision them on your beloved.  Take them along for your adventures together, as symbols of an intimacy that cannot be defined.  

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Alice Cisternino / Rizik’s

 

Maria Elena moon and stars triple-drop earrings with pearls set in Swarovski  crystals, $205.  Fantasia by DeSerio Cubic zirconia solitaire ring, $365.
Ermanno Scervino silk scarf, $300.

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Alice Cisternino / Rizik’s

 

Modital Bijoux lariat necklace with Baroque pearl, $145.
Phillippe Ferrandis multi-stone and cabochon cluster earrings, $170.

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Alice Cisternino / Rizik’s

 

Lancaster Paris hazel leather tote with top zipper closure
and gold curb chain straps, $375.

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Alice Cisternino / Rizik’s

 

Patricia Underwood Lipstick Red wool beret, $490.

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Alice Cisternino / Rizik’s

 

Rodo bronze suede clutch with gold studded details and crystal inlaid closure, $600.
Jean-Louis Blin emerald collar, $935.
 
 

 

Photo Courtesy of Alice Cisternino / Rizik’s

 

Flora Nikrooz black satin shorts detailed with ivory lace, part of a camisole set, $95.

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Alice Cisternino / Rizik’s

 

Stefano Bravo quilted Nappa top handle satchel with gold
hardware and detachable tassel, $565.

 

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