PAST MEETS PRESENT IN EDDIE BORGO’S RESORT COLLECTION
Digging through the vintage bins for inspiration is the practice du jour for high fashion, but Eddie Borgo has a new way for mining the past for inspiration: riffling through one’s own archives. Though his jewelry brand is only six years old, Borgo revisited shapes created over his career and, using 3-D printers and software, morphed them together into vibrant new pieces.
His signature points mixed with cylindrical settings and domes from seasons past. The most successful example was a rose-gold-set range featuring amber, tiger’s eye, and quartz stones in various settings. The feeling was of an artful assemblage, slightly nostalgic, but surely from the contemporary era. The mix-and-match elements that permeated the collection, in the rose-gold pieces and elsewhere, were drawn from the work of young Portuguese artist Hugo Barros. Barros’ handcrafted collages sourced from vintage magazines have a strong sense of color and geometry—no wonder they appeal to Borgo, who is a rare breed of designer who is part-engineer and part-artist.
As for Borgo’s nascent handbag collection, it was updated with mid-century notes taken from Ludwig Mies van der Rohe works. The strict geometries of Fall gave way to softer lines and rounder shapes, still as practical and chic as their formers, but more suited for weekend jaunts and easygoing Sundays. On Borgo’s mood board was an image of Jackie Kennedy crossing a New York City street in the ’70s—you could imagine one of his hobo-inspired bags clasped in her hand.