Although his name might not ring a bell straight away, look out, because jewelry designer Eddie Borgo will surely have the whole fashion world taking very soon. In fact, the Atlanta native is already a favorite of Giovanna Battaglia, as well as other prominent stylists such as Kate Lanphear. Giovanna and Kate have even appeared in the designer’s look books. Just like Giovanna’s style, Eddie Borgo’s jewelry is daring and different, and at times veers into "dangerous territory" — literally. However, the jewelry designer is not only about spikes and studs, there is always a touch of luxury and glamour incorporated into his pieces as well. Jeffrey New York’s associate buyer Philip Manghisi sums up Borgo’s style well, indicating that it is "the perfect mix of edge and glamour." The fact that his jewelry is adorned with crystals and semi-precious metals is indicative of Borgo’s "glam goth" vision.
Borgo’s new collection is a perfect example of how the designer is able to combine dark and mysterious elements with a more feminine approach while creating his pieces. Borgo’s collection was previewed in March in a duplex apartment near the Jardin du Palais Royal in Paris and featured "dangerous objects in nature" which the designer also interpreted as "soft and covetable." Fashion connoisseurs could therefore feast their eyes on beautifully crafted metal wasps and praying mantises along with orchids and tiger lilies. That’s quite some range for a young designer who used to lay out his jewelry on top of his comforter in the Hôtel Louvre Bons Enfants in Paris, hoping to lure the press.
What has Eddie Borgo been up to lately? It seems 2011 has been an immensely busy year for him, as he was the guest editor of the Spring Issue of the indie magazine Me, interviewing fashion mavericks such as Giovanna, Kate Lanphear, and Joseph Altuzarra, centering on the theme of New York. More recently, the designer created a CFDA-supported capsule collection of jewelry for J. Crew which was introduced in July and sold out shortly thereafter! This is hardly surprising – the pieces are softened versions of his bondage-inspired jewelry which Giovanna Battaglia modeled in Borgo’s Spring/Summer 2011 look book. These particular collection pieces were all inspired by either a padlock, a corset, or a bondage cuff. The J. Crew pieces, on the other hand, appear less dangerous – in more ways than one – while still retaining their edgy, punky quality. Perfect for any fashionista!
It is clear that the 32-year-old jewelry designer has amassed an array of accomplishments, made all the more impressive by his young age. However, it seems that the artist is still in touch with his roots, not letting all the fame go to his head. In fact, Borgo invited his mother to his first CFDA invitation last year. As long as he keeps on making his tough jewelry, we certainly won’t mind that Eddie Borgo is a softie at heart.
Giovanna Battaglia and Eddie Borgo photographs © 2011 The New York Times and Eddie Borgo.