Glamorous Townhouse Fete Toasts Lauren x Khoo and New Yorkers for Children

Monday, February 24, 2014

One surefire way for a talented, up and coming jewelry designer to make a splash is to ally herself with one of New York’s most prominent, well-respected charities.  The chic, whimsical collections of Singapore-born designer Lauren x Khoo – who began her line just over a year ago – are certain to get a lot more exposure now that her brand will serve as Presenting Sponsor of the New Yorkers for Children’s annual Spring Dinner Dance.

To celebrate, Khoo and NYFC hosted an intimate cocktail party at a private UES townhouse to launch her eponymous jewelry collection. All in attendance – including Beth Ostrosky Stern, Deborra-Lee Furness, Marisa Brown, Ann Caruso, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Rory Hermelee, Mark Gilbertson, Nathalie Kaplan, Alison Brod, Adelina Wong Ettelson, Lauren Shortt Pinto, Susan Magazine, Amy McFarland, Lady Liliana Cavendish, Di Mondo, and Claire McKeon – celebrated the continuing partnership, as a percentage of sales from the evening benefitted youth in foster care in NYC.

Whilst sipping wine and specialty pomegranate cocktails, many of the VIP guests got some one-on-one time with Khoo, who was more than eager to explain her inspirations for her different pieces. Originally, she wanted to become an architect, and many of her pieces (of which she doesn’t produce more than 50) maintain a strong architectural bent.

Likewise, she is inspired by the romanticism of Victorian jewelry. One of Khoo’s more popular items, the serpent ring, was directly inspired by Princess Victoria’s engagement ring. Another Victorian inspired item, called “Delight and Bleed Me,” is a delicate gold heart necklace punctuated by three arrows. Each arrow represents a year of her previous relationship with a certain someone. “But there are no hard feelings,” she insists.  Indeed, she wore the necklace proudly.

“I don’t believe jewelry should be kept in a safe,” Khoo continued. “My jewelry…you can work, write, and drive with it.” Not to mention, sport a few pieces for your next black tie event. We can’t wait to see which PYTs and philanthropic heavyweights will be sporting Khoo’s colorful jewels for NYFC’s April fete. But we will surely keep you posted!


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