Flashback to Fashion Week 2015
Bittar, famous for incorporating LuciteLux® acrylic into his designs, presented his fall 2015 collection for the first time during a New York Fashion Week event. From signage and decorative shards to stunning cuffs, earrings and necklaces, our material took centerstage at the celebratory soiree.
Continuously inspired by, and a fervent supporter of the arts, Bittar also commissioned original artwork using sheets of LuciteLux® cast acrylic donated by Lucite International. Artspace auctioned the work by four prominent contemporary artists — Natasha Law, Juliette Losq, Cordy Ryman and Mickalene Thomas — at the event.
“I enjoy creating pieces that come to life through the use of LuciteLux® acrylic,” said Bittar, who famously began his extraordinary journey with LuciteLux® in 1990 by inventing a groundbreaking method of sculpting and manipulating the classic acrylic into collectible, wearable art. “My love affair with the material is no secret and I am excited these incredible artists agreed to help me show the endless artistic possibilities of LuciteLux® acrylic.”
Bittar’s work, which fused the ideology of Bakelite jewelry with the applications of Lalique glass, was unheard of and quite rare in the era of 90s minimalism. His distinctive, sculptural pieces have become instantly recognizable ever since he began selling his jewelry on NYC’s Prince Street. His jewelry, worn by the likes of high-profile women including Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga, are created using a labor-intensive, seven-part process that involves hand-carving, hand-painting and hand-polishing clear and frosted LuciteLux® acrylic.
“Alexis understood the potential of our material at the earliest stages of his business and never wavered in his commitment to innovative design and exceptional craftsmanship,” said Chris Robinson, business manager for Lucite International. “Witnessing how he continues to be uniquely provocative through LuciteLux® inspires us all to push the limits of what we believe is possible.”