You don't have to be a model to score the accessories you see on the runway. One well-known jewelry designer is transforming his catwalk collections into everyday pieces. NY1’s Arlene Borenstein filed the following report.
Much of what Robert Lee Morris touches, turns to runway gold.
"It sold out as soon as it hit the stores. And everything that came out on the runway sold,” he said.
The award-winning jewelry designer remembers the success of working with Donna Karan on her first runway show in the '80s, a time when his jewelry brand exploded, creating a new day in fashion.
"When I got credit, it started to change the whole Zeitgeist. The jewelry designers suddenly started getting credit like the clothing designers,” Morris said.
Morris would go onto work with Karan on more than 35 collections. The jewelry designer began in his 20s, discovered he says by Geoffrey Bean.
He won the Coty American Fashion Critics' Awards for a collection produced for Calvin Klein in 1981.
Borenstein:And since I need all the help I can get, I asked him to dress me up a little too.
Morris: You have the perfect outfit for this.
Borenstein:Wow. What is this? I love you. He is a genius.
But the jewelry designers' talent wasn't seen under the tents this season at Fashion Week. He's been busy with his latest collection which reconfigures his famed runway looks into pieces anyone can wear.
"This is my fall collection that is in stores now and as you see it's very chunky and three-dimensional. It’s very wearable and has these subtle colors of gun metal pyrite and brass,” he said.
Morris says his work is not just made for models, but for anyone whose ready to be bold and beautiful.