REFLECTIONS: Bjork album-art designer (among other things) Bernhard Willhelm’s collab with German eyewear brand Mykita is inspired by gear from winter Olympics of the 1970s, but the resulting shades – especially the color-punchy aviators – are anything but old-fashioned. $495, exclusively at Opening Ceremony, 33 Howard Street near Broadway; 212-226-7390.
VALUE ADD: Say you have a closet full of sensible staples, but you long for some romance. So you scoop up your togs and take them to Ashley Turen, who consults on each item a customer brings in to her just-opened L.E.S. shop to decide on the best enhancer: appliqué here, antique buttons there—anything goes to personalize your piece. A. Turen also stocks vintage apparel, a few brands like House of Harlow, and Turen’s own line, drawing heavily from the shimmeringly popular speakeasy trend. A. Turen, 124 Ludlow Street between Delancey and Rivington Streets; 212-533-8200; aturennyc.com.
WORN FROM USE: Bauhaus artist Anni Albers (1899-1994), best known for her textiles, also dabbled in jewelry-making, and turned to household objects when WWII made it hard to get one’s hands on finer materials. Urban Outfitters is featuring a line of necklaces based on Albers’ utilitarian-chic designs – using hardwareish bits and bobs like pins, paper clips, and steel washers – sold in assemble-it-yourself kits. Recession glam at its best. $14; find an Urban Outfitters store near you.