It seems as if everywhere we look these days, we're seeing statement jewelry. We're talking one-of-a-kind necklaces, bracelets and earrings that include colorful stones, big metallic links and acrylic beads--sometimes all on the same piece. This Thursday, we'll be browsing such creations during the Stephanie Lake Design trunk show at the new Fairfax District boutique Garde.

Imagine wearing a room created by the mythic and over-the-top Angeleno designer Tony Duquette around your neck and you've got the gist of Stephanie Lake Designs.

Lake's work, which ranges from $255 to $2,695, consists of reworked semiprecious stones and vintage jewelry elements from estate sales, gem dealers and auctions. The Minneapolis native might use seashells, wood, tassels, paillettes, coins, lucite or anything else that catches her sophisticated eye. (She holds a Ph.D. in Decorative Arts, Design History and Material Culture from Bard; worked in Sotheby's fashion department; and was befriended by fashion legend Bonnie Cashin.)

Not only will it be fun to meet Lake and browse her creations on Thursday, from 6 to 9 p.m., but also the event gives us an excuse to stop by Garde, the new home-and-gift boutique curated with natural yet edgy style by Scotti Sitz, a former Giorgio Armani executive. We’re prepping for an evening of stylish women and irresistible eye candy. 

Garde, 7418 Beverly Blvd.; 323-424-4667 or