Style: Art Deco Rates

Art Deco began as a way of reinvigorating the French luxury-goods market when it was introduced in Paris in 1925 at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Moderne. Now luxury purveyors are looking back to the jazz age for inspiration. Bottega Veneta designer Thomas Maier has paid homage to the gold-leaf look with his fall collection of shoes, below. And at Fendi, Deco shapes are reproduced in the Vanity handbag, above. Next month, Cartier will bring "Cartier Design Viewed by Ettore Sottsass"--an exhibit of mostly Art Deco jewelry--to Houston's Museum of Fine Arts.

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