Tag Archive | Designers

Christian’s Heroes Coloring Book

Christian's Heroes Coloring Book Cover
All Photos By Gail

It may have been as long ago as last summer that I met Christian, as he set up a table near the corner of 10th Avenue and 23rd Street in the Chelsea Gallery Distinct to hand out his amazing coloring /activity books that he makes himself.

Andy Warhol

On each of the book’s pages you will find an icon of the art, fashion or music world along with a famous original quote of theirs. Here is Andy Warhol, my favorite artist ever in the Universe of all time, also accompanied by my favorite quote of his, “Art is What you Can Get Away With.” That is so true.

Freddie and Grace

Here we see Freddie Mercury and Grace Jones (as seen on the cover of her legendary CD, Island Life).

Elton John

Elton John, I love him!

Bjork

I can feel Bjork on this quote, because people asked me the same thing when I got home from an Alaskan Cruise. Really people? Eskimos? It was cruise, not an anthropological expedition!

Andre Leon Talley

Andre Leon Talley is an eccentric fashion mogul who sometimes gets himself into trouble, because he has a very sassy mouth!

Andy Maze

There are alossome fun games and activity pages in the book, such as this cool maze to help Andy Warhol find funding for his art, or something like that!

Karl Lagerfeld Connect the Dots

Also, you can connect-the-dots to draw designer Karl Lagerfeld. So fun!

Find out more about Christian and see how he has colored and decorated some of these pages himself on his Facebook page, Christian Loves Sparkle!

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Vermelha Chair

Vermelha Chair
All Photos By Gail

For the brothers Fernando and Humberto Campana, startling materials are a hallmark of their design practice. Often evoking the rich street-market culture of their native Brazil, the utilize everyday elements in unexpected ways, such as this looped red cord for the opulent pile upholstery of this Vermelha (Red) chair (2007).

Photographed in the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in NYC.

Vermelha Chair

Up And Coming Designers Debut New Spring 2015 Fashions at Red Light PR Party!

Full of Secrets Zip Bag By Jac Vanek
Full of Secrets Zip Bag By Jac Vanek (All Photos By Gail)

Just as we’re breaking out the fall outerwear here in NYC, Fashion Designers are showcasing their designs for Spring, so we have something to look forward to! Red Light PR, one of Manhattan’s key players in Fashion PR, hosted a lively event in their showroom last week to give press a sneak preview of exciting new designs we’ll soon be seeing in stores. Please enjoy a selection of our favorite pieces!

Red and White Floral Print Top By Jac Vanek

We are just crazy about this simple Red and White Floral Print Top By casual wear designer Jac Vanek, a brand whose slogan is “Because Everything Else is Really Boring” — love it!

Layana Aguilar

Do you remember Layana Aguilar from Season 11 of Project Runway? Layana was at the party meeting fans and introducing her Spring line. Check out one of her jackets below.

Short Jacket By Layana Aguilar

Layana’s collection features lots of separates in pastel colors with lace details and cut outs. Very youthful and on trend.

Red and White Color Block Top By Alice's Pig

Alice’s Pig seems to favor a fun retro look that we were very attracted to. This bold Red and White Color Block Top goes great with the Red and White Striped Short Skirt pictured below.

Red and White Striped Short Skirt By Alice's Pig

Just add a pair of boots and a vibrant hand bag and you’re good to go-go!

Summer Long Dress By Designer Sofia Arana

This Summer print Long Dress by designer Sofia Arana would be ideal for a warm weather Garden Party!

Designer Sofia Arana

Here is Sofia posing proudly with her designs. This dress, which debuted on the runways at New York Fashion Week, was a favorite among party goers! See more of her collection at Sofia Arana Dot Com.

Short Pink Silk Dress By Darling
Pink Print Silk Dress By Darling

The Darling fashion brand is the vision of Nadia Moraes, a London based designer and entrepreneur who created the label in 2008. Darling’s very wearable dresses and separates are all about offering affordable luxury product with an emphasis on quality and attention to detail. Look at all of these cute dresses!

Navy and Creme Color Block Short Dress By Darling

Navy, Peach and Creme Color Block, Pleated-Skirt Short Dress.

Apricot Short Dress By Darling

Apricot Short Dress.

Red Lace Short Dress By Darling

Red Lace Short Dress.

Cropped Floral Motorcycle Jacket By Darling

Cropped Floral Motorcycle Jacket. This jacket would go with everything.

Red Rose Bustier from Durdoux

This gorgeous Rose Bustier is from Durdoux (dur-“do”), a NY based Womens RTW brand that’s based on wearability with an avant-garde sensibility. Designer Najla Burt is the creative force behind these “fashions for everyday Rock Stars” (our words). Check out her fabulous clothes!

Magenta Silk Brocade Skirt By Durdoux

Magenta Silk Brocade Skirt.

Magenta Silk Brocade Handbag By Durdoux

Matching Magenta Silk Brocade Handbag.

Silk Brocade Long Jacket By Durdoux

Silk Brocade Long Jacket. The collection features other separates in this same luxury fabric as well!

Bright Yellow Lace Bandeau and Full Skirt By Durdoux

Bright Yellow Lace Bandeau and Full Skirt.

Bright Yellow Leather Bustier and Narrow Skirt By Durdoux

Bright Yellow Leather Bustier and Slim Skirt.

White and Black Skinny Leather Pants By Durdoux

White and Black Leather Skinny Jeans. Rockin’!

Silver Leather Short Jacket By Durdoux

Silver Leather Short Jacket – so great! Special thanks to Cynthia (Najla’s mom) who assisted in this fashion shoot by holding the clothes!

Black and Gold Beaded Short Dress By Forever Unique London
Black and Gold Beaded Short Dress By Forever Unique

Forever Unique is a London-based luxury fashion brand, specializing in ladies occasion wear.

Blue Beaded Short Dress By Forever Unique London
Blue Beaded Short Dress

With a unique take on the trends of the moment, Forever Unique’s stand out silhouettes, body perfecting construction and premium embellishment offer everything needed to maximize your look for when it matters most.

Beaded and Sequined Skirt By Forever Unique London
Beaded and Sequined Skirt

Check out this showcase piece below!

Beaded and Feather Gown By Forever Unique London

This exquisite Beaded and Feather Strapless Evening Dress is really all-season appropriate for any formal occasion where you want to be the most glamorous woman in the room!

Thanks To Red Light PR for keeping us in the loop!

Iosselliani Debuts 2013 Holiday Jewelry Collection at NYC Flagship Boutique

Iosselliani Designers Logo
All Jewelry and Store Display Photos By Gail

Italian jewelry brand Iosselliani celebrated the launch of its Holiday 2013 Capsule Collection, which is exclusive to its New York Flagship Boutique, with a fun and festive reception and showcase this past Friday evening. Designers Paolo Giacomelli and Roberta Paolucci, the power duo behind the brand, were on hand at the event to mingle and answer questions about their uniquely gorgeous designs.

But First, let’s talk about the 800 Pound Gorilla in the room.

Giant White Gorilla Display

This ceiling-high Giant White Gorilla (Associates in the store told us it was an art piece purchased in Chicago) sits at the rear of the  sleek, intimate showroom and adds a cool, fun vibe to the store. It has nothing to do with the jewelry, but we could not resist photographing it for this story. Because, Giant White Gorilla.

Deco Collar Necklace

Giacomelli and Paolucci founded Iosselliani as a way to express their creative vision while grounding it in the aesthetic of traditional Italian jewelry. In 2005 Iosselliani opened their first flagship store R-01-IOS, which is located in Rome and the second shop, T-02-IOS, opened up in the Harajuku district in Tokyo on October 24th, 2008. The NYC Boutique, located on West 29th Street adjacent to the Fashion Accessory Wholesale District, is the first Flagship store in the US.

Diamond Spike Collar Necklace

We really loved this collection’s bold emphasis on Deco-inspired Designs.

Red White and Blue Jewel Necklace and Earrings

Also, do you love Skulls? We sure do. There are several gorgeous Cameo Skull pieces in the collection, as seen below.

Skull Necklace
Cameo Skull and Crystal Necklace

Skull Cameo Earrings
Cameo Skull Crystal Earrings

Skull Cameo Cuff
Cameo Skull and Crystal Cuff Bracelet

Jewel Tone Skull Earrings

The series of Skull post earrings above feature gold skulls paired with various colored crystal baguettes. So gorgeous.

Iosselliani‘s seasonal but enduring fashion accessories are carefully handcrafted by professional manufacturers, blending various materials with a sparkle of Swarovski crystals and semi precious stones. The signature pieces of reworked parts of vintage jewelry turn out to bold necklaces and bracelets along with sets of stack rings.

Chain and Jewels Link Cuff

An Associates was kind enough to model a few signature designs for our camera, such as this multi-strand chain and crystal bracelet.

Multi Ring Set

These stack rings, which are sold as a set, are another iconic Iosselliani design.

Green Bridal Collar Necklace
Green Bridal Collar Necklace

Front Window Bauble Display
Christmas Bauble Window Display

Jewel Chain Collar on Glitter Display

Prices on the Iosselliani 2013 Holiday Jewelry Collection start at under $200 and go up to $1,000 plus, so there’s something for every budget. All of the store employees are super nice and can help you choose the perfect holiday gift for your jewelry loving friends and family.

Multi Strand Necklace

IOSSELLIANI NY-04-IOS is located at 4 West 29th Street (Between Broadway and 5th Avenues) New York, NY 10001, Store Hours are Monday – Saturday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Sunday 12:00 Noon – 6:00 PM. Visit them online at This Link.

Variations on a Theme: Must-See Art Jewelry Exhibit at Forbes Galleries

Ice Theme Various
Variations on the Theme: Ice (Various Artists. Above Photo by Gail. All Other Photos Courtesy of Goldstein Communications)

The idea of “wearable art” in the realm of modern design is fascinating me to, so I was very excited to attend an opening reception last week for the American Jewelry Design Council (AJDC)’s exhibit at Forbes Galleries showcasing 25 years of outstanding jewelry design.  The exhibition, Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Design from the AJDC, will dazzle museum visitors with one-of-a-kind works from over 40 Designers who are AJDC members.

Cornelia Goldsmith, Ice Ring
Cornelia Goldsmith Ring, Theme: Ice  (Also seen as part of the collection in photo above)

Annually, the AJDC  and goldeneaglecoin.com asks each of its members to create a design project, interpreting a single concept or theme; the final product is a collection of unique jewelry pieces joined by a solitary concept. Past themes include simple conceptual elements such as Water, Spiral, Ice, Pyramid, Wheel and Flight imagined into breathtaking masterpieces made of precious metals, gemstones and unexpected materials. On view in this exhibit at Forbes jewelry gallery is a selection of works from various annual AJDC Design Projects from the very first theme, in 1996 to the most recent, in 2013. Each thematic collection is displayed beautifully in a separate glass vitrine.

Sandy Baker Wheel Brooch
Sandy Baker Brooch for the Theme “Wheel”

“The jewelry pieces shown at the Forbes exhibition have been created over time for the sole purpose of exhibiting creativity, originality and excellence in design,” says Barbara Heinrich, President of the AJDC.  “They are purposely noncommercial but rather inspirational in nature, created by some of the foremost American jewelry designers alive.  Due to the unique nature and concept of the show, it is sure to excite and inspire its audience.”

Jane Bohan Wave
Jane Bohan Interprets “Wave”

Since its establishment in 1988, the AJDC has worked to educate and promote the awareness of jewelry as an art form. Members of the American Jewelry Design Council are dedicated to elevating the caliber of jewelry design through educational activities and to challenging professional jewelry designers worldwide to actualize their creative potential. This year’s theme “Wave” delivered awe inspiring works of art which were debuted at the JCK Jewelry Show in Las Vegas this past June.

Michael Bondanza Tension Bracelet
Michael Bondanza “Tension” Bracelet

Artists exhibiting in Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Design from the AJDC include:

Sandy BakerJane Bohan

Whitney Boin

Michael Bondanza

Petra Class

Jaclyn Davidson

Falcher Fusager

Geoffrey Giles

Cornelia Goldsmith

Michael Good

Sarah Graham

Alishan Halebian

Ron Hartgrove

Barbara Heinrich

Susan Helmich

Jose Hess

Cornelis Hollander

John Iversen

Scott Keating

Christo Kiffer

Paul KleckaSteven Kretchmer

Pascal Lacroix

Anthony Lent

Linda MacNeil

Gregore’ Morin

Jennifer Rabe Morin

Adam Neeley

Mark Patterson

Kent Raible

Paul Robilotti

Todd Reed

Alan Revere

Susan Sadler

George Sawyer

Mark Schneider

William Schraft

Tina Segal

Diana Vincent

Barbara Westwood

Although the gallery is not that large, the exhibit is laid out in a way that makes the most of the small space. These pieces are each unique and it’s fun to look at them, compare each to the other contributions to that shared theme and see what everyone came up with.  Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the show:

Petra Class Tear
Petra Class, Theme: Tear

Falcher Fusager Pyramid
Falcher Fusager, Theme: Pyramid

Cornelis Hollander Pyramid Brooch
Cornelis Hollander Pyramid Brooch

Michael Good Spiral Necklace
Michael Good “Spiral” Necklace

Gregore Morin, Mona Lisa, The Smile
Gregore Morin, Mona Lisa. Theme: The Smile

Gregore Morin Peekaboo
Gregore Morin, Theme: Peekaboo

Variations on a Theme is a must-see exhibit for jewelry lovers and anyone interested in Modern Design. I really enjoyed it!

Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Design from the AJDC Will be on Exhibit Through February 22, 2014 at Forbes Galleries, Located 62 Fifth Avenue (at 12th Street), New York City. Hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

AJDC Logo White Stripes 2013

Ron Hartgrove Puzzle Ring
Ron Hartgrove “Puzzle” Ring