Maison Martin Margiela + Baptiste Debombourg

Yesterday, Maison Martin Margiela held an intimate cocktail event to celebrate the launch of “Crystalactite”— a new jewelry collection designed in collaboration with Atelier Swarovski—at the MMM Boutique in Miami’s Design District. The event—appropriately timed to fall during Art Basel and, thus, a prime time for any fashion brand to highlight an artist collaboration—also marked the debut of an exclusive installation by French artist Baptiste Debombourg entitled “Stalker”, created specifically to celebrate the new collection.

First, let’s talk about the jewels. The designer, who is known for his use of unconventional materials and commitment to form over function, lent his signature avante-garde style to the limited-edition collection. They were created using an innovative fusion technique that blends crystal and matte white resin so that the crystals appear to emerge spontaneously from their natural, stony origin. The result is a 4 piece collection that successfully combine Margiela’s more industrial aesthetic with the purity of Swarovski crystals.

Using the jewelry as inspiration, Debombourg, who is known for his sculpture installations and study of everyday raw materials, designed his site-specific installation using shattered, laminated glass. He arranged the glass in cascading layers over furniture so that the resulting structure resembles stalactites, perfectly pairing with the aesthetic of the jewelry collection. The artist was an obvious choice for the designer, as the two also collaborated back in the Fall when Debombourg transformed MMM’s rue de Grenelle, Paris boutique by recreating his famous “Turbo” installation specifically customized for the store. Turbo was originally erected in 2009 for Parcours Saint-Germain in partnership with FIAC and was inspired by the turbo wave of the 1980s, challenging the notion of masculine power. Within the store context, it was as if the wall of the store was exploding into the interior.

If you are down in Miami, be sure to stop by the Design District boutique to snatch up the limited-edition jewels and check out Debombourg’s installation.

An image of "Stalker" in the Maison Martin Margiela Miami Boutique

An image of “Stalker” in the MMM Miami Boutique. Image via MMM’s Facebook page.

Stalker cascades over tables and clothing racks onto the floor.

Stalker cascades over tables and clothing racks onto the floor. Image via MMM’s facebook page.

A piece from the MMM + Swarovski collection

A piece from the MMM + Swarovski collection. Image via MMM’s facebook page.

An image of "Turbo," installed in the MMM Paris store this past fall

An image of “Turbo,” installed in MMM’s Grenelle Paris store this past fall

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Curtis Kulig’s New Jewelry Line

I am a huge fan of Curtis Kulig. I am obsessed with his “Love Me” paintings and wish I could afford one of my own. But since I can’t (at least for now!), I have fallen in love (pun intended) with his recently launched jewelry line Me + Mi, designed in collaboration with jewelry designer Mimi Jakobson. The collection reimagines his signature phrase in two stylized scripts— “drippy” and block letters—onto 14-karat-gold-plated bracelets, necklaces and rings. Priced from $40 to $197, the collection is incredibly affordable. In fact, it’s hard not to want to buy everything.

For now, I am starting with these two (recently purchased and anxiously awaiting their arrival), but am looking forward to seeing what this pair brings us next.

love me

Houston bracelet

drippy

Broome Necklace

Lauder Jewels to be Auctioned at Sotheby’s

Tomorrow, Sotheby’s will be auctioning off dozens of diamonds and sparkling jewels from the collections of Estée Lauder and Evelyn H. Lauder, with proceeds benefitting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, a charitable organization founded by Evelyn Lauder.

Two of the biggest highlights from the sale include a gorgeous pink diamond ring of 6.54 carats and a heart-shaped yellow diamond of 47.14 carats, set in a diamond necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels for Estée Lauder, and once owned by the Duchess of Windsor. The other items in the sale have been described by Sotheby’s as a “very fine selection of wearable evening and daytime jewelry, all reflecting the classic style and refined taste of the women who wore them.”

If you are like me and could in no way afford any of these stunners, you can at least view them at the Sotheby’s building on the UES in New York ahead of the sale on Wednesday. See you there today?

Platinum, 18 Karat Gold, Yellow Diamond and Diamond Pendant Necklace, Van Cleef & Arpels

Platinum, 18 Karat Gold, Yellow Diamond and Diamond Pendant Necklace, Van Cleef & Arpels

Platinum, Pink Diamond and Diamond Ring, Oscar Heyman and Brothers

Platinum, Pink Diamond and Diamond Ring, Oscar Heyman and Brothers

18 karat two-color gold and sapphire necklace, buccellati

18 Karat Two-Color Gold and Sapphire Necklace, Buccellati

18 Karat Gold, Platinum, Ruby, Sapphire and Diamond Pendant Brooch, David Webb

18 Karat Gold, Platinum, Ruby, Sapphire and Diamond Pendant Brooch, David Webb

Collaboration Flashback: Bulgari + Anish Kapoor

Anish Kapoor, the contemporary artist known for his “voids” (the term he uses to reference his gigantic, gleaming steel sculptures), partnered with luxury jeweler Bulgari in 2010 on a similar, but much-smaller-scaled project . In honor of Bulgari’s B.zero1 collection’s 10th anniversary, Kapoor reinterpreted the jewelry series’ iconic design elements in the form a ring made of shiny steel set between two pink-gold rims engraved with the Bulgari brand name. After the release of the Bulgari collaboration ring, Kapoor created a sculpture related to the collaboration that was auctioned off to benefit Save the Childrens “Rewrite the Future” campaign.

Kapoor’s work often comes in the form of massive public commissions, as was the case this past summer when he was asked to create a public installation and observation tower to add “something extra” to London’s Olympic Park during the 2012 summer games. Like all of Kapoor’s sculptures, ArcelorMittal Orbit was designed to encourage the viewer to engage with the sculpture’s physical structure for a complete sensorial experience.

I can’t say I would be disappointed if I opened a box this holiday season that contained this…

Kapoor’s Bulgari design

Cloud Gate, 2004-6

ArcelorMittal Orbit, Public Installation and observation tower at London’s Olympic Park, 2012

Lulu Frost for J.Crew

Now on their fourth collaboration, Lulu Frost and J.Crew have teamed up again. For their newest capsule collection, Lisa Salzer (founder of Lulu Frost) designed  11 items in total, including necklaces, bracelets and earrings.  Salzer was inspired by estate jewelry, playing with materials such as resin, marcasite, and crystals. Each piece combines a little bit of antique, vintage and modern influences for a resultantly retro-chic look. Prices range from $78 to $278, and items can be purchased at select J.Crew stores and jcrew.com.

Resin and Marcasite Bracelet

Resin and Marcasite Earrings

Triple Resin Triangle Necklace

Crystal Petal Bracelet

Artist James Jean Launches Fine Jewelry Line

Flashback to summer 2007.  That was when Prada commissioned artist James Jean to create a stretch of wallpaper for the brand’s New York Flagship.  Prada was so inspired she asked Jean to create an additional mural for her runway show in Milan. We all know how designers often find inspiration in art. This case was no different. The result was the now infamous collection that included the Prada Fairy Bag, and many pieces from the collection are on display at the Met’s “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations” exhibition.

Jean saw his art transformed into the three-dimensional, and decided he wanted to try that for himself. Working with artisans and fabricators in Tokyo, he utilized motifs from his past works to reinterpret for a handcrafted fine jewelry collection entitled OVM. Four individual series in total were created: Drip, Butterfly, Bone, and Strata. The collection will launch in Hong Kong in October at Blitz, a conceptual shop-in-a-shop from Lane Crawford. You can check out the entire collection on the OVM website or browse through a few looks below.

Butterfly Bangle

Butterfly Loop necklace in B&W

Constellation Earrings from the Drip series

Lotus War Day limited edition print, available here

The infamous Prada Fairy Bag ad

 

 

 

J. Crew + Orly Genger Jewelry Collection

J. Crew has just launched a capsule jewelry collection in collaboration with artist Orly Genger.  The collection is titled OGJM, a combination of the artist’s initials with those of J. Crew jewelry designer Jaclyn Meyer. Meyer was inspired upon visiting Genger’s studio shortly before an exhibition opening featuring one of the artist’s large, hand crocheted rope installations.  Seeing a piece of scrap rope on the ground, the two created a necklace that Genger wore to the opening. The rave reviews led to a larger collaboration for J. Crew.  The collection includes a bib necklace featuring an abstract knotting technique (no two necklaces are alike!) in either blue or orange, and a bracelet made of climbing rope, also available in two colored variations. Looks like one man’s scraps are another’s treasures!

OGJM hyacinth necklace (comes in orange as well)

Azalea bracelet (comes in orange and yellow as well)