|Here are a few photos from the workshop in bronze clay animated by Gordon Uyehara and Un-Roen Manarata at Mougins, France.|
| With Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week nowunderway in New York and designers unveiling their Spring 2010 apparel collections, the experts at color authority Pantone have weighed in and compiled the top 10 colors for spring women’s fashions.Spring 2010, according to the Pantone Fashion Color Report, calls for vibrant brights and practical neutrals, a diverse palette offering both exciting as well as familiar options for cautious consumers.”Now, more than ever, women are vigilant when it comes to spending,” Pantone Color Institute Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman said in the report. “Instead of reinventing their wardrobe at the start of each season, consumers want pieces to complement what they already own. Pairing a bold color with a basic piece or freshening up their look with bright accents addresses the need for practicality, as well as fun.”That thought extends to accessories, according to the report, with the season’s neutral basics set to be enhanced by brightly colored jewelry, as well as handbags and shoes.After surveying the designers of New York Fashion Week for prominent collection colors, color inspirations and color philosophies, Pantone has deemed the Spring 2010 colors as: turquoise, tomato puree, fusion coral, violet, Tuscany, aurora, mparo blue, pink champagne, dried herb and eucalyptus.
Taking a closer look at the tones, falling on the more vibrant side of the spectrum is turquoise, a cool, tropical hue; bright Amparo blue, a navy-esque tone with warmth; romantic violet; greenish-yellow aurora; bold and provocative fusion coral; and tangy tomato puree, the season’s classic red.
Among the neutrals forming the season’s color backbone is the delicate, wispy pink champagne; Tuscany, a warm beige; dried herb, the ultimate green neutral, which will pair well with all other colors; and cool eucalyptus, a classic, practical gray.
|The editors of the fall fashion magazines have spoken, and for the upcoming season, they’re placing their bets on oxidized sterling silver and yellow gold in close-to-the-collar necklaces, tatement-making cuffs and stacks of bangles.
Front-of-book ads in the September issues of ogue, Harper’s Bazaar, W, Glamour, InStyle and Elle spotlight designers David Yurman, Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg and Donna Karan with models decked out in metal-only designs.
In David Yurman’s ad, a model wears the designer’s collar-skimming cable-chain necklace, while a second page shows a model donning simply his braided gold bracelet.
The creative at Donna Karan presents jewelry wardrobing that’s just as stark, with a model wearing a statement necklace crafted of multiple silver spheres from designer Robert Lee Morris.
Editors also brought attention to sculptural metal jewelry as well as classically elegant 40s-style pieces in the form of collar-circling necklaces paired with brooches and understated earrings.
Editors at Harper’s Bazaar pointed out the season’s edgy attitude by saying, “In a season of urban armor, the easiest pieces are the toughest looking. Fall’s must-have hardware, however, is the cuff–like those Nicolas Ghesquiere did in gold and silver for Balenciaga. Wearing one of them puts all the elements at hand to complete a look. Slip on two and consider yourself both adorned and armed.”
Editors at Elle appeared to concur, with stylists decking their models out in single cuffs as well as gold bangles stacked statement-style to the elbow. And at Glamour, editors advocated recycling old fall clothes via jewelry, pointing out that throwing on one of the season’s cuffs could make a little black dress seem like new.
Vogue, weighing in at 584 pages, didn’t spotlight jewelry until nearly 500 pages in, with cover girl Charlize Theron showing up bauble-free. When jewelry made its appearance though, it was attention-grabbing. Stylists dressed actress Eva Mendes in bangles piled to mid-arm, while models in an editorial on fall coats wore collar-style necklaces, bib-style necklaces paired with chains, and smooth mirror-like bangles on both wrists.
While gemstones didn’t appear to get the greatest amount of play in the magazines, editors at InStyle were fans of citrine and smoky quartz, stones featuring earthy hues prime for pairing with fall’s palette of mustard yellows, deep browns and greens.
Perhaps not surprisingly, given the prevalence of 1940s-style fashions (the counterpart to the season’s edgy, tough fashions), pearls were a pervasive find. While the consumer magazines tended to show a variety of glass and faux versions, Lucky advised readers to stick to the genuine thing, saying, “There is a wealth of great costume jewelry out there, which means you don’t have to splurge on the real thing. That said, skip the faux pearls. They tend to peel and show their age.”
Stylists at W layered long strands and spotlighted chains with pearl stations, while editors for Vogue accessorized models in a 40s spread with short single strands and pearl studs. Ears, while largely ignored, got plenty of attention in this spread, with editors showing a wealth of studs and short, lobe-hugging versions.
Stefanie Schaeffer, winner of the 2007 edition of Donald Trump’s The Apprentice, can now add the title of jewelry designer to her ever-expanding resume.Prior to becoming “The Apprentice” and working with the Trump Organization overseeing a project in the Dominican Republic and concurrently serving as vice president of sales and marketing for Trump International Hotel and Tower in Las Vegas, Schaeffer worked as an attorney defending employers against workers’ compensation claims.
She has since become a television host for such projects as “Know Your Rights,” where she uses her knowledge as a trial attorney to enlighten people about legal ways in which to resolve everyday issues, and “The Hidden Jewels of Golf,” as well as guest hosting stints on TV Guide Channel and The Golf Channel.
An avid golfer, Schaeffer reportedly started having dreams about jewelry after getting hit in the head with a golf ball and decided to start designing and making her own line.
According to a media release, all the earrings and necklaces in the line are handmade by Schaeffer, taking between four and six hours to make. The gemstones, all of which are natural, include amethyst, aquamarine, citrine, garnet, lemon quartz, peridot, purple zircon, scorpolites, topaz and turquoise, and are intricately held in place by delicate 14-karat gold coil.
The collection is priced between $75-$350.
For more information, visit StefiJDesigns.com
Model and reality TV star Heidi Klum is crossing one item off of her loaded resume: jewelry entrepreneur.
In a recent interview in the Los Angeles Times, the German supermodel acknowledged that she no longer does her jewelry line with Mouawad USA Inc.
In the interview, Klum gives a few reasons for abandoning the line, which was called simply “Heidi Klum,” including the rademark-infringment lawsuit filed against Klum and Mouawad by high-end jewelry house Van Cleef and Arpels Inc. in 2007.
Van Cleef, which is owned by luxury goods giant Richemont, claimed in the suit that Klum’s lines copied the vintage clover design featured in its “Alhambra” line.
Last year, a federal judge dismissed the suit without prejudice (meaning it could be brought again in the future) after the two jewelry houses opted to settle the controversy themselves without any admission of liability.
“I think when you’re a small company, which we are, we’re not a Van Cleef–they have a thousand lawyers. I’m a small fry next to that,” Klum said in the interview.