A little slice of different is very good for the soul. You know how I feel about creativity….it must be let out. Whimsy? Bring it on!
The contemporary jewelry designer, Suzanne Syz is renowned for her highly original and unconventional designs which draw on many sources for inspiration. Born in Zurich and educated in Paris, she moved to New York City in the 1980s and became part of the circle of Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel, Francesco Clemente and Jeff Koons.
While there are many, many jewelry designers that I greatly admire there are only a few that I covet almost everything they ever made. I would have to say that the designer Suzanne Belperron is probably in my top 3 favorites. Why am I such a fan? There are three simple reasons; her talent, her vision and her excellent taste. Ms. Belperron’s jewelry has stood the test of time. It is as wearable today as it was when she created it. Madame Belperron was a daring style innovator ahead of her time.
Who is Les Lalanne? Odds are that you have seen some of their artwork in your lifetime. Les Lalanne is the moniker of husband and wife artistic duo François-Xavier Lalanne and Claude Lalanne. Their whimsical work, their lifetime of collaboration is the last of a generation of avant-garde artists from Paris post World War II. Francois unfortunately died in 2008, but his wife Claude at 90, is still working going into her studio every day.
Are you familiar with the Italian mosaic maker Sicis? You should be, they advertise in every home magazine across the globe. I wonder however, if you knew that two years ago they launched a jewelry collection. It is called Sicis Jewels and in addition to jewelry there is also a watch line called Sicis O’Clock. Everything is made out of micro mosaics and precious gemstones.
If you are not familiar with the French artist Marie Christophe’s work, well, you are welcome. Ms. Christophe has the gift of turning a simple wire into a decorative object. She is uniquely creative. Beautiful, clean lines combined with simple shapes in a delicate transparent frame. A cage of sorts but not at all confining. I find her work to be very elegant. “The crucial moment is when a sculpture finally becomes an animal or an object; when it get it’s recognizable and ultimate identity” says Marie Christophe.
If you find yourself in NYC before April 5th, you might want to catch Victoire de Castellane’s ‘Precious Objets’ exhibition at the uptown Gagosian Gallery. The exhibition is her New York solo debut and is a showcase of independent works consisting of fine art sculptures with removable elements that may be worn as jewelry. The ‘animalvegetablemineral’ collection builds upon her previous ‘Fleurs d’exces’ collections. Prices range from $150,000 to $600,000. Pieces are available from both collections.
James de Givenchy operating under the name of his firm Taffin, is creating the most impressive contemporary jewelry anywhere in the world. Givenchy’s use of gemstones and unexpected materials take his jewelry into the next century. He is quite simply, the master of design. De Givenchy grew up in Beauvais, France, a suburb of Paris where the Parfums Givenchy has its factory. Yes, he is from that family. His Father, Jean Claude Taffin de Givenchy and his uncle, Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy, (the famous fashion designer) were both born there. Taffin as you can see, is a family name.
Don’t worry, I am not going to rehash the best Oscar looks. The repetitive rehashing of who wore what started last night and will continue throughout the day, extend to the rest of the week and those that do that will still be talking about it in next week’s glossy magazines. However, I am going to talk about the diamond earrings that Angelina Jolie wore to last night’s Oscars. Please see the photo below. In the top photo, they look like a really nice pair of diamond earrings. In the photo below that, where she is wearing them, you realize how big and important they really are.
Do you recognize the name Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin? He is the man who designed the mystery clock. He is also the man that Harry Houdini took his stage name from. Houdin was a self taught magician and engineer who was fascinated by the idea of the disappearing act and sleight of hand tricks. He created the art of using transparent glass displays armed with hidden mechanisms that connected to clock bases he built. He was THE inventor for this unique field of time pieces.