July 25, 2014

Dori Csengeri

In many jewelry designs, color is relegated to the gemstone, a tendency that makes for subtler pieces. For those who prefer their accessories bright and brazen, look to jewelry designer Dori Csengeri, known for her innovative use of color.

Csengeri studied at the "Shenkar" College of Fashion in Tel-Aviv. A textile designer by profession, she specialized in fabric design at Tootal Fabrics in Manchester and worked at Cyril Kowalewsky's studio in Paris.

Csengeri's experience in textile design is evident with her eponymous jewelry label, which is hand-sewn at her atelier by embroidery craftswomen, who use an ancestral technique of assembly by needlework of silky cotton cords. She also collaborates regularly with Swarovski.

As an aficionado of colorful fashion, I decided to ask Dori several questions about her work:

What drives you to use such bold colors in your designs?
I live in Tel Aviv, a city known for its sandy beaches, blazing sun and lively people. I guess that has a lot to do with my fascination with vibrant, happy colors.

Your designs are extremely sculptural. What was the inspiration behind your design signature, and what inspired you for the current collection?
I think that the sculptural shapes are born out of my constant search for innovative ways to interlink new materials with my embroidery and turn them into integral parts of my creations. In my fall-winter 2014-2015 collection, I explored interweaving "unruly" leather cords into voluminous shapes while playing with movement.

How do you decide on the color combinations you use in each piece?
In my mind, color is similar to music. I love experimenting with different ideas and color combinations. When I finally find the perfect tonalities that are harmonious together, I have an "aha" moment, or rather, a sense of wholeness and elation.

Visit doricsengeri.com for more information and to shop online. 
Select pieces are also available at Charm & Chain.

What do you think of Dori's designs?

June 17, 2014

Now In Bloom: Thierry Boutemy for Opening Ceremony

Fashion designers seem to be on an endless quest for new and exciting variations on an old classic: the floral print. But if you believe that the fashion world has seen every type of flora and fauna possible, then think again.

Enter Thierry Boutemy, a Brussels-based florist whose colorful floral arrangements are the centerpiece of the latest Opening Ceremony collaboration. "His bouquets take you back to Harvest time memories, carry you away in a fragile or luxuriant Nature, unlock a calm or confused Beauty," is a sample musing from the info section on Boutemy's website. The florist's combinations are romantic, channeling the emotions conveyed by flowers' fleeting beauty. His arrangements are ethereal and almost fantastical in nature.

Flowers and fashion have been long intertwined, as it becomes increasingly common for designers to commission extravagant bouquets and artistic displays for runway shows. Indeed Boutemy's work has graced the runways of Lanvin, Givenchy, and Dries Van Noten. Yet never have the two fields merged completely, as they do in Boutemy's first foray into fashion design.

To create the designs, Boutemy meticulously crafted a series of floral still lifes, from lavishly bright bouquets to a more minimalist collage of pressed flowers. The works were photographed and transformed into a set of digital prints, which emblazon the capsule collection's assortment of sharply-designed separates, accessories, and Manolo Blahnik shoes. The collaboration also includes a Le Labo fragrance, entitled Geranium 30.

All images courtesy of Opening Ceremony

The color schemes are striking and the silhouettes both modern and practical. It is a collaboration perfect for the customer who adores a bright floral print, yet also yearns for something a little edgier. Boutemy and Opening Ceremony offer the best of both worlds.

One could say that Thierry Boutemy is sprucing up an old favorite.

The collection, which also includes menswear, is available online or in Opening Ceremony stores. Click here to view a more extensive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the collection.

What do you think of the collaboration? What pieces would you (or wouldn't you) purchase?

June 05, 2014

Links à la Mode: Style Surfing


Style Surfing

Summer is officially here. Well, not technically... but it's still here. Headed to the beach this weekend? Going on holiday? Have you broken out your sandals and sunscreen? Yeah, summer. What to wear? How to take care of your youthful skin? Wedding season's here... do you know how to dress for the occassion? Well, if you're looking for inspiration, you've come to the right place. This week, we have a wonderful roundup of great summer themed fashion posts and a couple of other fun (and a few serious) tidbits. So grab your iced tea, and sit down for some good summer reading.

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June 04, 2014

Fashion Meets Art: Inspired by Romare Bearden

Artist Romare Bearden was a descendant of the Harlem Renaissance known for his masterful use of color, which can be seen in a variety of media: paintings, watercolors, collages, and prints, among others. After seeing a show of his work, "Storyteller," while visiting the Jenkins Johnson Gallery in San Francisco, Bearden's complex and beautiful color palettes inspired me to translate his juxtaposition of hues into the language of fashion. 

It would be impossible to capture all of the dimensions of a Bearden work in a simple outfit, so I instead chose to focus on the aspects of each piece that immediately stood out to me. I attempted to remain loyal to Bearden's chosen color schemes while also choosing clothing and accessories that would embody the spirit, personality, and creativity of each work. Yet, ultimately, each outfit is meant to be a wearable creation, perfect for the current season.

All images courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

Baptism (1975)

Romare Bearden 1
See by Chloé silk top, $265 (available here); Elizabeth and James cargo pant, $265 (available here); Pierre Hardy ankle cuff leather sandal, $1,055 (available here); GiGi New York sky blue clutch, $165 (available here); Georg Jensen moonrise pendant, $1,995 (available here); J. Crew tassel pendant, $55 (available here); Monica Vinader gold-plated citrine ring, $98.10 (available here); Satya Jewelry citrine ring, prices vary by size, from $53.91 to $98 (available here).

Circe (1977)

Romare Bearden 2
Saint Laurent draped dress, $4,550 (available here); Sergio Rossi flora sandal, $1,260 (available here); Aranaz clutch, $450 (available here); Alexander McQueen skull ring, $350 (available here).
The Sea Nymph (1977)

Romare Bearden 3
Kenzo crop top, $167 (available here); Kenzo flared skirt, $193 (available here); Kenzo leather and neoprene sandals, $175 (available here); Givenchy leather cross-body bag, $1,275 (available here); Marni earrings, $342 (available here); Arme De L'Amour rose gold-plated snake ring, $172 (available here); David Yurman pinky ring in rose gold, $1,950 (available here).
To learn more about Romare Bearden and his work, visit the Romare Bearden Foundation. His paintings can currently be seen in the Smithsonian traveling exhibit "Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey," on view at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire until August 17, 2014. Select works can also be seen at the Greenhill gallery in North Carolina until June 22, 2014 and at the Jenkins Johnson Gallery in San Francisco until June 21, 2014.