Important Jewels Auction at Sotheby’s

Important Jewels Auction at Sotheby’s

Paddles ready! On Thursday at 10:00 AM in New York, bidding for Sotheby’s Important Jewels auction will begin. Last night (Tuesday), Sotheby’s held a “Come Try It On” cocktail preview for the show. From legendary houses to unknown artists and from Victorian to contemporary, the pieces include a wide range of price points and styles.

With many specialists on hand, attendees were invited to take selected pieces for a spin to become familiarized with them before perhaps adding them to their provided wish list.

While there is certainly a plethora of diamond jewelry, I seemed to gravitate toward the larger more colorful pieces, and as those who follow along on Instagram saw, I was particularly smitten with this spectacular statement making Spritzer & Fuhrmann bracelet. …

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Black and White at NY Now

Black and White at NY Now

While there was certainly quite a bit of color to be found at NY Now (we’ll get to that soon), I noticed a fair amount of black and white entering the mix, the former often paired with gold tones or brass. One of the chicest introductions was the new Flair collaboration at The Lacquer Company. In keeping with their carefully curated modern meets vintage style, George Nunno and Jon Maroto have created a capsule collection of sophisticated and timeless furniture and accessories. With a nod to their shop’s Italian roots, these pieces have European 70’s flair with go anywhere appeal.…

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Sneak Peek at NY Now 2015

Sneak Peek at NY Now 2015

In anticipation of yet another big snow storm, I rushed into the city to see a bit of NY Now 2015. I was perhaps a bit overambitious thinking I could get home, edit my photos and report back to you. So, in the meantime, take a look at this sneak peek and I’ll be back shortly!

 

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Winter Antiques Show 2015

Winter Antiques Show 2015

The Winter Antiques Show 2015 is, as always, a great way to kick off the year. The 61st edition of this prestigious vetted show opened last week at the Park Avenue Armory with a gala and a roundup of surrounding design events. I had a chance to stop in last Friday for the sponsored 1stDibs Designer morning. With a wide range of offerings from art and antiques to jewelry and decorative arts, it’s always difficult to narrow it down to share a few favorites. I think best booth entrance has to go to Elle Shushan out of Philadelphia, known for their collection of portrait miniatures. …

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The Irrepressible Charm and Chic of La DoubleJ

The Irrepressible Charm and Chic of La DoubleJ

Today we move north in Italy to Milan where fashion and design journalist J.J. Martin lives. Known for her enviably chic vintage wardrobe, Martin knows it’s all about the mix, which is also evident in her Milan apartment, documented by Elle Decor, below, and The Selby.

But even if you are not a fan of vintage, it’s impossible not to be inspired by this west coast expat’s exuberant and creative style. Smart, idiosyncratic and an unabashed fashion maximalist, J.J. has now brought her educated eye to a fantastic new online venture La DoubleJ.

Just when you think there couldn’t possibly be anything new and fresh in the world of fashionable online shopping, La DoubleJ is a joyful surprise.…

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Looking Back to Move Forward

Looking Back to Move Forward

Having just immersed ourselves in the dazzling world of Duke Fulco di Verdura, it was fortuitous to learn, via T magazine, that a new luxury edition of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s 1958 novel, “The Leopard” is being published. Including 32 photographs by Giovan Battista Poletto, below, from the set of Visconti’s 1963 film, looking back at the Sicilian setting for this novel offers insight into the early life of the master jeweler that so informed his work.

photos above via T magazine

Lampedusa was in fact a second cousin and friend of Verdura and the novel chronicles the lifestyle of Sicilian aristocracy that was their legacy. 

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Behind the Scenes Video at Verdura at 75

Behind the Scenes Video at Verdura at 75

2014 was a big year for Verdura and the iconic jewelry house celebrated in singular style with an unprecedented exhibit last fall. In a beautiful Daniel Romualdez designed space adjacent to their salon, The Power of Style, Verdura at 75, commemorated their landmark anniversary, noting 75 years since Fulco di Verdura opened the doors to his Fifth Avenue boutique. Including over 200 of Verdura’s original pieces, the story of the legendary master jeweler unfolded, highlighting his revolutionary style, international coterie of clients and wide ranging influences. Susanna and I had the privilege of walking the exhibit with Verdura owner and CEO Ward Landrigan who shared insights of the fascinating man and his work.

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Travel the World with Stefano Scatà

Travel the World with Stefano Scatà

A small wrench in the system unfortunately meant a last-minute cancellation for my trip to Paris. While I regroup, I didn’t want to leave you without inspiration so I am making an exception to the rule and sharing a Pinterest find – the work of Italian photographer Stefano Scatà. From travel and lifestyle to stunning interiors and food, his work takes you around the world in style. Join me for a little tour. Luca and Marta Montagnani’s chic all white home in Cecina, Tuscany is a clean start. The dining room is a serene study in contrasts.

The living room shows how well the unicolor modern furnishings meld with the rustic setting

while Villa Jnane in Marrakech has a colorful exotic vibe.…

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Design Moving Forward

Design Moving Forward

January has been flying by almost as quickly as the holidays came and went. While most vestiges of Christmas in my house are gone, a few stragglers are still hanging on.  These slow opening paperwhites, now possibly winning the award for tallest ever, are reminders of the season.

With the final exodus of children back to school and cross country, I am now in a bit in of a catch up mode. I’m looking forward to sharing my recent visit to the Flatiron Design Collective, a creative collaboration of three exceptional artisanal companies who create custom couture products.

And after the weekend, I’ll be sharing Susanna Salk’s and my latest video, a very special visit with the owner of an iconic firm and their anniversary exhibition – major hint below.…

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Style Knows No Age

Style Knows No Age

I am certainly not alone in my espousal of the belief that style knows no age. And it seems lately that the fashion world agrees. Phoebe Philo’s enlightened choice of Joan Didion as the official muse for her spring campaign set off unprecedented online fervor.

After all, it isn’t often that an intellectual octogenarian has a starring fashion role (her short stint at Vogue notwithstanding). But it was perhaps the spot-on synergy with a label long associated with the understated sartorial cool of the thinking woman that gave rise to such buzz.

And right on the heels of Céline’s news, Hedi Slimane announced that Joni Mitchell is the latest in the Saint Laurent Music Project, a black and white portrait series building on the relationship between music icons and the fashion house.…

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