Selena Gomez Is Seriously Obsessed With Hoop Earrings, And We Heart It!

 

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Images from Selena’s instagram feed.

The internet is on fire again this time with the news that Selena Gomez split from The Weeknd after 10-months. That’s about…three years in Hollywood. And what’s more, there is an unconfirmed rumor that she’s getting back together with Justin Bieber. Is it true?? We’ll let the web sort it out. One thing we’re sure about though is that while her relationship status and boyfriend might change, her commitment to the hoop earring is strong! We couldn’t help but notice, of course, that it’s the one accessory she’s always working into her looks and we think it’s cool that hoop earrings are her thing. And appreciate her commitment to them through thick and thin.

So here are some of our picks inspired by Selena Gomez and her hoop-la.

Danielle Rose Bean. Handcrafted Hoops

 

3″ Samira Hoop by Jennifer Fischer Jewelry.

Sarara Couture Steel Cut Victorian Dangle Earrings 

 

Gorjana G Ring Hoops 

Sarara Couture Oversized Chanel Door Knocker Quilted Earrings

 

Luv AJ Pave Kite Statement Hoops

Simply Vera Vera Wang Square C Hoop Earrings 

 

Christie’s Is Auctioning Off Jewelry as Art Again and We’re Calling Dibs (For You)

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Christies auction house is set to auction off true little works of art that can be worn daily or just gazed at lovingly in your boudoir! What makes jewelry art? Well, I think we all know rarer bijoux examples, often made by hand such as Calder, Line Vautrin, or Louise Nevelson. They are art. However, in my mind jewelry is almost always an art form. And Christie’s is confirming it with their second Art as Jewellery auction Nov 6th –19th. Pieces can be perused online or at 20 Rockefeller Center Galleries from the 4th –13th.

Of course we agree completely with their inclusion of handmade jewelry by BillyBoy* whose pieces have multiple layers and contain relics of couture past, such as glass sourced from Mme Gripoix long ago. Although, the plethora of works by artists here are sure to add to your definition of jewelry as art!

BillyBoy* 1980s example featuring older couture elements in the design.

See some of our favorite Christies picks that could be yours next week!

Man Ray Brooch

Louise Nevelson necklace

Alexander Calder

Corneille. L’Oiseau

BillyBoy*

Pablo Picasso

 

*All images via Christies.com. Click the pic to visit the page.

Gripoix, Paris Interview: The DNA of a Jewelry Icon

 

If ever there was costume jewelry that could be called “haute couture”, the examples made by Gripoix, in Paris over the years for the couturiers, fit this definition. Not made of gold or diamonds, but of glass and gilt metal by hand…the work of the house represented some of the finest artisanship in the industry. Let’s follow them as they push forward into the future.

Gripoix for Schiaparelli. Recent collab image. Photograph courtesy of Gripoix, Paris.

My fascination with Gripoix started with the acquisition of Chanel pieces from the 30s-90s made by Gripoix and older examples made not for just Chanel, but beautiful nonetheless. This led to my interest in researching articles, images, and texts on the subject. Many sought after rare pieces were made for indeed Chanel and other fashion houses like Worth, Pioret, YSL, Balenciaga, Dior…but Gripoix also made pieces early on for private clients. Most of the earliest examples can be recognized from a few characteristics, such their use of handmade glass beads, pearls and sometimes the mark Made in France.

Early clasp style and beading example, marked France.

Although, it is important to note that various vintage pieces marketed as made by Gripoix online, are not actually even pate de verre. The back is telling in that it should have a poured appearance. One should look at themes, coloration, and design as well.

Back of the poured glass belt by Gripoix for Chanel. Believed to have been designed or executed with Goossens.

As an admirer of the jewelry for quite a while, my interest was renewed in their history and current jewelry team. They recently have begun working with designers on limited examples and creating custom orders for clients themselves. The custom orders as I understand it will be made to specification and are one of a kind or limited. My intention is not to address here the definitions of couturiers (legally here), but to recognize the brand’s past relationship to haute couture producers/ or couturiers while looking at their future as a jewelry brand. See our previous post on books and definitions.

Lou Lou de La Falasai vintage earrings. Gripoix glass.

1950s example made for Coco Chanel, based I think on a fine design by Verdura.

Piece made by Gripoix for and signed Gripoix.

TIMELINE:

MAISON GRIPOIX, Paris began to produce poured glass or “Pate de Verre” jewelry in 1869, using a special technique of molten glass and enamel which was poured into the metal. They began with pearls and this sort of “gemstone glass” technique reproducing the jewelry of the elite in costume form and working with the French theater.

Great early example of the pearl effect and fine Byzantine style Gripoix construction.

They became more popular when Augustine began creating pieces for specifically for Sarah Bernhardt at the end of the 19th century to be worn by her on stage. The works were theater style recreations of fine pieces and romantic historic designs.

By the 1920s Suzanne Gripoix continued to cement the brand’s role as an iconic producer of couture costume jewelry, with the creation of jewelry for Paul Pioret, Worth, Chanel, Lanvin, etc. The couturiers wanted jewelry that complimented the various moods and themes of their designs. They were part of the overall look for each season. They invented the most realistic faux pearl for Chanel and brought her costume interpretation of Byzantine fine examples to life. Those deep jewel toned pieces and the beautiful poured flowers have become iconic. However; it was still the glass beads again at this early stage that were very popular. The secret of pouring glass flowers was said to have been passed down from the founder.

Collection BillyBoy* Purchased in the 1970s directly from Mme Gripoix. These are prototypes and samples circa 1950s-60s.

Collection BillyBoy* Purchased in the 1970s directly from Mme Gripoix. These are extremely rare and offer us a glimpse into the history and process of the brand.

Robert Goossens for Chanel.

With Robert Goossens in the 1950s, the poured glass designs became more popular among Chanel patrons and collectors. According to some, Goossens did the designs and sometime metalwork, sometimes using fine examples, for Coco Chanel then they were copied by Chanel in Gripoix glass. His training with Parisian workshops and jewelers made him especially skilled as did being the son of a foundry owner in Paris. It is also possible that the Gripoix glass cabochons were supplied to him based on the design,then glued in later by Goossens. He also produced some similar techniques in his studio, so there is some confusion in terms of production, especially later when he became a sort of individual producer of jewelry for design houses as well.

Goossens for Chanel vintage case, Gripoix details. Signed Chanel. Photo courtesy of BillyBoy*

Gripoix necklace, collection of BillyBoy*

1938 Schiaparelli Brooch. Made by Gripoix. From the collection of BillyBoy* Instagram image courtesy of BillyBoy*

Collection BillyBoy*. Gripoix.

Gripoix poured glass necklace for Jacques Fath. Seen in the text Costume Jewelry for Haute Couture by Florence Muller. This style is often identified as Chanel, but nonetheless it is 50s Gripoix in construction.

Josette, Suzanne’s daughter followed her as head of Gripoix, at which point they were already working with Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Lacroix, Balmain…among others. By the 1980s the demand was weakening, in favor of less expensive processes overseas.

Late 1980s example of the Byzantine Gripoix style. Chanel.

Her son, Thierry we believe then sold the brand in 2006 to TWS. The next owner Ms. Keslassy, also had the vision of making Gripoix more known as its own brand and more widely sold. This strategy alone has been a hard one. She worked on making designs relevant and a bit more accessible today, as well as simpler in style. Recently, she left the company and it has come to be owned by an investor who is (anonymous). Some collaborations, such as that with Catherine Baba have led to pieces which merge the history with new fashion styles. Her pieces were inspiring because they drew from Sarah Bernhardt and pushed the designs to results similar to that seen in the 70s and 80s.

Hint magazine image of Catherine’s collection click link to see more.

This is where our interview begins. The new creative director, Fanni Fischer produces one collection a  year in Paris and opens the showroom up to wholesalers of the collection. It is sold directly in their shop in Paris, as well.

Gripoix for Schiaparelli.

Recently there seems to be a uptick in demand as collectors and brands begin to seek out these rare vintage creations. Gripoix has also started to work again with more fashion houses and is seeking to keep to its roots as producers of jewelry for designers. As for couturiers, as less of them exist and are legally certified this question becomes a larger more complex one indeed.

Yet, we must appreciate the art of the creations of the past and Gripoix’s works for couturiers to understand why what happens to the brand today is important and how a new market overall affects that strategy. Let’s look at further examples and probe into the new brand’s intentions with our interview below. Examples of recent “collections” done each season include The Botanical Garden Collection.

Red Currant necklace by Gripoix. Last Season.

 

THE INTERVIEW:


Are any original artisans who worked for the family for more than 10 years still working with Gripoix?

There is one artisan, Thomas Lebouille who worked for the third generation of the Gripoix family before, he learnt the technique there.

Is Virginie Curbilie, who trained was trained at Gripoix still working with you? What is her role?

No, it’s been a long time that Virginie is no longer our glassmaker. There is no training for this profession at school. I learnt this fabulous technique from her by observing her gestures, and after she left, I became the master of glass at Gripoix.

Gripoix Paris image.

Where do you get the glass used, is the quality important?

Our glass sticks came mainly from Italy now. I like the Italian glass it’s easy to work with and they have beautiful colours.

How many creative directors have you had? Who?

Marie Keslassy was our artistic director for a long time. She collaborated with other designers like Elisa Nalin for example. The way how they created the jewels was very new for us. They wanted to realize more fashionable, geometrical shapes and that’s how we modernized the technique too. Sometimes this task was not easy with the glass. Today we use more floral shapes, and ornamental patterns to keep the good quality and the naturally curved shape of the glass.

Could you give us a sense of how the pieces were signed through the years?

Gripoix never signed the pieces. It’s been more recently that Gripoix Paris exists as a brand individually and signs the jewels. Gripoix was the supplier of the big fashion houses, the design came from the designers and the amazing technique and realisation from Gripoix. The other reason is that it was not so important at that time to put the logo on every piece, not like today…

Also, do you still have the drawings and sketches? What is left of the old archives?

We have a few of them but not from the old archives. We have mostly sketches and pictures.

Could you give us a sense of the main design elements used on antique Gripoix pieces from the early 19th century, do you have any images of such pieces?

At that time the main characteristic of the custom jewelleries was the imitation of the Byzantine jewels. To have this aspect they mixed the jewels with metal stamps, which came from a supplier called ‘Janvier’, they are in Paris and they still have beautiful pieces from that period. They have a huge collection of metal stamps, more than 1000 references. An amazing place to visit when you are in Paris. Also, they used the glass to imitate the precious stones. To get this finishing they created the jewels with ruby, emerald, sapphires, topaz colours, with an irregular, called baroque surface.

Describe Robert Goossens’ role in the history of the brand as you see it?

I’m so sorry, but this question is very hard for us, as we don’t have any information about this. I think it’s only Goossens and Chanel who could clarify this question or someone from the Gripoix Family.

What makes your technique so special, I’ve seen the color card- I’d say that is one aspect?

Our technique is special because of the glass work. There are only a few artisans around the world who can ‘ flow the glass’ in this way, directly in the metal. It’s a very old ‘savoir faire’ what we are meant to pass from generation to generation.

Fanni what led you to Gripoix?

The magic of the glass. I always wanted to learn this technique. As I’m also a jewellery maker and designer, I tried to do jewels with the glass before at home, but I couldn’t as I didn’t have the right materials for. When I learnt that this is Gripoix’s speciality, I knew that I should work here, that this profession was made for me.

Gripoix Octopus by Schiaparelli. Gripoix, Paris photograph.

Who are some current fashion houses you intend to work with or are working with today?

In the past 3 years, we had several collaborations with Schiaparelli and today too we are working on a very nice project with them. We worked also with YDE, we made very nice scarabs for them. Also we might have a collaboration with another well known fashion designer, but this is a top secret for the moment;)

I know you said you are working on recovering the history and archives, does that include vintage or rare Gripoix examples? Are there any pieces still in the archive? Did the family keep those pieces or that information?

Yes, we are trying to rebuild the archives for this we are using the informations from the auctions and we have a lot of reparations with vintage pieces, that we include each time in our datas. Mostly we are building new archives, we have drawers and we keep good records today of the drawings and sketches, like this I hope we can help the generations after us.

Do you have any past sketches we can see to better understand the process? Who usually does the sketches?

Yes. We have a creative team of professional drawers. Also, we like to work with interns. They are very creative, quick, fresh brains, and like this we always have a new member in the team. It’s always nice to have an active life in the workshop.

Take us from concept to the final product?

First we find a nice shape or a vintage piece what we would like to rework. We build a collection, for this we do a lot of sketches and colour trials. The way of the colour use is very important as this is our DNA. After we use the drawings to do the prototypes and if we are happy with the result of the metal part, we can flow the glass directly in the pieces. The last part is the guild, 24 Carat on the jewels, and of course we put the crystals or pearls after the gold finishing.

Books and articles to get you started:

Patrick Mauries. Maison Goossens Haute Couture Jewelry. Thames & Hudson.

Patrick Mauries. Jewelry By Chanel. Bulfinch.

Florence Muller. Costume Jewelry for Haute Couture. Vendome Press.

Ariel de Ravenel. Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni. Lou Lou de La Falaise. Rizzoli.

Jean Leymarie. Chanel. Skira / Rizzoli.

Alice Pfeiffer. Glass, with Class. Fashion and Style. New York Times.

Couture. The Great Designers. Caroline Reynolds Milbank.

  • This post is an attempt to research more specifically the history and future of the brand. I would love to talk to someone in the family, but could find no contact. I hope they have the drawings and images or samples, my intention here is to highlight the importance of preserving the Gripoix  design archive.

 

Lynn Ban in Sarara Couture Vintage French Theater Headdress

Our clients are the best, but some excel in their use and rebirthing of the vintage accessories they buy from us! Lynn Ban designs inspirationally modern and tough jewelry, working with celebs and magazines regularly. However, what many don’t know is that her collection of vintage accessories, which our two 1960s headdresses joined, is beyond inspiring. In fact she is behind many editorial moments as she styles as well. If you follow her instagram feed you will be inundated with artistic direction and accessories overload to the max and we love it!

Lynn in Rococo Candyland:

French Headdress now in the collection of Lynn.

If You’re Not Getting The Apple Smartwatch Series 3, Which of These Modern Hybrids Are You Buying?

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Wearables like the Apple smartwatch, which recently released the series 3, blur the line between fashion and tech, but hybrid smartwatches are blending them! The concept of a hybrid watch is exactly like what it sounds like—classic analog designs built with digital screen displays and hi-tech features like fitness tracking, notifications, electronic payments, voice control, and geolocation services. And to make sure it doesn’t go the way of the Google Glass and lives up to its purpose of being wearable, brands are paying more attention to design. Meaning these modern watches have stylish, interchangeable bands, customizable faces and versatile colors to match your wardrobe or your personality.

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Here are our picks for the most wearable hybrid timepieces that can compete with the Apple smartwatch, because a gal needs options:

1. Fossil Gen 3 Smartwatch – Q Venture Rose Two-Tone Stainless Steel

2. Pebble Time Round

3. Samsung Gear S2

4. Kate Spade New York Gold-Tone and Vanchetta Leather Metro Hybrid Smartwatch

5. Misfit Shine 2

6. Marc Jacobs Riley Hybrid Smartwatch

7. Moto 360

8. Asus ZenWatch 2

9. DKNY Minute – Coming soon

10. Tory Burch The Collins – Coming soon

Lifestyle: Honey Is Like a Fine Wine at The Savannah Bee Company

 

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Traveling this summer through my old haunts in the south afforded me time to relax and think, not only about jewelry, but body, spirit and mind. The Savannah Bee Company on St. Simons Island gave me an unexpected surprise. I walked into the shop on a hot summer day and found everything I needed to replenish my beach-washed skin and thirsty lips—honey!

There are places that sell honey, but trust me this is beyond expectations. My husband is a foodie and an enthusiast-of-sorts on honey and garlic so this is not my first experience with honey. I have never seen anything like the variety of each product at the Savannah Bee Company. There is a honey tasting bar, lotions, and skin care with royal jelly. It is a honey spa if you will. There was even a tasting option featuring honeycomb platters with apples, local cheese, and berries.

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My husband getting in on the action!

You may think I am exaggerating a bit, however, the honey is like wine at The Savannah Bee Company. There is a tasting area with various types and flavors to try. They include raw, lavender, some from the southern bees, and some from Spanish bees that feast on lavender fields. Also, wait for it, there is actually a real bar that serves honey beer and wine in various flavors for the eager visitor. You can’t get that in another store!

My favorite lotion was the Royal Jelly Body Butter, which I am currently using. The “sensitive” one is the right mix of hydrating without being to overwhelming!

The irresistible honey coffee, turned into a iced treat!

How did it all begin? With a man named Ted and his healthy infatuation with—you guessed it—bees. Though the first Savannah Bee Company officially opened in 2002, unofficially Ted practiced the art of bees, studying them and teaching about them around the world for years. Thus, it’s the origin of the shop’s unique array of locally and globally-sourced ingredients and resources.

Where can you go for your honey fix if you are on the northeast coast? Well, the new Westport CT store opened just in time this month. Now it’s a much shorter trip to get my sweet fix.

 

Are you a fan of honey-based beauty products or beverages?

Blogger Grace Atwood Gives Us Her Accessories Low Down

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Blogger Grace Atwood of The Stripe, based in Brooklyn New York, serves us style on her blog offering up wearable, fun, and slightly sweet, yet fashion-forward options. As a rounded modern woman, she touches on beauty tips, books, and travel. So, how about her accessories taste? Well let’s just say that the BK blogger likes a good bag. She can often be spotted sporting a great Chanel piece or one of her latest handbag discoveries.

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Is there a certain style of jewelry you find yourself gravitating towards?

Right now I’m all about a great statement earring or a bold cuff. When it’s really hot I have a hard time with necklaces, especially chokers. I love how they look but when it’s hot I just can’t do it. Right now I love a bold earring in a solid color (turquoise, cobalt blue, red) or solid gold/brass. It’s the perfect, easy way to add a bit of color to a little white dress. I also love just doing all gold. I have these gold oversized vintage Chanel drops that I bought last year and they’re one of my proudest purchases. Those + an armful of bangles = all you need to dress up any outfit.

Vintage jewelry seems to be a key component of your wardrobe, is that fair to say?
Also, what era or type of jewelry are you drawn to?

Absolutely. I am incredibly fortunate in that my grandmother the most amazing
collection of vintage jewelry. Pieces that she bought in the fifties and sixties but
also things that had been passed down to her from her mother and grandmother. Over the years my mom and aunts have given several pieces to me….

I have a few really special pieces of fine jewelry – an aquamarine bracelet from Tiffany’s that I wear on special occasions, a diamond ring and some really beautiful old Mexican silver pieces… but it’s actually the costume jewelry that I obsess over. I’m always
amazed by how fantastic the quality is. Costume jewelry just isn’t what it once was.
Back then, even a piece from Monet (which is still around and sold at Macy’s) would
last and last for years to come. Actually, my favorite necklace in the world is long
brass box chain necklace that was my grandmother’s. It’s vintage Monet!

In terms of an era, I’ve always loved the twenties (art deco is just the best for a
big night) but lately I have been obsessed with the fifties and early sixties. Old
Hollywood, the women Slim Aarons photographed… The Beverly Hills Hotel + Palm
Springs glamour… it’s everything!

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What is one of your favorite pieces of personal jewelry, where is it from, and why
is it one of your favorites?

It’s so hard to pick a favorite but I would say it’s an art deco diamond ring from
the twenties. I bought it for myself (technically it was listed as an engagement
ring?) but I wear it almost all the time on my right hand. It’s one of my favorite
pieces not just because it’s so beautiful (like I said earlier, nothing compares to
the art deco pieces of the twenties) but also because I bought it for myself after a
good year… every time I look at it I feel like a bit of a boss for buying myself a
diamond ring.

Do you have a piece of jewelry that is sort of your go to?

A gold bangle from Julie Vos. It’s so simple but looks gorgeous with a tan and adds
a glamorous little touch to all my summer dresses. I have two of them – one with a
clear stone and another in pale blue. I am a freak about clutter but I always leave
one of them out so that I remember to wear it if I am running out the door and don’t
have on any jewelry.

Check out some of Grace’s current accessories picks:

Big Earrings Are Big Again, as Seen in New York Fashion Week Street Style

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My big earrings walk into a room before I do. So I was happy to see “earringpalooza” during this New York Fashion Week SS18. In fact, they might have gotten even bigger than they were last season! Don’t put those shoulder dusters away just yet. We photographed some captivating examples and lust-worthy pieces outside the shows that prove a good pair of oversized earrings can go a long way.

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All images but the last 6 taken are by Hannan Saleh, the final photos are by Rachel Guillaume for Sarara Couture.

 

What’s the best of worst thing about wearing statement accessories like big earrings?

NY Fashion Week 2017: Bright Colors, Bold Boots & Big Hoops / Rachel

 

It’s all about personality for the attendees of the Spring/Summer 2018 shows and since these stars know what’s on the outside counts too, they brought us a feast of accessories! Thigh high boots, corset belts, big earrings, boxy carriers, red, red and more red lit up the lens as Rachel Guillaume hit the streets for New York Fashion Week 2017. Scroll down to see who she snapped wearing what!

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Caroline Vreeland and Bff proving thigh high boots are a thing…

 

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Dana Bondhardware Jewelry.

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Sita Abelian showing us big earrings and gold do match blue quite well.

Shaun in all blue.

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DeJLoaf in simple accessories, great combat green, and with her hair game on point.

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Karli Kloss with a pop of color via her deep red bag!

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@Dear.Ratner SS 18 street style.

@Inspadesblog working a femme fatale moment.

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@givenoflamingos in the cutest color palette.

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I’m pretty sure these are Lynn Ban’s wearing these boots, with Sita wearing the white ones.

Bing Wilton in her signature easy cross body fanny style bag!

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Eva Chen in citrus up to her sunnies.

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@Marinaingvarsson sporting major modern lines!

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@Lifeinbeverlyheels making me want more Gucci.

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Which Fashion Week 2017 street style accessory would you wear?

Rainbow Accessories Alert: This Trend Could Change Your Whole Look

What’s your favorite color? We hope it’s all of them because rainbow accessories have become the choice look for outfit extras. And we don’t mean a whimsical splash of three hues here and there. The designs are bright, bold and very purposeful—as in a crystalized multi-color swirl icing cupcake bag. If your closet is ready to taste the rainbow, here are some pieces to help you wear it too.

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A list of the most tantalizing rainbow accessories we could find. From Left to Right:

Which of these rainbow accessories would you want to rock the look?