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23 posts tagged "Anndra Neen"

What’s an 18-Karat Solid-Gold Clutch Worth? We’ll Soon Find Out


Blog_02[6]There’s been a lot of talk about art influencing fashion these days, but Anndra Neen takes it to the next level. Designed by sisters Phoebe and Annette Stephens, Anndra Neen’s pieces function as both wearable accessories and decorative art—their giant collar necklaces, weighty rings, and thick bangles are veritable sculptures. Their most recognizable piece, an alpaca silver cage clutch, was inspired by an aquarium their father built to resemble a birdcage. It was a hit with nearly every fashion editor—including Carine Roitfeld, who commissioned the sisters to produce the clutch in solid 18-karat gold for the LoveGold amfAR gala at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. “I think the gold clutch took around 20 hours to make,” Phoebe told “It was all handmade. It’s very different working with precious metals versus alpaca silver. The craftsmanship had to be a lot more delicate and finely done, but it was amazing seeing it come to life. Solid gold shines so beautifully.”

Blog_01[4]The sisters recently decided to auction off the piece, and after meeting with several houses, they partnered with Sotheby’s for its Important Jewels auction in New York this September. They spoke exclusively to about the sale. “It’s a unique opportunity for Sotheby’s, too, because they don’t usually have so many new designers,” Annette explained. (Sotheby’s fine-jewelry roster includes Van Cleef & Arpels, Buccellati, and De Grisogono.) Anndra Neen certainly doesn’t fit the traditional mold. “They’re looking for more of a fashion focus, and they want a younger audience. There are a lot of young collectors now who are really savvy—they know what they want, and they know about objects and jewelry.”

The 18k question: What will people pay for this clutch? LuxCartel confirmed the auction estimate was between $20,000 and $30,000. “Having one of our pieces auctioned off at Sotheby’s kind of puts us in the art market, which is really validating,” Annette said. “It’s super-exciting to be able to really cross both categories.”

Anndra Neen’s solid-gold cage clutch will be sold at Sotheby’s Important Jewels auction on September 23 in New York.

Photos: Courtesy of Anndra Neen

Welcome to Margaritaville: How the Fashion Set Does Cinco de Mayo


Come Monday night, we’ll be glued to our laptops waiting on red-carpet pics from the Met Gala. But the rest of New York will be downing margaritas, as is the custom on Cinco de Mayo. In honor of the holiday, we asked three of our favorite Mexican and Mexican-American labels to share a piece from their latest collections, along with quick tips for south-of-the-border getaways.

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Says Beltrán: “In Tulum I would recommend my friend Francesca Bonato’s hotel, Coqui Coqui. It’s very low-key, yet refined. The restaurant next door is called Tita Tulum and they have the best fish ever. You also have to visit my shaman Carlos Sanchez’s new café, La Toltek.”



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Says Piamita cofounder Karla Martinez: “Although I am from San Luis Potosi, I adore Merida. I love the haciendas that have been converted into hotels: Hacienda Uayamon and Temozon.”

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Say Anndra Neen’s Phoebe and Annette Stephens: “Our favorite margaritas in Mexico City are in the San Angel Inn, an old-school restaurant that has a beautiful patio and garden. The service is impeccable. The new Escondido Hotel in the state of Oaxaca is perfect for a Cinco de Mayo getaway.”

Hamish Anderson


Finally, we couldn’t not include Style Map contributor Hamish Anderson in a post about Cinco de Mayo. Here, he shares one of the recipes that has turned his restaurant, Latitud (pictured above), into one of Mexico City’s hot spots.

Says Hamish: “Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Battle of Puebla, a city famous for its complex mole. The recipe here is for a simple pipian—a type of sauce that is basically a nut- or seed-based mole, generally without too many ingredients. In the restaurant, we serve it with dorado and black rice, but it works with any white fish, chicken, or pork.”

Pistachio Pipian, adapted from Latitud restaurant, Mexico City


1/2 pound pistachios, shelled, preferably unsalted
3/4 pound tomatillos (Mexican green tomatoes)
1/3 pound romaine lettuce
1/4 of a medium onion
1/4 of one chile serrano, with seeds (optional)
Salt to taste


1. Put all ingredients except the salt in a blender, working in batches if necessary. (It’s best to start with some of the tomatillos and lettuce, then add some of the pistachios so the blender doesn’t have to work too hard.) Blend until you get a smooth sauce (this may take a while). If your sauce isn’t as smooth as you’d like, add a little chicken stock as needed.

2. Put the sauce in a pot (a deep pot will mean less splashing of kitchen walls) and cook it over medium heat for an hour, stirring from time to time and checking that the lower part of the sauce doesn’t burn on the bottom of the pot. Add salt, bit by bit.

Once cooled, the sauce will keep in the fridge for a week, but it doesn’t freeze well (the texture gets a bit weird). If you want to make it super-smooth before serving, you can reblend it.

Drag Queens, Credit Card Debt, and Fashion’s Rising Stars


Rising Star Winners

“Think of me as sort of a gay male version of Maggie Smith’s character on Downton Abbey,” said Simon Doonan while smiling onstage at Cipriani’s yesterday afternoon. “I’m going to give you some life tips. Rising stars, are you listening?” And so began the 17th Annual Rising Star Awards, an industry event that drew the likes of Anndra Neen’s Annette and Phoebe Stephens, Warby Parker’s Neil Blumenthal and David Gilboa, and NARS’ Sara Zucker to celebrate emerging talent in fashion, beauty, jewelry and accessories, business, and design.

“Thank God for menswear, otherwise I would be freezing my ass off on days like today!” exclaimed Hal Rubenstein before presenting the menswear award to Pyer Moss’ tear-stricken Kerby Jean-Raymond and a very surprised Ian Velardi. “I really didn’t expect to be up here, so I have nothing to say,” offered the former. “But I do want to thank my girlfriend for allowing me to max out all of our credit cards. I promise you that I’m gonna buy you a ring after we pay off Chase, American Express, Capital One, and every other credit union who ever lent us money.”

Honor’s Giovanna Randall later received the womenswear award from a fanny-pack-totting Stephen Burrows, who wore his sunglasses onstage. The accessories prize, meanwhile, was handed to Edmundo Castillo. “Of course you want it, but you never know…” he whispered after leaving the podium.

We have to imagine that, as they left the luncheon, all the event’s guests felt like winners—after all, they had been privy to Doonan’s sacred life tips. His best advice? “Always make sure that you have at least one drag queen in your orbit. They’re very inspiring.”

Photo: Courtesy of Rising Star Awards 

Huishan Zhang Wins 2013 Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize


Huishan ZhangChinese designer Huishan Zhang, who landed on our radar this past summer, is the latest recipient of the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize, which, includes a £25,000 award and mentorship. The 30-year-old Central Saint Martins alum was among four other finalists—Emilia Wickstead, Barbara Casasola, and Fyodor Golan—who presented their Spring 2014 collections to a panel of judges at the Dorchester Hotel on Tuesday night. “I was enjoying my night already, no matter what,” Zhang told WWD. “I thought I’d have another glass of Champagne then go home but now we might have to open a bottle!” Previous winners include Thomas Tait, Anndra Neen, and Augustin Teboul.

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Mexico City on the Mind


Prada, Anndra Neen, and House of Holland

Mexico City is rapidly emerging as a—if not the—hotbed for emerging art, fashion, and design. It boasts one of the globe’s highest concentrations of museums, features cutting-edge architecture (check out Museo Soumaya, a hull-like structure plated in honeycomb blocks designed by the firm FR-EE), and just yesterday, received attention in a front-page New York Times article about its increasing attractiveness for expatriate artists and entrepreneurs. It seems the metropolis has appealed to designers, too, as traces of Mexico City popped up on a host of Spring ’14 runways.

While such labels as Rodebjer and Rebecca Minkoff pulled inspiration from Mexico, the biggest splash belonged to Prada (as big splashes often do). Signora Miuccia commissioned a panel of muralists to paint her set with giant faces, which were replicated on dresses, skirts, and coats. Prada reported that political art out of Mexico—particularly the work of Diego Rivera—served as a strong source of inspiration, and the collection’s first look featured a print by Mexican street artist Stinkfish.

At House of Holland, Henry Holland paid homage to Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 hit Romeo + Juliet, much of which was filmed in Mexico City. Splendid hues and religious motifs weren’t compromised, thanks to prints—which nodded to Mexico’s deep Catholic roots—by L.A.-based tattoo artist Alex Garcia.

Considering that Annette and Phoebe Stephens—the duo behind New York-based jewelry line Anndra Neen—were raised in Mexico City, it is perhaps not surprising that notes from their childhood emerged in their latest offering. Spring ’14′s sculptural shields, triangular necklaces, and woven metal wares were reportedly inspired by Ron Fricke’s 1992 globe-trotting documentary Baraka. The designers, who produce the line in Mexico City’s Zona Rosa neighborhood, embraced not just Mexican artisanship but Namibian and MENA crafts as well. To top it off, the Stephens sisters showed their new range alongside their personal collection of Rivera works—the exact artist that led Ms. Prada, thousands of miles away in Milan, to her own effort.

Photos: Monica Feudi/ (Prada); David X Prutting/ (Anndra Neen); Marcus Tondo/ (House of Holland)