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Anndra Neen, by Annette and Phoebe Stephens
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For Spring ’14, the New York-based siblings looked to Ron Fricke’s early-nineties documentary Baraka for inspiration. The film—which charts human activity across the world in twenty-four countries without narration—is a sweeping, nonverbal tour de force. It’s a fitting point of reference for two designers who first decided to go into business while on vacation together in Japan in 2009—and who have looked to locales as far-flung in time and space as medieval France (they were into early modern armor, to be exact), ancient Egypt, and their own hometown of Mexico City for inspiration in past collections. The pieces this season pull from a cornucopia of cross-cultural textiles, jewels, and designs: There are nickel-silver tube chokers evocative of traditional African necklaces, easy to layer or bold on their own; chain-link bracelets inspired by the patterns of Mexican rugs; and thin, armorlike breastplates that are light on the body but look ready for the battlefield. The label’s signature cage clutches make an appearance, this time made in two parts for a deconstructed finish. A minimalist, clean look (and the use of solely brass, copper, and silver) ties the handcrafted wares together. That they were presented in the Stephen sisters’ charming Gramercy brownstone-cum-atelier, alongside their collection of Diego Rivera works (he was a friend of the family’s, along with Anaïs Nin, José Clemente Orozco, and Frida Kahlo) and family photographs, brings it back home.
“In the film, you have these beautiful, strong images of a whole community praying,” reflected Phoebe. “Or you have…airplanes,” added Annette. “So it’s sort of the polar opposites. We’re inspired by all the different motifs.”
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The royal baby isn’t the only big news out of London this week. This morning, in the Big Smoke, the Dorchester Collection announced the nominees for its 2013 Fashion Prize, all of whom happen to be London-based. Fyodor Golan, Barbara Casasola, Emilia Wickstead (left), and Huishan Zhang will now compete for the grand prize: a 25,000 pound bursary and mentorship, plus a two-night stay at one of the Collection’s über-luxe hotels. The big winner will be revealed on October 29, pending the results of a private catwalk presentation before a panel of judges, including stylist Caroline Issa and designer Daniella Helayel. The prestigious accolade was conceived to help designers in their professional infancy. To be eligible, brands must be between two and five years old. Previous recipients of the award include Thomas Tait and Anndra Neen.
The Cannes Film Festival got underway today. It’s a fabulous time for red carpet watchers; actresses play it faster and looser in the South of France than they seem to anywhere else—see our Cannes Diary for proof. But the fashion will really heat up on May 23, when amfAR is hosting its 20th anniversary Cinema Against AIDS event. The centerpiece of this year’s gala will be Carine Roitfeld’s The Ultimate Gold Collection Fashion Show, which, as its name suggests, will showcase one-of-a-kind dresses and jewels all in gold. Here, an exclusive look at three of the pieces in the show—a Prada hourglass number worthy of Liz Taylor (above), bracelets by Wright & Teague, and an Anndra Neen clutch (below)–as depicted by one of fashion’s favorite illustrators Lula Herself. LoveGold.com will host a livestream of the runway show, and Roitfeld and her CR Fashion Book team are posting daily Instagram updates on #lovegoldcannes. Continue Reading “Cannes’ Gold Rush” »
Following the likes of recent Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize winners like Thomas Tait and Anndra Neen‘s Phoebe and Annette Stephens, designers Annelie Augustin (pictured, left) and Odély Teboul (pictured, right) of Paris-based label Augustin Teboul have been announced as the prestigious award’s 2012 winners. The duo’s all-black collection won over the judging panel, made up of designers like Kenzo Takada, Bruno Frisoni (pictured, center), and Nathalie Rykiel, last night at Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris. The two beat out rising labels such as Calla, IRM Design, Les Garçons Paris, and Quentin Veron for the $39,000 prize. “We are very moved,” Teboul told WWD. “At the moment, Annelie and I do everything ourselves.” If Tait and the Anndra Neen girls are any example, then that won’t be the case for Augustin Teboul much longer thanks to their new funds to amp up their studio staff. Watch this space.
Grey Area founders Kyle DeWoody and Manish Vora launched their gallery with the mission of blending art and design with functionality. Their latest exhibition, Body Art: A Jewelry Show, now on display at their Soho showroom, is a perfect extension of their unordinary approach. “Body Art is the culmination of a year of sourcing artist-designed or artfully designed pieces for Grey Area,” DeWoody tells Style.com of the jewelry exhibit, showcasing an eclectic mix of pieces from over 30 artist-slash-designers, including Phoebe and Annette Stephens of Anndra Neen (the duo is a growing force to be reckoned with in the accessories market), Italian designer Monica Castiglioni, and Elyse Graham of Elephant Heart. “So many artists seemed to be exploring jewelry as a medium for expressing their creativity, translating their work into a wearable and more accessible form, and as such it has been a successful area for us,” she adds.
Just as on their e-commerce site, which they launched last summer, all of the items on display are for sale, ranging from Anndra Neen’s handcrafted mixed-metals pieces to visual artist Michele Oka Doner’s cast sterling silver Cul-de-Sac clutch to Shelter Serra’s homage to the ultimate status watch, the Fake Roley (coming in at just $40, while the Cul-de-Sac reaches $18,000). Some of the works are new pieces by artists they have been working with for a while, like Dallas-based designer and sculptor Deborah Mullen, and others are just making their Grey Area debut with this show. “Highlights are hard to say as I’m obsessed with it all, but I’m very excited about our newest additions by Chris Platt. He makes extremely interesting pieces out of steel, creating value in the shapes and forms he creates, not the materials he uses,” says DeWoody. Up next for the art insider: She’s headed to London to install a shop, called Bad for Me, within her mom Beth Rudin DeWoody’s show Bad for You, opening October 9 at Shizaru Gallery to coincide with the Frieze Art Fair.
Body Art: A Jewelry Show runs through October 19 at Grey Area, 547 Broadway, NYC, (212) 941-6400. To shop the items in Body Art, visit ShopGreyArea.com.