24 posts tagged "Christie’s"
She doesn’t do a men’s collection (yet?), but Stella McCartney will make your guy a suit if the price is right. Provided, that is, the price goes toward one of her favorite causes, the environment. McCartney is one of many designers, actors, retailers, and brands who have donated their time and talent to Christie’s Green Auction, an Earth Day effort worth splurging on. The carbon-neutral live auction—the world’s first, by the way—will take place next Thursday, and be broadcast live on www.christies.com. Bids are already being accepted for the accompanying silent auction, where you can make a go at Stella and her needle. The winning bidder will receive a fitting with Stella for two bespoke suits made of sustainable fabric—one for your guy and one for you. It won’t come cheap (estimated value is $30,000) but the birds, bees, land, and sea will all thank you; profits from the auction (for which Christie’s is waiving all of its fees and commissions) will be divided between the Central Park Conservancy, Conservation International, NRDC, and Oceana. Other lots include a day on set with Hugh Jackman, a custom-made Nina Ricci scent, passes to Vanity Fair‘s annual Oscar party, and a master class in falconry with RFK, Jr. Because, of course, you’ve already taken the beginner’s course on that one.
Jewelry, jewelry, jewelry. Giles and Sophia did it for Spring. So did Alber. In fact, he went positively over-the-top with it. All of my anecdotal evidence (culled from serious chats with retailers) indicates that jewelry is an increasingly hot commodity. (And why shouldn’t it be? A great necklace easily has a much higher CPW, that’s Cost Per Wear, than a blouse or dress.) It also seems as if there’s more jewelry-related news than ever. Tonight at Henri Bendel, vintage costume jewelry dealer House of Lavande will be celebrating and showing the vintage couture pieces that will be on sale this weekend at the Fifth Avenue department store, like this Chanel collar ($4,500), circa 1940, pictured above. There’s also a groovy seventies Givenchy necklace with a resin heart for $948 and a resin and braided leather Yves Saint Laurent piece for $1,148.
Also this week, Moscow department store Podium opened another outpost of its Podium Jewellery boutique in Paris, its fourth one worldwide; it’s stocked with pieces from Loree Rodkin, Garrard, and Delfina Delettrez. Then, it’s also auction season. This Friday and next Monday, Christie’s is previewing highlights of a few fall sales here in New York and in Geneva. One crowning glory is the Annenberg Diamond, a 32.01-carat D Flawless whopper. Though there’s no guarantees on breaking even with the CPW for that one.
The Beijing Olympics are a fading memory now, but according to i-D‘s Tricia Jones, New Yorkers can thank the 2008 sports fest for the fact that the Soul i-D exhibition is up right now at Christie’s. Based on the book Soul i-D, which compiles the best of i-D magazine’s special projects, the Soul i-D exhibit was supposed to debut in Beijing parallel to the Olympics. Alas, as Jones explained at last night’s opening, there was a spread featuring the Dalai Lama. “That wasn’t going to fly,” she explained. “So I found myself with a show and no gallery.” Happily, a man with a gallery and no show was Azzedine Alaïa, who debuted Soul i-D at his eponymous space in Paris last year. Stints in London and Milan followed. Now New Yorkers get their chance to see the show, which features contributions from the likes of Bono, Terry Richardson (who shot the image above), Tracey Emin, Alexander McQueen, and Yoko Ono. Soul i-D, also sponsored by Gucci, is up at Gallery 6, Christie’s, Rockefeller Center, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, until July 30.
Fresh off a plane from L.A., where he was the man of the hour at a Tod’s luncheon to benefit Couture Cares last week, Derek Lam co-hosted a ladies’ lunch at Christie’s today. After perusing casefuls of jewels to be auctioned off later this spring, Lydia Fenet, BJ Topol-Blum, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, and other uptown types adjourned to a second-floor boardroom to watch an abridged version of Lam’s Fall collection, accessorized with yet more baubles from the upcoming sale. We sat next to the designer’s partner, Jan Hendrik-Schlottmann, who gave us an update on Lam’s new store, which, contrary to the taxi ads you might’ve spotted around town, is not yet open. The delay, he explained, is due to pods—designed by Sanaa, the Japanese firm behind the New Museum, and built in Las Vegas—that are the main architectural feature of the store. Believe it or not, the weather has been too awful to ship them across the country. As if those giant pods aren’t temptation enough to make the trek down to Crosby Street (the store is adjacent to Jil Sander and across the street from the still-under-construction Mondrian Hotel), he also said that they’ve hired the sales staff from Linda Dresner, the fabulous Madison Avenue boutique that closed its doors earlier this year. We’ll be expecting some special one-on-one attention when we use the generous gift card we were delighted to find next to our place card.