3 posts tagged "LoveGold"
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 Style.com. “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.”
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 Style.com 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.
“When I was a little girl, I really wanted to get my ears pierced because my mom had big earrings all the time,” jewelry designer Pamela Love told Style.com. “I finally did at 5 years old, and my mom gave me this pair of 14-karat gold aquamarine earrings, one of which I lost pretty quickly after. I remember being devastated and crawling under the couch and digging through the carpet looking for the earring, and I never found it…but I still wear its partner every day.”
It was this formative experience, Love says, that introduced her to the “power and allure of jewelry.” It compelled her to create her namesake line in 2006, and now, to launch her inaugural collection of fine jewelry, Pamela Love Fine. With a selection set to launch at Barneys New York next week, the twenty-eight-piece collection is revealed in full in Golden Girl (above), a film that, directed by Skye Parrott and starring model Frankie Rayder, debuts exclusively here. “She’s so beautiful, and there’s something a little devious about her that makes her the perfect muse for this collection,” Love said of her leading lady.
With prices ranging from $795 to $22,400, the Pamela Love Fine collection was made possible via a strategic partnership with LoveGold, and took approximately one year to develop and create. The line sees all of Love’s regular obsessions—astrology, tribal spikes, and the natural world—reimagined with ethically sourced precious stones, like diamonds, sapphires, and opals from India, Thailand, and Madagascar. The gems are set in clean-mined or recycled 18-karat gold.
The collection incorporates the handiwork of Love’s Manhattan studio (about 30 percent of the wares are made in-house) alongside a network of master jewelers. And she hopes to explore new materials in the seasons ahead. “We have only one piece with opal in it. Opal is my love. I want to do as much opal as possible. I really want to work with rubies and emeralds…and maybe get into some platinum.”
So who is the Pamela Love Fine woman? “She’s just a really independent woman who takes what she wants and is confident,” Love said. “It’s lovely if her husband or boyfriend buys her some jewelry, but she doesn’t need a man…she can get what she wants for herself.”