13 posts tagged "Philip Crangi"
It’s turning out to be quite the banner summer for a quiet little corner in L.A.’s Silver Lake neighborhood. Former partners of the go-to eastside destination Vivier and Bentley have both set out on their own—Clare Vivier occupying her new flagship store and Kathryn Bentley converting their 1,000-square-foot former shared space into her own singular venture, Dream Collective. After years spent learning from the likes of jewelers Philip Crangi and Aurora Lopez Mejia, the School of Visual Arts-educated Bentley set out to find an accessible antidote to the inflated price of gold. “When I moved out to L.A. in 2008, it was a different environment, different times ultimately, and the price of gold had shot up. I had to respond and change materials and focus more on design and less on luxury,” she says. Bentley responded with her bridge line, Dream Collective. A refreshing answer to overwrought costume jewelry, the collection is rendered in oxidized brass and hand-mixed colored enamel, using ethnic elements, vibrant African beading, and raw shapes. The new store spotlights these designs, upon which she’s built her name, alongside the Kathryn Bentley fine jewelry collection, which focuses on custom pieces featuring roughly hewn sliced stones and gold. “I have a tendency to go for more unique stones and things with inclusions and imperfections,” she says. “I find it more interesting than working with a perfect stone.”
Bentley’s dedicated to staying consistent to her textured, natural aesthetic and keeping it local when she can. All of her own pieces are made in Los Angeles (most out of the studio space in the back of the store), while the art on the walls and designs from Angelenos like Jesse Kamm and THVM Jeans celebrate regional talent. “I have taken people that I am surrounded with in Los Angeles and collected them. I felt like that name, Dream Collective, was going to end up being a collaborative effort. The artwork, the clothing, they’re all friends, they each have a connection.” The curated mix is a well-conceived effort to further Dream Collective (and Kathryn Bentley) as a brand and destination.
Dream Collective, 1404 Micheltorena, L.A., (323)-660-2000.
For more than ten years, Philip Crangi has made wrought metal jewelry his signature look. Barring his many collaborative projects with the likes of Jason Wu and Vera Wang, the charmingly grizzled designer consistently sticks to industrial materials like gunmetal brass, silver, and leather, but Crangi has decided to dress things up. Today, he launches a four-piece collection ($2,170 to $4,390), made up of classic Crangi pieces (like the Archer and Visor bracelets) updated with 14-carat-gold hardware, and for the first time, he’s using exotic skins like ostrich and lizard.
“It has always been about combining unexpected materials in a luxurious way, so this seemed like a natural progression for the fine jewelry,” Crangi told Style.com of the collection, available exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman. “The exotic skins are tough but chic, plus I love working in color.”
Unseen Marilyn Monroe Images on Display in New York, Highly Addictive Manolos, Anti-Violence Rings by Philip Crangi, And More…-------
This week at Milk Studios in New York, 62 photos (several of them previously unseen) of Marilyn Monroe will be on display for a two-day photo exhibition called Picturing Marilyn. The Dior dress she is wearing in her famous shoot with Bert Stern has been re-created and will be on display at the exhibit preview on November 9. [WWD]
Here’s an interesting one: Drug dealers in Spain smuggled cocaine into the country using fake Manolo Blahniks. They molded the cocaine, in the form of paste, into a shoe (with fake Manolo tags). Each pair was reportedly worth about $69,000. [Huff Po]
Fashion photographer Andreas Laszlo Konrath got his start photographing punks and skaters. These days, he’s more likely to be found backstage at Lanvin and Dior shows than skate parks. Find a selection of his work with his commentary on NewYorker.com, along with his photos of actress Nina Arianda for today’s profile story on her. [The New Yorker]
Jewelry designer Philip Crangi has joined forces with Ethos Water creator Peter Thum and John Zapolski to found Fonderie 47, a do-good line of metal jewelry. The company is “aimed at reducing Africa’s estimated 20 million assault weapons by turning the metal into jewelry.” One ring results in the destruction of more than 75 guns. [T]
The Harper’s Bazaar-sponsored Accessories Bazaar opens today at the Lincoln Center tents at New York fashion week, where some of the best designers working—including Prova’s Irini Arakas, Albertus Swanepoel, Philip Crangi, and Fenton/Fallon’s jeweler extraordinaire, Dana Lorenz. To spotlight her new Spring ’11 offerings, Lorenz created a short video with fashion’s go-to filmmaker, Sharif Hamza. Model Hil gets all dolled up (those nails! that hair! the 15 or so pounds of Fenton/Fallon goods!) and waits for the phone to ring. Squint just right and she could be the heroine of an early-eighties Robert Palmer video. She’s gonna have to face it, she’s addicted to love—and jewelry, of course. Check out the exclusive debut below.