Posts Tagged ‘Spring’

Starting off the New Year with a cover feature seems just about right.

January 9, 2013

Happy 2013!!!

After a killer, full-on joyous holiday season extravaganza, I am thrilled to continue the celebration of the new year with a Lucky Magazine cover feature! Jennifer Hudson rocks the Smith Bracelet on the new issue, and I must say – she wears it well!

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Elle Magazine & Mulberry celebrate Spring 2012

November 11, 2011

Dear JDS blog readers, meet Garance. Garance is the new PR Girl at Jené DeSpain Designs, and she’s UHmazing! Originally from Paris, this girl has style, class, and is wicked smart to boot. Last night, after a full day in the studio, we decided to hit the streets of Soho to party hop. Glamour magazine threw a lil fete at Bebe, serving glasses of prosecco with a lovely blend of pomegranate & blood orange juice. After a quick glass of champagne and a loop around the room, Garance and I bounced over to the Mulberry store on Spring Street to mingle with the lovely ladies of Elle magazine. In grand celebration of their upcoming Spring 2012 collection, Mulberry’s launch party was bright and poppy, just like their new designs. Theodora Richards womaned the music at her dj booth, while trays of fresh strawberry cocktails floated around the room in excess. Garance and I chatted with bloggers and stopped to take part in the flip book station set up in the back of the boutique. We bounced a beach ball around for 8 seconds while a computer captured the action, and 2 minutes later, a printer spit out a perfectly adorable lil flip book of our ball tossing. I caught up with Kate Lanphear and Anne Slowey from Elle, while Anne’s lil daughter danced around with a Mulberry crossbody. Who knew an infant could have such great taste? All in all, it was a great night out.

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Black Honey in entirety…

December 3, 2010

The Black Honey Collection is a collection of urban inspired jewelry with lots of edge. Created in the Spring of 2011, pops of 14k gold are highlighted with flashes of shiny gunmetal, while constructed pieces of raw brass are accented with black leather.

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June 5, 2010

this spring has been a busy one for popular urban street artists here in nyc. shepard fairey had his big opening at Deitch Project on May Day (a party that i stood in the longest line for any event i have ever attended), while Banksy has been famously popping up all over San Francisco and recently left a few of his gems here in Soho, Chinatown, and Brooklyn, and of course, there’s swoon. here are a few of their recent pieces that i have the grand pleasure of walking past in my regular nyc travels…

hands by swoon in williamsburg

Banksy in Wall Street

Shepard Fairey on 29th street outside of the Ace Hotel

artist unknown, possibly swoon... so beautiful

The Roaring 10’s Look Book

April 14, 2010

The Roaring 10’s line of jewelry pays homage to art deco and its artists who, partly to inspire hope in a time of struggle, created and emphasized beautiful design. Listening at my jewelry bench to newscasts this past year comparing today’s economic meltdown to Black Tuesday and the Great Depression, I heard, night after night, echoes of that past in the forecasts of our new economic future. My response, The Roaring 10’s Collection, recalls art deco’s enduring motif of intense design. Looking forward to the coming decade’s new, if unrealized, promises, we can still celebrate this legacy of past beauty.

Art deco design began during the 1920’s and remained popular into the 40’s. Artists responded to both the new industrial might of 1920’s America and the crushing hardships of the Great Depression by mixing strong geometric lines with shapes of graceful symmetry. Bringing this beauty into the country’s architecture, fashion, and jewelry helped give people a sense of hope and the opportunity to enjoy their surroundings even as they struggled.

The striking architecture of New York’s many art deco landmarks inspired the name of each design in the collection. As I walk through the streets of my home, personal favorites in this mix of intricate architectural masterpieces inspire and bring me a quiet joy. Elements of their magnificent design echo in the detailed, geometric pieces of the Roaring 10’s Collection.

 

The Roaring 10’s Lookbook

The Chrysler Earrings in Black Onyx and Green Onyx

The Paramount Necklace

The Dakota Earrings with Green Onyx & The Metropolitan Daggers

The Rockefeller Necklace

The Empire Earrings in Blood Carnelian & Black Onyx

The Carlyle Earrings & The Hudson Earrings with Black Onyx

The Barclay Necklace & The Helmsley Necklace

The Astoria Necklace with Black Onyx & The Gramercy Necklace with Rubilite Garnet

The Savoy Necklace with Black Onyx, The Dakota Earrings with Black Onyx, & The Osbourne Earrings