Posts Tagged ‘Summer’

Working Class Magic

June 29, 2011

Have you ever seen so much JDS jewelry in an editorial!? Very excited to announce Working Class Magazine’s Summer issue, which chose lil me for its cover story, has launched! It’s such a huge honor to be a part of this magazine and to be the cover feature of The Om Issue is beyond words. A massive thanks to Marcel Dagenais, editor in chief, for asking me to come along on this rad project. I had the pleasure of styling this shoot with Marcel, while Susie Sobol rocked the makeup for our model Yael Greenberg, with this incredible set design created by the ladies of Domestic Construction. These gorgeous photos were shot by the super talented, Tracy Morford. This woman knows how to take a photograph. The story itself was written by my friend Danielle Sipple, whose words flow from her with such beauty, it’s astounding. She flew all the way from Vancouver BC to spend a week with me in NYC to write this story. We wandered through the streets of the fashion district together, soaking in the beauty of my muse, Gotham City, both us of reveling in her majesty. You can read her piece about me and Jené DeSpain Jewelry on the Working Class Magazine website, and scope the entire issue online. http://www.workingclassmag.com – I can’t recommend it enough.

Bright Young Things: Jené DeSpain

In the meantime – enjoy Tracy’s photos for the story. Um, this is some seriously holy bling. Woah.

JDS Black Leather & Brass Collar and The Rockefeller Collar w/ Amethyst Swarovski

JDS Barclay Necklace as Headdress, Blood Carnelian Empire Earrings, & Barrymore Necklace with Green Onyx

Gunmetal Sugarcomb Earrings, Hexagon Stacking Rings, Multi-Ribbon Necklace, & Assorted Ribbon Bracelets

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.

Life keeps streaming by…

July 13, 2010

wow, where did this last month go? careening by. amid a thousand june events, the opening of the Re:Group: Beyond Models of Consensus exhibit at Eyebeam Gallery, was a night to be remembered. the show was curated by Beka Economopolous and Jason Jones of Not An Alternative and showcased the work of 13 artists, including the Yes Men.

Beka Econopolous and Jené DeSpain at Eyebeam Gallery

my evening kicked off with the opening at Eyebeam with amusing interactive art pieces to investigate and lots of wonderful people to chat with. My favorite piece in the show was created by Giana Gonzalez titled, Hacking Couture. She broke down fashion labels into a grid that charted the visual fundamentals of each brand into an aesthetic code. her comment on fashion houses is that any major brand can essentially be recreated by anyone who hacks into and follows the specific code of that brand. as a designer, i’m not sure how i entirely agree with this theory, as it removes the personal creativity that each designer brings to her/his fashion label, but it’s an interesting concept. her charted display of the break down of  brands such as YSL, Versace, and Gucci, made it simple to understand that each major design house does have a “code” that it routinely follows with each new collection. all in all, super thought provoking and cool subject to ponder.

Beka, Leonidas, and Jené DeSpain

After the opening, a large group of us wandered out into the Meatpacking District to find some food and more yummy drinks. a ton of parties were happening all around the neighborhood, including a silly red carpet event that a few of us couldn’t resist. when you see young ladies parading around on a red carpet, what else can one do but jump right in? we snagged a shot of beka and myself hamming it up with the poor young one that happened to be on the carpet as we walked by. after a moment of confused surprise, she warmed right up and struck a pose with her arms around us for all the cameras, before we winked and dashed off to our evening’s next adventure.

Meatpacking District Red Carpet Mischief

Let the Summer Fashion Parties Begin!

June 6, 2010

one of my favorite things about NYC summers are the evening fashion events sprinkled throughout each week’s calendar. a party here, a party there. a soiree in soho, a dj spinning at an anniversary  in williamsburg, a new opening in the L.E.S., and prosecco as far as the eye can see. in addition to all day music concerts on the williamsburg waterfront and free movies in Bryant Park, this array of fashion events gives every girl perfect opportunities to show off her new summer apparel. i kicked off the sultry night celebrations this first week of June on thursday at Oak’s opening party honoring Obey’s new collection and then headed over to Charlie & Sam for their 1 year anniversary party. Oak has the most amazing array of hand dyed tank tops, and i highly recommend checking out Samantha Pleet’s new dresses and jumpsuits at Charlie & Sam.

hanging out with Samantha Pleet at Charlie & Sam

on friday night, i bounced over to Court’s soho shop to give my ladies, Nicole and Lisa, big hugs and sip on the Crystal Head vodka/lemonade mixers they were serving up all night. Crystal Head is dan aykroyd’s vodka company, and he was super cool to donate some of the beautiful skull shaped bottles of his delicious vodka for Court’s yummy drinks. on saturday, a few of my wonderful friends came into the city from Boston for a visit, and we went over to check out the new Renegade Craft Fair in williamsburg’s McCarren Park. over 300 indie artists from the NE came to set up shop and show off their wares over the weekend. all in all, it was a great start to summer parties. now the only question is, what will i get to wear out and about next week?

Nicole, Lisa, & I at Court

lovely soho ladies celebrating summer at Court

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