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Stars of Gastronomy Grace the World Restaurant Awards & Zacapa Rum Welcome Party in Paris

The gastronomy stars like Amanda Cohen, Kylie Kwong, Mauro Colagreco, and Virgilio Martinez were among the attendees who graced the official Ron Zacapa rum opening event for The World Restaurant Awards 2019.“A new entry in the world of awards for culinary e
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Stars of Gastronomy Grace the World Restaurant Awards & Zacapa Rum Welcome Party in Paris

The gastronomy stars like Amanda Cohen, Kylie Kwong, Mauro Colagreco, and Virgilio Martinez were among the attendees who graced the official Ron Zacapa rum opening event for The World Restaurant Awards 2019.“A new entry in the world of awards for culinary excellence, The World Restaurant Awards is celebrating the excellence, integrity, diversity, and rich culture of the restaurant world, rather than awarding for the pinnacle of achievement. The awards were created by IMG, in partnership with restaurant journalist Joe Warwick working alongside gastronomic writer and broadcaster Andrea Petrini,” says an official release. The judging panel, which included 50 percent male and 50 percent female, had some eminent experts from the culinary world. It comprised a good mix of  the most established and rising chefs, food writers, and professionals. Chefs on the panel had luminaries like Elena Arzak, Massimo Bottura, Alex Atala, David Chang, Daniel Humm, Helene Darroze, Dan Barber, Ana Roš, Yotam Ottolenghi, Rene Redzepi, and Clare Smyth.Guests at the Zacapa rum welcome event in Malro, Paris savored exquisite Zacapa Old Fashioned cocktails and small plates curated by Malro head chef, Denny Imbroisi, as per the release. According to the release, Zacapa Master Blender, Lorena Vasquez said, “We are so pleased to be able to welcome the very best of the industry here tonight ahead of the first edition of the awards.”  She added, “I see clear parallels between what we do when crafting Zacapa rum in Guatemala, and what the best chefs do in the greatest restaurants around the world, which is why Zacapa’s partnership with The World Restaurant Awards is such a good fit. It’s about having the time, patience, and skill to bring the richness of the flavors to the fore. Really, whether it’s food or rum, we’re all focused on letting the depth and layers of flavor speak for themselves.As per the release, Cecile Rebbot, Director of The World Restaurant Awards, IMG, said, “It was great to get everyone together tonight for cocktails, all these talented restaurant people from around the world, ahead of the awards tomorrow. We can’t do this event without great partners and it’s a pleasure to get the chance to work with a quality brand like Zacapa as our spirit of choice for The World Restaurant Awards.”Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the event.  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

“Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” at the V&A

It is not hard to see why Christian Dior’s “New Look,” created after World War II, was considered revolutionary: Putting behind the uniform-like wartime fashion characterized by padded shoulders and short skirts, Dior introduced a style that was feminin
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“Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” at the V&A

It is not hard to see why Christian Dior’s “New Look,” created after World War II, was considered revolutionary: Putting behind the uniform-like wartime fashion characterized by padded shoulders and short skirts, Dior introduced a style that was feminine, with smaller shoulders, a cinched waist and voluminous skirts. But it was the lowered hemline that really gained the New Look its international fame. With his long, full skirts over bouffant ruffled petticoats, Dior truly was designing dreams.The exhibition at the V&A, supported by Swarovski, spans from 1947 to this day, tracing the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers, who continues to influence fashion trends through the six artistic directors that have succeeded him.The exhibition, which runs from February 2 to July 14, also explores Dior’s relationship with Britain. The V&A website prominently displays the designer’s sentiment in his own words: “There is no other country in the world, besides my own, whose way of life I like so much. I love English traditions, English politeness, English architecture. I even love English cooking.”This is the largest and most comprehensive Christian Dior exhibition ever held in Britain, and a re-imagination of the Parisian show, “Christian Dior: Couturier du Reve,” held in 2017 at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs to mark the fashion house’s 70th anniversary.The V&A exhibition will show at the museum’s Sainsbury Gallery and feature 500 curated objects in 11 sections. It will include a spotlight on Dior’s relationship with the British royal family, for whom he designed clothing and staged secret shows.The Dior dress worn by Princess Margaret on her 21st birthday will also be on display, on loan from the Museum of London.— “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” is on view at the Sainsbury Gallery, V&A, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL, from February 2 through July 14. More information on www.vam.ac.uk This column appears in the February 2019 edition of BlouinShop. Subscribe at www.blouinsubscriptions.comhttps://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin 

Ruudt Peters' Jewelry: Artistic, Outlandish, Designed to Provoke

Where does it all come from? What is the essence? These are the questions Ruudt Peters asks himself when he makes jewelry.So it is little wonder pieces by this Amsterdam-based artist are described as radically conceptual, nor that they provoke similarly puzzl
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Ruudt Peters' Jewelry: Artistic, Outlandish, Designed to Provoke

Where does it all come from? What is the essence? These are the questions Ruudt Peters asks himself when he makes jewelry.So it is little wonder pieces by this Amsterdam-based artist are described as radically conceptual, nor that they provoke similarly puzzling questions from onlookers. While speaking to Peters on the occasion of a traveling retrospective of his work, called BRON at the Helsinki Design Museum January 25-March 17, he joyfully expounds about his creative process, and in doing so, reveals his force.Peters, born in 1950, thinks out-loud, unabashedly revealing doubts, struggles and ultimately, excitement. The conversation itself becomes a source of inspiration, which is what he wants his sculptural jewelry to do: spark dialogue and confront.“I created the space between the wearer and the person in front of them; that negative space. And for me that’s what jewelry is all about. You and me creating space,” he said in an interview with Marina Elenskaya about his latest Ma series.Peters’ work can be elemental, a combination of otherworldly compositions of minerals left raw entwined with geometric, handcrafted constructions. He has used toxic lead on pieces whose surface layers rub off on the wearer. He has crushed precious stones into powder to reshape them. Sometimes reminiscent of inner organs in fleshy, translucent stone, it is not hard to see the connection between his jewelry and Peters’ early work as a medical instrument maker. Both are worn on the body, and Peters would argue, both can heal. One via science, and the other through the strength generated from wearing an unexplainable, and yet strangely beautiful object.Here is Peters discussing his own work from an interview conducted on Skype video. It has been edited for length.What does it mean to have this major retrospective of your work?It’s 44 years of work, so it’s a huge thing. I’m very proud. It’s an honor. It’s also emotional to see all the work together and see what I’ve made. Each series looks different, but they all have a red line connecting them. It goes through life and death, development and alchemy. It’s also very interesting to see [my] different perspectives on life, represented in the work. I am very curious to see that even form-wise, and in the meaning of the pieces, there’s a link between the beginning and now.Can you elaborate on that?The work in the ’70s was a certain kind of formal way of designing. It was fighting against silver and gold and using new materials like aluminum and rubber, so it was a kind of revolt in the jewelry world. I wanted to show that jewelry is the whole body.And I have also worked on figurative works, but I really hate — I have said I never want to make figurative work, because I hate it — but I still did it. And now I’m coming back to the same form-relationship as in the ’70s, but with a deeper layer and meaning. Now the work has the experience of life. You can dig in it, and you can even lose yourself. Does that sound strange? Maybe it is the same thing, but with mystery in it. You can look at it from different perspectives.In February, I have a new exhibition [“Suctus,” showing at Galerie Rob Koudijs Feb. 23-March 30] and it is related in form [to the work of the ’70s], only there is a deeper meaning put into the work.You get older, you become wiser, and all these things start to fit together. I grind a facet and that facet will highlight a part of what life is.It’s also sometimes about fear. There may be something inside of you, that you have a fear of presenting. I’m very much interested in religion, because I feel religion is a kind of mirror of society. But when it comes to my own religion — I was brought up Christian —then it’s much more complicated. [Peters holds up a hand-sized, metallic gray body of Christ, vertically sliced and laid open so that the cut surface is exposed.]For the series “Corpus,” in the middle of the night, I realized I have to cut up this corpus. So it becomes an abstraction of a form. You don’t know exactly what you see, but slowly, when you peak through, you can see the head of Jesus Christ. And that makes sense for me.I’m not someone who wants to present things obviously, directly, like a punch in the face. It’s more that you see a mystery, or you see a glimpse of a thing, and you start to think.Also, when I buy art, I buy art that I don’t like. It sounds strange. I like to buy things that I have to learn from.Do you feel the same way about how you want your own work perceived?Yes, I want to be a little naughty. For instance, the series of huge lingams [sculptures of male genitals that are hung together on a string]. I made them while I was in Thailand.There are a lot of these huge penises hanging in houses there, and it’s about fertility and creation, and I thought: this is what jewelry is.So I made them, but huge, about 25 centimeters, and always seven of them together. They hang in front of a person’s own genitals, and when you walk with them, it’s really a huge statement.But I’m walking into a booby trap, because on the one hand I said I don’t want to punch people in the face, and these ones punch you in the face. Everyone sees that this is an oversexual thing, but for me it’s about the relationship underneath, where it talks about religion. The people in Thailand and in South East Asia carry lingams to a temple or a shrine. When they want a baby they offer a huge penis, and that makes me feel very humble, and also emotional. Compared to what we do when we go to hospital, and can get a baby with an injection, these people believe that when they pray and offer a penis, it will be possible.That brings me to ex-votos, [body parts formed in wax, for the purpose of religious offering]: they are also a jewel you can wear as a talisman. When you give an ex-voto to a saint or shrine, then you believe that you get power, or healthy, and this kind of power, when it’s in jewelry, makes me very happy that I can make jewelry.This dialogue instigated by the jewelry is central to its identity.Yes, for me jewelry is a communication piece. It’s like a coffee book on the table. It’s a conversation. When you wear a piece of contemporary jewelry, more than other jewelry, there is a meaning to it. As a maker, you are charging a piece of jewelry, but the wearer is charging it too. By wearing the piece, they are connected with your thoughts, and they walk out on the street, and other people connect with them.You are making participatory art in a way.I feel in jewelry, there is a shifting line between design and art. For me it is a slippery situation. It’s not so fixed. Art with a big A, is established for the elite. But jewelry, when you walk in the street with it, you’re making it more equal to all. I say that but I’m also thinking: stupid, that’s not true, only the elite walk around with your pieces. Most other people don’t want to be seen wearing something like that.Can you talk about the process of going from one series to another?After I feel I’ve expressed what I wanted in a series of work, I stop, and I have to slap my hands, because it’s easy to go on when you have a new idea. And after stopping with the whole movement of life, doing meditation, etc… then I start a new series of work. I get images from the internet and from photos I have, and I make a kind of mood board, sometimes a mind map, and then I want to sense whether there is something new.These [idea] walls can inform me. And then if I think it can go in a new direction, I start to make blind drawings. The blind drawings tell me the story I can’t realize when I open my eyes. It’s a certain kind of unconsciousness. And through that, things come up. And then it’s reading, trying to tune in. … I think it’s very important to have a certain kind of antenna, where you tune in to what is happening and what you have to do now. I can’t explain exactly why and what it is, because it’s a mystery. It’s kind of a mysterious wave. It sounds like a stupid esoteric thing, but it is not. I believe it is real, and exactly why things are happening at the moment. As a maker, you have to open all your senses to create.That sounds rather exhausting. [Laughs] I have to say, I’ve been married 40 years to the same man, and he knows when I start to create a new series. I head-bang, like, shit, shit, [grunts], because I don’t know where to catch it. Creation is not nice, it’s a very difficult thing. It’s painful. Because you don’t know how to get to it. You’re always fighting, fighting.Why do it at all?Because it’s exciting at the moment when you find it. And the moment when you get a glimpse of it, and you say, wow! That’s it. You get a really warm feeling. But the struggle is a very interesting thing.How did you go from designing medical instruments to jewelry?I was skilled at manually creating very fine, small things, so I studied medical instruments. I made hearts, lungs, things for implanting on your heart. It sounds a little strange, but I thought it was not creative when I was doing it. But actually, they were really creative. So I jumped to art school to get into jewelry creation, but the medical instruments were exactly the same, only I didn’t see it at that moment.Do you wear all your pieces?Yes, but sometimes I’m also shocked when I wear them. When I was wearing one of the Lingams, I came from one of the openings and I forgot I was wearing it, and I was sitting in a metro in Stockholm, wearing one of these big penises and everyone was watching me. That happens, but I like that too.You said there was a period you stopped making jewelry. What are you doing now?Now I only make jewelry, but it’s so sculptural, that you can say that I make small sculptures. I was able to put my soul into the jewelry, which I wasn’t able to do before [when making mostly sculptures]. I also do things I don’t like. For instance, I travel a lot, and I go to places I hate. Hating is the most important driver of my life. I hated China, and I traveled for 3 months in China, and I was really fed up. But finally in the end, I loved China.It is exactly those kinds of things that you don’t like, or hate, that are very inspiring and important messages to work on. This column appears in the February 2019 edition of BlouinShop. Subscribe at www.blouinsubscriptions.comhttps://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Oceanco Unveils 90m/295ft (Y716) DreAMBoat

Oceanco’s new 90-meter superyacht Y716 DreAMBoat was successfully launched recently. The DreAMBoat is a first-time design collaboration between Espen Oino International and Terence Disdale Design, as per an official release. As per Oino, the result, after t
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Oceanco Unveils 90m/295ft (Y716) DreAMBoat

Oceanco’s new 90-meter superyacht Y716 DreAMBoat was successfully launched recently. The DreAMBoat is a first-time design collaboration between Espen Oino International and Terence Disdale Design, as per an official release. As per Oino, the result, after the overall effect, is a yacht that comes with clean uncluttered lines and a lucid design.The volume of the yacht enables a luxurious accommodation for up to 23 guests and has well planned out quarters for as many as 33 crew members. The presence of generous overhangs and cutouts lend a classic and strong appearance to the structure. “The design emphasis is on large windows that flood the interior with daylight and offer unspoiled views from the inside out. Outside spaces feature a large swimming pool on the main aft deck, an enormous partially enclosed sundeck with Jacuzzi and copious options for seating/entertaining. There is also a private Jacuzzi on the Owner’s deck. The interior design is sophisticated and serene with Disdale’s inimitable attention to detail. Nearly everything onboard from furniture to lighting is custom made,” says the release.Going by his philosophy of not to gild the lily, Terence Disdale has fashioned an interior that embraces personlized surfaces, limestone floors, natural wood, semi-precious stone vanities, leather, parchment, and mother of pearl. The result has come out well without appearing overdone, as per the release. State-of-the-art technology shows from all aspects. The yacht has incorporated a complex IP ship’s computer operating system along with a full carbon canopy mast house as well as mast, which is an integral part of the overall design. “It has been an intense project, but with some clear direction from the Owner, excellent collaboration between Espen Oino, Terence Disdale Design, and Oceanco, we have achieved a great deal and are poised to deliver a stunning yacht,” says Dan Jackson, the Owner's representative, as per the release.According to the release, Roderick Gort, Project Director at Oceanco, adds, “Launching DreAMBoat is an important milestone in the construction process of delivering ‘the Owners Perfect Yacht.’ We are looking forward to delivering DreAMBoat after her sea trials this spring, and welcoming her to the Oceanco family.” DreAMBoat is under commission for impending sea trials and is scheduled for delivery before the summer season. Interestingly, DreAMBoat is Oceanco’s 33rd yacht in its 33 years of existence.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the yacht.  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Auction Preview: Asian Antiques & Art at Altair Auctions, Norwood, Mar 1

What: Asian Antiques & ArtWhere: Altair Auctions, 151 Carnegie Row, Norwood, MA 02062, United StatesWhen: Mar 1, 12:00 AM GMTTop Lots of the Sale:- «Chinese Blue and White Jar» - Ming Period; rounded body with high shoulders, decorated with sc
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Auction Preview: Asian Antiques & Art at Altair Auctions, Norwood, Mar 1

What: Asian Antiques & ArtWhere: Altair Auctions, 151 Carnegie Row, Norwood, MA 02062, United StatesWhen: Mar 1, 12:00 AM GMTTop Lots of the Sale:- «Chinese Blue and White Jar» - Ming Period; rounded body with high shoulders, decorated with scene of children playing in a garden, the top with flying cranes and bats amidst stylized clouds, Zhengde  mark along the neck, of period. Measured at Height 20 in. Estimated Price: $20,000 - $40,000- «Chinese Jade Buddha Plaque» - Ming to Qing Dynasty; featured seated Buddha on front with multi arms, tiered carved surround with brown border in natural jade hues throughout and calligraphy inscriptions on back. Measured at Height 8 3/4 in. Estimated Price: $20,000 - $40,000- «Chinese Wucai Meiping Vase» - Ming Period; dense decoration in bright colors of floral patterns, geometric designs and various birds with Wanli  mark on the side. Measured at Height 6 3/4 in. Estimated Price: $20,000 - $40,000- «Chinese Yellow Glazed Vase» - Qing Dynasty; square mouth and square base, tubular ears at neck, decorated with blue dragon motifs and geometric patterns against yellow ground, Qianlong mark on  base. Measured at Height 14 3/4 in. Estimated Price: $20,000 - $40,000- «Chinese Doucai Bowl» - Qing Dynasty; flared open mouth, tapering sides to flat base, painted with emblems of floral designs, Qianlong mark and of period on base, minor hairline. Measured at Width 6 in., Height 2 1/2 in. Estimated Price: $10,000 - $30,000- «Chinese Antique Copper Red Dragon Jar» - Round body, tapering sides to flat base, painted decoration of a red dragon between two borders, Tian character mark on base. Measured at Height 3 in. Estimated Price: $10,000 - $20,000- «Chinese Antique Jade Belt» - Divided block sections each with intricate carved scenes and natural jade coloring throughout. Measured at Length 35 in., Width 2 in. Estimated Price: $10,000 - $20,000- «Chinese Enameled Cup» - Qing Dynasty; elegant decoration of bamboo reeds and pink flowers against white ground with calligraphy markings and Yongzheng mark on base. Measured at Height 1 3/4 in., Width 2  3/8 in. Estimated Price: $10,000 - $20,000- «Chinese 14K Gold Necklace» - Solid gold chain, with intricate design that holds a cluster of tiny diamonds and a large, single South Sea Pearl. Measured at Diameter 6.5 mm. Estimated Price: $10,000 - $20,000- «Chinese Jun Yao Tripod Brush Washer» - Song Dynasty; interior glaze of blues and greens in swirling design, exterior in rich pink plum color with  small nodular raised bumps and stout yellow legs,  minor chip and hairline near rim. Measured at Width 7 1/2 in. Estimated Price: $10,000 - $20,000For details, visit: https://www.liveauctioneers.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.https://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin 

Auction Preview: The Amelia Island Auction at Bonhams, Fernandina Beach Golf Club, Mar 7

What: The Amelia Island AuctionWhere: Bonhams, Fernandina Beach Golf Club, 3990 Amelia Island Parkway, Fernandina Beach FL 32034When: Mar 7, 10:00 AM ESTPublic Viewing: 06 Mar 2019 09:00 - 19:00 EST, 07 Mar 2019 09:00 - 11:00 ESTTop Lots of the Sale:- «
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Auction Preview: The Amelia Island Auction at Bonhams, Fernandina Beach Golf Club, Mar 7

What: The Amelia Island AuctionWhere: Bonhams, Fernandina Beach Golf Club, 3990 Amelia Island Parkway, Fernandina Beach FL 32034When: Mar 7, 10:00 AM ESTPublic Viewing: 06 Mar 2019 09:00 - 19:00 EST, 07 Mar 2019 09:00 - 11:00 ESTTop Lots of the Sale:- «1930 Cadillac Series 452 V-16 Roadster», Coachwork by Fleetwood - Chassis no. 7-952 - Engine no. 701056 - 452ci OHV V-16 Engine. 2 Twin-Choke Cadillac Carburetors, 165bhp at 3,400rpm, 3-Speed Manual Transmission, Front and Rear Leaf Spring Suspension, 4-Wheel Drum Brakes. Estimated Price: US$ 1,250,000 - 1,500,000- «1968-69 3-Liter Repco Brabham-Cosworth BT26/BT26A», The Ex-Jochen Rindt/Jacky Ickx - Chassis no. BT26-3 - Engine no. 1986. 2993cc DFV Ford-Cosworth Engine, Tubular Steel Space Frame Chassis with Stressed Skin Sections, 5-Speed Manual Hewland DG-300, with ZF Differential. Front Suspension: Double Wishbones with Coil Springs over Dampers and Anti-Roll Bar. Rear Suspension: Double Wishbones with Twin Radius Arms, Coil Springs over Dampers and Anti-Roll Bar. Estimated Price: US$ 1,100,000 - 1,400,000- «1964 Shelby Cobra 289» - Chassis no. CSX 2328; Engine no. PA 4539; 289ci OHV V8 Engine. Single 4-Barrel Carburetor, 306bhp at 6,000rpm, 4-Speed Manual Transmission, 4-Wheel Independent Suspension, 4-Wheel Disc Brakes. Estimated Price: US$ 900,000 - 1,100,000- «1913 Mercer Type 35J Raceabout» - Engine no. 1462; 301ci T-Head Inline 4-Cylinder Engine, 34bhp, 3-Speed Manual Transmission. Front and Rear Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs. Hartford Friction-Type Shock Absorbers. Rear-Wheel Drum Brakes. Estimated Price: US$ 800,000 - 1,000,000- «1998 RUF Porsche 993 Turbo R» - VIN. W09BD0360WPR06019; 3,600cc DOHC Twin-Turbo 6-Cylinder Engine, 520bhp at 6,500rpm. 6-Speed Manual Transaxle, 4-Wheel Independent Suspension, 4-Wheel Disc Brakes. Estimated Price: US$ 650,000 - 850,000- «1951 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Cabriolet», Coachwork by Pinin Farina - Chassis no. 915922; Engine no. 928329; 2,443cc DOHC Inline 6-Cyinder Engine. 3 Weber Carburetors, 110bhp at 4,800rpm. 4-Speed Manual Transmission, Coil Spring Suspension, 4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes. Estimated Price: US$ 600,000 - 750,000- «1936 Bentley 4¼ Liter Tourer» - Coachwork by Vanden Plas; Chassis no. B 138GA; Engine no. K6BW; 4,257cc OHV 6-Cylinder Engine. Twin SU Carburetors, Approximately 100bhp, 4-Speed Manual Transmission with Electronic Overdrive Fitted, 4-Wheel Servo Boosted Drum Brakes. Estimated Price: US$ 600,000 - 800,000- «1914 Simplex 50HP Speedcar» - Engine no. A2-50-59; 597ci T-Head Inline 4-Cylinder Engine; 50bhp. 4-Speed Manual Transmission. Dual-Chain Final-Drive. Rear-Wheel Mechanical Brakes. Estimated Price: US$ 600,000 - 800,000- «1929 Bentley 4½ Liter Sports Tourer» - Coachwork in the style of Vanden Plas; Chassis no. HB3410 (see text); Engine no. ST3024; 4,398cc SOHC Inline 4-Cylinder Engine; 110bhp at 3,500rpm. 4-Speed 'C' Manual Gearbox, Front and Rear Leaf Spring Suspension, 4-Wheel Drum Brakes. Estimated Price: US$ 525,000 - 575,000For details, visit: https://www.bonhams.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.https://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin 

The Ulysse Nardin Classico Jade Watch Celebrates Love

Watch manufacturers are going all out to create new offerings that showcase love and many were released around Valentine’s Day this year. One such timepiece is the Classico Jade, which was released by the luxury Swiss watchmaker Ulysse Nardin recently. The
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The Ulysse Nardin Classico Jade Watch Celebrates Love

Watch manufacturers are going all out to create new offerings that showcase love and many were released around Valentine’s Day this year. One such timepiece is the Classico Jade, which was released by the luxury Swiss watchmaker Ulysse Nardin recently. The timepiece importantly conveys the message of “I love you” with the aid of numbers.The limited-edition timepiece has three markers 8, 7, and 6 that have replaced by the numbers 5, 2, and 0 which in Chinese is pronounced as “Wo ai ni” and sounds like “I love you.” The strong numerical superstition associated with “520” in China has also resulted in May 20 being observed as a day celebrating love in the country. In the Ulysse Nardin Classico Jade, the numbers “520” are encased within a diamond-encrusted wave on the dial.First launched in 2013, the lineup of watches from Ulysse Nardin aims to capture the “crystallized magic” of the Jade gemstone, which was thought to be “the link between heaven and earth” in the royal court in China. The Classico Jade model is available in a limited-edition run of 99 pieces and is powered by the UN-815 movement. Mother-of-pearl is used in the dial while nine diamonds adorn the wave motif in the lower left quadrant. Sixty diamonds are present on the round bezel while the case is created from stainless steel. Other versions of the Ulysse Nardin Classico Jade come with rose gold or steel cases, while the straps are created from dark blue, burgundy, or dark gray alligator leather.Click on the slideshow to check the timepiece.http://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin 

Nike Collaborates with Eva Magill-Oliver and Nathan Bell to Create Capsule Collections

Nike has partnered with artists Eva Magill-Oliver and Nathan Bell to create capsule collections of apparel and footwear ideal for running.Banking on the power of collaborations with artists and athletes, Nike has been regularly releasing new collections consi
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Nike Collaborates with Eva Magill-Oliver and Nathan Bell to Create Capsule Collections

Nike has partnered with artists Eva Magill-Oliver and Nathan Bell to create capsule collections of apparel and footwear ideal for running.Banking on the power of collaborations with artists and athletes, Nike has been regularly releasing new collections consisting of footwear and apparel. The American multinational company, with a presence in several countries, has recently joined forces with Eva Magill-Oliver, an artist based in Atlanta.  She has used fluid brushstrokes characteristic of her work, to capture the sky and flowing water and embellish the running apparel and footwear on offer for women.Describing the collection for Nike she says, “Running is the time when I can focus my ideas and decompress while connecting with nature and I wanted my designs to demonstrate that feeling.” The collection comes with dynamic patterns that are both soft and bold and consists of different colors that are inspired by nature.For the collection that Nike created in collaboration with the Los Angeles based visual artist Nathan Bell the emphasis is on fun and humor. Describing the collection Bell says that running for him is similar to the process he uses to create his art and “consists of constant insecurities and failures.” Additionally, Bell has used graphic designs and quirky doodles on the performance apparel and footwear to celebrate the highs, and acknowledge the challenges of running.The Nike x Nathan Bell Collection is already available online while the Eva Magill-Oliver Collection will be available from March 1 on nike.com.Click on the slideshow to check the capsule collections.http://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin 

Auction Preview: Home & Interiors at Bonhams, London, Mar 13

What: Home & InteriorsWhere: Bonhams, Montpelier Street, Knightsbridge, London SW7 1HH, UKWhen: 13 March, 10.00 GMTPublic Viewing: 10 Mar 2019 11:00 - 15:00 GMT; 11 Mar 2019 09:00 - 16:30 GMT; 12 Mar 2019 09:00 - 16:30 GMTTop lots of the sale:- A Napoleo
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Auction Preview: Home & Interiors at Bonhams, London, Mar 13

What: Home & InteriorsWhere: Bonhams, Montpelier Street, Knightsbridge, London SW7 1HH, UKWhen: 13 March, 10.00 GMTPublic Viewing: 10 Mar 2019 11:00 - 15:00 GMT; 11 Mar 2019 09:00 - 16:30 GMT; 12 Mar 2019 09:00 - 16:30 GMTTop lots of the sale:- A Napoleon III Sevres style porcelain and gilt bronze mounted gueridon. The dished circular porcelain top painted after Antoine-Francois Callet with Louis XVI dressed in Royal attire standing before his throne, the latter decorated with the allegorical figure of lady Justice, within a gilt stylised scrolled foliate surround, encompassed by a strapwork-incised border interspersed with eighteen oval porcelain plaques, of which seventeen depict busts of elegant ladies from the court and one bears the Royal fleur-du-lys coat of arms, on a stained beech baluster column terminating in three bellflower pendant capped and acanthus clasped scroll corbels, united by floral swags, on a plinth base with a tasselled rope twist edge, 80cm wide x 80cm deep x 73cm high, (31in wide x 31in deep x 28 1/2in high). Estimate: £ 10,000 - 15,000 ($13,061 – 19,592)- A late 16th/early 17th century Genoese cisele velvet hanging. The voided gold satin ground worked with large flowering cornucopias, set within a foliate border, the whole with later 19th century and backing and repairs, 264cm x 374cm. Estimate: £ 10,000 - 12,000 ($13,061 – 15,674)- A set of four George III silver entree dishes and covers by Paul Storr, London 1815. Rectangular form with rounded corners, the gadroon borders interspersed with shell and acanthus, detachable acanthus and reeded loop handles, with lion mask and paw junctions on a flower calyx, covers engraved with armorials on each side and the bases crested, all pieces with pattern numbers 587.  The dexter arms are those of the Fitzhugh family of Waverdon Buckinghamshire., length of bases 32cm, weight 292oz. (4). Estimate: £ 8,000 - 12,000 ($15,673 - 15,674)- A pair of unusual George III silver three-branch candelabra by John Swift, London 1777. Neo-Classical form, each stem with a removable three-branch section, each nozzle with removable drip-pans, the stems with ram head and swag decoration, leading the filled square bases with Classical urn motifs, crested, height 48cm. (2). Estimate: £ 8,000 - 12,000 ($15,673 - 15,674)- An extensive Victorian Abercorn pattern silver tea and coffee service with pieces by John Samuel Hunt, Hunt & Roskell and Robert Garrard, London 1842 – 1892. With diaper and strap-work decoration, comprising: a tea kettle and burner stand, a teapot with ivory handle, a further teapot, a small teapot, a coffee pot with filter mechanism, a biscuit barrel, two covered bowls and stands, a further covered bowl, a milk jug with cover, two further milk jugs, a tea caddy, two pierced bowls, height of tea kettle 44.5cm, weight total 363oz. Estimate: £ 8,000 - 12,000 ($15,673 - 15,674)- A pair of French 19th century gilt bronze mounted mahogany low open bibliotheques. One bibliotheque stamped: 'L. Dromard', in the Louis XVI style. Each with a galleried marble top above an entrelac mounted frize flanked by mille raie angles, over a total of seven adjustable plum pudding mahogany shelves, flanked by engaged columns, on toupie feet, each approximately: 54cm wide x 33cm deep x 103cm high, (21in wide x 12 1/2in deep x 40 1/2in high) (2). Estimate: £ 7,000 - 10,000 ($9,143 – 13,061)- A Napoleon Iii Gilt and Patinated Bronze and White Marble Clock Together With A Pair of Six Light Garniture Candelabra En-Suite the clock signed to the dial L. Marchand A Paris, Rue Richelieu 57. The clock, 65cm high, the candelabra, 88.5cm high (3). Estimate: £ 7,000 - 10,000  ($9,143 – 13,061)For details, visit: https://www.bonhams.com/Click on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin 

Auction Preview: Lacquer, Jade, Bronze, Ink: The Irving Collection Evening Sale at Christie’s, New York, Mar 20

What: Lacquer, Jade, Bronze, Ink: The Irving Collection Evening SaleWhere: Christie’s; 20 Rockefeller CenterWhen: March 20; 07.00 pmPublic Viewing: 14 Mar, 10am - 5pm; 15 Mar, 10am - 5pm; 16 Mar, 10am - 5pm; 17 Mar, 1pm - 5pm; 18 Mar, 10am - 5pm; 19 Mar, 10
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Auction Preview: Lacquer, Jade, Bronze, Ink: The Irving Collection Evening Sale at Christie’s, New York, Mar 20

What: Lacquer, Jade, Bronze, Ink: The Irving Collection Evening SaleWhere: Christie’s; 20 Rockefeller CenterWhen: March 20; 07.00 pmPublic Viewing: 14 Mar, 10am - 5pm; 15 Mar, 10am - 5pm; 16 Mar, 10am - 5pm; 17 Mar, 1pm - 5pm; 18 Mar, 10am - 5pm; 19 Mar, 10am - 5pm; 20 Mar, 10am - 2pmTop lots of the sale:_ A Highly Important And Extremely Rare Gilt-Bronze Figure Of A Multi-Armed Guanyin, China, Yunnan, Dali Kingdom, 11th-12th Century. Finely cast as a tantric image of Avalokitesvara (Guanyin) with three eyes and four arms shown seated with legs pendent, the primary hands held in anjalimudra, the other pair resting on the knees, wearing an elaborate, openwork crown, as well as beaded necklaces and other jewelry, and a dhoti tied with a sash below the waist, with two large pierced rectangular tenons projecting either side of the un-gilded upper back. 14 7/8 in. (38 cm.) high, stand. Estimate: USD 4,000,000 - USD 6,000,000- A Rare Gilt-Bronze Standing Figure Of An Acuoye Guanyin, China, Yunnan, Dali Kingdom, 12th Century. The tall, slender figure shown standing with right hand raised in vitarkamudra and left held in varadamudra, the long hair drawn up into a tall coiffure (jatamukuta) bound by a band and elaborately dressed in twisted cords the upper back with a rectangular opening and the back of the upper legs with a square casting patch. 18 in. (45.7 cm.) high, lacquered softwood base. Estimate: USD 2,000,000 - USD 3,000,000- An Important And Extremely Rare Imperially Inscribed Greenish-White Jade «Twin Fish» Washer. China, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Incised Four-Character Mark And Of The Period, Dated By Inscription To The Cyclical Bingwu Year, Corresponding To 1786. 10 in. (25.4 cm.) diam., hongmu stand. Estimate: USD 1,000,000 - USD 1,500,000- Fu Baoshi (China, 1904-1965): Lithe Like A Crane, Leisurely Like A Seagull. Scroll, mounted and framed, ink and color on paper. Entitled, inscribed, and signed, with one seal of the artist and one dated seal of renyin year (1962). 17 ¾ x 26 5/8 in. (45.2 x 67.8 cm.). Estimate: USD 800,000 - USD 1,200,000- Wu Guanzhong (China, 1919-2010): Waterfall. Scroll, mounted and framed, ink and color on paper. With two seals of the artist. 27 x 53 3/8 in. (68.5 x 135.5 cm.). Estimate: USD 750,000 - USD 850,000- A Finely Carved White Jade Archaistic Rhyton. China, Qing Dynasty, 17th-18th Century. 7 in. (17.8 cm.) high, hongmu stand. Estimate: USD 200,000 - USD 300,000- A Rare And Finely Carved Red Lacquer Mallet-Form Vase , China, Ming Dynasty, 15th-16th Century. Carved all over with a graceful and dense design of overlapping peony blossoms and leaves below a band of lingzhi scroll encircling the mouth, the interior and base lacquered black. 6 ¼ in. (15.9 cm.) high, Japanese wood box. Estimate: USD 200,000 - USD 300,000For details, visit: https://www.christies.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin 

Auction Preview: Lacquer, Jade, Bronze, Ink: The Irving Collection Day Sale at Christie’s, New York, Mar 21

What: Lacquer, Jade, Bronze, Ink: The Irving Collection Day SaleWhere: Christie’s; 20 Rockefeller CenterWhen: March 21; 10.00 am and 02.00 pmPublic Viewing: 14 Mar, 10am - 5pm; 15 Mar, 10am - 5pm; 16 Mar, 10am - 5pm; 17 Mar, 1pm - 5pm; 18 Mar, 10am - 5pm; 1
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Auction Preview: Lacquer, Jade, Bronze, Ink: The Irving Collection Day Sale at Christie’s, New York, Mar 21

What: Lacquer, Jade, Bronze, Ink: The Irving Collection Day SaleWhere: Christie’s; 20 Rockefeller CenterWhen: March 21; 10.00 am and 02.00 pmPublic Viewing: 14 Mar, 10am - 5pm; 15 Mar, 10am - 5pm; 16 Mar, 10am - 5pm; 17 Mar, 1pm - 5pm; 18 Mar, 10am - 5pm; 19 Mar, 10am - 5pm; 20 Mar, 10am - 2pmTop lots of the sale:- Fu Baoshi (China, 1904-1965): Celestial Woman. Scroll, mounted and framed, ink and color on paper. Entitled, inscribed, and signed, with two seals of the artist. Dated 7 February, 1961. 19 1/8 x 22 3/8 in. (48.7 x 57 cm.). Estimate: USD 300,000 - USD 400,000- A Rare Pair Of Huanghuali Square-Corner Cabinets, Fangjiaogui, China, 17th-18th Century. Each with well-figured single-panel doors opening to reveal the shelved interior with two drawers, raised on molded square-section legs joined by plain aprons and spandrels, with baitong shaped lockplate and hinges. 81 ¼ in. (206.4 cm.) high, 38 ½ in. (97.8 cm.) wide, 22 ¼ in. (56.5 cm.) deep. Estimate: USD 300,000 - USD 500,000- A Huanghuali Round-Corner Tapered Cabinet, Yuanjiaogui, China, Ming Dynasty, 17th Century. The beautifully proportioned cabinet with a rounded rectangular top supported on elegantly splayed legs of circular section, the doors opening to reveal the shelved interior, all above plain, beaded apron and shaped, beaded spandrels. 52 ¼ in. (132.7 cm.) high, 31 ½ in. (80 cm.) wide, 17 ¼ in. (43.8 cm.) deep. Estimate: USD 150,000 - USD 250,000- A Silver- And Copper-Inlaid Bronze Figure Of A Buddha, Western Tibet, 11th-12th Century. Seated in vajrasana upon a rectangular throne decorated with lotus petals below addorsed lions and a draped textile, the broad chest partially wrapped in a diaphanous robe with an incised diaper pattern along the hems, the face with copper-inlaid lips, downcast, silver-inlaid eyes, and arched brows, the hair covering a spherical ushnisha. 12 ¼ in. (31 cm.) high. Estimate: USD 100,000 - USD 150,000- A Sandstone Figure Of A Male Deity, Khmer, Angkor Period, Angkor Wat Style, 12th Century. Clad in a short sampot carved with parallel pleats and secured with a jeweled belt and with a double-butterfly sash in front, his rounded face with delicately outlined lips and long pendulous earlobes, the hair arranged in a cylindrical chignon and fronted by a foliate tiara. 28 in. (71.2 cm.) high, stand. Estimate: USD 100,000 - USD 150,000- A Pair Of Large Pale Greenish Grey Jade Ruyi Scepters, China, Qing Dynasty, 18th-19th Century. 18 in. (45.8 cm.) long. Estimate: USD 100,000 - USD 150,000- A rare and finely carved white jade ''bridge scene'' brush rest and spinach-green jade base, China, qing dynasty, 18th-19th century. 6 ½ in. (16.5 cm.) long. Estimate: USD 80,000 - USD 120,000- A small white jade rectangular table screen, China, Qing Dynasty, 18th century. 7 ½ in. (19 cm.) high, hongmu stand. Estimate: USD 80,000 - USD 120,000For details, visit: https://www.christies.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin 

H&M Partners with the Environmental Media Association

H&M USA and the Environmental Media Association (EMA) have announced their teaming up to create awareness on the burning issue of circularity in fashion, which is the need of the hour.Embarking on their new role and partnership, the EMA has cordially invi
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H&M Partners with the Environmental Media Association

H&M USA and the Environmental Media Association (EMA) have announced their teaming up to create awareness on the burning issue of circularity in fashion, which is the need of the hour.Embarking on their new role and partnership, the EMA has cordially invited their celebrity friends, including Malin Akerman, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Constance Zimmer, and Karrueche Tran to spread the message about H&M's garment collecting drive and initiative with the help of viral videos on social media.“The partnership kicked off with an intimate event at H&M's Sunset Blvd store, where stakeholders and friends including Blythe Danner, Malin Akerman, Katie Asleton Duplass and Constance Zimmer, came together to talk about the importance of a more sustainable fashion future. The conversation is part of a broader mission by the two companies to take on the challenges of climate change and circularity in fashion more directly. H&M started its Garment Collecting program in 2013, becoming the first fashion company to launch a clothing collecting initiative worldwide. The program has collected 163 million pounds of textiles globally, providing customers an easy way to give clothes a second life to ensure fewer garments end up in landfills,” says an official release.EMA serves as a valuable connect between the world of media and the environmental community, working diligently to bring the planet's most grave issues to the front and bring about real changes by motivating millions of people in the world to lead a sustainable lifestyle and do their bit to help our planet.«The Environmental Media Association is proud to partner with H&M to support the Garment Collecting initiative and provide visibility on such an important program that aims to divert millions of pounds of textiles from landfills,» says Debbie Levin, CEO, as per the release. «Helping people learn about alternatives for their unwanted textiles is an important and exciting step in creating a positive impact on our planet for a more sustainable future.»“EMA is a diverse subsection of entertainment industry influencers, entrepreneurs in business, and green icons dedicated to the mission of promoting environmental progress. EMA is a movement powered by celebrity role-modeling, campaign work, social media messaging, year-round programs, including EMA Green Seals for Production, Hospitality, Fitness and Business, #greenmyschool garden program and three large scale events,” says the release.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the celebrities associated with the campaign  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Auction Preview: Furniture and Decorative Art at Dorotheum, Vienna, Mar 11

What: Furniture and Decorative ArtWhere: Dorotheum; Dorotheergasse 17, 1010 Wien, AustriaWhen: March 11; 04.00 pmTop lots of the sale:- An imposing historicist display cabinet. Modified Italian Renaissance style of the late 19th century, dark stained hardwoo
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Auction Preview: Furniture and Decorative Art at Dorotheum, Vienna, Mar 11

What: Furniture and Decorative ArtWhere: Dorotheum; Dorotheergasse 17, 1010 Wien, AustriaWhen: March 11; 04.00 pmTop lots of the sale:- An imposing historicist display cabinet. Modified Italian Renaissance style of the late 19th century, dark stained hardwood and softwood frame in two parts with bombe front, lavishly carved in the form of mythical creatures and hybrid beasts as well as caryatids, lower section with two doors featuring sumptuous decorative floral carvings in the form of baskets of flowers and atlases along the lesenes, upper section glazed on three sides with curved glass inlays on the front and vertical cornice in the mid-section, cartouche-shaped carved decor in the form of hybrid marine creatures, several shelves, c. 290 x 177 x 73 cm, 1 side glass with fissure, signs of age and use. Estimate: EUR 7,000 - EUR 9,000 (USD 7,900 - USD 10,000)- An ornamental sideboard, Italy (Venice?) c. 1900. Partly executed in walnut root and pearwood, body in 2 parts with several oil paintings featuring floral still lifes, young women and a Venetian amorous scene, three drawers, four doors, mirror inlay, c. 233 x 171 x 56 cm, signs of age, small parts missing. Estimate: EUR 6,000 - EUR 9,000 (USD 6,800- USD 10,000)- An imposing historicist etagere, modified Italian Renaissance style of the late 19th century, dark stained hardwood and softwood frame in two parts with hinged top surmounted by tapering etagere, lavishly decorated with naturalistic carvings featuring mythical creatures and hybrid beasts, cartouche-shaped carved finish, c. 257 x 135 x 61 cm, small carved elements missing, signs of age and use. Estimate: EUR 5,000- EUR 7,000 (USD 5,700 - USD 7,900 )- A salon chest of drawers, Louis XVI period, c. 1780. Partly solid mahogany and mahogany veneer, with polished finish, rounded fluted lesenes, 5 drawers, chased bronze mounts gilt at a later date, moulded marble top, c. 88 x 132 x 63 cm. Estimate: EUR 4,000 - EUR 6,000 (USD 4,500 - USD 6,800)- A half-height salon cabinet, transitional-style, last third of the 18th century. Gently curved oak structure with rosewood and tulipwood veneer as well as with floral marquetry of diverse precious woods on all sides, 2 doors, moulded marble top, supplemented bronze mounts, stamped A. Bailleul, c. 43 x 88 x 36.5 cm. Estimate: EUR 4,000- EUR 6,000 (USD 4,500 - USD 6,800 )- A male torso, 19th/20th century. Athletic, muscular body in contrapposto pose, the torso slightly bent to one side, marble worked in the round, surface with patina, age-related damage, height 118 cm. Estimate: EUR 4,000 - EUR 7,000 (USD 4,500 - USD 7,900)- A small lady’s or child’s desk in Biedermeier style. Modern, professionally executed high-quality hardwood and softwood frame in lyre form, with walnut veneer and polished finish, 1 large and 1 small drawer, fall-front writing surface with 3 interior drawers, hinged sliding top, c. 126 x 74 x 31 cm. Estimate: EUR 4,000 - EUR 5,000 (USD 4,500 – USD 5,700)For details, visit: https://www.dorotheum.com/Click on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin 

Auction Preview: 100 Lapidary Treasures from the Estate of Gerard L. Cafesjian at Bonhams, Los Angeles, Mar 12

What: 100 Lapidary Treasures from the Estate of Gerard L. CafesjianWhere: Bonhams, 7601 W. Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USAWhen: 12 March, 10.00 EDTPublic Viewing: 09 Mar 2019 12:00 - 17:00 PST; 10 Mar 2019 12:00 - 17:00 PDT; 11 Mar 2019 10:00 - 1
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Auction Preview: 100 Lapidary Treasures from the Estate of Gerard L. Cafesjian at Bonhams, Los Angeles, Mar 12

What: 100 Lapidary Treasures from the Estate of Gerard L. CafesjianWhere: Bonhams, 7601 W. Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USAWhen: 12 March, 10.00 EDTPublic Viewing: 09 Mar 2019 12:00 - 17:00 PST; 10 Mar 2019 12:00 - 17:00 PDT; 11 Mar 2019 10:00 - 17:00 PDTTop lots of the sale:- Illuminated Ruby, Emerald, Sapphire and Gold Flower Study by Manfred Wild--«Bleeding Hearts» Idar-Oberstein,Germany. The Bleeding Heart blossoms are comprised of fifteen gem-quality ruby flowers carved of East African material from the renowned John Saul Mine in Tanzania, weighing approximately 152 carats total, while white kascholong opals from the Caspian Sea form the pistils. Twelve bright green leaves carved of translucent Brazilian emerald grace the composition, weighing approximately 183.5 carats. Decorated with 109 pave-set diamonds, with a total approximate weight of 1.10 carats. The vase is formed of carved rock crystal with four sapphire slabs inset to the side as well as 2 marquise-shaped ruby cabochons and two triangular-shaped emerald cabochons. Approximately 220 grams (7 ozt) of 18K gold decorate the piece. The removable base of Russian black obsidian has a built-in LED light allowing the rock crystal and sapphire base to be illuminated from within. Height 9in (22.9cm). Estimate: US$ 30,000 - 50,000- Impressive Ruby, Granite and Gold Eagle Sculpture by Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio, Circa 2007, Lima, Peru . The beak and talons embellished with 18K yellow gold; the eyes inset with ruby cabochons. The bird elegantly perched atop a dark granite obelisk of tapering form which provides a dramatic color contrast to the rich red ruby. Wingspan of eagle 41 x 19in (100 x 48.25 cm). Height overall including granite base: 77in. Base measures 12 x 12 in. Estimate: US$ 25,000 - 35,000- Illuminated Citrine Sculpture of a Gorilla by Manfred Wild--«King Kong» Idar-Oberstein, Germany. A single large crystal of natural deep golden citrine, weighing approximately 16,865 carats, rare enough in itself, has been masterfully carved into the seated figure of a gorilla. The high transparency of the crystal is apparent. He sits upon an oval obsidian base housing a concealed halogen light fixture which illuminates the majestic animal from beneath. Signed M. Wild. Height 7 1/2in (19.1cm). Estimate: US$ 20,000 - 30,000- Carved Agate Falcon on Native Copper Base by Gerd Dreher, Idar-Oberstein, Germany. Employing a combination of types of agates, the mottled feathers are realistically depicted. The wing edges and tail feathers are formed of highly transparent banded agate inset into speckled agate, with more solid colored agates used for the throat and head and beak. The feathers on his back are carved of hawk's eye quartz (a rare blue variety of tiger's eye quartz from South Africa) which provides a chatoyant sheen. With his outstretched wings, he alights atop a copper specimen having some traces of quartz, imitating a mountainous outcropping. Raised on a circular rock crystal quartz base. Inscribed monogram GD for Gerd Dreher. Height 12in (30.5cm). Estimate: US$ 15,000 - 25,000- Gemstone Carving of a Pair of Lovebirds by Gerd Dreher, Idar-Oberstein, Germany. Perched atop a petrified wood base imbued with a rugged naturalism, this pair of colorful love birds exhibits the exceptional quality of carving for which Dreher's work is known. The realistically textured feathers are carved of aventurine quartz, black agate, buckskin colored jasper and speckled blue-gray obsidian. The eyes are formed of natural golden agate with a bull's eye center. The eyes are rimmed with white agate while the beaks are carved of smooth polished red jasper. Each bird possesses gold vermeil feet firmly planted on the petrified wood base which has been polished to a rich sheen. Height 10in (25.4cm). Estimate: US$ 15,000 - 20,000- Fire Opal Carving of a Pig by Gerd Dreher, Idar-Oberstein, Germany. This pig is realistically carved from a single large piece of firey orange opal. Inscribed with monogram signature GD for Gerd Dreher. Length 4 1/2in (11.4cm) and weighing 1541 carats (308.2 grams). Estimate: US$ 15,000 - 20,000- Natural Citrine Carving of a Lion by Gerhard Becker, Idar-Oberstein, Germany. Carved from a single large crystal of citrine, entirely unenhanced and natural in color, this is an exceptional lapidary work of art. Realistically carved, the face, mane and shoulders are particularly gemmy and transparent, showing a strong saturation of color graduating to a lighter citrine at the base. The figure rests upon a circular, polished Russian black obsidian base. Height 7in (17.8cm). Estimate: US$ 15,000 - 20,000For details, visit: https://www.bonhams.com/Click on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin 

Jockey Unveils the New Chapter of “ShowEm” Campaign with Pro Golfer Bubba Watson and His Wife

Jockey International, Inc. (Jockey), a 143-year-old brand recognized around the world for its premium underwear and apparel, recently announced the next chapter of its inspiring brand campaign «Show 'Em What's Underneath, Show 'Em Your Jockey,” throug
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Jockey Unveils the New Chapter of “ShowEm” Campaign with Pro Golfer Bubba Watson and His Wife

Jockey International, Inc. (Jockey), a 143-year-old brand recognized around the world for its premium underwear and apparel, recently announced the next chapter of its inspiring brand campaign «Show 'Em What's Underneath, Show 'Em Your Jockey,” through an official release. The latest heroes to be featured are professional golfer Bubba Watson and his wife, former WNBA player, Angie, who show the strength of family in building a life where love and commitment to each other comes first.The campaign introduces the golfer and Angie flaunting Jockey product with Caleb and Dakota in an intimate video demonstrating what's underneath, both literally as well as figuratively. The new chapter celebrates daily heroes who symbolize the spirit and values associated with Jockey and the features that make all of them unique in their own way. Some of these characteristics are  purpose, perseverance, faith, courage, hope, family, and resilience.The campaign has been conceptualized by marketing partner Pure Growth Consulting, and will be supported with a vigorous digital and social media presence.“Known as one of the longest drivers in golf, Bubba is a two-time Masters champion and 12-time winner on the PGA Tour. With two adopted children, Caleb and Dakota, Bubba and Angie consider family to be their greatest achievement. As Angie suffered from a medical condition that prevented her from having children naturally, the Watsons turned to adoption to grow their family. The adoption process was more difficult than expected but after being turned down three times, Bubba and Angie adopted their son, Caleb, just a week before Bubba won the Masters tournament in 2012. Two years later, they welcomed a daughter, Dakota, into their family, also by adoption. After overcoming their challenges in building a family, they are sharing their ups and downs of their personal journey to encourage anyone who may be experiencing similar trials,” says the release.»Bubba and Angie were a natural choice for the ShowEm campaign since their commitment to family is in perfect alignment with Jockey's core values,« said Mark Fedyk, President and Chief Operating Officer at Jockey, as per the release. »We're proud to be able to share Bubba and Angie's uplifting story to shed light on the importance of family,” he added.«It's amazing to have the opportunity to partner with a company like Jockey and use the ShowEm campaign to inspire and provide support to other families that have thought about or have begun the adoption process,» said Bubba Watson, as per the release.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the campaign.    https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Acorn Entertainment Expands with the Addition of Fashion Brands, Jay Godfrey and Go FO

Acorn Entertainment (AE) recently announced through an official release that it has expanded its client base to include fashion brands following the addition of New York celebrity designer Jay Godfrey and Go FO, a faux fur collaboration between outwear maker
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Acorn Entertainment Expands with the Addition of Fashion Brands, Jay Godfrey and Go FO

Acorn Entertainment (AE) recently announced through an official release that it has expanded its client base to include fashion brands following the addition of New York celebrity designer Jay Godfrey and Go FO, a faux fur collaboration between outwear maker Damiani and Playboy, to its roster of brands and celebrity talent looking to expand their presence in China.According to the release, AE provides a full set of online and offline, multichannel and multimedia promotional services to individual celebrity talent as well as brand clients, primarily from the U.S., who seek to maximize their brands in China and increase their monetization ratios from social media engagement. AE's goal is to help talent and brands capture yet-untapped value from the Chinese market through a variety of means, including endorsements, pay-to-view content, as well as e-commerce.«China's rapidly growing middle class embraces Western fashion and we see a lot of opportunity to build brand value for both Jay Godfrey and Go FO in China. Jay Godfrey has already been active in the Chinese market over the years and we can see how his design aesthetic inspired by the chic New York woman, and worn by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, and Holland Roden, will appeal to young women in urban areas. We expect Go FO will appeal to this same demographic, where cruelty-free faux fur is increasingly being viewed as a chic alternative fashion,» said Brittany Li, head of Client Acquisition at Acorn Entertainment, according to the release.As per the release, Lisa Damiani notes: «Go FO's inspiration arises from a 65-year-old history of PLAYBOY being one of the most iconic brands in the world, including in China. Damiani NY's Go FO collection was born from the belief that treating animals with care and respect is an integral part of our world and future. It's a new age of fashion, a new era – and FO is the future. Go FO.»According to the release, Jacob A. Fisch, CEO and President of Acorn International, the parent company of Acorn Entertainment noted, «We continue to build out our Influencer Management Division with the addition of two exciting new fashion clients. We look forward to working with them to increase monetization from social media engagement in China.»Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the Jay Godfrey and Go FO Designs  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Kristina Salen is Moda Operandi’s New Chief Financial Officer

Moda Operandi, the luxury fashion platform where consumers get to shop directly from designers' complete runway collections even before production, recently announced that Kristina Salen is appointed as its Chief Financial Officer. Kristina will oversee Moda
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Kristina Salen is Moda Operandi’s New Chief Financial Officer

Moda Operandi, the luxury fashion platform where consumers get to shop directly from designers' complete runway collections even before production, recently announced that Kristina Salen is appointed as its Chief Financial Officer. Kristina will oversee Moda Operandi's global financial operations and report to CEO Ganesh Srivats at the company's New York City headquarters, as per an official release.“Kristina comes to Moda Operandi with deep experience overseeing finance organizations at growth-stage companies. Most recently, Kristina served as CFO and COO of UnitedMasters, a company that leverages technology to champion independence for musicians. Prior to that Kristina served as CFO of Etsy, where she led and executed the company's initial public offering, and helped scale the business from $895 million in gross sales to $3 billion. Before Etsy, Kristina held positions with Fidelity, Oppenheimer Capital, Merril Lynch, and Lazard Freres,” says the release.«I'm excited to welcome Kristina to Moda Operandi. As an experienced CFO of growth-stage tech companies, Kristina brings incredible financial expertise and senior leadership experience at a critical time for Moda. Kristina will be a great new addition to our terrific leadership team, and I look forward to working closely with her to achieve Moda's mission and ambitions,» said Ganesh Srivats, CEO of Moda Operandi, according to the release.«Moda's mission of leveraging technology to connect creators with customers is one that has resonated with me throughout my career. I'm excited to join a company with a strong, established business model and at a pivotal moment in its history. I look forward to working with Ganesh as Moda builds its technology momentum and enters a new growth phase,» said Kristina Salen, CFO of Moda Operandi, according to the release.Kristina sits on the Board of Directors for both SiriusXM and Cornerstone OnDemand. Moda Operandi has brought in a revolution of sorts in the fashion industry by enabling consumers to shop directly from designers' complete runway collections prior to production. Its Trunkshow model provide consumers unparalleled access to designs, service and personalization, while encouraging creative exploration by designers stated the release.“With only a fraction of designers' runway looks ever arriving to retail, Moda Operandi allows for more fashion creativity to find an audience. Co-founded in 2010 by Lauren Santo Domingo, Moda Operandi was born on the belief that fashion creativity should never be suppressed - it should be celebrated.  Now a trusted fashion authority for the modern global luxury consumer, Moda Operandi carries more than 1,000 brands and designers, ships to 125 countries, and has raised nearly $300M in funding from top-tier global investors,” says the release.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at a few Moda Operandi products   https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Karl Lagerfeld, Friend of the Arts, 1933-2019

Not only was he the creative director behind Chanel’s runaway success for decades, or the one behind Fendi, among other colossal brands, but Karl Lagerfeld was an important and passionate collector. A patrons of the arts, the designer, who died on Tuesday a
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Karl Lagerfeld, Friend of the Arts, 1933-2019

Not only was he the creative director behind Chanel’s runaway success for decades, or the one behind Fendi, among other colossal brands, but Karl Lagerfeld was an important and passionate collector. A patrons of the arts, the designer, who died on Tuesday at 85, was also friends with many artists on whose talent he often relied.Quick flashback: Metropolitan Museum, New York, December 4, 2018. Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Pharrell Williams…they all came to be part of the event. A crowd of A-listers gathered for Chanel’s Metiers d’Art Collection 2019 fashion show, curated by the unfailingly relevant Karl Lagerfeld. For the occasion, the maestro summoned forth Egyptian elements placed before the Temple of Dendur as decorative features. However, it was Cyril Kongo’s paintings, as redesigned by Karl Lagerfeld, that stole the show behind the Nefertitis on the podium.“Karl, as he was known, will leave his mark in history. Not only on our era,” Kongo said on Tuesday. “Amongst his various talents, he loved artists, was inspired and surrounded by them. I had a crazy chance to work with him, to be the last one too.” Lagerfeld knew how to bridge the gap between artistic talents, fashion, music, and the “je ne sais quoi” of a timeless spirit. An immense collector of books and of 18 th century furniture, he was crazy about artists, youth and creativity. “He bought 12 paintings of mine and kept them all,” recalled Kongo. “I thought he would take details from them, but no. Some of them were used in their entirety for bags and dress prints, while others were used as patterns for invitations. Two of my paintings were literally printed on dresses, and then reworked by Chanel’s artisans, according to Karl’s instructions.” It’s quite a collection. A few weeks before he died, the fashion Kaiser was again doing something that had never been done before.Reportedly born on September 10, , 1933 (he never revealed his birthday), the most famous fashion designer was the son of a German entrepreneur and a lingerie saleswoman from Berlin. After growing up in Hamburg, this bright and very secretive boy left Germany for Paris before he was 18. After graduating from high school in the French capital, he lived there the rest of his life. As a young apprentice, he learned about fashion with Pierre Balmain in the 1950s, and later became friends with Yves Saint Laurent. But over the next 40 years, he and YSL fought against each other, for personal as well as professional reasons. In 1964, Lagerfeld went to Chloe, to work with Gabielle Aghion, the maison’s founder. He also made his debut in advertising, with a certain…Helmut Newton. But he found the match of his life with Chanel, which hired him in 1982 to be the brand’s creative director. Tireless, he designed more than 10 collections a year for the brand. He later also designed for Fendi, and for his own brand, Karl Lagerfeld.An incredible myth, Lagerfeld — a creative genius as well as a pop icon — had become a symbol, his own logo. “My name is Logofeld,” he said in one of the many crazy interviews he gave (this one to Le Figaro). But he will be missed not only as a creative and public figure. A friend of the Wertheimers, the family owner of Chanel – who are also important Modern and Contemporary art collectors – Lagerfeld was an aesthete. He collected in nearly every category that was beautiful and had value: from Memphis furniture (sold in 1991 at Sotheby’s), to Darmstadt style in his Hamburg house, or 18th century in his Paris hotel particulier; to jewelry, street art or art and photo books. Said to have accumulated more than 300,000 books, he also had a great collection of Ruhlmann and Dunand Art Deco. More than owning these objects, the designer admired them. That is also why he loved artists and creators. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px 'Times New Roman'} https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

Auction Preview: California Jewels at Bonhams, Los Angeles, Mar 5

What: California JewelsWhere: Bonhams, 7601 W. Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046When: Mar 5, 10:00 AM PSTPublic Viewing: 01 Mar 2019 12:00 - 17:00 PST, 02 Mar 2019 12:00 - 17:00 PST, 03 Mar 2019 12:00 - 17:00 PST, 04 Mar 2019 12:00 - 17:00 PSTTop Lots o
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Auction Preview: California Jewels at Bonhams, Los Angeles, Mar 5

What: California JewelsWhere: Bonhams, 7601 W. Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046When: Mar 5, 10:00 AM PSTPublic Viewing: 01 Mar 2019 12:00 - 17:00 PST, 02 Mar 2019 12:00 - 17:00 PST, 03 Mar 2019 12:00 - 17:00 PST, 04 Mar 2019 12:00 - 17:00 PSTTop Lots of the Sale:- «A diamond and 18k gold bracelet» - Estimated total diamond weight: 25.00cts; gross weight approximately: 74 grams; length: 7 1/4in. Estimated Price: US$ 25,000 - US$ 35,000- «A pair of diamond and 18k white gold ear pendants» - Estimated total diamond weight: 25.45cts; length: 2 3/4in. Estimated Price: US$ 25,000 - US$ 35,000- «A lady's diamond and 18k gold 'Premiere Chain' integral bracelet wristwatch, Chanel» - Quartz movement, with pouch and booklet with original receipt; case, dial and movement signed; case no. FR56179; estimated total diamond weight: 3.50cts; gross weight approximately: 59 grams; case width: 20mm; length: 6in. Estimated Price: US$ 18,000 - US$ 25,000- «A diamond and platinum wedding set», Tiffany & Co. - Round brilliant-cut diamond weighs: 1.72cts; signed Tiffany & Co., with papers and two signed boxes; size: 5. Estimated Price: US$ 13,000 - US$ 18,000- «A diamond, sapphire and platinum flower clip» - Estimated total diamond weight: 12.00cts; gross weight approximately: 48 grams; dimensions: 2 1/4 x 2 1/4in. Estimated Price: US$ 12,000 - US$ 18,000- «A colored sapphire, diamond and platinum ring» - Cushion modified mixed-cut yellow sapphire approximately: 13.55cts; estimated total diamond weight: 1.25cts; size 5 1/2. Estimated Price: US$ 10,000 - US$ 15,000- «A diamond, sapphire and platinum ring» - Center round brilliant-cut diamond approximately: 2.80cts; size: 6 1/2. Estimated Price: US$ 10,000 - US$ 15,000- «A diamond and 18k white gold riviere necklace» - Center round brilliant-cut diamond approximately: 1.58cts; estimated total remaining diamond weight: 16.30cts; length: 17in. Estimated Price: US$ 10,000 - US$ 15,000- «A colored diamond, diamond, enamel, gem-set platinum and 18k gold hinged bangle» - Estimated total diamond weight: 16.00cts; gross weight approximately: 116 grams; diameter: 2 3/8in. (yellow diamonds untested for origin of color). Estimated Price: US$ 8,000 - US$ 12,000- «A cultured pearl, colored cultured pearl and 14k white gold necklace» - Pearls approximately: 8.9 to 13.8mm; length: 35in. (pearls untested for origin of color). Estimated Price: US$ 7,000 - US$ 10,000- «A sapphire, diamond and 18k white gold ring» - Oval mixed-cut sapphire approximately: 7.45cts; estimated total diamond weight: 2.90cts; size: 5 3/4. Estimated Price: US$ 7,000 - US$ 10,000- «A pair of kunzite, colored diamond and 18k white gold ear clips» - Estimated total diamond weight: 5.25cts; dimensions: 1 x 1in. (brown diamonds untested for origin of color). Estimated Price: US$ 6,500 - US$ 7,500For details, visit: https://www.bonhams.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.https://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin 

Turkish Designers Conquered the Global Fashion Stage at New York Fashion Week AW19

Turkish textile is known for its fine quality far and wide. In recent years, Turkish fashion design is traveling all around the world with more and more cities and retailers embracing the textile. Turkish fashion designer labels have made their way to the pre
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Turkish Designers Conquered the Global Fashion Stage at New York Fashion Week AW19

Turkish textile is known for its fine quality far and wide. In recent years, Turkish fashion design is traveling all around the world with more and more cities and retailers embracing the textile. Turkish fashion designer labels have made their way to the prestigious fashion department stores at Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale’s. Turkish textile and design is here to stay and will be promoted the whole year as a project supplied by Turkey Promotion Group (TPG), as per an official release.The first part of the project was rolled out during New York Fashion Week when four young Turkish Designers: Buket Ozkalfalar, Barut Gokhan Ildeniz, Ece Kavran, and Firat Neziroglu showcased at the fashion gala. Turkish designers exhibited their collections with a mixed brand catwalk in Industria. Some popular Turkish top models walked the runway. All these designers had a successful run at the show as they were coached by Hakan Akkaya, the famous Turkish fashion designer who has the honour of participating three times in a row at NYFW.“Turkey Promotion Group (TPG) was established under the roof of Turkish Exporters’ Association (TIM) to unify all communication activities promoting Turkey, as well as Turkish products and services in the global marketplace. TPG’s mission is to amplify and promote Turkey’s ‘Discover the Potential’ brand in the global arena; to highlight Turkey’s economic potential and provide facts and figures about the country and its exported products,” says the release.Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the designers.  https://www.blouinartinfo.com/              Founder: Louise Blouin

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