Wednesday, July 22, 2009

MoMA Store Sale gives unexpected necklace finds

I miss visiting the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City! After all, it's a really cool place where you can sit around staring at thought-provoking abstract art for a substantial amount of time, all the while watching droves of people walking by and about. You may be wondering, what does art have to do with fashion? I'm hoping the answer gets really obvious with the necklaces featured below:

The MoMA store is having a sale and you can find all the above items online. I love them all! Especially the Marianne Olry necklaces since hanging raw gems and precious stones around the neck is simply hot, hot, hot. And yes, the last one is a necklace SCARF made out of synthetic taffeta (cloth). Creative? I would say so. Clean and crisp? Mm-hmm! Gorgeous craft? Most definitely~!

The MoMA store is awesome for carrying pieces from relatively obscure designers from all over the world. For example, Paola Volpi lives and works in Rome where she is known to transform industrial materials into unique and precious jewelry and the context in which we see these materials. Marianne Olry, on the other hand, is a jeweler in Paris who was discovered by Bonnie Mackay, the creative and marketing director of MoMA Retail. Mackey spotted Marianne Olry’s delicate drop necklace sparkling in a shop window while wandering through the Marais in Paris. Alexis Bittar is a New York designer who is getting increasing amount of attention in America as well as worldwide. His biggest recent gig is designing Burberry's first ever couture jewelry collection. Quite a feat for the Brooklyn native known for his modernistic Lucite jewelry! Francesca Amfitheatrof is based in London and designs for the home in addition to her jewelry collection. Her clients include Alessi, Chanel, Fendi, Marni, Wedgwood, and so on.

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