Detroit-Area Charities Shine in New Tapper’s Campaign

Tapper’s Diamonds & Fine Jewelry will launch Jewelry Stars Give Back, a charitable giving program that will recognize a glittering group of metro Detroiters and their favorite charitable organizations.

Known for their trendsetting fashion and jewelry choices and their outstanding community support, 12 local style icons and their charities of choice will be featured in the holiday issue of Tapper’s Accent magazine, which will be distributed on November 20 to tens of thousands of homes and promoted citywide. Accent will also be available at all three Tapper’s locations in Novi, Troy and West Bloomfield.

“In the spirit of the holiday season, we chose people who not only embrace a unique sense of style, but who also are known for giving back to the community,” says Mark Tapper, president of Tapper’s Diamonds & Fine Jewelry. “We asked each Jewelry Star to name a charity near and dear to his or her heart. Tapper’s will make a donation to each charity and campaign for further donations throughout the holiday season.”

Jewelry Stars Give Back will launch with a star-studded event from 6 to 9 p.m. on November 20 at Tapper’s in West Bloomfield. Jewelry Stars and guests will mix and mingle with the 11 worthy charities, helping them to further their mission.

Meet the Tapper’s 2014 Jewelry Stars and Selected Charities

Jocelyn Allen, director of regional, grassroots and diversity communications for General Motors, selected the Michigan Women’s Foundation, which is devoted to fostering economic empowerment for women and girls through philanthropy and investment.

Corissa Bakko, court reporter, has selected The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), which is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding cures for Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis.

Dr. David F. Bradley, D.D.S. at Bradley Dental Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, supports JARC, which is a non-sectarian, non-profit organization founded in 1969 by a group of parents concerned about the future of their children with developmental disabilities.

Edward Eickhoff, vice president of development/redevelopment at Ramco Gershenson, Inc., has chosen Hospice of Michigan (HOM). Since 1980, it has been providing seriously ill patients and their families love and support when needed most.

Jill and George Hamilton have chosen Band of Angels (BOA), which is the world’s largest provider of non-medical information on Down syndrome.

Danialle Karmanos, mom, wife, writer and founder of the Danialle Karmanos’ Work It Out (DKWIO) would like to help disadvantaged local kids fight childhood obesity. With the right combination of awareness, physical activity and a healthy dose of self-esteem, childhood obesity can be prevented at DKWIO.

Christina and Sean Metrose, president of SlipNOT Metal Safety Flooring and portfolio manager and partner at DeRoy and Devereaux Private Investment Counsel, have selected the Capuchin Soup Kitchen (CSK), which is a ministry of the Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order. Inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, the mission of the organization is to tend to people’s basic needs, especially the need for food.

Nancy Rosenthal, retired religious teacher and supervisor at Temple Israel, has selected The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Michigan Chapter. The organization is working toward a world free of Multiple Sclerosis.

Michael Simmons, partner at Profile Income Tax, Inc., has chosen The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute (KCI), which is a unique, urban-based integrated center of research, patient care and education, dedicated to the prevention, early detection, treatment and eventual eradication of cancer.

Drew Smyly, a former Detroit Tigers baseball player who is currently playing for the Tampa Bay Rays, selected two wonderful organizations, including the Michigan Humane Society (MHS). MHS is a charitable 501(c)(3) animal welfare organization and is the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in the state, caring for tens of thousands of animals each year. Smyly also selected the Detroit Tigers Foundation,  the official charity of the Detroit Tigers baseball club and is an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, a 501(c)(3) public charity.

To kick off the campaign, Tapper’s will make a donation to each organization, plus give them the opportunity to earn an additional gift. From November 20 through December 31, the public will decide which charity receives the extra gift by voting for their favorite organization at Tapper’s stores or online at tappers.com. The organization that collects the most votes at the conclusion of the program will receive the bonus for their charity. An additional fundraising effort has been established for each organization where the public is invited to make additional donations.

To vote, or for more information on Tapper’s Jewelry Stars Give Back and these organizations, please visit tappers.com. Remember to donate this holiday season!

Roberto Coin Boutique Opens at Hyde Park Jewelers

Leading Italian jewelry designer Roberto Coin recently announced the opening of his newest U.S.boutique. In partnership with Hyde Park Jewelers, the boutique is located in Denver’s Cherry Creek Shopping Center.

The interior features white travertine marble, deep, rich woods, burnished mirrors and a designated area to display the Roberto Coin Cento Collection. The concept follows the design of Roberto Coin’s boutiques in Moscow and Prague.

Since 1977, Venetian jewelry designer Roberto Coin has devoted his life to a passion for innovative design. Finding inspiration in the most unlikely of places, he is truly an artisan. Experimenting with light, texture, color and pattern, Coin’s style is ever evolving. His diverse collection, designed to fit every woman, is defined by a common thread—a thoughtful balance of elegance and creativity. Included in every piece of Roberto Coin jewelry is his signature ruby. The ruby symbolizes peace, prosperity and happiness and is a special wish from the designer to the wearer.

Pieces from Roberto Coin’s Pois Moi collection featuring 18K white and yellow gold with diamonds.

“We are excited about our continued expansion of our brand with another boutique opening,” says Peter Webster, co-owner and president of Roberto Coin Inc. “The success and encouraging consumer response from our other boutiques has inspired us to launch in locations that we find perfect to expand our name. Collaborating with some of the most well-respected local retail partners, such as Hyde Park Jewelers, broadens our relationships with the local community and future Roberto Coin customers in addition to our already loyal clientele.”

The Roberto Coin for Hyde Park Jewelers boutique at The Cherry Creek Shopping Center comprises 500 square feet and is a premiere location for the innovative designs of Roberto Coin. The boutique will feature some of the iconic collections from Roberto Coin including Pois Moi, Black Jade, Haute Couture, Shanghai and Primavera.

Store owner Shereen Pollack says, “This is an incredible opportunity to present the Roberto Coin Collection in a gorgeous environment. The customers will get to enjoy the depth of the collections as well as the elegant surroundings. Hyde Park is extremely honored and proud to partner with Roberto Coin.”

 

 

Perfect Gems for Fall 2014

Explore the little luxuries the world has to offer.

BY DONALD CHARLES RICHARDSON

ESCAPE ARTISTS

There are many opulent hotels on the glamorous island of St. Barths. Then there’s the Taiwana. Set on Flamands Beach, Taiwana is the island’s most private retreat. Within moments of your arrival, the staff knows your name and room number and is quickly learning your preferences in wine and food. Both are superb at this resort (and if you wake up hungry in the middle of the night, you’ll find someone on duty in the restaurant to supply a snack or ice cream). The rooms are sleek and sumptuously supplied with Frette towels, robes and linens. There’s an excellent Neville hair salon and spa. But it’s the ambiance of an exclusive club that truly sets Taiwana apart and makes it one of St. Barth’s most stylish places to unwind.

Image by Richard Termine

CAT HITS HIGH NOTE

Celebrated for producing works composed for intimate venues, New York’s Gotham Chamber Opera is now in its 12th season. Performances have included rarities from the Baroque era, such as Mozart’s Il sogno di Scipione and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and contemporary operas including I Have No Stories to Tell You by Lembit Beecher and The Raven by Toshio Hosokawa. During the 2014/2015 season, the company will present a revival of a favorite, El gato con botas (Puss in Boots), by Xavier Montsalvatge, at New York’s El Museo del Barrio. The opera tells the children’s story of a miller who inherits a mangy cat with magical talents. The cat woos a princess for the miller and, after defeating an evil ogre through trickery, happily unites the miller and princess. They marry and provide a warm home for the cat (which is probably what the cat had in mind all along).

GATHERING THE GRAPES

At the 56-acre Hestan Vineyards located at the base of Okell Hill on Napa Valley’s eastern slopes, individually farmed blocks are planted with all five Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. The grapes are co-harvested and cofermented to create Stephanie Proprietary Red Wine, a Bordeaux made from a layered blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Petit Verdot, 16% Malbec, 12% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Limited to 900 cases, Stephanie is a complex wine with an intriguing nose of licorice, clove and sweet spice mingled with cedar, tobacco and black currant. And rich mocha notes unfold on the supple palate, lingering well into the long, elegant finish.

Image by Nicola Gnesi, courtesy of Eykyn Maclean

ROCK STAR

Sculptor Kan Yasuda’s critically acclaimed work is exhibited and installed at galleries and public spaces all over the world. The Boboli Gardens in Florence displayed the first abstract sculptures in this 500-year-old collection; a solo exhibition featured 18 large works at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park; and a 17-acre sculpture park is dedicated to him in Japan. Working in marble (his studio is in Pietrasanta in northern Italy, near the Carrara quarries), Yasuda’s creations are gentle, tranquil and contemplative, encouraging interaction with the viewer. At his recent American debut show at Eykyn Maclean Gallery, when asked how an individual should chose a sculpture, Yasada replied, “Touch it, and if it touches you back…”

 UN CHÂTEAU AVEC DES ANIMAUX EXOTIQUES

As you drive into the Château of Thoiry, about 30 miles west of Paris, don’t be surprised if a giraffe strolls past your car. Many animals, such as camels and zebras, roam freely. Others, like tigers, leopards and cheetahs, are kept in the château’s zoo. While touring this 16th-century, 370-acre estate, you’ll also discover a maze, several gardens, a restaurant, and possibly the current Count and Countess of La Panouse, who still live in the château (part of which is shown to the public by costumed guides). Because architect Philibert de l’Orme designed the château to be in perfect harmony with nature, the most spectacular time to visit is during the summer or winter solstice, when the center arch marks the exact position of the sun.

Passing the Torch

Third-generation CEO Elie Bernheim continues Raymond Weil’s tradition of excellence.

BY JILLIAN LAROCHELLE

Did you know from a young age that you wanted to be involved in the family business?
My father always reminds me that I was 10 years old when I came to him after a long trip, and I asked, “Okay, what’s going on with our Swedish distributor? I remember you told me that you had some financial issues…” He was thinking “Oh my, my son is too young for that kind of thing,” but I always knew that one day I would join the company. I took my first position when I was 25, as a salesman in the German market. We had a car and we took our sales rack from store to store for weeks at a time.

When did you receive your first watch?
It was a gift from my father. I was probably seven years old and at the time this watch was a big hit. I recently wore the first watch my grandfather bought for me in 1992. It’s a Parsifal which has been in the collection for more than 20 years. We have a family museum and I probably have between one and three pieces of each reference in house. It’s nice to get some inspiration from what my grandfather created.

What is it like to follow in his footsteps, and now to work alongside your father and brother?
My brother Pierre is in charge of our second company, 88 Rue du Rhone, which we launched two years ago. His office is right near mine and we see each other all the time, but it was important for each of us to have our own responsibilities.

My father has not officially retired. He still comes into the office for several hours a day, but he’s a happy man now. He’s enjoying being a grandfather and spending time with my children. At the same he still oversees our Asian markets and is a fantastic advisor when I need his support. It is a privilege to work with him.

Bernheim’s current favorite is Raymond Weil’s Toccata timepiece.

As the youngest CEO of a Geneva-based watch brand, how do you think your fresh perspective can be an advantage?
Being the youngest is great, but being surrounded by a strong team is more important. There will always be people who say “You’re too young.” But I have big ambition and a vision for the brand, and I’m sure that our customers can feel that passion. Hopefully it will get them excited too. Being young is also a good thing when it comes to the hectic travel schedule this job requires. It’s important for me to meet all our retail and supply partners to show them how much we appreciate them and how much I need their support. Showing that we are behind them and we are doing everything we can to support them is the most important part of my job today.

What legacy do you hope to leave behind?
There is a French proverb that says the first generation builds the company, the second expands the company and the third (most of the time) destroys what the first two generations have built. I’m just hoping everyday that I will not be an example of this, that my team and I will bring Raymond Weil to a higher level. If I put this pressure on myself it is only because I see a huge potential for our brand to grow around the world, particularly in the States. This is my plan for the future.

My children are three and one so it’s too early to tell if they will develop an interest, but I definitely hope to keep Raymond Weil as a family business. It’s tradition. It’s a privilege for a father to work with his children, and if I could do that I would be so happy.

A Better Mousetrap

For Tesla Motors, reinventing the wheel doesn’t just involve a new car.

BY ROBERT HAYNES-PETERSON

The past two decades have borne witness to fantastical leaps in technology we now consider invaluable: smartphones, GPS guidance systems, tablet computers. It’s also provided its fair share of clunkers: the Segway, non-iPod MP3 players, MySpace. One innovation that appeared to straddle the hot-or-not fence several times since its introduction almost a decade ago: Tesla Motors’ luxury electric vehicles (EVs). In recent months, however, much of the doubt about Tesla’s viability and even its historic importance seems to have been erased through a flurry of investments, new products and innovative sales and intellectual property rights management.

Though founded by computer engineers Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning in 2003, it was big thinker Elon Musk who got Tesla rolling. (He’s also a driving force behind much of the commercial space travel industry and a proposed Hyperloop high-speed magnetic rail in California.) The world got its first taste of the future with the Tesla Roadster in 2006. Musk argued that the nascent electronic car industry needn’t be restricted to boxy, utilitarian vehicles. He envisioned luxury roadsters and even high-performance racecars (the Tesla Roadster was the first EV to top 200 MPH, and was soon participating in eco-races in Australia). He made a point of investing personally in American manufacturing and dropping a significant amount of his and other people’s (including the U.S. DOE’s) money into manufacturing. Soon pundits speculated each $128,000 car rolling off the line actually cost millions more based on investments vs. actual production. Various delays, along with a 2009 Roadster recall and battery pack fires in the Model S in 2013, made it seem as if the Tesla might be another rich kid’s vanity toy destined to be tossed aside. (Remember the DeLorean?)

Flash forward to 2014, and Musk’s vision is very nearly rock solid. The company posted profits in 2013. Buliding vertically, Tesla offers a growing range of cars. The full-sized, five-door Model S, with a remarkable 97 MPG highway, expanded sales in the U.K. and Europe significantly during the first part of the year, while the falcon-winged, dual-motor, all-wheel drive Model X is expected to reach buyers by 2015. Just as importantly, the company opened its 100th charging station in Hamilton, New Jersey (also the 22nd state to approve Tesla’s unusual direct sales approach: you can scope the models on a showroom floor, but you must buy online). The most unusual aspect of the Supercharger stations? Topping off your batteries doesn’t cost a cent. With enough stations, you can now theoretically cross the country for free.

Even more mind-boggling to the traditional Carnegie-era capitalist: in a blog post dated June 12, 2014, Musk made waves by announcing that all of Tesla’s hard-earned (and expensive) patents would be released into the public domain. In an era when the concept of open-sourcing headbutts against the lucrative intellectual property universe (think patented human DNA), the announcement was a potentially world-changing one. “If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electronic vehicles,” Musk wrote, “but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal.” All of this adds up to a rosy future for Tesla, which claims to have more orders than they can possibly fill. Though he’s no longer associated with the company, Tarpenning is convinced of the significant role luxury EVs play. At a 2012 Silicon Valley Band of Angels lunch, he noted that in 10 years, “all the supercars will be electric or electric assisted.”

A Feast for the Eyes

Help yourself to jewels in every color.

BY LORRAINE DEPASQUE

Jewelry fashion this season is about fun—pieces that make you smile. “While white diamonds and neutral precious stones will forever be Hollywood favorites,” says Ginnina D’Orazio, “all the colored gems being used right now in designer jewelry are making a lasting impact on the red carpet.” And she would certainly know: for more than a decade, celebrities and their stylists have made D’Orazio & Associates, a private showroom in Beverly Hills, a must-stop destination. When stars like Halle Berry, Jennifer Lopez, Angelina Jolie and Amy Adams appear at awards shows, movie premieres and film festivals, many of the dazzling jewelry designs they wear are on loan through the showroom.

Amrapali Nine Sunflower Navrata floral ear cuffs in 18K yellow gold

MULTICOLOR BRILLIANCE:  With inside access to Hollywood’s A-listers, D’Orazio can confirm that fanciful multicolor mixes are a key fashion direction this year. Think of words like rainbow, graffiti and kaleidoscope—anything that invokes images of joyful, juicy color combinations. Such upbeat jewelry with prismatic palettes happens to be right in step with fashion’s painterly styles, too. Elie Saab and Giambattista Valli, for example, both presented 2015 resort collections brilliantly awash in artistic multi-hued fabrics that look like studies in Impressionism. In the trending jewelry look, all of sapphire’s fancy shades— pink, orange, purple, green, red—are particularly popular, as are mixes of three (or more) natural colored diamonds.

Amrapali cuff with rubies and diamonds

RED ALERT: One thing to try this season is mixing your multicolor jewelry with singlecolor gem pieces, especially red stones. Alongside that colorful rose-cut stone bracelet, for example, add a new red gem stack to create fashionable arm candy. “We’ve had a lot of celebrities select jewelry with spinel and rhodolite garnet,” notes D’Orazio. “These semi-precious stones give you brilliant red color that makes a statement, but with an affordable price tag.”

Nonetheless, two of the precious reds—ruby and fancy red sapphire— are surely worth the price. Favorites this year in have been slightly edgy designs with crimson-hued stones set in darkened gold or blackened silver. For many red gem beauties, inspiration began in February in Tucson, Arizona at the annual AGTA GemFair Tucson, the world’s most important annual marketplace for natural colored gemstones and cultured pearls. Robyn Hawk, gem cutter, mineral expert and self-proclaimed “serial blogger”—one of her eight blogs is devoted to Tucson’s prestigious gem show—says, “The desert was resplendent in vibrant jewel tones: fuchsia spinel, fanta orange spessartite garnet, the ruby-like scarlet of rubellite tourmaline, vivid lime-green peridot, and the languid purply-blue of tanzanite.”

Sutra Jewels 18K black gold opal Marquee ring

OPALS & DRUZIES & DOUBLETS, OH MY! “The big story was opal,” Hawk continues. “If you want your style to be ontrend this year, opal jewelry is a must-have. Some Boulder opals exhibit a beautiful pattern that brings to mind the great abstract painters. And Ethiopian opal is awe-inspiring; remember Cate Blanchett’s Chopard opal earrings at the Academy Awards?” Luckily, since opal was one of Tucson’s strongest selling gems, you’ll have many types and colors to choose from this year (including black opal, white opal and crystal opal).

Talking about other on-trend gems, Hawk suggests “when you’re feeling extra-arty and daring, be sure to layer on something with druzy. One thing’s for sure: No one else will be wearing it because every druzy quartz is a one-of-a-kind wonder.” Hawk says the gem show was filled with brilliant hues, “even metallic drusies, which are gleaming varieties coated with a film of gold, platinum, sterling silver or copper. And they were hot, hot, hot!”

Stephen Webster Crystal Haze earrings in 18K rose gold from the Lady Stardust collection, featuring doublet with pink opal and white diamonds

FUN FASHION CHOICES: For the most fashion-forward looks, whether you’re wearing drusy, doublets, opal, red gems, or multicolor designs, there are three words to remember this season: layer, layer, layer! Many luxe new necklaces feature varying shapes of colored gems on a single elongated chain. And for bracelets, odd numbered stacks are most on-trend in thin and very thin gauges. Mixing and matching super-slim bangles from different brands is best, as it gives a uniquely customized look for the wrist without having to design custom pieces. Of course, when it comes to the ultimate in high-end hip this year, it’s often about the ears and hands. Ear cuffs clip onto the top of your ear, while ear climbers—aka “ear vines”—sparkle upward from the lobe, at once edgy and elegant.

For beautifully adorned hands, 2014 style is about everything from dramatic one-finger elongated knuckle rings worn on any finger… to delicate midi rings that sit between the fingernail and knuckle… to multifinger rings that adventurously stretch over two or three fingers… to hand jewelry with sparkling chains and stones draped from finger to wrist.

Yes, this is a happy time for jewelry, so have fun this fall!

Eat Across America

James Beard-approved events and eateries have become more accessible than ever.

BY SHIRA LEVINE

Image by Ken Goodman

When it comes to America’s pioneering  chefs, most are familiar with Julia Child. Yet it was another great gastronome that first taught America how to cook on TV and penned cookbooks for aspiring foodies to obsess over. James Beard—the “Dean of American cookery” according to a 1954 New York Times piece—influenced the way Americans eat today, championing local markets and products long before it became de rigeur, opening a culinary school in his home, and nurturing many of our most well known chefs and cookbook authors.

The James Beard Foundation is headquartered in the West Village home where he lived during the last 15 years of his life. But today Beard’s legacy has spread even further, with the foundation’s stamp of approval appearing on eateries and events all across the U.S. Successfully determining a city’s tastiest epicurean experience can be a tricky dish, especially for new visitors. But “you can’t go wrong with a meal from James Beard award winners and nominees,” promises Susan Ungaro, who has served as the foundation’s president since 2006. “These are the best-of-the-best.

“We are the country’s best-kept secret, but we don’t want to be!” says Ungaro. “The James Beard Foundation Awards are the Oscars of the culinary world, but we’re open to the public! People don’t realize all of our events are accessible, and that they don’t only happen New York.”

In fact, the 2015 James Beard Awards will be held in Chicago, America’s “Tastiest City” long celebrated for its contribution to molecular gastronomy. The move marks the first time in a 24-year run that the annual fete will leave the Big Apple.

Ungaro’s goal is to bring as many James Beard events outside New York City as there are within it. These currently include nationwide Friends of Beard events, where chefs create something special on location at their Beard-approved restaurants, rather than making a pilgrimage to “perform” at the flagship. There’s also Taste America, the annual celebrity chef tour that visits 10 cities over five weekends from September 12 to October 25. “We showcase the talent of one city with a guest chef from another city,” says Ungaro. “These pairings are one-of-a-kind events for diners who want to try something completely unique. The linked chefs have never cooked together before, so they get try something new too.”

All this is not to detract from the delectable dining experiences dished out at the James Beard House, which essentially operates as a restaurant with different chefs and menus 200 days of the year. Enjoying a meal here is a full sensory experience that will make you feel like an utter insider. Guests get to walk through the bustling kitchen where “America’s first celebrity chef” once demonstrated how to roast chicken and hand-make pastas with Tom Brokaw and Bryant Gumbel on the Today Show. You can mill around the quaint backyard garden as you nosh on curious canapés, then head upstairs for the guest chef-of-the-night’s much-anticipated multi-course dining experience.

Image by Ken Goodman

Dinners often sell out and can be priced at up to $250 per person. But if you can’t make it in person, you’re in luck: “We just installed a Livestream kitchen camera so anyone can watch what the chefs are creating in the James Beard kitchen every night.” says Ungaro. “In fact, you can see more of the action than our seated guests!” (Chefs are graciously given the choice between a sound-on or sound-off camera, although so far only one chef has opted to mute.)

Ungaro credits America’s passion for reality food TV (and good fundraising) with much of the success of the foundation’s programming. “We’ve raised awareness about the joy of cooking and the art of cooking.”

 

It Bags

Winter ’14 handbag must-haves.

BY ELISE DIAMANTINI

Whether you’re looking for boho chic or tongue in cheek, this season’s trends range in style, silhouette and function.

Bag by Anteprima, image courtesy of WGSN

SCHOOL GIRL: Backpacks are… well… back, and you don’t have to be a student to carry one. While silhouettes are smaller than your typical knapsack, it’s also not the mini backpack you remember from the ’90s. Backpacks can be found in various fabrications for wherever you want to carry them: try an active-influenced sling in a nylon fabric for a stylish way to hit the yoga studio, or high-fashion quilted leather for a more upscale look. And if you can’t commit, convertible backpacks (those that can be either worn on the back or converted into a satchel) are trending too.

FESTIVAL FRINGE: Music festivals like Coachella have been a big source of fashion inspiration as of late. New York-based forecasting firm The Doneger Group has coined the trend “Frontier,” calling out festival-influenced saddlebags, pouches and anything with fringe. Fashion Snoops’ Laura Miller describes the trend as bohemian mixed with tribal influences. “We saw it on the runways from brands like Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch and Etro,” she adds.

Street style image courtesy of WGSN

BUCKET LIST: The drawstring bucket bag is reemerging for fall, making an important impact on the runways. “This is a nod to the ’70s trend, which is in full swing with a cleaned-up ‘mom’ look,” explains Jacqui Ma of trend-forecasting firm WGSN. Size doesn’t matter here either: go for a big “black hole” bucket or a smaller drawstring style.

SHOW US WHAT YA GOT: “Transparent materials continue to be strong, as people like to expose the inner contents of their bags,” explains Ma. This style leaves nothing to the imagination, so make sure to put the items you might not want to show the world inside a cosmetic case!

Bag by Anya Hindmarch, image courtesy of WGSN

PATTERN & PRINT: “The trend toward print and pattern on luxury bags has been led by Chanel. Painterly effects and hand-drawn styles add a new artist-casual feel to bags,” says Ma. Fashion Snoops’ Miller echoes this sentiment, noting that “billboard” bags featuring iconic graphics or even Fortune 500 company logos are trending on portfolio bags and totes.

Need for Speed

Taking a cue from its parent company, Tudor enters the world of motor sports sponsorship.

BY DAVID A. ROSE

Anyone who knows anything about motor sports will know and appreciate the contribution Rolex has made over the years. Rolex is the official timepiece at the Sebring International Raceway and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, official timepiece at The 24 Hours of Le Mans, and title sponsor of the annual Rolex 24 at Daytona. And in 2013, the brand made history when it became the global partner and official timepiece of Formula 1, the pinnacle of motor sports.

51st Rolex 24 at Daytona, Photo By Tom O'Neal Courtesy of Rolex

Rolex also made headlines last year for another reason: the announcement that it would re-launch its storied Tudor brand in the U.S., and promote it as the title partner for the new Tudor United SportsCar Championship.

Hans Wilsdorf, Rolex’s founder, registered the name “The Tudor” in 1926 to honor the Tudor period in England. He established Montres Tudor SA in 1946 with the idea of offering the quality of Rolex timepieces at a lower price. Today, though Tudor is part of the Rolex Group, it is operated separately and continues to uphold its philosophy of affordable luxury.

Tudor Grantour Chrono Fly-Back

To celebrate its colorful history, Tudor has introduced the Heritage Collection, featuring updated versions of iconic pieces like the Tudor Heritage Chrono and the Tudor Heritage Advisor. The Tudor United SportsCar Championship was formed by the merging of two rival U.S. events: the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series and the American Le Mans Series. The two had been competing for fans, sponsors, teams and drivers since 1999, but as a single series they have now created one of the most exciting sports car races in the world. “For years Tudor has been inspired by motor sports,” says brand manager Russell Kelly. “This new partnership allows us to elevate our commitment to sports car racing. This is the perfect alignment between partners dedicated to performance and precision.” International sports car racing brings together some of the most sophisticated machinery in existence with the best drivers in the world.

Unlike other motor sports races, which run for a specific number of miles or laps, sports car series are run for three, six, 12 and 24 hours. Each car must utilize a minimum of two drivers for the shorter races, and can use up to five drivers per car for 24- hour events. They race in all weather conditions and the pace remains intense throughout the entire event. With the merger of the two series for 2014, there is no doubt that the Tudor United SportsCar Championship will present race fans in North America with the most exciting racing they’ve ever seen, while allowing watch lovers to become reacquainted with the luxury, quality and sophistication of the Tudor brand.

 

2014 TUDOR UNITED SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP UPCOMING RACE SCHEDULE

May 31 – Detroit Belle Isle
June 7 – Kansas Speedway
June 29 – Watkins Glen International
July 13 – Canadian Tire Motorsports Park
July 25 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway
August 10 – Road America
August 24 – Virginia International Raceway

Simply Modern

Jewelry’s new sophisticated simplicity.

BY LORRAINE DEPASQUE

Ivanka Trump Metropolis necklace in 18K yellow gold with diamonds

As the warm-weather seasons begin, jewelry and fashion have both entered into a nouveau modern era. In two words: sleek and uncomplicated. Still glamorous? Definitely—but more panache with purity, if you will. When models strutted down the spring/summer runways wearing peek-a-boo sheers and cut-out mesh (and even see-through skirts) they looked sensual, but seldom overly sexy.

“In fashion, there’s a distinct modernization going on, as designers are beginning to rethink luxury,” explains David Wolfe, creative director of international fabric, color and style forecasting agency The Doneger Group in New York City. “It’s super-simplicity—kind of no-fashion fashion. Yet there’s a lot of cutting-edge creativity. For example, clean-cut sharp angles—what I’m calling geometrickery!”

What does this mean in terms of jewelry accessorizing? “It’s the minimalist ’90s back in fashion. But not the stark minimal ’90s, when everything was spare—as in no accessories and no jewelry,” explains Vicente Agor, president of the Contemporary Jewelry Design Group. “This time around, sleek apparel is the backdrop for jewelry. That’s key to what makes it now—completely 2014,” he says. “The clean lines of the clothes actually let the jewelry stand out. If you wear something exactly as it was styled in its original decade, then it’s a costume! So it’s very important to pair the new austere-shaded, streamlined clothes with jewelry. Otherwise, you’ll look out-of-date—very yesterday.”

LIVING LARGE

The first thing to remember when wearing the season’s refined, unfussy clothes is to think big: jewelry with impact is a megatrend. And you can do that either by wearing large statement pieces or by layering several for a strong jewelry look. With luxury brands, top-trending categories include knuckle rings and cocktail rings, power pendants and lengthy necklaces, long dangle earrings—especially triple-stone drops—and slim bracelets worn in multiples—three minimum, but mostly five—stacked up the arm.

“Geometric and sculptural pieces are very important now,” notes Agor, “and jewelry looks very fresh when it’s large in scale.” Nonetheless, says Wolfe, “Because there are many important silhouettes going on simultaneously this season, sometimes dramatic designs are needed while, at other times, what you wear may call for smaller, slimmer items of jewelry worn together for an overall uber effect.”

FASHION’S METALLICS, JEWELRY’S METALS

Roberto Coin single-row Pois Moi bracelets in high-polished 18K rose, white and yellow gold

Still, whether the jewels you wear this spring and summer are singularly super-sized or merely appear large when layered, the precious metal itself is a key consideration. To some degree, all the high-gloss futuristic fabrics are a factor. “We’re currently experiencing a fascination with unnatural-looking textiles. Metallic is being worn year-round, not just during the holiday period,” Wolfe says. “All shades of metallic—blue, pink, green—a rich rainbow. But my favorites are the darker muted gold metallics; I call them golden glamour. They’re very complementary to the new jewelry we’re seeing in yellow, rose and darkened rhodium-plated gold, and these mix fabulously with white gold and sterling silver that’s oxidized to look gray or black.”

COLORS . . . AND NON-COLORS

Speaking of black, like last year, it’s the non-color that’s still going strong. “Lots of sparkling white, too,” Wolfe reminds us. “Remember, white is now worn year-round. I especially like all the black-and-white clothes because it’s a color combo that gives you a lot of freedom with jewelry and other accessories. Beyond black and white, color runs the gamut, from bold and bright to darks to mellow yellow, neutral, and nude. And I love that very sophisticated combination of navy and black, which many major fashion houses have given us. Although this year, you’ll see all shades of blue—light, medium, and dark navy—straight into fall and through the winter. And more monochromatic schemes of mid-tone blues, too.”

Penny Preville earrings in 18K yellow gold with moonstone cabochons and organic aquamarine
organic aquamarine bottom drops

Fine jewelry has, in fact, led the way when it comes to blues, says lapidary artist and veteran gem dealer Bill Gangi, who sells high-quality colored stones to many leading names in luxury artisanal jewelry. “It’s the number-one gem color every year,” he says. But in the 2014 Spectrum Awards (the annual premier competition for colored gemstone jewelry design sponsored by the American Gem Trade Association), there were notably more indigo, azure and cobalt-colored jewelry entries than in the 2013 contest. Tanzanite, blue sapphire, lapis-lazuli and aquamarine were hard-to-miss standouts—way more popular than in the previous year. You definitely want your jeweler to show you some new designs that highlight any (or all!) of those blue beauties. Other in-vogue blues are iolite, black opal, blue moonstone, labradorite, turquoise, blue chalcedony, blue topaz and blue zircon.

“A great color combination is blue with purple,” Wolfe recommends. “In fashion, purple’s been hot for the past four seasons.” Given that the Pantone Color Institute named Radiant Orchid as its 2014 Color of the Year, you can bet that purple passion will continue to heat up throughout the year. “It’s a modern and surprisingly versatile shade,” says Pantone’s executive director, Leatrice Eiseman. (Take note: There’s that word modern again!)

Eiseman adds that Radiant Orchid is “a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple, inspiring confidence and emanating great joy, love and health. And it encourages expanded creativity and originality.” Looking at the breadth of imaginative new collections from goldsmiths inspired by a spectrum of violet, lavender and eggplant shaded stones—amethyst, alexandrite, sugilite, purple sapphire, kunzite, tourmaline, agate, quartz and lavender spinel—we can’t help but agree!

On a final note, it’s hardly coincidental that the Pantone Color of the Year is named after a beautiful, delicate flower. Remember, we’re enjoying an uncluttered, easy-to understand style era right now, one that’s often characterized by natural influences as well as geometrics. Think about it: Both nature and geometry are minimalist at their core. Going forward, well beyond 2014, forecasters are predicting that organic-themed collections will continue to grow, as women (like us!) are captivated by the perfection of the imperfection of asymmetric gemstones. Raw diamonds, baroque pearls, sliced precious and semiprecious color. . . each gem is one-of-a-kind from nature and completely sophisticated in its simplicity!