Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Art Basel Roundup!

Dear Fragments Friends & Family,

How are you all doing? Enjoying the beginning of the Holiday Season? I hope you're all having fun celebrating the holidays, giving and receiving lots of love and thanks, and admiring the sparkling lights all around us. I love it all.

Speaking of celebrations and special moments...I have just returned from an amazing week at Art Basel in Miami, Florida. There was sensational art everywhere I looked and in the most unexpected places. The week was filled with extraordinary talent, love, creativity and celebration - every second was truly exquisite. I am so proud of my daughter, her restaurant Wynwood Kitchen & Bar has been such a success since it's opening early last week - even being named the "hottest restaurant of Art Basel." How exciting and what an accolade! Here is a beautiful shot of a live performance one night at the restaurant:

And take a look at the outdoor seating - isn't it sensational? It's all about uniqueness and creativity, celebrating the world of art and the talent that's around us everyday. It is so inspiring.

This was one of my favorite exhibitions called "friends with you," - it is so happy and unique, too much fun and brings me back to my childhood. The exhibition is made up of all giant balloons in the design district.

Another amazing installation was by reknowned graffiti artist, PHASE 2. I find this to be incredibly edgy and modern - very exciting and of course inspiring. Art keeps me going - it always inspires me to seek new and unique talent in the jewelry world and bring it to the marketplace. This piece does just that - I especially love it's use of neon color. What a pop!

I also find this "Retna" for Primary Flights mural very intriguing. It's dark, but incredibly inspiring and very stylish and regal.

These are only bits and pieces from our amazing experience at Basel this year. I will be posting more photos on our Facebook fan page - Fragments Jewelry - please become a fan to see photos and stay up to date with Fragments news. Thank you all and have a wonderful holiday season!
Love,
Janet


























































Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Art, Jewelry & a Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello Fragments Fans and Followers,
How are you all doing? Getting into the Holiday spirit, I hope! I sure am. I am blogging from Miami, Florida with my family and lots of exciting things are going on. We're getting prepared for Art Basel, my favorite time of year where I get to indulge in the most sensational art and appreciate some of the most amazing talent that the world has to offer. The Wynwood Walls, located in Florida's art district (10 minutes of Miami,) are completed and absolutely exquisite. This is an art installation by street artists from around the world including Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf and other notable artists. Art is all about freedom of creative spirit, having the opportunity to see whats happening, whats new and what the future holds. This kind of exposure to the world of art allows me to grow personally, it gives me a creative edge. It allows me to have a true grasp of the avant garde, opens my mind to possibilities and inspires me to seek new talent in jewelry design. It's all about art, color, taking a risk and having fun with your creative spirit. Here are a couple of photos I've taken along the way...




And in more exciting news...my daughter Jessica, also opened Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, a spectacular modern American Brasserie and it's all about the art (and of course, delicious food.) The bar is designed by Shepard Fairey and the dining area is filled with paintings from Berlin artist, Christian Awe. The restaurant is on the corner of Northwest 2nd avenue and 26th street, right across the street from my son Joey's modern Italian cafe, called Joey's. So, this is what's happening and what's exciting in Wynwood. Here is a great photo taken inside the restaurant.


Lastly, all of my friends and colleagues are asking me what jewelry I will be wearing on Thanksgiving! I of course love the holidays because it's just another reason to get dressed up and indulge. I am wearing a Millianna antique gold bracelet and bib necklace because the beads have a delicious warm glow to them and the chunkiness will be a reminder of my own personal Thanksgiving message "too many desserts and stuffing and I can be chunky too!" Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Love,
Janet

Monday, November 1, 2010

Designer Spotlight: Katie Decker

Hi Fragments fans and followers! How are you? How was your Halloween! I would love to see all of your costumes. Halloween is so much fun...

On another note, I am so excited to tell you about our newest fine jewelry designer, Katie Decker. At just 22 years old, Katie is being represented by Fragments with a fully developed and STUNNING fine jewelry collection. Katie finds the perfect balance between old world glamour and new school edge. Sensational and stackable diamond bangles and cuffs, incredibly vintage-like cocktail rings, layerable chains and stand out pendants - we can't get enough of this collection. All pieces are available in 18k rose, yellow and white gold and include diamonds and more! Be sure to check it out on our website, right here on Fragments.com.

It was my pleasure to spend some time with Katie and get to know her. I can assure you will love doing the same...


1. What is your greatest indulgence?
I LOVE to travel anywhere and everywhere. Experiencing new places and cultures is one of my favorite things to do.
2. Tell me your biggest fear.
Eating nuts or shellfish…I am allergic.
3. Your favorite red carpet moment of all time?
Eva Mendes in the white dress and turquoise and diamond Van Cleef and Arpels necklace. It was a major jewelry moment.
4. Your most treasured piece of jewelry, and why?
An amethyst ring my grandfather gave to me as a Christmas present when I was 10 years old. He was a jewelry lover too. I guess it runs in the family…
5. White gold, yellow gold or mix it all up?
Mix it all up and add some rose gold too!
6. Who is your favorite fictional character?
I used to read all the Nancy Drew books when I was a kid and pretend to solve crimes with my clipboard in hand. Aside from the fun of it I think she taught me to be imaginative and industrious.
7. Your greatest love is…spending time with my friends and family.
8. Who is your hero?
My mom. I do not think I would be where I am today without her.
9. Who is your favorite jewelry designer? (other than yourself)
Sevan Bicakci.
10. Who do you most admire, alive or deceased? My dad. He is the most disciplined person I have ever known and works extremely hard. If I only inherited half of his work ethic I think I am doing pretty good.
11. Your favorite movie? Almost Famous
12. Newspapers & magazines: print or online?
Print please– Vogue, Town and Country, Bazaar, Marie Claire – I love them all!
13. Your favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint Chocolate Chip and Cookies and Cream. A scoop of each would make the perfect dessert!
14. Facebook or Twitter?
Facebook
15. Style icon?
Grace Kelly—everything about her is sophisticated and timeless.
16. If you could design a piece of jewelry right now, based on your current mood and surroundings, what would it be?
Well since it is 85 degrees in Houston right now I am already feeling like designing for spring it would be a piece with big, bright colored stones.
17. Black or white?
Black 99% of the time. I do love white every now and then!
18. The best part of New York City is...Fragments! If you have not been you should go to look at all the beautiful jewelry.
19. Tell me your greatest asset and your biggest flaw. I am the definition of a perfectionist. Although it can be an asset I mostly drive myself and everyone around me crazy.
20. If you could have any piece from Fragments, what would it be?
A piece from Vibes because I love baroque pearls.
You can get to know Katie even better by taking a look at her interview with Fashion News Editor for Examiner.com, Virginia Nam. Enjoy!
xoxo,
Janet

Thursday, September 30, 2010

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT SPECIAL: Nancy Bacich

Today's Designer Spotlight is a very special one. Nancy Bacich is a dear friend of Fragments, a fabulous jewelry designer and a whole lot of fun. I am so happy to have her back in our showroom with her edgy and unique creations - handbags, cuffs, layered mesh chain necklaces and of course, her staple item - the mesh wrap bracelet in a bevy of metals.

Right now our absolute favorite of the wrap bracelet collection is this fabulous two tone rose and gunmetal available exclusively on Fragments.com and in our store (116 Prince Street, New York City) through the month of October. Other than it being incredibly chic, feminine, edgy and insanely comfortable, we are so in love with this piece because it's our way of giving back to something very special. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month - something that we know touches the lives of women worldwide every day. That being said, Fragments has collaborated with Nancy Bacich and Women at Risk in the fight against breast cancer. Women at Risk is an organization that educates and supports women who are at high risk for breast cancer. It is our greatest pleasure to support this cause alongside Nancy Bacich with this wrap bracelet, from which 100% of the profits will be donated to Women at Risk. We welcome and appreciate your support so very much.

Now...back to the Designer Spotlight, featuring Nancy Bacich. Enjoy! And please don't forget to spread the word about our amazing collaboration.


1. What is your greatest indulgence? curling my hair
2. Tell me your biggest fear. not curling my hair
3. Your favorite red carpet moment of all time? Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria on the Emmy red carpet in a coral gown with my gold mesh frame bag!
4. Your most treasured piece of jewelry, and why? on my birthday I found a citrine and marquesite star ring at a flea market and the dealer gave it to me!
5. White gold, yellow gold or mix it all up? I'm against that rule to take something off before you leave for the party...I say add!
6. Who is your favorite fictional character? Nasty Lu Lu...by Yves St. Laurent
7. Your greatest love is… my family and friends
8. Who is your hero? my Dad
9. Who is your favorite jewelry designer? (other than yourself) Tony Duquette
10. Who do you most admire, alive or deceased? Peggy Guggenheim, my sister Cathy
11. Your favorite movie? Fellini's La Dolce Vita
12. Newspapers & magazines: print or online? magazines
13. Your favorite ice cream flavor? ice creams counterpart...cookies!
14. Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
15. Style icon? KennyKenny, Lady GaGa
16. If you could design a piece of jewelry right now, based on your current mood and surroundings, what would it be? a mesh cross
17. Black or white? black AND white
18. The best part of New York City is... the skyline
19. Tell me your greatest asset and your biggest flaw. hmmm...that's too close
20. If you could have any piece from Fragments, what would it be? Janet's personal stash...priceless!

We hope you enjoyed today's very special Designer Spotlight! Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!

xoxo, Janet

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Mary Louise Designs

Today's Designer Spotlight features Mary Louise Young, the designer of Mary Louise Designs. A collection so fresh, fun, and edgy, Mary Louise's jewels are layerable, chic and infinitly wearable. Her pieces are timless, yet distinct and have a romantic feel. Her jewelry is designed using sterling silver beads dipped in 22k gold and white gold, mixed with semi precious stones, cubic zirconia and fresh water pearls. There is also a lovely spiritual element to Mary Louise Designs.


I had a blast asking her my favorite twenty questions and her answers are as fun and fabulous as her jewelry. Enjoy!

1. What is your greatest indulgence?
A good, strong massage, after a long productive day.
2. Tell me your biggest fear.
Fear that my line doesn’t sell for the season! Lol.
3. Your favorite red carpet moment of all time?
Angelina Jolie’s emerald earrings at the Oscars.
4. Your most treasured piece of jewelry, and why?
My grandmother’s antique locket dated back to 1817 with my children’s baby pictures in it.
5. White gold, yellow gold or mix it all up?
Mix it up!
6. Who is your favorite fictional character?
Fanny Brice from Funny Girl, with Barbara Streisand.
7. Your greatest love is…
My two children, Genevieve and Taylor.
8. Who is your hero?
Angelina Jolie, for all the charitable work she does.
9. Who is your favorite jewelry designer? (other than yourself)
Harry Winston and Van Cleef & Arpels for their classic, ornate designs.
10. Who do you most admire, alive or deceased?
My aunt, Genevieve Abraham, who is deceased. She was an incredible role model who always gave back twice as much. Her and her husband adopted five children, they were founders of St. Jude’s hospital, and they were involved in so many different charities.
11. Your favorite movie?
Pretty Woman.
12. Newspapers & magazines: print or online?
Vogue, Bazaar, Elle, InStyle. I watch The Today Show every morning and world news every night.
13. Your favorite ice cream flavor?
Vanilla. I’m simple!
14. Facebook or Twitter?
Facebook.
15. Style icon?
Audrey Hepburn because of her classic all around style.
Jackie O was a good runner up.

16. If you could design a piece of jewelry right now, based on your current mood and surroundings, what would it be?
Diamonds, romantic, and simple.
17. Black or white?
Black.
18. The best part of New York City is...
The food and the shopping.
19. Tell me your greatest asset and your biggest flaw.
My greatest asset is forgiveness, and my biggest flaw is impatience.
20. If you could have any piece from Fragments, what would it be?
Dual diamond 18K hoop earrings.


Be sure to check out Mary Louise Designs on Fragments.com!
xoxo,
Janet

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Millianna

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend. Fall is in the air, fashion week is upon us and we can't wait to celebrate Fashion's Night Out on Friday with the rest of the world. What a testament to our industry; it's going to be a fabulous night. If you're out and about, don't forget to stop by Fragments where we will be offering an exlusive first look (and pre order opportunities) of Melissa Joy Manning's jewelry collection for Doo.Ri. Straight off the runway, these pieces won't be available to the public until February 2011. So - come check it out on Friday, 6-8pm at Fragments, 116 Prince Street. I look forward to seeing you!

On another note, I am very excited to introduce you to one of Fragments' newest and freshest fashion jewelery designers, Millianna. Arianna & Sharmilla, the talent behind the collection, are sincere, fresh faced, eager and exquisite designers. The look is edgy, exciting, new and wearable. The jewels are comfortable and chic, seriously fashion forward and perfect to take you from day to night. I LOVE to wear their magnetic chunky beaded cuffs - they are so statement making and work so well with my collection of Miguel Ases earrings. What a perfect pair. Millianna does layered necklaces that are must-haves, amazing bold earrings and so much more.
Check out what they have to say about their favorite jewelry designers, their greatest indulgences, their heroes and much more...


1. What is your greatest indulgence?
Arianna: Twinkies. Definitely Twinkies.
Sharmilla: I'm a shoe whore.
2. Tell me your biggest fear.
A: Not taking enough risks in life and ending up with regrets.
S: I'm afraid of water--I can't swim!!!
3. Your favorite red carpet moment of all time?
A: I don't really have a favorite red carpet moment, but I thought Angelina Jolie looked quite stunning last year with those emerald earrings.
S: Jennifer Lopez in the green Versace dress from years ago.
4. Your most treasured piece of jewelry, and why?
A: It's a bracelet my mom gave me when I graduated from highschool. It's a silver filigree art deco piece set with aquamarine stones and it used to belong to my great-grandmother.
S: The rose gold Indian bangles my grandmother gave me when I was 5 years old. I've been wearing them ever since, so I can't even take them off!
5. White gold, yellow gold or mix it all up?
A & S: Mix it all up!
6. Who is your favorite fictional character?
A: Hmmm... that's a hard one because I love to read. Right now I'd have to say it's Ken Follet's, Ellen, from The Pillars of the Earth, beautifully played by Natalia Worner in the series that just aired. I read the book years ago and loved how strong she was. She defies authority to stay true to her values, fiercely defends her son and makes medicines out of herbs. Of course she's declared a witch and is forced to live on the outskirts of her village, but she remains a source of strength for many in the story. I always love the independent outcasts!
S: Ada, played by Holly Hunter in, The Piano. She was strong and bore a lot of brutality but triumphed in the end.
7. Your greatest love is…
A: Family and friends.
S: My beautiful, handsome son, Joshua.
8. Who is your hero?
A: I would have to say a hero of mine would be my great-grandmother Renata Biancheri (from where my bracelet comes). She wore pants and cut her hair in the 1920's before everyone else did. She was in a bar with her girlfriends when a group of officers walked in. She pointed to the most handsome one and told her friends that she would be married to him within 6 months. They were married in two, and that was my great-grandfather. She started her own costume company which became a success. She was not an easy person, but she was she was determined and fearless. I love that and when I get scared, I try to conjure up her spirit!
S: I don't really have a hero, but I admire a lot a people. :)
9. Who is your favorite jewelry designer? (other than yourself)
A: How could you just have one?
S: I have a love for Cartier.
10. Who do you most admire, alive or deceased?
A: I admire my parents. It sounds corny, but they're the most dependable, supportive and honest people I know. I admire Elena Kagan for being simultaneously accomplished and charming. I very much admire Jeffrey Sachs. I read his book, The End of Poverty and it changed everything I thought I knew about the poor in developing countries.
S: My grandmother--my mom's mom. She was super feisty and a warrior. Very strong and willful and I remember she would only wear the color, blue. My mom always says I take after her.
11. Your favorite movie?
A: I loved Elizabeth.
S: The Departed, Dangerous Liasons, A Room With A View...I could go on...
12. Newspapers & magazines: print or online?
A & S: We're old school--we love print!
13. Your favorite ice cream flavor?
S: Coffee
A: Pralines and cream.
14. Facebook or Twitter?
A: I don't have anything important enough to tweet about. Definitely Facebook.
S: I have no time to be tweeting! Facebook only!
15. Style icon?
A: Madonna is an unending style icon.
S: Catherine Deneuve, especially in The Hunger.
16. If you could design a piece of jewelry right now, based on your current mood and surroundings, what would it be?
A: Well, considering I'm in WA state right now staring out at a bunch of trees, it would probably be a casting of a branch!
S: I'm not sure, but it would definitely be something very '80's inspired incorporating Tunisian detailing.
17. Black or white?
A: Black!
S: Both!
18. The best part of New York City is...
A: The constant movement and energy. I love the diversity. And the restaurants!!!
S: For me it's downtown and visiting Soho.
19. Tell me your greatest asset and your biggest flaw.
A: I think it's that I'm both right and left brained. My biggest flaw is that I'm both right and left brained. :)
S: My asset is that I'm very detail-oriented, and my biggest flaw is that I'm constantly constantly reworking my designs in the pursuit of perfection!
20. If you could have any piece from Fragments, what would it be?
A: I love Deanna Hamro's collection--it's brilliant. Her chain-link necklace with dangling crystal balls is amazing!
S: I'd take a pair or two of Miguel Ases earrings--they're beautiful!

Millianna jewels will be available on Fragments.com in the next couple of weeks, but for now check out their website: Millianna Design. Enjoy!

xoxo,
Janet

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Mallary Marks

I am so excited to feature a designer today who I truly admire for her exquisite talent and beautiful craftsmanship. Mallary Marks, a designer who we've been carrying in our store for quite some time, creates stunning, very feminine jewelry, that many people often say resembles candy. She is all about COLOR. Mallary is a long time Fragments favorite, and a very dear friend. So, featuring her in today's Designer Spotlight is a real thrill for me. I'm very excited to introduce you all to Mallary Marks, I hope you find her as fabulous as we do...

1. What is your greatest indulgence? chocolate, travel
2. Tell me your biggest fear. no chocolate, no travel, no clean water left on the planet
3. Your favorite red carpet moment of all time? Julia Roberts in the movie Notting Hill filmed at a movie premier wearing my earrings!
4. Your most treasured piece of jewelry, and why? Impossible to pick. My irreplaceable emerald briollette necklace because I purchased the emeralds 15 years ago and have never seen the color or size of them again. So beautiful and mouth watering. The inspiring antique tribal indian mesh silver bracelet because the way it is made is so simply and yet looks complex and exotic all at once. It reminds me of my first trip to india with my mom. The colored glass necklace I got in england when I was 13 because it reminds me of a wonderful family vacation. Its so colorful and cheerful and has inspired many of my pieces since.
5. White gold, yellow gold or mix it all up? absolutely yellow, it accents the colored gemstones i work with, its warmth and richness like sunshine
6. Who is your favorite fictional character? all of my favorite characters are non-fictional.

7. Your greatest love is… well if we are not talking people then i would say gemstones, gold, travel, the mediterranean, and my dog Gobi
8. Who is your hero? alexander calder, odilon redon, matisse
9. Who is your favorite jewelry designer? (other than yourself) alexander calder, african and indian jewelry, antique jewelry, modern jewelry, bubble gum machine jewelry, i love jewelry
10. Who do you most admire, alive or deceased? alive
11. Your favorite movie? tempest by john cassavetes, moulin rouge, chocolat, my man godfrey are some of my favorites
12. Newspapers & magazines: print or online? PRINT! tactile
13. Your favorite ice cream flavor? mint chip
14. Facebook or Twitter? neither in truth
15. Style icon? hard to pick, you can admire so many people for so many different aspects of their style. simple and pure, romantic, exotic, avant garde
16. If you could design a piece of jewelry right now, based on your current mood and surroundings, what would it be? exotic labor intensive colorful earrings
17. Black or white? COLOR!
18. The best part of New York City is... diversity and everything at your finger tips. i call it the land of instant gratification
19. Tell me your greatest asset and your biggest flaw. easily pleased, easily disappointed
20. If you could have any piece from Fragments, what would it be? something of mine of course

Mallary's beautiful creations can be found at Fragments. Feel free to call, 212.334.9588, for more information and of course stop by and visit! 116 Prince Street, between Greene & Wooster.

Have a great day and a wonderful holiday weekend!

Love,

Janet

Thursday, August 26, 2010

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Borgioni

I am so excited about today's Designer Spotlight on our incredibly talented, mother/daughter design due behind the fine jewelry collection BORGIONI. Tiffany & Rhonda Bartolacci are one of a kind - and their jewelry...well, sensational to say the very least.

This is edgy chic at its absolute finest - Buddha’s, evil eyes, medusa heads, peace signs, spider webs, roses, snakes and more - the idea of course, is "more is more." We love to pile on their famous stackable beaded bracelets, different colors, diamonds, pearls, tsavourites, unique beads, wood. And we mix them with their incredibly cool handcuff bracelets which are available in a bevy of metals - including rose and black rhodium gold.

Heavenly, this is a collection we could (and do) obsess over for days. And like I said, as cool as the jewelry is - Tiffany & Rhonda are even cooler. Check out what they have to say about their greatest indulgences, favorite movie, assets, flaws and even more...


1. What is your greatest indulgence?
Tiffany: I would have to say handbags and shoes, and of course an armful of bracelets of some sort.
Rhonda: Shoes and Jackets. Just can't resist a great pair of shoes and an awesome jacket.


2. Tell me your biggest fear.
Tiffany: To not be able to live life to the fullest. I try to live life with no regrets!
Rhonda: Really afraid of rats and large bugs


3. Your favorite red carpet moment of all time?
Tiffany: I hosted a Swedish TV show with my husband for a day. It was such a blast! I don't know if this qualifies for a red carpet moment, but it was definitely a great TV memory. Our friends and family in Sweden were entertained.
Rhonda: Probably, Walking my daughter down the aisle when she got married. I was so proud of her, she looked so beautiful and it was just a very special moment for me.


4. Your most treasured piece of jewelry, and why?
Tiffany: Can I have two? My wedding band of course, and a silver turquoise ring from and Indian designer that my grandmother gave me months before she passed. I hold a lot of memories in that ring that I really cherish.
Rhonda: My Mother's green diamond ring. I always tried to take it from her as a joke.

5. White gold, yellow gold or mix it all up?
Tiffany: Definitely mix it all up! For the record, I'm a sucker for rose and black rhodium gold.
Rhonda: Definitely mix it all up. Love to blend colors

6. Who is your favorite fictional character?
Tiffany: Dr. Seuss.....he brings me way back. He taught me how to read!
Rhonda: I have three....the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion in the Wizard of OZ. They represent Brains, Heart, & Courage. Three very important must haves in life!



7. Your greatest love is…
Tiffany: my husband, my dog and my mom.
Rhonda: My daughter, my father and my animals



8. Who is your hero?
Tiffany: I would have to say my grandmother. She was an amazing family woman. I miss her dearly. We named our line in her memory. Borgioni was her maiden name.
Rhonda: My father. His life sacrifices and accomplishments just truly amaze me. He always seems to have the answers to your questions. We always go to him for advice.



9. Who is your favorite jewelry designer? (Other than yourself)
Tiffany: Loree Rodkin is one of my favorites. Her pieces are unique and easy to wear. I have collected a few over the years prior to starting our line.
Rhonda: Loree Rodkin...I love her gothic style.



10. Who do you most admire, alive or deceased?
Tiffany: I know this sounds completely cliché, but my grandfather. He is an incredible business person and can still calculate figures like he did 40 years ago. The dedication and time he spent to build his own business I am finally able to understand. He is my go to for business advice.
Rhonda: My Mother. She was a wonderful and supportive mother and wife. Always there for you. We miss her. We honored her by naming our company after her.

11. Your favorite movie?
Tiffany: This is a tough one. Meet the Fockers. I love Robert De Niro and a good comedy. Analyze This would probably be the runner up.
Rhonda: The Wizard of Oz. I've watched that movie a gazillion times.

12. Newspapers & magazines: print or online?
Tiffany: Magazines in print. I like to rip out the pages of things I find interesting or inspiring.
Rhonda: Definitely Mags in print. Love to check out the latest fashions

13. Your favorite ice cream flavor?
Tiffany: Mint Chocolate Chip. Unless in Europe, then it's mango gelato.
Rhonda: Lemon gelato

14. Facebook or Twitter?
Tiffany: Facebook. I find Twitter to be incredibly annoying.
Rhonda: Definitely Facebook.

15. Style icon?
Tiffany: Brigitte Bardot. Such a versatile, eclectic style, and she's an animal activist.
Rhonda: Cher. I always watched her when she had her show on TV and always loved her fashion and individuality. Her concerts are amazing!

16. If you could design a piece of jewelry right now, based on your current mood and surroundings, what would it be?
Tiffany: An engagement ring. I love the idea of designing something for someone that is so special and so unique and meeting the challenge of creating a little piece of art that someone else will cherish forever. That's what is so much fun about designing jewelry. It has the capabilities to bring someone back into a specific moment in life or be a memory that can last a lifetime and be passed down from generation to generation. This whole concept is so exciting to me.
Rhonda: I just love bracelets! It would be another diamond and gold bracelet that would signify protection and guidance. I think that we all need both at some point in our lives.

17. Black or white?
Tiffany: Black
Rhonda: Black rhodium gold, I love it!

18. The best part of New York City is...
Tiffany: the energy and the fashion. Can I add that I always manage to find an amazing pair of boots here?
Rhonda: The fashion and the shopping, and the excitement that goes with it.

19. Tell me your greatest asset and your biggest flaw.
Tiffany: I would have to say that my greatest asset is my persistence. I don't give up till the point of being irritating to others, which is probably my biggest flaw as well. When I have an idea in my head, I'm not happy until I see it through for better or for worse.
Rhonda: Biggest flaw is definitely lacking of patience. Asset, not sure, maybe my easy going personality but don’t get me upset.

20. If you could have any piece from Fragments, what would it be?
Tiffany: A cocktail ring from Arman. His pieces are beautifully crafted statement pieces, and a cocktail ring would be a perfect accessory to any outfit. Not to mention that he and his wife are lovely people.
Rhonda: Any piece from Arman. He is a great talent.

We hope you are as in love with Borgioni as we are...

xoxo,

Janet

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Deanna Hamro

Hi everyone, how is your week going? It is starting to feel like Fall, but I don't know if it will last. You all seem to be loving our Designer Spotlight section, thank you so much for the positive feedback. It is very exciting!

Today, we are featuring one of Fragments' extraordinary fine and fashion jewelry talents, Deanna Hamro. Deanna's fashion collection, made of handmade oxidized sterling silver chain and swarovski crystal is unlike anything out there. Each crystal is set with diamond setting tweezers; her work is so unique, flawless and of course - nothing but chic.

It is boho glam, gypset - all about layering and color, making the maximum impact with your jewelry. Deanna has certainly mastered that and we absolutely adore what she has done and what she continues to do.

Check out what Deanna has to say about her greatest love, favorite jewels, ice cream and much more...



1. What is your greatest indulgence? dark chocolate, flowers and 4" heels
2. Tell me your biggest fear. routine
3. Your favorite red carpet moment of all time? when Serena Williams made her rounds at the various Oscar parties (Vanity Fair & Elton John) in my Pave earrings and Pave necklace.
4. Your most treasured piece of jewelry, and why? 10ct columbian emerald and diamond ring which I waited 6 years to set.
5. White gold, yellow gold or mix it all up? always mix!
6. Who is your favorite fictional character? bond girls
7. Your greatest love is…my work
8. Who is your hero? those who are happy and optimistic in spit of overwhelming adversity
9. Who is your favorite jewelry designer? (other than yourself) Jar
10. Who do you most admire, alive or deceased? The Buddha
11. Your favorite movie? North by Northwest
12. Newspapers & magazines: print or online? Print!!
13. Your favorite ice cream flavor? chocolate
14. Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
15. Style icon? Talitha Getty, Audrey Hepburn, Kate Moss
16. If you could design a piece of jewelry right now, based on your current mood and surroundings, what would it be? a diamond pave cuff in the texture of alligator skin with one large diamond slice in the cnter
17. Black or white? white for day, black for night
18. The best part of New York City is...it's intensity and vibrancy
19. Tell me your greatest asset and your biggest flaw. my tenacity and passion/procrastination
20. If you could have any piece from Fragments, what would it be? something from Wendy Yue

Don't forget to check out pieces from Deanna's collection on our website! And for more information, you can call Fragments - 212.334.9588.

Enjoy and have a fabulous day!

xo, Janet

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Wendy Brigode

I am so excited about today's blog because its a Designer Spotlight (which everyone loves) - on a tried and true talent that has been part of the Fragments family forever. Wendy Brigode, the mastermind behind the iconic Tin Cup Necklace is back - this time with The New Tin Cup...and more amazing jewels. Check out what she has to say about her style icon, favorite jewelry, greatest indulgence and much more. We adore Wendy and know you will feel the same!



1. What is your greatest indulgence?
anything my heart desires, I find some way to work the magic and get it...large diamonds, fine linens, a trip, perfect boots, you get the idea!
2. Tell me your biggest fear
a giant earthquake, yikes!
3. Your favorite red carpet moment of all time?
when I was a little girl spending time with Liz Taylor and Richard Burton
4. Your most treasured piece of jewelry, and why?
My rose gold and diamond bangle I made with my mother's tennis bracelet, I didn't like those but wanted to make something with them to wear every day to remind me of my mom.It did the trick!
5. White gold, yellow gold or mix it all up?
Totally mix it up, or one story one day, another story the next day
6. Who is your favorite fictional character?
eloise and pippi longstocking, rebels!!
7. Your greatest love is...
My dad, my best friend
8. Who is your hero?
I think I am my greatest hero
9. Who is your favorite jewelry designer? (other than yourself)
wow , that's a tough one, I love so many..I love Loree Rodkin, I love Sevan, they carry him at Barney's...and I adore Stephen Webster (in every way!!!)
10. Who do you most admire, alive or deceased
Audrey Hepburn, her gentle giving spirt, Karl Lagerfeld...just so intense, Richard Avedon for his eye
11. Your favorite movie?
Being There...such a sign of the times
12. Newspapers & magazines: print or online?
I am a Town & Country (best horoscopes) Bazaar, Vogue girl
13. Your favorite ice cream flavor?
Karma Sutra ben and jerry's and chocolate chip mint!!
14. Facebook or Twitter?
Facebook
15. Style icon?
Madonna
16. If you could design a piece of jewelry right now, based on your current mood and surroundings, what would it be?
a VERY long strand of exotic pearls mixed with diamond beads that i could wrap a lot
17. Black or white?
Black
18. The best part of New York City is...
My Daughter, Madison
19. Tell me your greatest asset and your biggest flaw
asset totally present, creative, and generous...flaw bad listener
20. If you could have any piece from Fragments, what would it be?
A piece from Mallary Marks, I love her use of color
We are so excited about Wendy Brigode's return, and the celebration of one of the most well known sell-out phenomenas in the jewelry business. The Tin Cup Necklace, as seen on Renee Russo in the 1996 movie "Tin Cup" is back in Fragments Showroom, but this time with an oxidized pave diamond ball. A bit of edge on an essential classic, this is a piece for women of all ages. An heirloom to be passed down - something for the your mother, daughter and her daughter one day. Seriously chic.

For more information on Wendy's collection, please feel free to call the showroom: 212.226.8878

xoxo, Janet




Monday, August 16, 2010

FRAGMENTS PRESS PREVIEW

Hi everyone! How are you? Are you all enjoying August? I must say, I am sad to see summer come to a close - BUT, there is nothing more exciting than fall. Fall fashion, fall breeze, fall temperatures and of course - new jewels!!

Last Wednesday, we hosted a preview for the press to see all of our Winter/Holiday 2010 collections. It was such a fabulous success; we had so much fun showing everyone our amazing collections and mingling. Thanks to Sunny Norton, of GuestofaGuest.com - we have some great pictures I can share with you!

Thank you to all of our amazing donors for helping us create INCREDIBLE gift bags to give to our attendees. They were fantastic and we are so appreciative!

And of COURSE, thank you to ALL of Fragments Showroom's designers for your generous donations to our raffle. Everyone walked away with something beautiful and they were so thrilled about it.

Last, but certainly not least - thank you to all of those who could attend our event. We love all of you and are so appreciative for all that you do for Fragments everyday. You guys are the best!!

Check out the pictures!

http://guestofaguest.com/galleries/2010/8/raffle-breakfast-at-fragments-showroom/

And don't forget about our latest giveaway... once we hit 2,000 fans on Facebook, we'll be giving away those amazing Rodrigo Otazu earrings as featured on Kim Cattrall in Sex & The City!! So - please become our fan, and spread the word!

XOXO,
Janet

Friday, July 30, 2010

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Shery Shabani

Hi everyone and happy Friday! Today, I'm just going to get right into it because I'm so excited about this designer feature. Shery Shabani is a brand new fine jewelry designer to the Fragments Showroom - and we're thrilled about it!


Her luxury collection is the perfect mix of edge and timelessness. It's classic styles with a very modern, fresh and glamorous feel. With Shery's jewels, it's all about piling on the diamond bangles - an array of sizes of course - and mixing them with beaded and pave bracelets. Her bold earrings are major statement makers. We're loving the whole collection and we can't wait for you to see it all. Shery's father is a diamond finisher, and so she grew up learning to work with precious stones. And boy does she do it beautifully!


Jewelry this chic and exciting can only be created by someone just as fabulous. I loved asking Shery my list of favorite questions - he answers are as cool as her jewelry, and she is just as amazing!



1. What is your greatest indulgence? A pair of pumps or a killer bag.

2. Tell me your biggest fear. Flying, what a nightmare!

3. Your favorite red carpet moment of all time? SJP at this year’s Oscars was stunning in Chanel. She does such incredible things with fashion.

4. Your most treasured piece of jewelry, and why? A beautiful pair of turquoise earrings my mother wore on her wedding day. It’s something I can wear and feel a deep connection with at the same time.

5. White gold, yellow gold or mix it all up? Mix it up!

6. Who is your favorite fictional character? Marvin K Mooney from Dr. Seuss Books.

7. Your greatest love is… my children. They are my everything.

8. Who is your hero? My mother. She is an inspiration.

9. Who is your favorite jewelry designer? (other than yourself) I die for Harry Winston’s pieces.

10. Who do you most admire, alive or deceased? Again, it would have to be my mother. There just isn’t anyone that I look up to more than her.

11. Your favorite movie? 9 Months. Hugh Grant is so loveable in that role!

12. Newspapers & magazines: print or online? Print. There’s nothing like the feel of the newest issue of Vogue in your hands.

13. Your favorite ice cream flavor? Coffee, I cannot get enough of it.

14. Facebook or Twitter? Facebook. I’m a little frightened by this whole twitter craze.

15. Style icon? Coco Chanel. Classic and timeless.

16. If you could design a piece of jewelry right now, based on your current mood and surroundings, what would it be? Well I love the look of chains, so it’d have to be a polished diamond version of them. I love the hardware feel of chain links, and adding shinning diamonds to it creates such a beautiful contrast.

17. Black or white? Just like the Rolling Stone Song, “Paint it Black”!

18. The best part of New York City is... I love the feel of SoHo. It’s the first place I try to visit whenever I go to the big city.

19. Tell me your greatest asset and your biggest flaw. My biggest asset has to be my discipline. But having said that, my biggest flaw is I have an extreme case of Type A personality. It’s a challenge … sometimes.

20. If you could have any piece from Fragments, what would it be? I love Sethi Couture’s flower earrings. So adorable, yet incredibly classy.

I hope you enjoyed my interview with Shery! Her jewelry will be available soon on Fragments.com, so stay tuned! In the meantime, you can check out her beautiful collection on her website: Shery Shabani.


Have a great weekend everyone!

xoxo,

Janet

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Nola Singer

Hi everyone! How are you all doing? Fragments is super busy preparing for market, but of course we're having lots of fun and obsessing over all of our new collections. There is so much fabulous fine and fashion jewelry roaming around our showroom, I don't even know where to begin. And my wishlist is starting to need an office of its own.

Before I tell you about one of our newest designers, Nola Singer, I wanted to share my thoughts on the most recent movie that I saw. Salt, starring Angelina Jolie, was action packed and seriously cool. Angelina is fabulous, a real life action hero. The movie is exciting, thrilling - a bit cartoonish and fast moving fun. She paves the way for all of us girls; the best thing since wonder woman, move over James Bond! I highly recommend checking it out with your gal pals, or even your significant others. Either way - you will have a blast!

Back to the jewels...I had a chance to sit down with one of our newest fashion jewelry designers, Nola Singer. Nola is known for mixing exquisite vintage materials and pieces to create modern, yet old world pieces. She has a super feminine aesthetic - really understands women and how we want to feel glamorous in our jewelry. She works with rhinestones, chains and flowers galore - we simply cannot get enough of it. And to top it off, Nola is as sweet and wonderful as her collection. Check out our little interview:



1. What is your greatest indulgence?
I love Christian Louboutin shoes. I wish I could collect them--they're such works of art. I don't indulge often, but can always justify my shoes because they get so much use. His shoes are comfortable and make any outfit look stylish. They also make me taller, which I like since I’m 5”1. I can throw on a tee, a few of my own pieces and Christian Loubutain shoes and feel effortlessly chic! I also have a weakness for chocolate and margaritas. I wish I had more willpower to not indulge myself so often.

2. Tell me your biggest fear.
Not living my life to the fullest.

3. Your favorite red carpet moment of all time?
I designed and made Amy Smart the Veronica Necklace to match her Balenciaga blue dress that she was wore to an animal Rescue Benefit. I was lucky enough to be invited to the event and watch her model my necklace on the red carpet. Amy is a friend of mine, and a very wonderful and generous person, who was being honored at the party for her generosity towards animals and the environment. I felt so honored to be there with her and have her wearing something I designed. I rescue animals so it was an event that I am really passionate about as well. It was a magical evening.

4. Your most treasured piece of jewelry, and why?
I have a locket that my Uncle Ben gave me for my 10th birthday that he engraved with my name and birth date on the back. He was murdered when I was twelve, so this locket is very meaningful to me. I think jewelry is such a wonderful gift because it captures the memory and is forever a wonderful keepsake. Of course, since I'm a jewelry designer, I've remade the locket that he gave me into one of my own designs. Whenever I have a something important or feel nervous, I like to wear that locket and feel like he is with me.

5. White gold, yellow gold or mix it all up?
I love to mix it all up. Right now I love mixing rose gold with a vintage piece set in silver.

6. Who is your favorite fictional character?
My favorite fictional character is Snow White. I still believe in fairy tales.

7. Your greatest love is…
My greatest love is for my two dogs. I have a pug named Francois and a bulldog mix named Josephine. They are quite the duo. They love me unconditionally and are always happy to be with me.

8. Who is your hero?
My parents are my heroes. My mom and dad are always there for me and they have been so supportive and selfless. I never would’ve been able to follow my dreams without their support. They have always believed in me and most of all encouraged me to believe in myself.

9. Who is your favorite jewelry designer? (other than yourself)
I love Anthony Nak. I love the way the stones are draped with chains. His jewelry has such a distinct style. I hope one day to own an Anthony Nak piece of my own.
10. Who do you most admire, alive or deceased?
I most admire my grandma. My grandma is 80 years old and looks 40 and lives like a thirty-year-old, but with more wisdom. She loves life. I think she doesn’t age because she is happy, kind and always having fun. Everyone who meets my grandma falls in love with her. She is petite, yet has a big personality. I admire everything about her and hope to live my life to the fullest like her.

11. Your favorite movie?
Tommy Boy. No matter how many times I see that movie, it makes me laugh. I love Chris Farley and that movie reminds me of my childhood

12. Newspapers & magazines: print or online?
I love actual, physical magazines. I love actually flipping through something and even sometimes when I’m inspired, tearing out a page and keeping it for inspiration.

13. Your favorite ice cream flavor?
Cookies and cream

14. Facebook or Twitter?
Facebook. I’m a little scared of twitter.

15. Style icon?
Vivienne Westwood. I love how she mixes punk rock with feminine couture. Her designs have a vintage influence yet have a modern sophistication and edge. I think she has incredible style and vision. All of her clothes, accessories and shoes inspire me. I feel like all of her creations are works of art.

16. If you could design a piece of jewelry right now, based on your current mood and surroundings, what would it be?
I would make a necklace with a vintage filigree butterfly. I just found the most beautiful vintage filigree butterflies and flowers. They are all from the turn of the century and were hand made from sterling silver wire. They are absolutely exquisite. I would design something pretty and feminine that would compliment my summer wardrobe.
17. Black or white?
White. It’s summer and I love white.

18. The best part of New York City is
...The Pizza! I live in LA and there is no pizza that even comes close to New York.

19. Tell me your greatest asset and your biggest flaw.
My greatest asset would be my heart. It can also be my biggest flaw at times. I am an Aquarius and being true to my astrological sign, I love to help people. I have a lot of humanitarian instincts. This can be very rewarding but sometimes I see only the good in people and wind up hurting myself. I think a big life lesson for me has been learning to balance my heart and my head.

20. If you could have any piece from Fragments, what would it be?
I really love the entire collection by Colette. I would love to have the flower cuff by Colette and the flower earrings. I love how whimsical and feminine her designs are. I love flowers and color so her pieces compliment my personal style.

We love Nola's collection and hope you enjoyed learning a bit about her! You can check out her jewels here on her website.

Have a great week and be sure to check back on Thursday!
xoxo,
Janet

Thursday, July 22, 2010

OBSESSION: Melissa Joy Manning on Fragments.com



Have you checked out the new Melissa Joy Manning on Fragments.com? We are obsessing over it - especially the mixed metal group. Super chic and totally modern, we all want the whole collection! Check it out here: http://www.fragments.com/new_arrivals.aspx


xoxo, Janet

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: LK DESIGNS

Hi everyone! How are you all doing? I am so excited because I've started to sit down with each of Fragments' designers and asked them my favorite list of questions; we have so much to share with you in the coming weeks.

Today, I went to tell you all about one of our newest fashion jewelry designers - LK Designs. Designer Leetal Kalmanson, from Israel, creates fun, flirty, bold and glamorous jewelry. There are earrings galore in a selection of metals and crystals you could simply die for. Stretchy cuffs with intricate design and bursts of color. This is a collection that lends itself to major accumulation - we want everything.

Leetal is extremely talented, passionate and lives each day to the fullest. She represents her jewelry in a most graceful way, and gives her all to continue to grow and evolve her brand. I loved having the opportunity to ask her these questions; I hope you'll fine her answers as fun and endearing as I do.


1. What is your greatest indulgence?
Kissing my 3 kids
2. Tell me your biggest fear.
To be featured in a fashion magazine as the worst dressed woman!
3. Your favorite red carpet moment of all time?
My personal red carpet moment of all time was presenting on stage at the end of the LK – HP fashion show, while being 8 months pregnant. LK Designs together with Hewlett-Packard (HP), the world's largest computer company, designed the HP - LK jeweled mini laptop series. These HP-LK jeweled laptops were launched in the first LK and HP Fashion Show which was a big hit and included front-row celebrities such as supermodel Bar Refaeli.
4. Your most treasured piece of jewelry, and why?
It is the first piece of jewelry I ever designed, which was a stretch bracelet with a special star and crystals. I asked my husband what he thought about it and he was not very excited. My husband was wrong as I sold hundreds of such bracelets in a couple of weeks and this was the beginning of LK Designs !
5. White gold, yellow gold or mix it all up?
I believe in mixing it all up since it makes the look much more interesting
6. Who is your favorite fictional character?
Hello Kitty
7. Your greatest love is…
Shopping!
8. Who is your hero?
Former Prime Minister of Israel, Yizhak Rabin, who was murdered for his pursuit of peace in the Middle East
9. Who is your favorite jewelry designer? (other than LK)
My favorite jewelry designer is Van Cleef & Arpels since their jewelry pieces are timeless !
10. Who do you most admire, alive or deceased?
I admire most princess Diana, since she became a real “princess” through her personality, and not through her official role.
11. Your favorite movie?
The Devil Wears Prada
12. Newspapers & magazines: print or online?
I think that for fashion, print is it ! The best quality to view jewelry and fashion is still in print magazines.
13. Your favorite ice cream flavor?
Raspberry
14. Facebook or Twitter?
Facebook ! I vote like my kids!
15. Style icon?
Coco Chanel
16. If you could design a piece of jewelry right now, based on your current mood and surroundings, what would it be?
I would design a special long necklace which is worn on top of the shoulders creating a "rock" type look
17. Black or white?
Black is the new black!
18. The best part of New York City is...
The rush of adrenalin you get just from walking in the streets of NY
19. Tell me your greatest asset and your biggest flaw.
My greatest asset is my thrive for perfection. This is also my biggest flaw.
20. If you could have any piece from Fragments, what would it be?
A "nude" color scarf (I do not remember the name of the designer)

Have a fabulous day everyone! I will be back soon.
xoxo,
Janet

Thursday, July 15, 2010

FRAGMENTS' LATEST OBSESSION: Phillips Frankel

Hi everyone! How are you all doing? I hope you are enjoying your summer and squeezing in some vacation time. I just returned from an amazing trip to Berlin, and I promise to post images and details next week. And of course, I will tell you all about the jewelry I packed for my time away...

But in the meantime, we're all obsessing over a new collection here at Fragments and I am going to give you a little sliver of a sneak peek today, before I post my interview with the design team in the next couple of weeks. Phillips Frankel is our newest fine jewelry collection, and we are thrilled to be representing them. Their collection includes pave pendants in assorted colored sapphires and diamonds, the most fun array of colorful pave rings and so much more- we are just in heaven and can't wait to show you how to layer their fantastic pieces.



As I said, I can only give you a sneak peek today but I can tell you that when I post my interview with the fabulous mother/daughter design duo, Phillips Frankel will then be available on Fragments.com and in our Prince Street store.

I hope you love what you've seen so far!
xoxo,
Janet






Tuesday, July 13, 2010

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: SUSAN HANOVER

Hi Everyone! How are you all doing? I am going to jump right into it today, because I am so excited to share with you one of Fragments' newest designers, Susan Hanover. There are not enough words to describe how fun, chic and cool Susan's jewelry is. It's fresh, it's exciting and we should all own one or two pieces from her. We're especially in love with her bold cuffs, use of color and chunky mixed metal chains, often intertwined with crystals. I had a chance to ask her my favorite list of questions and we are loving her answers. And don't forget when you're done reading, to check out her jewelry right here on Fragments.com; I promise, you will LOVE what you find.

What is your greatest indulgence? Chocolate....of course!
Tell me your biggest fear. falling trees...(just got caught in a mini tornado)
Your favorite red carpet moment of all time? any moment that has ever featured my jewelry
Your most treasured piece of jewelry, and why? my wedding band (obviously)
White gold, yellow gold or mix it all up? mix it all up
Who is your favorite fictional character? Jane Austin's Emma
Your greatest love is… my kids
Who is your hero? All the CNN hero's: just everyday people who are making a difference
Who is your favorite jewelry designer? (other than Susan Hanover): I couldn't say
Who do you most admire, alive or deceased? I am from South Africa so I will go with Nelson Mandela, but there are so many inspirational people in this world.
Your favorite movie? I still love watching "The wedding Crashers"
Newspapers & magazines: print or online? print
Your favorite ice cream flavor? anything fruity
Facebook or Twitter? facebook!
Style icon? so many ...but they have to be more my age so i would go with: Halle Berry
If you could design a piece of jewelry right now, based on your current mood and surroundings, what would it be? something very beachy with sea glass and shells (I"m in Montauk right now)
Black or white? white
The best part of New York City is...central park
Tell me your greatest asset and your biggest flaw: greatest asset would be my drive and persistence and biggest flaw : can"t tell
If you could have any piece from Fragments, what would it be? something very fine and expensive
We love Susan as much as we love her jewelry and we're so excited to have her here at Fragments. I hope you enjoyed this designer spotlight; stay tuned for many more and have a fabulous day.
xoxo,
Janet

Thursday, July 8, 2010

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: ANTON HEUNIS

Hello everyone and Happy Thursday!




I am so excited to have had the opportunity to sit down with one of Fragments' most fabulous fashion jewelry designers, Anton Heunis. The amazing Anton, born in South Africa, is now settled in Madrid where his talent combined with extraordinary craftsmanship produces some of the boldest, most fun jewelry around. His use of color is stunning, his shapes and proportions are exciting and his designs are constantly evolving. He never ceases to amaze us. And not only does he create beautiful jewelry, he is also a very warm, wonderful and fun person. I had a chance to ask him my favorite 20 questions, and boy did he have fun with them. We absolutely love his answers and hope they give you a bit of insight into our beloved Anton Heunis:

1. What is your greatest indulgence? Fudge and Fois gras(although not together)
2. Tell me your biggest fear.
the return of the austere minimalism of the 1990's- I know it was all about a reaction of the OTT 80's but it was just so boring...!
3. Your favorite red carpet moment of all time?
I am split between two... Liz Hurly wearing the safety-pin Versace dress to the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral in 1994- if a red carpet ever had a lasting impact- then it was then ...and of course Audrey Hepburn with that White, belted flower patterned Givenchy dress she wore when she received the Oscar for Best actress in 1954 for roman Holiday- I loooove Audrey
4. Your most treasured piece of jewelry, and why?
My great grandfather had been separated from my great grandmother when he'd been a prisoner of war on an island off the coast of Africa. During this time he carved two little brooches with a pen knife, one in bone & one in ivory. These have been my most treasured possessions ever since I discovered them in my mother's jewelry box
5. White gold, yellow gold or mix it all up?
Depends on the piece and my mood
6. Who is your favorite fictional character?
I do like Barbarella...
7. Your greatest love is…
my beloved partner and husband of course
8. Who is your hero?
superficial me: Audrey Hepburn
intellectual me :Nelson Mandela

9. Who is your favorite jewelry designer? (other than Anton Heunis)
Costume: Elsa Schiaparelli
Fine...difficult, but think I would have to go for Cartier- but the Cartier that designed for the maharajas, not the one that makes mass produced eternity rings...
10. Who do you most admire, alive or deceased?
Alive: Nelson Mandela
Deceased: Mozart

11. Your favorite movie?
Les Parapluies de Cherbourg( The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) by Jacques Demy- staring a very young Catherine Deneuve
12. Newspapers & magazines: print or online?
Definitely print for leisure reading. online for communication & instant information.
13. Your favorite ice cream flavor?
I recently bought this high tech ice-cream machine so my favorites are changing daily depending my creativity
Peanut butter & banana... marshmallow vanilla &dulce de leche... but I have started making savory ones- tomato sorbet or parmesan cream- they are amazing as a starter for a summer meal!
14. Facebook or Twitter?
FB every time.
15. Style icon?
...it has to be Audrey Hepburn
16. If you could design a piece of jewelry right now, based on your current mood and surroundings, what would it be?
Spain has just beaten Germany in the semifinals in the world cup- so it would probably end up looking like a Swarovski encrusted vuvuzuela in red and yellow....
17. Black or white?
Black or White or black... or white...grey?? depends on my mood.
18. The best part of New York City is
I love New York, the energy, the shopping ,the amazing restaurants... I don't have a best part-I have many... to shop for gifts, I would say Henri Bendel, to shop for myself...Barneys and to eat Thomas Keller's Per Se
19. Tell me your greatest asset and your biggest flaw.
Asset= chaotic perfectionist
Flaw= chaotic perfectionist

20. If you could have any piece from Fragments, what would it be?
I have so much jewellery that I would have to choose a dinner date with all the lovely girls at fragments (Rob is also invited )

You can catch a glimpse of Anton's jewelry here on Fragments.com, and learn more about the designer and his collections on his official site. Please feel free to call us if you are interested or have any questions! We hope you love Anton as much as we do!


xo,
Janet