Friday, December 13, 2013
If you’re in New York but missed last night’s emoji pop-up shop, you can catch up with me at my designing friend Zang Toi’s showroom today. I’ll be there from noon till 7 PM or so.
18 E 48th St., 20th floor
Between Madison and 5th Avenues
Yesterday’s event at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center was fabulous. Eryn and I were turned into abstract emoji portraits by a roving photographer. We’re like emoji Monets! The further away you get, the clearer the photo is.
Gorgeous fashionista Kelsey Panicco played with my NYC rings.
The Wall Street Journal and Paper Magazine previewed the event. Here’s a little video of the pieces I had for sale. And here is Eryn manning my booth. She’s wearing my giant, sterling-silver “SmacEnroe” tennis necklace, which is now on sale for $150, down from $600. The perfect holiday gift for the tennis fanatic in your life!
Here’s another look at the SmacEnroe necklace.
If you’re thinking of getting that one, don’t delay! I’ve sold out of a lot of limited-edition styles lately. When I sell that SmacEnroe, there will be no more, so this is your last chance to have that particular statement piece. Other limited-edition and one-of-a-kind sale items are available here.
The most popular item last night was my sterling silver hashtag earring. I will be making more of those, but the holiday inventory is sold out — the next delivery will be in January. If you’re looking for a hashtag for the holiday, my sterling-silver ring is still available for immediate delivery.
I hope to see you New Yorkers at Zang’s place today! If you have any questions about any of the items on my website, email me at wbjewelry at hotmail dot com.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
If you’re in New York tonight, don’t forget that you can shop for my WENDYB by Wendy Brandes jewelry in person at the Emoji Art & Design Show.
Eyebeam Art + Technology Center
540 West 21st Street
Between 10th and 11th Avenues
7 to 9 PM
The press preview is at 6 PM. If you haven’t RSVP’d for that, you can do so here.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
While obsessing over the vintage clothes on 1stdibs in recent days, I spotted this down coat/dress by Junya Watanabe.
It’s from Watanabe’s Fall/Winter 2009 collection. Sarah Mower of Style.com wrote:
“Leave it to Junya Watanabe to take a generic utility garment—in this case, a chill-blocking down jacket—and elevate it to an incredible level of romantic imagination. ‘Feathers and air’ were in his mind when he began work with the tubular components of a puffer and then started treating it to myriad turns of construction that lifted it far away from its casual origins.”
You can see the whole collection here.
The Watanabe piece reminded me that I’d Instagrammed a photo of hair stylist Julie Matos’s leopard puffa skirt last month, and it was one of the most popular things I’d Instagrammed in a while.
Julie got this supercute mini at Patricia Field quite a while ago. I don’t know if they have anything like it in-store now; there’s definitely nothing online. Too bad, because Julie says it’s warm AND comfortable.
I hated puffa (or puffer) coats while growing up because the only ones I saw were shapeless, but, for years now, designers have been making much more appealing versions. I have two myself. One is my crazy, cropped, fringed and ultra-puffy jacket by Boudicca.
I don’t think I have an outfit picture with the other one, which is a coat by Pucci with a nipped-in waist and a printed lining.
Norma Kamali was one of the designers who made puffas chic by introducing her “sleeping bag” coats in the 1970s. The French designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac (I collect his current designs) also did some wild puffas around the same time.
My favorite puffa ever is Castelbajac’s jacket with a transparent shell and dyed feathers. I risked the wrath of a Parisian museum guard to snap this blurry photo of it.
I’ve seen some good puffas out and about lately, so I’d like to feature the style in one of my fashion slideshows for the Huffington Post. In the past, I’ve limited participation in those slideshows to fashion bloggers, but it’s time to branch out. I don’t care if you’re a fashion blogger, tweeter, Instagrammer … or if you are lurking on this blog and have never shared any fashion photo ever. Don’t be shy! If you have a puffa that stands out due to its cut or color, send a well-lit outfit photo to me at wbjewelry at hotmail dot com. Let me know how you want to be identified (first and last name, just first name, blog name, Twitter handle, whatever!); the name of the coat or jacket brand; and what you like about your puffa. As always, I’m looking for a diverse crowd: you can be any age, weight, height, complexion, cat-owning status, etc., to participate. The only thing that matters is that you have a good quality photo and that your puffa strikes me as special. I will let you know if I choose you for the slideshow. I’ve already got two peeps and I would like at least eight more: This is your chance to be HuffPost famous, so take it!
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Have you seen the story about the fake sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s funeral? Well, even if you have, you haven’t REALLY experienced the story unless you’ve read Michael K’s version on Dlisted. I will not be satisfied until Michael K takes over all reporting for CNN, Fox News, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He knows how to bring the news to life! Michael K’s report reads, in part:
“How do you sign the phrase ‘zero fucks,’ because that’s exactly as many fucks the no language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial gave about translating the speeches for deaf people. During the memorial, a supposed ASL interpreter stood to the side of the podium and signed the speeches, but many deaf people, including Bruce Druchen of the Deaf Federation of South Africa, tweeted that this bold motherfucker wasn’t signing shit. For deaf people, watching this scammer sign was the equivalent of hearing people listening to Kanye rant. They had no idea what his ass was trying to say. It was all gibberish.”
Last year, Michael K celebrated Lydia Callis, the sign language interpreter for New York mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Hurricane Sandy reports, as “the Maria Callas of sign language interpreters.” Lydia clearly would have been a better choice for Mandela’s funeral. My personal preference, though, would have been the awesome signer I saw at Lollapalooza in 2011. My sister and I were ready to follow this lady to shows all around the country like she was the Grateful Dead or Pfish.
The Mandela story made me double- and triple-check the meaning of my ASL emoji-inspired stud earring just now. For a moment, I got paranoid that my earring was like those Chinese character tattoos that people get thinking they read “strength” when they actually say “pork.” But my earring is okay. It really does say “I love you.”
If you memorize that gesture, you now are more adept in sign language than the Mandela funeral guy! Congratulations.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
I love browsing the vintage clothes on 1stdibs for wild pieces like the Versace dress I blogged this weekend. I recently found two designs that are soooo Jackie Kennedy, without the pillbox hats. Actually, they’re way more literal than that. This one-of-a-kind dress by one of my favorite designers, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, features a silk sheath that was hand-painted with Jackie Kennedy’s face. It’s covered with a black chiffon “mourning veil.” The piece, which is on hold, was exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2006.
Also spotted: this cashmere sweater/tunic/dress-thing, covered with Jackie photos. It’s available for $475.
I’m also having fun looking for clothes that would be worthy of the new, ultra-’70s movie American Hustle. I can’t wait to see that for the fashion alone.
It’s too bad that nobody wore this disco-worthy Loris Azzaro dress to the premiere.
This over-the-top jacket by Estevez would have been the next best thing.
Man, I should have been invited to that opening. I would have dressed crazy! YOLO!
New York Magazine has a fun story on the hairstyles of American Hustle here.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
I went to Florida to visit family over Thanksgiving. I feel like I could get used to that. It’s definitely harder to get the holiday blahs when you can wear shorts next to a Christmas tree.
What Wendy Wore
Top: Pucci (2005, previously seen here)
Shorts: Castelbajac (2013, previously seen here)
Shoes: Prada (2011)
Jacket: God Save L.A. (2013, previously seen here)
Purse: Yves Saint Laurent (2013)
Ring: My own turquoise and ruby skull design
Shorts go well with gingerbread houses too.
What Wendy Wore
Top: Alexander McQueen (2010, previously seen with the same shorts and shoes here)
Shorts: Castelbajac (same as above)
Shoes: Prada (same as above)
Jacket: God Save L.A. (same as above)
Purse: Yves Saint Laurent (same as above)
Beach hat: Gottex (2013)
I don’t think that purse has been on the blog before, even though I’ve been using it a lot. I have to give credit to MrB for selecting it while we were in Paris this summer. I was examining the style in black, but MrB got very excited about gray and it was definitely the right choice. I love it!
When I wasn’t lurking by holiday decorations in Florida, I worked on maintaining my pallor while at the beach. A hat, big sunglasses and an umbrella are musts for me.
What Wendy Wore
Hat: Gottex (2013, purchased to leave in Florida for future visits)
Sunglasses: Prada (2013, previously seen here)
Lip color: Sheer Ice Mocha by Trish McEvoy
I came home in time to attend the Women’s Jewelry Association holiday party, where I got to see lovely jewelry peeps including Cheryl Kremkow, Jennifer Heebner, Beth Bernstein and Hannah Connorton. I wore a vintage Jacques Tiffeau dress that I’m very fond of.
Because I was seeing jewelry people, I got a special pair of earrings out of the vault — my diamond-and-peridot Susan design.
I came home minus the gold squirrel necklace I started out with: I sold it right off my neck to Jennifer! She couldn’t resist the sale price. Now the gold squirrels are sold out but I’ve still got a few silver squirrels available for holiday delivery. They’re on sale for $25. Don’t miss out!
Monday, December 9, 2013
Thank you to JustLuxe.com for featuring my 18K gold chicken-in-the-egg locket in its “Six Geese-A-Laying: The Perfect Golden Eggs for the Holidays” slideshow.
The egg locket opens up to reveal a tiny silver hen with diamond eyes.
Lift the hen off her nest, and you’ll spy three 18K gold eggs.
I’ve only made one of these lockets to date. To learn more about the inspiration for the design and the process of making it, click here. This locket also happens to be the design that Poppy’s Forge chose to illustrate this post last month, in which my “Get Smart (About Manufacturing)” blog was mentioned. Thanks for the love, Poppy!
The chicken is part of my luxe 18K gold signature line. For the more budget-conscious, the Huffington Post’s technology section included the silver emoji earrings from my WENDYB by Wendy Brandes diffusion line in “Gift Ideas for the Texting-Obsessed Friend in Your Life.” I was kind of amused that the story described the $35 earrings as “a little on the pricier side.” It’s true that my earrings — made in groupings of 10 at a time, here in New York City — can’t be sold at H&M prices (Why? Refer to the “Get Smart” post mentioned by Poppy as well as my other “Get Smart” posts), but they cost less than any device one might use for texting! This reminds me of my 2007 post called “Why Does Buyer’s Guilt Focus on Fashion?” I wrote, in part:
“I’m always annoyed at how a fashion is incorrectly perceived as a woman’s topic, and therefore trivialized and criticized. We’re told we should feel bad about it even though men can pour their money into technology and sports-related consumerism guilt-free. Yet, food, clothing and shelter are the most basic of human needs. Do you see the iPhone on that list of basic needs? No.”
Obviously, earrings aren’t clothes and therefore aren’t on the list of basic needs but it’s human nature to want to adorn oneself. Earrings from 3000 BC have been found in royal graves in Iraq, and, about 10 years ago, Chinese archeologists reported finding jade earrings that were more than 7,000 years old. That’s a pretty impressive history. The first iPhone was introduced in 2007, and nowadays, if you want a 16GB unlocked, no-contract iPhone 5c, it will cost you $549 — $514 more than a single sterling silver emoji earring from my line. Just sayin’.
Anyway, speaking of the emoji, if you live in New York, you’ll have a chance to shop for them in person this Thursday, Dec. 12. I will be participating in a pop-up shop at the Emoji Art and Design Show presented by Forced Meme Productions, Eyebeam and GroupMe. Come to the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center at 540 W. 21st Street from 7 PM to 10 PM and get the perfect stocking-stuffers for those free-spending iPhone-loving friends of yours! If you’re a blogger or other sort of journalist and want to come to the press preview earlier, email me at wbjewelry at hotmail dot com to be put on the list.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
I sold out of a lot of styles during Cyber Monday and some people missed getting what they wanted, so I kept some jewelry on my sale page to give y’all another shot at a deal. Most of the designs there will not be made again, so if you see anything you like, act fast! Once it’s gone, it’s gone.
Here’s what was on the blog this week.
- Monday: The big sale!
- Tuesday: There’s a little hope if you didn’t get a chicken necklace. We’ll see!
- Wednesday: This turquoise and ruby skull is my Jewel of the Month for December.
- Thursday: My hair, 12 years ago this month.
- Friday: Music for Nelson Mandela. Also, a new emoji earring debuted.
- Saturday: Normally I would have pinned this vintage Versace dress and Givenchy bag on Pinterest, but I liked them enough to give them blog space.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
This one isn’t quite as over-the-top as the vintage Versace dress on this morning’s wish list post. The small Pandora bag by Givenchy is gorgeous in person — the photo doesn’t do it justice.
Of course, I need another bag like Family Guy‘s Peter Griffin needs a hole in his head. So I’ll admire it from afar.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
If I had $7,500 to spend on a dress, I would get this Gianni Versace Couture design from 1991.
The colors! The print! It’s so Gianni. I love the belled shape of the skirt and the sex-ay back.
I’m sure that it’s magic and that if I wore it, I’d look exactly like a 20-something Christy Turlington.
The dress for sale is a tiny bit too big, but Jean from Ghost Tailor could take care of the alterations, so if you’re looking to splurge on me, don’t hesitate. Go right ahead and whip out that credit card. My birthday is coming up! If you’re on a tighter budget, don’t be sad. I will gladly settle for this $1,800 bustier-shaped Jean Paul Gaultier backpack from 1998.
Nope, I’m still not into that super-practical, minimalist wardrobe thing! That much is clear.