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‘Contrastes’ jewelry collection at Chanel

February 5th, 2012

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Aubrey McGovern tried on this ring from the Chanel Contrastes Fine Jewelry Collection during a preview that took place Feb. 2 at Halekulani. It’s priced at $307,000.

The Chanel Contrastes Fine Jewelry collection went on view today and will continue from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Feb. 6, at the Waikiki Chanel boutique on Luxury Row, 2100 Kalakaua Ave.

It’s a rare exhibition of couture pieces, with the approximately 20 pieces on view valued at about $5 million.

During a preview event Feb. 2 at Halekulani, a handful of guests were able to view and try on pieces, none worth less than $100,000.

True to the collection’s name, each piece is a study in contrasts, from Chanel’s classic black-and-white, to studies in light and shade, with gemstones in a variety of cuts, transparency and reflectiveness, from the radiance of diamonds, to the iridescence of mother-of-pearl and moonstones, and milky opacity of white opals.

Take a look while you can.

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Collier Perle de Rosee necklace in 18K white gold, set with a central 2-carat round-cut diamond, white diamonds, black and grey spinels, moon stones and pearls.

At the Halekulani preview, pieces that caught the eye could be tried on.

This diamond cuff definitely caught my eye, but I wouldn’t want the attention from wearing this many diamonds out!

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Nuage de Glace earrings in 18K white gold, set with 2 round-cut diamonds for a total weight of 2 carats, 621 brilliant-cut white diamonds for a total weight of 7.5 carats, 134 brilliant-cut black diamonds for a total weight of 1 carat and 108 white cultured pearls from 4 to 4.5 mm diameter.

An incredible piece incorporating rock crystals, brilliant- and emerald-cut diamonds. I don’t know the cost, but a ring with a diamond embedded in a single rock crystal is $115,000, so start multiplying.

Another favorite piece, inspired by Coco Chanel’s love of Asian design and inspired by a Chinese folding screen in her apartment at 31 Rue Cambon, Paris.

Fendi Part I: A celebration of art

December 29th, 2011

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Artist Jonathan Swanz with one of his works on display at Fendi at Royal Hawaiian Center. The glass and layered metallization installation is entitled, “Archipelago.” A larger detail is shown below.

Fendi hosted a champagne toast Dec. 28 to celebrate the works of Hawaii artist Jonathan Swanz, whose work will be on view at the Royal Hawaiian Center boutique through spring.

The event was a reception for Swanz’s glass collection “Neither Created Nor Destroyed,” and 10 percent of sales from the evening will benefit the University of Hawaii Art Department.

The exhibition marks a continuation of Fendi’s “Fatto a Mano for the Future (Handmade for the Future)” design focus in Hawaii that launched in August this year, opening the doors for Hawaii artists to collaborate with the internationally renowned luxury house.

Fendi is hosting another exhibition of vintage furs, as well as a preview of its spring/summer ready-to-wear collection from 1 to 7 p.m. today and tomorrow at its Ala Moana store, and 3 to 9 p.m. Jan. 2 and 3 at its Royal Hawaiian store.

With the multiple events, I did get a little confused and thought I might see some of the vintage furs at Fendi last night, but I did get to check out some of the new collection. In addition to jackets and vests, Fendi ready-to-wear and fur specialist Lionel Patino-Patroni Boronio was in town from New York to show how to wrap scarves, including those embellished with touches of mink and fox.

I’ll be heading there today to learn more.

Image, design and branding strategist Dean Christopher with Fendi’s Cammy Maheras.

Fendi furs were displayed throughout the store …

… and on model Angela Byrd, with fellow model Mandy McGarry.

Lionelo Patino-Patroni Boronio shows Tiana Torii how to wear a fur-embellished scarf.

Cammy Maheras shows Andrea Charuk how the collar can be removed from this vest to be worn separately with other ensembles as collar, wrap or capelet.

I couldn’t help but notice Andrea’s leather-and-chain jewelry, from Kaylin Laeha’s Panacea.Designs GR/T line. You can usually find Panacea at the monthly Art&Flea events.