Monday, January 26, 2015

Accessories Diary: Winter Antiques

One guest wore this huge David Webb brooch that she designed herself and privately commissioned.
Winter Antiques
By Alison Minton

Event season in Manhattan is up and running again after a few weeks of holiday respite. The first big draw every January is the opening night of the Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory to benefit the East Side House Settlement, which this year was held last Thursday, January 22nd. As always, the show presented a great opportunity for people watching in addition to some pretty fabulous antiquing.

Many of the attendees donned creative and unique accessories that, naturally caught my eye. One gentleman, Antonio Petraglia, wore a Mona Lisa necktie that he told me he had bought at a previous Armory show from a dealer specializing in Leonardo DaVinci.

It was obvious that brooches continue to be the current statement jewelry and that they are definitely edging out statement necklaces. Laurie Tisch, Julius Debruhl Lewis, Stephanie Krieger, and Marsha Feinstein all wore substantial pieces that were the focal points of their looks. And the brooches are getting bigger and better. One guest’s enormous enamel and diamond flower brooch took up major real estate on her jacket.
Laurie Tisch pinned her dazzling vintage brooch to a lovely Pelush faux fur jacket by Anna Tagliabue.
Julius Debruhl Lewis wore a vintage Eisenberg Ice brooch.
Stephanie Krieger wore an emerald and diamond flower brooch by Rene Boivin.
Marsha Feinstein's one of a kind brooch was made from vintage turn of the century (19th to 20th) stickpins.
Headpieces in the form of headbands and hairbands are also going strong, as modeled by Karina Corrigan and Jody Covert. The current versions are not the hippie dippy ‘70’s headbands or the ‘80’s conservative plaid preppy hairbands; the current iterations are glamorous and adorned with feathers and crystals for full impact.
Karina Corrigan, the H.A. Crosby Forbes Curator of Asian Export Art at the Peabody Essex Museum, wore a feather headpiece from the museum shop.
Jody Covert got her jazzy headband at the Ritz Carlton spa gift shop in Palm Beach.
The last thing one would expect to see in the dead of Winter — but do expect to see it this Winter — is neon in all its bold and bright hues. Glowing shades of pink and blue added a pop of color to quite a few of the fashionable guests like Alan Behr, Michael Henry Adams, and Ivy Kargman, who thankfully all got it right with just accents of neon (if you try this at home, please no day-glow orange suits).
Alan Behr's Ralph Lauren Purple Label tie and Black Label pocket square were electric blue.
Michael Henry Adams' beautiful orchid rivaled any flower pin and matched the bright pink stripes in his shirt.
Ivy Kargman stole the show in Crewcuts neon pink ballerina flats by J. Crew.
And, delightfully, the fashion gods heard my prayer and sent in a parade of Chanel accessories. Jill Kargman, Prima Guazon, Penny Grant, and Ann Nitze all had envious pieces for me to ogle. All were fabulous, but Ms. Nitze’s vintage necklace was really something extraordinary.
Jill Kargman carried a quilted leather and tweed Chanel clutch bag.
Prima Guazon's Chanel Maltese cross brooch was a stunner.
Penny Grant's earrings were vintage Chanel.
Ann Nitze's vintage Chanel necklace was simply gorgeous.
Also worth noting were Phyllis Kossoff’s vintage Leiber bag, Liz O’Brien’s butterfly earrings, and Nicole DiCocco’s sparkly chandelier earrings that packed a punch for charity.
Phyllis Kossoff's vintage Judith Leiber bag sported different, but equally pretty, patterns on each side.
Liz O'Brien wore Claude Lalanne butterfly earrings. Nicole DiCocco purchased her sparkly earrings by Cabochon to benefit the Hope For Depression Research Foundation, which you can do all this week at Cabochon.
Adam Clayton Powell IV wearing one of his favorite ties.
I’ll tie up this column with a mention that a friend of mine, Adam Clayton Powell IV, a former NYC Assemblyman, just declared that he is running for Congress. Never mind if you are in a red or blue state of mind, it’s Adam’s necktie collection that is worth watching as he campaigns.

He was known in the Assembly for his colorful neckwear, including a collection of Garcia ties (yes, as in Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead). Most politicians chose red or blue ties when campaigning, especially when debating, but a colorful personality needs a colorful tie and Adam says he thinks his ties will help him stand out.

I’ll certainly be at the ready with my camera, but in the meantime, Adam sent me a selfie wearing one of his favorites from his polychromatic collection.

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