Monday, March 27, 2017

MAD about Jewelry: when LOOT comes to town

Marianne Batlle, one of the 54 artists who will be featured at the Museum of Arts and Design's LOOT 2017.
by Karen Klopp & Hilary Dick

The first week in April brings a frenzy of jewelry lovers together
at MAD ABOUT JEWELRY, the Museum of Art and Design's five-day pop up shop on Columbus Circle. It is a rare opportunity to meet the artists creating the cutting edge, one-of-a-kind pieces and hear about their creative ideas and inspirations. From the natural world to tallest buildings in the world, it is a vast and varied assemblage of wearable creations.

Jewelry Designer and "Philanthropy is Beautiful" founder Joan Hornig is passionate about the event. "Nothing is more exciting than what happens when LOOT comes to town. MAD is the only museum in the country that has a dedicated jewelry gallery. I think it is the best pop up sale of the year in New York."
Eve Xanthopoulos, Chuck Close, George Hornig, and Joan Hornig at last year's "LOOT: MAD About Jewelry" Opening Benefit.
Kasia McCormick, Stephanie Kamfar, Barbara Tober, Chiu-Ti Jansen, and Barbara Regna
The Opening Party will take place on Monday, April 3rd when the LOOT Acquisition Prize and Awards will honor Camilla Dietz Bergeron, Francine LeFrak, and Kara Ross. They will be joining other extraordinary women of embellished achievement, Honorary Chair Dame Zandra Rhodes, Chair Marsy Mittlemann, and curator Bryna Pomp. 2015 Honoree and Chairman Emerita Barbara Tober will present one of the awards this year. "For seventeen years of LOOT, we have seen the world of art jewelry grow in importance and status! MAD is proud to be the leaders in bringing this exciting and creative art form to the jewelry-loving public."
Barbara Tober, Michele Cohen, and Meredith Bernstein at a kick-off cocktail reception to celebrate this year's Museum of Arts and Design's "LOOT: MAD about Jewelry."
Bryna Pomp, Boo Grace, Ruth Lande Shuman, and Michele Cohen.
Now here's what to wear according to Hilary: Jewelry personalizes an outfit. It gives a nod to your style and personality. I love jewelry, especially vintage pieces given to me by my family. And I adore a big flashy cocktail ring or statement earrings that are so on trend right now.

For an event like LOOT, I would throw all caution to the wind and bring out the fun and flashy. Any outfit can be spiced up with great accessories. These dresses below, though pretty on their own, would look so much better with some bling. The floral dress by Erdem is modest yet sexy, and flattering for most figures. Add the diamond feather earrings and the Oscar de La Renta ring and you have an outfit.

The Michael Kors dress is simple and works well for the pear shaped figure. It calls for a necklace, and as Karen mentions below, we are loving the choker these days. And as always, a high heel is an elongating must! Even if you have to take them off right when you leave the party, these gold and silver sandals are sure to sparkle among all the fantastic artists and their jewelry at LOOT.
Erdem Mirela Floral-Print Silk Crepe De Chine Dress, $1395   Michael Kors Broderie Anglaise Cotton-Blend Dress, $255
Gucci Metallic Cracked-Leather Platform Sandals, $750   Sophia Webster Lilico Appliqued Metallic Leather Sandals, $595
Cornelia Webb Gold-Plated Pearl Choker, $240
Kenneth Jay Lane Rhodium-Plated Cubic Zirconia Earrings, $175
Eddie Bargo Boyd Vanity Leather-Trimmed Velvet Shoulder Bag, $990
Kotur Taylor Glitter Perspex Box Clutch, $795
When we reached Dame Zandra Rhodes in her studio in California, she was thrilled with her involvement as Honorary Chair and will be flying in for the Opening Night. "I was already a huge fan of The Museum when they asked me." Dame Zandra in London in the late '60s and early '70s was a pioneer in the field of modern fashion and jewelry design. She hasn't stopped designing for a minute since. "Jewelry makes the outfit," she declared. "It is an artform that you can wear." Zandra was a good friend of Princess Diana and created some of her iconic designs.
According to Zandra, "It's not so much about your clothes. You must own your own personality. That and jewelry will conquer anything," Love that battle cry!
Dame Zandra Rhodes.
Karen: I am happy to report a trend that is here to stay — bare shoulders! Bravo! It is a universally flattering style for all ages and body types. Even my young friends complain that they can't find great dresses with sleeves. Well, here they are. We decided on a solid shade to let the jewelry ring loud and clear. I like to think of navy as spring's black, for its softer shading. These two simple sheaths possess details that makes them a great "go to" for drinks and dinners. Every woman should have one of these in her wardrobe now.

The lower neckline of the Black Halo creates an opportunity to try a choker, another accessory that has come out of the romantic, Victorian trend that continues to charm. Statement jewelry is another trend that is here to stay. Often, all you need to complete a pulled-together look with an oft-worn dress is a pair of earrings, a cuff, or a necklace with dynamic visual impact. Thanks to LOOT Mad about Jewelry, we have the opportunity to view, and perhaps collect, some fabulous one-of-a-kind pieces.
La Petite Robe Di Chiara Boni Organza Shift Dress, $730   Black Halo Eloise Cape Overlay Sheath Dress, $375
Alexis Bittar Lucite Abstract Poppy-Print Flower Earrings, $245

Christian Louboutin Pigalle Follies Suede Pumps, $675
  Lele Sadoughi Floral Choker, $37

Christian Louboutin Silkova 100 Patent Leather & Mesh Sandals, $895
Alaia Laser-Cut Leather Pouch, $1010 Lizzie Fortunato Siesta Mother-Of- Pearl & Crochet Drop Earrings, $210
Curator Bryna Pomp travels extensively throughout the world in search of the most impressive array of artists and artisans creating wearable embellishment. This year brings 54 artist from 21 countries. "It gives me great pleasure to introduce to the New York audience these mostly unknown artists to the MAD audience each year."

For tickets and information contact rebekka.grossman@madmuseum.org, 212.299.7712 or click here.

Here's just a sampling of the unique treasures to explore at LOOT.