On The Fringe

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Fringes are back! We’ve been spying them in every length, style, and color on a slew of runways including Guy Laroche, Miu Miu, Joseph Altuzarra and Emilio Pucci. But this season the trend has gone from casual and cool to seriously chic — it certainly isn’t just for the Coachella crowd anymore!

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Fringe trend in Paris Fashion Week 2014 RTW Collection L-R: Alexander McQueen, Dolce-Gabbana, Miu Miu, Manish Arora, Guy Laroche, Moncler Gamme Rouge

Graceful evening gowns and vibrant summer dresses swish and sway with touches of luxe vibe fringes , while shoes and bags are tasseled up in expensive suedes and soft leathers. 

Celine fringe bag ss2014

 

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Having fun with fringe! ~ as seen in Vogue

 

Manolo Blahnik fringe shoes ss2014

Manolo Blahnik fringe shoes ss2014

Forever a little Rock ‘n’ Roll, fringes have been adding a playful kick to Dori’s creations.
The Harper necklace fuses the metallic trend with fringe creating a stylish look that could easily pump up a basic outfit and make it look fabulous.

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Dori’s Harper statement necklace

Green is the It Color of spring.  Mix it with sparkling Swarovski crystals, fringe and…Dori’s chic touch…and you end up with our striking Vesper earrings. 

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Dori’s striking Vesper earrings

Our colorful Calypso bag embraces the elaborate embroidery trend ….and it comes with fringe benefits too.. :)

Dori's Calypso bag with colorful hand-embroidered  elements

Dori’s Calypso bag with colorful hand-embroidered
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From bold bags to chic dresses, cool shoes and high fashion jewelry there are so many ways to stand out in tasseled style. Which one is your favorite?

 

Nancy’s Bachelorette ♥

It all started with an email:
“Dear Dori, My sister, Nancy and I are huge fans of your jewelry. We both lived in Israel for several years and we each own at least 10 Dori pieces (necklaces and earrings). We have turned many friends onto Dori Csengeri designs through the years. I live in NY and Nancy lives in Paris now. Nancy is getting married in Israel and I wanted to explore an idea with your team. I would like to throw a memorable event for Nancy and her close female friends in Israel before the wedding. Instead of the ordinary bachelorette event I was thinking it would be wonderful to weave in Dori Csengeri design since it’s been such a huge part of Nancy’s lifestyle. Would your team be interested in hosting Nancy’s bachelorette?”
Of course, we said: “Yes!” :)

We met at the studio, where Dori told Nancy and her friends how she developed her unique technique. She shared with them the “behind the scenes” of making Dori pieces and answered questions about her new line of kaftans & handbags and what makes her inspired…. Image

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The next stop was our Parisian style boutique downstairs, where everyone was having fun trying on their favorite Dori pieces. Image
And then, it was time to toast to the bride-to-be.a toast 2…and toast some more…. :)

toast 3And show some sisterly love ♥♥♥
sisters hugAnd of course, we couldn’t end the bachelorette without surprising Nancy with some rice throwing for happiness and good luck!
throwing riceMelanie, we had a blast hosting Nancy’s bachelorette at our studio.  You are the best sister ever!!! :)

Nancy, we’re really happy that you’ve found Mr. Right! Wishing you both all the best for the wedding and for the future. ♥♥♥

much love,
Dori & her team

 

Wine Tasting in Paris

Wine Tasting in Paris sounds like a great idea; asking Lionel Michelin to conduct the event is an even better idea. So when Haritina & Andrei, long time friends of Dori & Giora invited them for an evening of private wine tasting, Dori & Giora enthusiastically accepted the invitation.

The custom tailored wine tasting took place in De Vinis Illustribus, located in the legendary site where the famous wine merchant Jean-Baptiste Besse, settled in the early 30’s, and received for more than 50 years wine  enthusiasts from all over the world among which were Ernst Hemingway and Peter Ustinov.

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IMG_1006Lionel Michelin guided Haritina, Andrei, Dori and Giora in the cellar while describing how he tracks down exceptional vintage wines, inspects them for authenticity and ensures they have been properly preserved so he can provide his customers with a truly memorable tasting.

At the De Vinis Illustribus cellar1023_Dominique-Andrei-Haritina-Lionel-DoriAnd then it was time for the feast of gourmet food & wine!
wine tasting dinner - menuThroughout the event, Lionel analyzed and commented on each wine served–region, characteristics and flavor profile.
IMG_1017The evening ended with sweet notes (chocolate & coffee macaroons anyone?) and happy smiles…. Thank you Lionel for such an educating & wonderful event!!!  :)

Which one is your favorite location for wine tasting?
Paris
California
Tuscany
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Red, white…or Green?

How my spring vacation in Portugal inspired Dori to design our Baroque holiday collection.

The Portuguese navigators discovered much of the world four hundred years ago but the world has yet to discover Portugal.  The country remains one of the last secrets of Europe. A place of castles and palaces, of mountains and valleys, of sand and sea and…great food…

Eyal (my boyfriend) and I were lucky to land in Lisbon on the day of Saint Anthony festival.  Santo Antonio revered as a matchmaker, so mass marriages known as “St. Anthony’s Weddings” are held during the celebrations. The  food specialty of Lisbon, fish, in its diverse preparations is celebrated and there’s a parade of costumes from the city’s different traditional quarters, with hundreds of singers and dancers.
santo antonio paradeAfter “recovering” from santo Antonios parties, we went on to explore Portugal and its famous must-see sights.  We visited and held on to dear life at Cabo da Roca, Europe’s westernmost..and windiest point, “where the land ends and the sea begins”.  We continued to Sintra where we were huffing & puffing going up the steep hills to visit the beautiful Palacio Pena and the Castle of the Moors.

castle of the mooresWe were driving from Lisbon to Porto for 2 weeks, making detours through the countryside and the list of amazing places we visited along the way…is quite l-o-n-g, so I’ll only name a few: Tomar’s templar castle, the stunning caves of Mira d’Aire, Sierra da Estrela national park – the highest mountains in Portugal and the historic library of Coimbra (one of the oldest universities in Europe).

Library_of_the_Universtity_of_CoimbraWe had a great weather and time was flying….our biggest worries were…what type of traditional pastry we were going to try each day.  They looked soooo delicious that I wanted to try at least one of each. And..let’s not forget the difficult task of choosing red, white or…green wine with our dinner (decisions, decisions…).  Mostly, we chose green, a wine that offers just the right crisp spritz for summer sipping…. :))

SONY DSCOur last stop was an exciting antique cars race in Porto and then….it was time to go back home.  On my first day back at work, I showed Dori and some of our team members photos of my vacation. Dori enjoyed looking at them and by the time we got to the Lisbon Museum of Coaches images, I could almost hear the wheels turning in her head….
carriage 1Dori played for a few weeks with different materials, compositions and color combinations until she finally hit the “winning combination” that later on became our Baroque holiday collection with its festive colors, golden highlights and…the most adorable Fontanini cherubs….
bqe_n574_Baroque__resize_450x500_borderWe hope that you enjoyed the blog and wish you all a joyful present and a sparkling future. Best wishes for Happy holidays and an Exciting New Year!

We hope this Holiday season brings joy and
warmth to your winter!

All our best,
Dori & her team ♥♥♥

What are you thankful for?

It’s almost Thanksgiving…the time of year when everyone talks about the things they are thankful for… So we sat down with Dori to hear What are the things that light up her life? What is she most grateful for?

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“I am thankful for all the little things that are the essence, or in my case the “basic stitches” of life. Embracing with Giora, a good night sleep, waking up in the morning to the sound of birds chirping, diving head first in the Mediterranean Sea, feeling the sun caressing my skin, coming to work bursting with new ideas, sitting with family around a table for dinner.  All the simple joys that make everyday life a celebration!”

What are you thankful for this year? We’d like to hear from you!

Flapper Girls

With The Great Gatsby opening the Cannes Film Festival , it was clear that the roaring ’20s fashion was back!  The social changes and restrictions of that era gave birth to a new type of woman, the flapper, and the fashions she wore.
trending: art deco in fashion à la the great gatsbyThe world changed rapidly after World War 1. Technology and mass production were rocketed into the 20th century.  Society was speeding up, airplanes were taking people across the country in a matter of hours rather than a matter of weeks, automobiles could travel between several states in an evening.  Additionally, after the war, the “Flaming Youth” as they became known, felt they needed to live their lives now, because the future wasn’t guaranteed. In that new world, expression and individuality were the most important elements of living a fulfilling and complete human life.
Watch "To Live In The 1920's"
On the heels of the suffrage movement, 1920′s flappers took their right for personal liberty and freedom. Choice was not a privilege, but a god-given right. Flappers were free to choose a career, their mate[s], their vote, their clothes….their destiny.

The flapper rejected the repressed stodgy Victorian world and made the world modern and exciting. Old-fashioned torture devices like the corset and the crinoline no longer served a purpose for young women who wanted to dance, go to work, hop into cars, and walk around town. women refused to be made physically and socially helpless by the clothes they wore. Hemlines on 1920s dresses were rising quickly, one year mid-calf, the next year just below the knee…
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With the rise of the mass media, the silver screen, books, sports and Broadway shows grew more popular. Beautiful stars like Louise Brooks, Clara Bow, and Gloria Swanson became the legends of Hollywood.  They were known for their style, and modern fashion, as much for their intelligence and vibrancy. Those stars were women’s new role models: the strong independent woman who is capable of taking care of herself, asserting her sexuality, and making a living at the same time.
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Coco Chanel led the charge into modernity with her stripped down dresses, the “let go” waistline, and rising hemlines. Designers like Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Alberta Feretti and Dori have since re-incarnated  the flapper style. Their designs are laced with shiny metallics, and fun, glitzy details like tassels, beading and fringing that are a distinct nod to the roaring 20″s style.
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Dori channeled the stylish decade with her Ragtime collection.  a medley of  flapper-inspired jewels  gone modern with a “Dori twist”… :)
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What trend would you like to see revived?…..

The bold and the beautiful – Ramp1885 interview with Dori

Interview by: Marina Radovanovic  www.ramp1885.com

I recently had the privilege to interview an amazingly talented woman that creates exceptional pieces of jewellery in Tel Aviv, Israel. By using a stunning array of colours, combined with vintage and contemporary styles and hand embroidered techniques; the haute couture collection is a must-see!

Dori Csengeri has her collection featured in various leading bridal, lifestyle and fashion publications. It is with no wonder that her exquisite jewellery is presented world-wide in prestigious jewellery stores, galleries and museums!

Folies necklace and earrings from Dori Csengeri

It is clearly evident that Csengeri loves her work, as this is reflected in her timely pieces. Brides and women who want that extra special and significant jewellery piece can find exactly what they are looking for, as Dori Csengeri has a vast selection in bold and cheerful to subtle and romantic colours. There is a design and colour to match every woman’s needs and preferences!

Dori Csengeri sat down with us an chatted about her unique and beautiful jewellery collections and how it all began.

Dori profileHow did you begin creating the jewellery; what inspired you to start this venture?

During my studies of textile design in Paris at the Academie de Port-Royal, I was experimenting with collages from textile materials. This is how the soutache cords landed on my desk. From there on, the road to jewelry was fairly short. I started with small color compositions in textiles, which evolved into beautiful lapel brooches. With time and experience, I developed an embroidery technique, that is suitable for creating textile-based jewelry and realized that the jewellery path is the right path for me.

Aside from the prominent magazines where your fine collection is displayed, are there exhibits and events where the collection may be seen and purchased?

Stores buyers & owners come to see our collection and place orders at trade shows such as: Première Classe Tuileries & Porte de Versailles in Paris, MACEF & Super in Milano, NY Now in New York City, Ambiente in Frankfurt and Bisutex in Madrid.

"Desiree" necklace and earrings from Dori Csengeri's Bridal collection

Which jewellery pieces do you find is most popular amongst your clientele? 

I feel that a big part of personal taste is shaped by ones culture. While my Italian customers tend to be daring and they love bold colors, my New York customers are drawn to the more classical looking styles.  My jewellery collection offers a wide array of styles that are deliberately made in small, often changing series. This way, I can constantly present my customers with creative accessorizing possibilities that suit their personal tastes & styles.

Do you take custom orders?

Yes. One of my favorite custom orders was an upper-arm cuff for a bride who asked me to find a creative way to “link” two of her grandmother’s brooches into my design. It wasn’t an easy task, but I truly enjoyed designing the cuff especially since in my eyes, jewelry pieces are the safe-keepers of our “treasure moments of life”. They reflect our memorable moments and occasions whether joyous, emotional or romantic.

 Alegra earrings from Dori Csengeri

Bogart brooch from Dori Csengeri

Are your designs inspired by seasonal fashion trends?

My work is a synthesis between the past and the present.  On one hand, I preserve the old tradition of hand-embroidery and ‘Savoir Faire’. On the other hand, my designs are very current. I like viewing the fashion trends forecast about a year or two before the season, so I have enough time to explore the seasonal colors and shapes and make them my own.

Do you find that certain moods, the arts or events trigger inspirations/ideas for designs?

I find that “all of the above” can trigger inspiration. There are no rules and no winning formula for “sparking the creative mood”, but healthy doses of curiosity and playfulness definitely help. As I sit at my worktable, my mind’s wheels begin to turn and things like memories, art, nature, scenery, color, and the little details of life start surfacing in my mind. Each embroidered piece starts as a collection of materials and by the time it’s finished it turns into a new and unique jewelry that conveys my mood and my thoughts.

Your bridal collection is breath taking and it is wonderful how you have combined traditional bridal styles with contemporary and romantic styles. Have you found that soon-to-be-brides lean on any particular style, or remain dedicated to the traditional pearly white accessories? 

I’m really happy to say that most of our brides have defined tastes and are in charge of their look. They are looking for unique pieces that reflect their personal styles.  Even the brides that are attracted to the classic pearls accessories come to my atelier in search of what I call “the updated pearl look with a twist”… :)

Fantastic black and white earrings from Dori Csengeri Chiara earrings from Dori Csengeri's Bridal collectionJalousie earrings from Dori Csengeri

Are there any plans to expand your brilliant style and carry it onto clutches, various accessories and perhaps clothing and shoes?

I recently launched a capsule collection of digitally printed kaftans, tunics and shawls. The idea behind the collection is to inspire women to dream and picture themselves as glorious movie sirens. In my mind, a kaftan is all about a luxurious treat and a fun fantasy combined in one accessory.

One of the kaftans from Dori's latest kaftan collection.

In which stores/boutiques may we find your marvelous collection for purchase?

Retail customers can find our collection at many great boutiques, jewellery stores and galleries all over the world.  The stockists list is very long, so I’m just going to name a few:

Alix Bijoux Paris & St. Tropez, Imarika in Milan, LuisaViaRoma in Florence, Pierre in Monaco, Tom Shot in Berlin, Una De Tres in Barcelona, British Museum store in London, MAD museum store in NYC, Svenskt Tenn in Stockholm, Matsuya Ginza, Tokyo, Harvey Nichols in Hong Kong and of course, our online store www.DoriCsengeri.com .

If we may venture to ask; what collection are you focusing on now?

I’m currently designing & making the very last color groups of our Fall-Winter 2013-2014 collection. In this collection, the emphasis is on multi-faceted pieces that have both a feminine allure as well as a harder edge. The colors are somewhat muted and reflect a sense of mystery. I designed each jewelry piece to be literally seen in a different light any time a woman wears it.

Needless to say, Dori Csengeri’s collection is eye candy! To view more of the wonderful designs and colours of her masterpieces and to keep up-to-date with the latest creations, visit: www.DoriCsengeri.com.