Venus – Now & Then…

Venus is the Roman mythology counterpart to the Greek Aphrodite. She embodies sex, love, beauty, enticement and seduction. And with such persuasive female charm, no wonder she was and still is a leading muse to artists, thinkers, poets and…dreamers….

Venus of Willendorf, a small statuette of a female figure estimated to have been made between about 28,000 and 25,000 BCE. Although it pre-dates the mythological Venus by millennia, the figurine earned the nickname “Venus” thanks to her emphasized parts of the body that are associated with fertility and childbearing. Researchers believe that the voluptuous Venus may have portrayed a fertility goddess.

Venus of Willendorf

Venus of Willendorf

Aphrodite of Milos, better known as the Venus de Milo, is one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture. The de Milo statue is praised by many artists and critics as the epitome of graceful female beauty.

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Venus de Milo on display at the Louvre, Paris

During the Renaissance period in Europe Venus became a popular subject of painting and sculpture. As the goddess of sexuality, a degree of erotic beauty in her presentation was justified, which appealed to many artists and their patrons. Since Venus-Aphrodite was born of sea-foam, The Birth of Venus by Botticelli as well as countless other artworks depict her rising from the sea in a clam.

Birth of Venus by Botticelli

Birth of Venus by Botticelli

Dr. No, filmed in 1962 and starring Sean Connery was the first James Bond film. Ean Fleming the author of James Bond series had a specific painting in mind when he wrote the scene of sexy Honey Rider rising from the sea in front of an excited James Bond (hint: check the above Botticelli painting). In what later became an iconic moment in cinematic and fashion history, Ursula Andress rose out of the Caribbean Sea in a white bikini sporting a large diving knife and two seashells.

Ursula Andress, iconic Bond girl

Ursula Andress, iconic Bond girl

In 1986, the British girl group Bananarama remake of the song “Venus” (originally written & sung by the 60′s band Shocking Bluebecame a hit. The music video for “Venus” received heavy airplay on MTV.  It featured the group in various costumes including a devil, a French temptress, a vampire and a Roman goddess.

Venus video by Bananarama

Venus video by Bananarama

For her fall-winter 2014-2015 collection Dori took a classic yet fresh approach to the Venus theme. Basking in golden glow that brings to light feminine fluid shapes and delicate shell-like textures, Dori’s Venus is timeless.. and just like the goddess, positively irresistible…. :)

Venus earrings by Dori Csengeri

Venus earrings by Dori Csengeri

 

My Philosophy – The Marker interview with Dori

The Marker team sat down with Dori to talk about her philosophy, inspiration and her fall-winter 2014-2015 collection.  Here is the interview as published in The Marker Women Magazine….

What were the thoughts and inspiration behind creating your fall-winter 2014-2015 collection?

“This season is all about change! The interplay between hand-embroidery tradition and creative intuition lays the path for new innovative designs. I enjoy mixing influences without borders and playing with contrasting elements while creating signature narrative designs that are a testament to time. My collection’s palette is a mixture of harmonious brights with subtle neutrals allowing for unconventional looks and inviting my customers to stretch their imagination.”

Toscana earrings by Dori Csengeri

Toscana earrings by Dori Csengeri

Intrigue bracelet & earrings by Dori Csengeri

Intrigue bracelet & earrings by Dori Csengeri

Winona necklace & earrings by Dori Csengeri

Winona necklace & earrings by Dori Csengeri

What’s your philosophy?

“Creating with passion. This way, designing every collection is a thrilling and intriguing experience for me as well as… for my loyal followers….”

wings tunic, earring & pendant/eyeglasses holder by Dori Csengeri

Dori is having fun adding a twist to a black & white outfit with a digitally printed tunic, personal jewelry pieces, a pair of converse sneakers and….a hand fan… :))

…any styling tips?

“Think of an outfit as a balancing act.  Add some harmony and a dash of humor to the mix and you are good to go! ” :)

Are you ready to play with fasion?
XO Dori

 

 

 

 

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!