Couture Jewelry – Guide Joailliers interview with Dori

Interview by: Kyra Brenzinger  http://www.guide-joailliers.com/dori-csengeri-tisseuse-dor-de-lumiere/

Dori radiates excitement when she talks about her jewelry creation. “My collection is like a patchwork of mixed cultures, rich colors and sensuous textures” says Dori. “It’s my personal curated selection of all things wonderful!”

What was the starting point in creating your jewelry?
Dori Csengeri: In the eighties, during my studies of textile design at the Academie de Port-Royal in Paris, I was experimenting with collages made of textile materials. I used to wear the few pins that I made and my friends began to buy them. That made me realize that the jewelry path was the right path for me.  From there on, the road to designing jewelry was fairly short.

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Can we compare your jewelry to haute couture jewelry?
Dori Csengeri: Indeed, all the jewelry pieces are handmade from start to finish at our fair trade Tel Aviv studio. That means that our team of women artisans hand-stitches the textile cords that frame the Swarovski crystals (or gemstones for that matter), strings beads and applies nappa leather on the back of the jewelry pieces for added comfort.  Some pieces such as my Camelot collection are made by cutting small squares of linen fabric and one by one applying gold leaf on top of them. Each square has a slightly different shape and a different gold leaf pattern. When I hand- stitch the linen squares together, I carefully match them.  After all, God is in the small details….

How do you design your collections?
Dori Csengeri: The arts, the city views or even certain moods inspire me to draw sketches every day.  About four months before the collection is due, I select the best sketches and the most appealing materials that I constantly source from all around the world.  From this selection I create about 16 color themes, each theme includes small, mid size and large pieces (about ten styles for each color story).

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Your new spring / summer collection is a true color-therapy!
Dori Csengeri: I wanted this collection to be bold and joyful. The red Fandago collection reflects the flamenco dancers costumes, movements and fiery spirit. The red color also adds a powerful and festive side to the collection. Green is high on the list of the spring 2017 color trends and is also very present in my collection.  Malibu, Nuances and Elixir color groups explore the story of green through different tonalities and harmonies.

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You also worked on night colors …
Dori Csengeri: It is true that Absolu, Nightlight and Cassiopeia have a darker appeal. I evoke the night theme with ‘star constellations’ compositions, mysterious ‘blue lights’ and materials that reflect to some extent the ‘aurora borealis’.

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What are your favorite pieces?
Dori Csengeri: I feel that the Camelot line is very striking.  Creating a mosaic of small linen squares studded with gold results in a strong three-dimensional quality. I was inspired by a Peruvian gold carpet and I think that this Inca reference gives the collection the virtue of timeless beauty. I also created very powerful pieces with dragons, inspired by the TV series Games of Thrones. Presently, I am involved in a new project of embroidered masks that I hope to reveal to you soon!

 

New Year’s resolution: channel your inner warrior princess!

If you’ve declared 2017 to be your year of stepping up, standing out and staying strong, this post is for you.

Eye contact:
A steady gaze is strong, sexy and reassuring. Keep your head up. Look them in the eye.

Posture:
Come on, do it right now wherever you are. Shoulders back, chin lifted, head held steady. And now…go get ‘em!

Voice:
Remember how you used to talk when you were a teenager? When everything was a question? Don’t do that anymore. If you have a question, ask it. For everything else, declare.

Fashion statement:
Make a statement with your wardrobe. Inject color and boldness into your style. Creating a bold display on the outside can give you the courage you need to be bold on the inside.

Are you ready to be an outstanding version of you? Commit to positive change by leaving us a comment. We’re always here rooting for you!

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Dori’s ‘warrior princess’ statement choker – as seen in Xiox magazine

Inspired by Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones” epic style managed to capture Dori’s imagination. Medieval gowns, fierce battle gear and dragons’ scales are all brilliantly represented in her Lady Dragon collection. Immaculate hand-stitched embellishments add silver sheen to the collection’s inspiring fashion statement while radiating haute couture aura.

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Dori’s show stopping Lady Dragon earrings

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Dori’s haute couture Lady Dragon choker

Tapestry Sessions

Tapestry Sessions is Spring 16’s world traveler trend. This trend addresses an appreciation of world cultures through artisan crafts. The designs are composed of various ethnic references in a sophisticated manner that ultimately conveys luxury.

An all-embracing array of materials and colors complement haute couture creations with exotic skins, jacquards and intricate details and embellishments such as patchwork, embroidery & pom-poms.  Worldly aesthetics, an eclectic bold look and a textural pop are all reworked into this exciting ‘look-at-me’ curated collection of all things wonderful.

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Dolce & Gabbana SS2016

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Tel Aviv haute couture necklace by Dori Csengeri

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Gucci SS2016

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Brian Etwood floral bootie and Christian Louboutin embroidered shoe

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details of Napoli haute couture necklace by Dori Csengeri SS2016

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Alexander Mcqueen rtw SS2016

 

 

 

Top 5 Spring-Summer 2016 Trends

This spring, wildly different looks were trending on the fashion week runways.  There were styles for girls who want to bare it all and for girls who want to keep everything under-wraps. Rock chicks, city slickers, Eco warriors and… library nerds were all invited by the designers to discover their personal favorites within the collections.

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Edun rtw ‘off the shoulder’ trend.   Earrings by Dori Csengeri

Shoulder smolder –  show a little skin while leaving plenty to imagination.

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Elevated street wear Off-White by Virgil Abloh. Earrings by Dori Csengeri

Spring’s jeans got a major upgrade with embellishments such as prints, embroidery, patches and graphic stitches.

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Celine rtw ‘boudoir’ look.  Earrings by Dori Csengeri

Bedroom eyes  – with lingerie out of the boudoir and onto the streets SS16 is looking pretty sexy…

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Michael Kors rtw ‘rufflles & frills’ look.  Bracelet by Dori Csengeri

A Latin celebration seems to be the main inspiration for the swaying ruffles. But this season, they get an elegant makeover…

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Ralph Lauren rtw ‘stripes please’ trend.  Earrings by Dori Csengeri

In between the lines – horizontal or vertical, thick or thin, this spring stripes are a fashion girl favorites!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real Women

Since Dove’s Real Women campaign there have been numerous examples of body diversity ads making it into the mainstream. Sharon, our USA rep, had fun taking photos of  store buyers, fellow designers and fashion students who happened to visit our booth at the NY Now show.

She asked them to ‘model’ Dori’s new SS2016 collection. What can we say? Non-traditional models are definitely having a moment! Here, we celebrate some of the ‘real women’ who just happened to look fab in our jewelry…. 🙂
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4 Ways to Wear a Statement Necklace

Love statement necklaces and need new inspiration on ways to wear them? We asked Dori to give us her best tips.
photo: Daniel Kaminsky
model: Irina Roshik

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Looking polished doesn’t have to be boring. Wear a button-up blouse and add a statement necklace around the collar. It’s a great way to spice up an outfit while still keeping a professional look.

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Taking An Outfit From Drab To Fab
Wearing statement necklaces can enhance your wardrobe and transform your outfits. Pairing a dark winter jacket with a glitzy statement necklace can do wonders, and easily transition your outfit from day to night.

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Pair the statement necklace with a sleek top, an elegant skirt and little to no jewelry. Your statement necklace should actually have the chance to make a statement… So, let your necklace do the talking by keeping a ‘minimalist chic’ look for the rest of the outfit.

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Or Dress It Down…
If you’re a sweater and jeans kind of gal, go ahead and wear your skinny jeans and oversized sweater –just top your outfit off with a standout necklace.