70 Years of Craft and Design

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In celebration of Israel’s 70th anniversary, Mingei International Museum, in collaboration with the House of Israel and its curator Smadar Samson mounted a magnificent exhibition of Israeli craft and design. Beautifully laid out and filled with an expansive range of creations the show presented art objects from the late 19th century through the present, including work by Israel’s most visible and interesting designers working today such as Dori Csengeri.

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From the show’s catalogue:
Epic style captures Dori Csengeri Imagination, and her Camelot haute couture necklace is a reminiscent of medieval gowns, fierce battle gear and dragons’ scales.  With its immaculate embellishments and its hand-stitched linen embossed with gold leaf, the necklace strives to find as Csengeri puts it, the “balance between timelessness and timeliness”.

To view more haute couture pieces by Dori, click here.

 

 

Dream Weaver

Fashion designer Yaron Minkowski is one of Israel’s leading designers as well as an old friend of Dori’s.  So when Dori received an invitation for the opening night of Yaron’s retrospective exhibition, she immediately RSVP “Yes!”.

The exhibition “Yaron Minkowski – Dream Weaver” presents the designer’s major milestones over the past 30 years. The various pieces provide a glimpse into Minkowski’s philosophy of design.  His works are exciting, surprising, and explore the relationship between form, color, texture, fabric, and anything in between….

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Jersualm of Gold collection by Yaron Minkowski

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Dori & Yaron at the opening night of the exhibition

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keffiyeh couture dresses by Yaron Minkowski

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couture creations by Yaron Minkowski

And of course we couldn’t resist a little ‘blast from the past’, so we searched our archives and came up with these 2 images of runway collaborations between Dori & Yaron. 🙂

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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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TLV Fashion Week

Tel Aviv Fashion Week kicked off earlier in October with local emerging and veteran designers set to send their inspiring wares down the runway …

Dori was invited to many of the shows. She had fun being surrounded by brilliant colors, and innovative designs, mingling with friends and customers,  cheering on her fashion designers friends and….watching her statement jewelry pieces on Gideon & Karen Oberson runway….what more can a fashion lover ask for….?

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at Yaron Minkovski fashion show

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plus size model Ray Segev is wearing Dori’s Passion statement necklace

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Dori’s necklace on Gideon & Karen Oberson runway.

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Dori finally gets to meet a long time customer who lives in the USA.

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Yaron Minkovski collection

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details, details,details….Dori’s Ascot necklace

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Dori’s extra long earrings at Gideon Oberson fashion show.

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details of Yaron Minkovski fringe dress

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Dori and her old friend the fashion designer Tamara Yovel Jones

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singer/actress Michal Shapira is wearing Dori’s statement earrings

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keffiyeh fashion trend at Yaron Minkovski’s show

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keffiyeh detail from Yaron Minkovski collection

NY Now

NY Now is the home and lifestyle trade event that fuses the best high-end brands and independent designers. During the last show in August, we exhibited Dori‘s fall-winter 2015-2016 collection.

We had a successful trip, met with some amazing stores & boutiques from all over the world and even made time for going out and…for some shopping!  After all, a girl can’t have too many shoes…:)

So here is a peek into our NYC adventure and into…Dori’s latest collection!

It all started with hard work and some muscle power
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Then we paid attention to the ‘small details’…
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all in the details

Voilà: the booth was ready with Dori’s new fall-winter 2015-2016 collection on display.
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Under the influence: last day of the show… 🙂
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We hope that you enjoyed the peek. Stay tuned….more images of Dori’s fall-winter 2015-2016 collection are coming soon to the blog! 🙂

Bonjour Paris

Meet our Studio Manager…that is Irina. Irina is our wonder-woman of organization who  manages a team of 25 embroidery artisans and gets all our orders shipped out in time.  Additionally, she maintains the extensive Dori designs library and…is our “go to person” for all fashion emergencies. Vogue needs a Dori haute couture piece for a photo-shoot in 2 days? An anxious hubbie desperately needs a pair of Dori’s earrings for a 10 years anniversary that is just around the corner? Irina remains calm and her motto is: “Yes, we can!”. So no wonder we think that she’s awesome and as a fun thank you gift Dori & Giora invited Irina to join them to the Premiere Classe Tuileries show in Paris. And yay! She did.
esti pics - dodo show 046The first few days of Irina’s visit were dedicated to the famous “must-see” spots in Paris (and the burbs) such as Château de Versailles, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Arc de Triomphe. She was even “invited” to a wedding just outside The Louvre…. 🙂

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20130304_172125Wedding bells at The Louvre ♥♥♥

Dori enjoyed strolling with Irina in the streets of Paris and showed her some of her
favorite specialty stores.

20130301_224100             They had fun sampling gourmet olive oils at the…olive oil specialty store….

peterhof paris 2          They were drawn to the beautiful matryoshkas (nesting dolls) at Peterhof Paris

20130304_221716      And they tried to guess who would be the perfect cutomer for the hippo head at the
Le Douze antique store. 🙂

And then…it was time to get serious and get ready for the Premiere Classe Tuileries show, so Irina rolled up her sleeves and helped Dori & Giora to set-up the booth and give it the final touches of the Dori signature look… 🙂
20130303_202336                  Dori, Irina & Giora happily pose for a “before” picture on set-up day……

Irina had a good time “touring” the show, finding great designers and peeking at the upcoming fall-winter 2013-2014 trends…

20130301_185935Pasotti umbrellas had on display a medley of umbrellas & walking sticks studded
with Swarovski crystals

20130304_175353Dominique Denaive exhibited his statement resin jewelry pieces

5876599974_837aca34fb_z[1]And Finsk shoes dazzled Irina with their style icon wooden wedges.

sdl-e797But…at the end…Irina’s most favorite item was….surprise surprise…
Dori’s red hot Scandal earrings…. 🙂

After the show ended, it was almost time to go back home, so like a true fashionista Irina rushed to Galeries Lafayette for some fun shopping or rather eye shopping…
20130305_135321But Irina’s trip couldn’t come to an end until her “finding the best macarones in town” mission was accomplished…and the announced winner was….Pierre Herme
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Dori in Paris

Dori & Giora LOVE Paris and exhibited at the Premiere Classe shows sooooo many times, that they are just a tad shy of becoming true Parisians…But even they were surprised by the city’s somewhat frosty welcome…  🙂
ImageBefore the show started, they were glad that the weather allowed a visit to their favorite Square Gabriel Pierné for some much needed recharging.  After all, Dori had just barely managed to beat the clock and get to the finish line with her new spring-summer 2013 collection minutes before the flight. It’s not official… but we have a feeling…. that the final finishing touches were given to the last jewelry piece while on the plane… 🙂
ImageThe first day of the show started with the booth set-up. When the furniture pieces were all assembled, Dori carefully arranged the jewelry display. Things came along smoothly with the help of Claudine, our French agent, and Dori & Giora even had some spare time for posing for the camera…ImageBefore long, our booth was bustling with all the boutique & gallery owners, department stores buyers and fashion journalists who dropped by to view Dori’s new collection. Many loyal customers have become close friends of team Dori over the years, so between talking about the new jewelry styles and placing orders, there was a whole lot of “catching-up” and joking around…

Image  Thomas Schwender of Tomshot Berlin stopped by to say hi…

ImageDori’s happy “reunion” with Lia of A-Cuckoo-Moment and Cyril of Almire, Paris 

Even with all the hard work (…and play…) Dori & Giora managed to have some breathers and had fun walking the show and visiting their designer friends.

Image Jean-Jacques Rogers who worked for the likes of Givenchy, Lanvin, Chanel
and Balmain, exhibited his luxe scarves line at the Premiere Classe.

Image                     Wendy Pickard of The Branch, UK designs bold jewelry pieces…
as described in Vogue
“No arm should be without a wooden bangle or two”….  🙂

Part of the show was dedicated to upcoming fashion trends that could be viewed at the Forum De Tendances and… on the Who’s Next runway.  The Who’s Next organizers asked Dori to “pretty please” loan them some of her exciting haute couture pieces and she gladly obliged…

trendforum              Dori’s haute couture Icarus earrings and bracelet at the Trends Forum

catwalk 2 Dori’s show-stopping Bogart necklace on the Who’s Next catwalk
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           Dori’s haute couture Bogart necklace as featured in Who’s Next upcoming trends

After the show had closed, Dori spent a day doing one of her favorite activities…shopping for materials! She scouted bead stores, flea markets, gemstones suppliers and vintage boutiques in search for materials that would spark her imagination…
IMG_0170                     Mirror, mirror on the wall…which is the prettiest tassel of them all? 🙂

Like all good things, the Paris trip was about to come to an end. On their last morning stroll at the Jardin des Tuileries Dori & Giora had a surprising encounter with….a goat. As it happened, the charming creature was employed by the municipality of Paris…job description: weed eating & shrubs trimming … 🙂

jardin de tuileries - goat 1This cute green gardener looks fab on the job site, sporting a goatee, a fur coat and effortless Parisian chic… 🙂

And that was it….time to pack up and fly back home….Au Revoir Paris!!!! See you again in March!….♥