One Week in Paris

Posted in Art Nouveau with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 17, 2018 by James Field

 

 

Holiday

noun  hol·i·day 

“A day on which one is exempt from work; specifically a day marked by a general suspension of work in commemoration of an event”

Following the Webster definition of the word, the event that is in question was my Thirtieth birthday, which I was blessed to have spent in France. Follow me as I retrace my steps back to that One Week in Paris.

I arrived on the sunny Saturday morning of June 23rd. When I landed, I was hit with an immediate sense of adventure and excitement to experience all the wonders the city was calmly awaiting for me to marvel over.

My trip of course needed a central comfort base, and the quaint Hotel Boronali in the colorful neighborhood of Montmarte, was just the place. The hotel is perched atop a little hill with a cafe just on the corner, and surrounded by picturesque townhouses and restaurants.

The Hotel Bornali – 65 Rue de Clingnancourt, Montmarte neighborhood of the 18th Arrondissement

The Beautiful Sacre Coeur Basilica, at the top of a hill on the Rue de Chevalier de la Barre.

 

My room was located on the 3rd floor and overlooked an inner courtyard, but was very quiet and cozy. I flew into Paris from New York City, with a connecting flight in Toronto, so to say the least my back was in all kinds of knots. I immediately searched for a local spa. After being restored by a wonderful hour-long back and leg rub (fairly priced), I was ready to start planning my week, but not before a quick roam around the neighborhood to get a feel of my surroundings. I walked for about two blocks before I stumbled upon a bustling little market. The side streets were full of charming vendors selling 18th and 19th century furniture, vintage jewelry, and all sorts of objet d’art.

It wasn’t long before I spotted a vintage brown leather drawstring bag, a pair of red cotton and hemp slippers, a set of two watercolor paintings from 1960, and a mixed-metal African pendant necklace, before I calmly made my way to the hotel with the biggest grin on my face. I was absolutely thrilled and knew from that moment on the rest of my time in Paris would be a special one.

Unpacking luggage and organizing took about an hour and after grabbing a bite from a delicious local Turkish stand, the evening was upon me. I wanted to head out for a walk, so I showered and changed into my interpretation of a 1970’s Parisian club kid: A black silk velvet smoking jacket with no shirt under, a set of vintage 1940’s black silk pajama pants with gold thread embroidery, and finally topped with a vintage 1960’s black wool schoolboy cap.

Paris at night is sublime. The street lights collectively glitter like jewels that have been strategically placed about to adorn the great city. I walked and marveled for about two hours before stopping in a small bar for an evening nightcap.

The next morning I wanted to begin with a semi-traditional “French breakfast” so I made my way to the corner cafe on route to the center of the city, which would be my ultimate destination for the day. A warm and flaky almond croissant, black coffee with a little fresh creme, and a tart topped with fresh berries was appropriate, at least I thought.

It takes about a 30 minute walk down from Montmarte to the center of the city, so with music playing in my headphones I began to capture the sights along the way.

The iconic Notre-Dame Cathedral, 6 Parvis Notre-Dame Pl. Jean-Paul II

The Palais Garnier Opera House

The fountains at the Palais de Chaillot

The Place Vendôme

The Place des Victoires and the equestrian statue of King Louis XIV.

The inner courtyard (Cour d’Honneur) of the Palais Royal. I am standing on art, as the black and white columns are part of the famous installation “Les Deux Plateaux” by French artist Daniel Buren.



The Hôtel de Ville

 

Returning to my hotel that afternoon I was tired but began planning out my next adventure….Versailles. The famed suburb of Versailles is located 30 minutes by train outside of Paris. The historic Chateau de Versailles is unlike anything I have ever seen in person. The sheer scale of the building and gardens are breathtaking, but it is nothing compared to what awaits the eye once inside.

 

 

There is a reason my photos of the inside of the Chateau were void of other people (of course I was one of hundreds of tourist that day) and that is because I wanted to try to capture the still beauty of what I consider to be a work of art, in its own right. There are countless exhibitions around the world dedicated to the architecture, furnishings and gardens of Versailles that it made it hard for me to actually believe I was there. It was one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited in my life. The photos and memories will truly last a lifetime.

The remainder of my time in Paris consisted of visits to the Louvre, Nissim de Comondo, and Arts Decoratifs Museums, and more fantastic views of the city below.

 

The Jardin du Luxembourg, June 25th my 30th birthday

 

 

Throne of Emperor Napoleon I

 

 

 

 

The French Crown Jewels

 

 

 

The Cafe Marly at Musee du Louvre

 

Musee Nissim de Camondo

 

Musee des Arts Decoratifs

A 1920’s Cartier clock at Musee des Arts Decoratifs

 

The Seine River

The Fountaine de Mars

 

 

Pont Alexandre III Bridge

Home

Before I knew it, it was time for my flight back to the States and I just couldn’t believe the week I had just experienced. It was an enchanting, wonderful, and special trip full of great memories that I will certainly cherish forever.

Thank you for reading.

(All photos are my own)

James

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Nouveau Spotlight: Sheryl Jones

Posted in Nouveau Spotlight with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2018 by James Field

“The pressure that creates a diamond is often like the pressure from life’s obstacles, and that pressure helps us to grow.” – Sheryl Jones

I recently discovered the Sheryl Jones brand on where else, social media. I happen to follow on Instagram a wonder named the BADA (Black Accessory Designers Alliance) that highlights, promotes and showcases emerging Black designers. After attending one their events for the first time last year, I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting Sheryl who was displaying a wide range of her dazzling wears. I didn’t have much time to speak with her as the event garnered quite a lot of guests and Sheryl, the consummate business woman met each and every one with style and a refreshing grace. After a quick chat, we mutually agreed on a later date to speak about her jewelry line, and the inspiring story of how she created her label.

Sheryl Jones began her journey into fine jewelry line in 1999, after working as a publicist in the entertainment and film industry and later as a Vice President of Communications at MTV.

Fancy Yellow Diamond Honeycomb Ring

 

“I have always been passionate about fine gemstones transformative power and beauty, and dreamed of one day bringing music’s similar vitality to a fine jewelry collection of my own” -Sheryl Jones

Her designs truly possess a vitality and brilliance that encompasses classic and traditional styles, with a refreshingly modern  twist, and a close attention to detail and quality. Take for example the Fancy Yellow Diamond Honeycomb ring, a piece that I was privileged enough to view up close and in person when I met with Sheryl for coffee last week. “Look closely, there are pave diamonds set underneath!” she proclaimed, as I eagerly examined every inch of the exquisite ring.

I began our chat at the beginning, and what it was like to experience being the only woman of color working in the formidable world of the 47th street Diamond District, or “The Street” to those in the business. She gave me some of the best advice I could have received, and that is “People will always try to get you off their game. Don’t let them.” She described being almost shunned by her male counter parts. However, this did not deter her and she studied and developed her knowledge of Gemology and worked as an apprentice for one of Belgium’s finest diamond manufactures and after a just a few short years, moved on to become a supervisor of diamond production for an American manufacturer.

Sheryl emphasized to me the importance of this time when she apprenticed, researched, practiced and honed in on her passion. The information that is gained from internships, informational interviews, and networking is truly invaluable for the developing designers and entrepreneurs. Sheryl holds a Graduate Diamonds Degree from the illustrious Gemological Institute of America, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan.

Since launching in 2002, Sheryl has craved out a true niche for herself in the jewelry industry. Her work is at times bold, ethereal and utterly classic. Such as the glittering suite of Emeralds worn for a performance by R&B singer Andra Day at this year’s 2018 Academy Awards.

 

I am awed by Sheryl to say the very least, and she is a true inspiration and motivation for my own creative aspirations. Being the only female of color in her field is a testament to her inner strength and motivation, and that with perseverance, determination, and bit of imagination, you can become absolutely anything you want in life.

Thank you Sheryl Jones for the time, it was my true pleasure!

 

For more on Sheryl Jones visit www.SherylJonesJewels.com

Images via Sheryl Jones & WhoWhatWoreDaily

T.B.N Interviews: Andrea Warmington

Posted in T.B.N Interviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2016 by James Field

 

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on” -Albert Einstein

Greetings! Its been sometime since my last T.B.N feature with the Master Jeweler & Sculptor, Mr. Wallace Chan, and I felt that it was time for some new material!

Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Andrea Warmington, a very talented Creative Director in the Beauty & Fashion industries by way of London, England. She discusses her passion for creativity, design, art and how she achieved her dreams in the overly saturated melting pot that is Manhattan.

TBN: Let’s begin with your background, where did you grow up? When did you decide that moving to New York was something you wanted to do?

A.W: I grew up in London England, I came to New York to go to Art school, The School of Visual Arts. I was always into art and design. I loved drawing. My sister was going to Parsons in New York. I was really inspired by her doing what she loved, which was fashion designing. So I decided to apply to art school.

I didn’t think I would have a career in the arts. I was really into computer science in a strange way. I loved that aspect of writing code and getting into the technical side of the computer system. But I had a passion for art and acted upon it. After art school the first job I got was senior designer at Harper Collins, designing book covers. I must say I felt like I was in a dream the first 6 months. I was doing what I loved to do… Designing… Designing books. A book cover to me was like designing a mini poster. Loved the process and how every book cover tells a story, working with the typography illustrations, photography and just being experimental.I did that for a year and wanted to try something new.

I got hired at McCann Erickson as a junior art director working on L’Oreal. It was great, fast passed, and a new creative challenge, beauty advertising. I did that for a year and shortly after that worked for Condé Nast where I freelance for a few years, for Mademoiselle and then Vanity Fair magazines. I loved working there and it really allowed me to work on some fun special projects. I was working on project invites and advertorial pages, and it was always fresh and new. I stayed there for a few years.  I really was ready for a change. And change was working at Ericsson Fina, a beauty boutique ad agency which was a part of Grey New York. I worked on Covergirl as an Art Director to Creative Director where I worked on campaigns with Taylor Swift, Queen Latifah, and Janelle Monáe to mention a few. I worked with a number of amazing photographers and directors, models hair and makeup teams. I loved it!

Janelle Monae for Covergirl

TBN: What was your “Ah ha” moment? ( I borrowed this question from one my idols, Oprah) When did your calling speak to you?

A.W: I think that working at Ericsson Fina was a great “Ah Ha” moment because we pitched a beauty and hair campaign and we won the account. It was a great experience. We were a small creative team of say 8-10 and it was like working with your family. Really supportive, really creative and a good creative challenge.

TBN: As a Creative Director, is there a specific medium that you enjoy working in more than others such as photographic print campaigns vs. digital or television work? What’s the least favorite part of what you do, is there one?

A.W: I really love photography and film. I love the process of coming up with a creative campaign for a brand, the research and development and crafting of that campaign and then producing the final concept. I love the story telling aspect. I love how a photo alone can tell the story without words.

I love the idea of tapping into ones emotions…

I’m not sure if there’s a least favorite aspect of what I do. I have to think about that…

TBN: You work with what I assume to be large groups of talented individuals such as Photographers, Hairstylist’s, Makeup Artist, etc. Do you find it difficult to align on one common vision for a project?

A.W: I’ve worked with Pat McGrath an amazing British and Black makeup artist, Photographer Tom Munro, Micheal Tompson, Dan Jackson, some really amazing creative guys who have worked on some major editorial stories and advertising campaigns. I must say they are all so collaborative and creative. I love working with a team of experts who do what they do best, I have my vision, but it’s just the foundation. Working with a strong team is key and you must be flexible. I don’t like to work with drama queens because the end of the day we are all putting our names on the final product i.e ad campaign or editorial story.

TBN: Did you always envision that you would have a career in this field of work?

A.W: No… I really wanted to be a systems analyst. Can you believe that?!

TBN: This may be a bit of a touchy subject, but do you think that we’ve made collective progress in the availability of jobs within the Fashion Industry for people of color?

A.W: Wow… I’m black and was born in the UK. I remember working at Saatchi & Saatchi in the UK and I was the only black creative person in the building. I would say things have changed a lot over the years. I can talk for the beauty business which is somewhat similar to the fashion business. I do think I’ve had much opportunity to work in the Beauty business both here in the US and in Europe and Asia. It could be timing, but I feel blessed to have the opportunity to work were I’ve worked.

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TBN: Where do you see your career trajectory within the next 3-5 years? What goals do have on your list, and what advice would you give to readers on how to pursue and manifest their own dreams?

A.W: James that’s a good question. I really love the creative field. I really would love to strive to create work that not only inspires and educates people in some way, but touches you emotionally and in a positive uplifting way. So I’m keeping it open so I can explore new opportunities that will allow me to do this. My new creative challenge now is working for a start up magazine that bridges all the experience I’ve gained over the years. This magazine is a celebrity lifestyle publication that gives you exclusive stories and keeps you current with beauty, fashion, trends, with a European twist. The magazine is in both Spanish and English. I was brought on to take this European Tabloid magazine to the next level in the US market. Check it out on a newsstand near you, Hola! (Made in the USA)

TBN: Lastly Andrea, how has this journey been for you thus far? What has been the most interesting part for you, and what has been the most challenging?

A.W: It’s been a great journey…

I think that things are changing in the industry. I started out in the industry where you were an expert in your field i.e: Beauty. Now it seems that we are all experts. The internet has changed the industry and how consumer are involved in the process. Now you can create your own Youtube commercial and have thousands of people watching it from all around the world… that’s pretty major. From online Youtube videos to digital magazines, Instagram, Facebook, these are all creative tools to express yourself.

Andrea Warmington

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I would like to give a big sincere thanks to Andrea for taking the time to chat with me for The Black Nouveau!

It has been a wonderful insight into the exciting world of Creative Art Direction.

J.F

Nouveau Spotlight: Sergio Wonder Fall/Winter 2016 Menswear Presentation

Posted in Nouveau Spotlight with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2016 by James Field

Last weekend in Brooklyn I experienced a wonderful presentation of menswear for Fall 2016, by a very special designer.

Mr. Sergio Wonder, my former design partner on the highly successful and innovative custom-made jewelry and accessories line  “Sergio + James” debuted his second consecutive clothing presentation among 5  other designers, in a showcase curated by our good friend Curtis Bryant.

Sergio’s aesthetic stems from his incredibly deep and complex love for Fashion, and the art of presentation on the human form. When we worked on the design concepts for Sergio + James, I was continuously awed and dazzled by his love of fabric selection, research, and of course the design process itself.

This collection showcased for Fall 2016 revealed both an expert attention to detail and a touch of urban sophistication in the form of tailored cotton bomber jackets with hand worked knit detailing, to tapered black & white cotton checked-pattered pants worn under a black knit tee topped off by a black cotton collar & button-less jacket.

Two of my favorite looks. Fifty Shades of Chic is the vibe here.

Two of my favorite looks. Fifty Shades of Chic was the vibe here.

The main idea presented in  Sergio’s collection is a simple concept of utility and wearability, so often lost in independent designers so set in the conviction of bold statement pieces to garner press. He achieves this soft yet modern take on classic looks with various pocket details, pleated shorts, and 4 pocket trousers that create a uniformity to the collection. The more whimsical pieces like the bomber jackets, grey knit and jersey sleeve crew neck pull overs and long sleeve black & white jumpsuit, with pleats are fresh and modern urban chic silhouettes that are right on par with the current “revolution” as its been described of new, different and exciting shapes in menswear.

Form & Function displayed in the balance menswear presentation at Sergio Wonder Fall 2016

Form & Function presented in the balance menswear presentation at Sergio Wonder Fall 2016.

This color scheme of mostly black, white, and grey is simple yet incredibly powerful in its ability to reveal Sergio’s tailoring skills. Custom hand worked jewelry to jumpsuits and bomber jackets, his talent has without a doubt sharpened with time and it was an honor to witness the wonderful expression of said skills.

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The black cotton and knit zip bomber jacket that I absolutely fell in love with, paired with black cropped pants featuring a black side leg stripe.

 

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Sergio with two of the shows models.

 

The entire presentation was quite poetic and fresh, and a well received display of tailoring, craftsmanship and passion by a very talented young artist.

Sergio’s collection was debuted during Brooklyn Fashion Week 2016, which seemed to magnetically attract a colorful and fabulously unique flock of artist, designers, makeup and hair stylists, musicians and the like to Bushwick last Saturday afternoon. There was even a reunion with one of our most passionate patrons to our former jewelry collection, Mr. Michael Ibidapo who wore his custom-made black & white, “Jo” necklaces backstage and posed for a photo with myself and Sergio.

James Field, Michael Ibidapo & Sergio Wonder, after the presentation of the Fall 2016 Menswear collection.

James Field, Michael Ibidapo & Sergio Wonder, after the presentation of the Fall 2016 Menswear collection.

 

Sergio Wonder’s collection of Ready to Wear is available exclusively at

www.SergioWonder.com

Also be sure to follow him via his Tumblr page and on Instagram  and Snapchat at: SergioWndr

 

A special thanks and Congratulations to our good friend Curtis Bryant who curated the 6 show designer showcase, doing a wonderful job of getting such great talent together and it was a pleasure to see Sergio and everyone that attended for gathering of superb young talent.

-James

 

 

ANAYI Fall 2015 Collection Campaign x OWN Magazine

Posted in Art Nouveau with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2015 by James Field

A few weeks ago my editor Kota from OWN Magazine flew in from Japan and asked my help with a photoshoot. As you may have read from my previous posts about Kota, we always have a great time and produce incredible work.

We shot on location in Long Island City, Queens in a really cool loft space full of antique French gilt mirrors, tufted antique settee’s and incredible light, not to mention some amazing hair and make up people, photgraphers and stylists. We shot the gorgeous Taylor Hill in the very chic Fall 2015 collection of the Japanese brand, Anayi.

The pieces have a classic, modern Chanel vibe with the tweeds suit seperates, day dresses, brooches and fur.

It was a fantastic (and very hot lol) day and I hope you enjoy the video.

I am actually standing on a ladder and sprinkling the white feathers on Taylor, so much fun! 🙂

Model _ Taylor Hill
Art Director _ Kota Kuramoto
VP _ Ben Carey
Gaffer/Dolly Grip _ Austin Castelo
Assistant Camera _ Marcos Herrera
Production Assistant _ Michael Comito
Stylist _ Ayako Endo
Hair _ Kenshin Asano
Make _ Yasuo Yoshikawa
Video Editor _ Phillostory
Casting _ Mister Lee
Stylist Assistant _ Chihiro Ishikawa
Stylist Assistant _ Manami Jinbo
Assistant to Mr. Kota Kuramoto_ James Field
Client _ ANAYI anayi.com/

Special thanks: ANAYI, IMG models, L’atelier

Nouveau Spotlight: Two Dazzling Days of Fine Jewelry Inspiration

Posted in Nouveau Spotlight with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 26, 2015 by James Field

Hello darlings! Long time no post huh? I feel terrible that I have not written anything in a few months, so what better way to make me feel better that a jewelry post!

This past weekend I received press passes to attend the New York Antique and Fine Jewelry show at the Metropolitan Pavilion and the JANY Jewelry Trade show at the Jacob Javitz center. It was two days packed full of 18th century old mine cut diamonds the size of goose eggs, South Sea pearls, Brazilian and Colombian emeralds that looked like green pieces of candy and design inspiration all around.

This piece was the first to catch my eye. With its Indian influences featuring beautiful emeralds, freshwater pearls and diamonds sets in white gold it was a great way to kick off the show.

This piece was the first to catch my eye. With its Indian influences featuring beautiful emeralds, freshwater pearls and diamonds sets in white gold it was a great way to kick off the show.

The show began with a beautiful set of white gold tassel necklaces done with diamonds, smooth green emeralds and pearls. The shows themselves were very vast, filled with vendor upon vendor eager to present his treasure trove. One mistake I made was showing too much interest in a particular diamond feather brooch, upon after which I read the price tag of $15,000 I quickly walked away chuckling to myself lol.

A display featuring a glittering array of pieces with classic charm. My favorite is the Art Deco emerald and diamond brooch.

A display featuring a glittering array of pieces with classic charm. My favorite is the Art Deco emerald and diamond brooch by Harry Winston.

Harry Winston without a doubt is one of my favorite houses when I think of classic jewelry design. This display was filled with fabulous pieces including a few by Tiffany & Co.

This young girl looked amazing in this diamond and emerald necklace, I had to take a picture.

This young girl looked amazing in this diamond and emerald necklace, I had to take a picture.

 

As I walked along with my grandmother Ellen, I spotted this young girl wearing this fantastic emerald and diamond number. I immediately ran over and introduced myself and asked for a photo for my blog.

This Opal and diamond set was incredible!

This Opal and diamond set was incredible!

The shows was a fantastic way to spend the weekend, and such a inspiration boost for my collection. Stay tuned as I continue to work on samples hoping to launch a full line very, very soon 🙂

Thankyou for reading as always!

JF

Originalis Factory Video Shoot x OWN Magazine

Posted in Art Nouveau with tags , , , , , , on January 28, 2015 by James Field

Recently I assisted my editor at OWN Magazine, Kota Kuramoto on a really exciting and interesting video shoot for the Originalis Factory company. We always have such a blast when Kota is in town and I hope you guys enjoy what we came up with.

Client: Originalis Factory
Director: Kaname Hatano
Producer: Kota Kuramoto

Special thanks to the crew at Odin New York.

www.Originalisfactory.com