Wednesday, August 29, 2012

AME Gallery's Jewels For Good 2012 - An Online Jewelry Auction For Charities

AME Gallery "Jewels For Good" - Online Auction to Help Hong Kong Local Charities
(Photos courtesy: AME Gallery)
Today's post will be hitting closer to my hometown Hong Kong, here's a meaningful event that I wish to participate. AME Gallery Hong Kong is known for its diverse appreciation of handcrafted jewelries by various international designers, and bringing in their "work of art" to the Hong Kong audience. The elegant gallery space showcases some of the most exquisite jewelry pieces made with high quality materials including gold, platinum, diamond and rare gemstones. In addition to its philosophy of fine jewelry, AME Gallery also believes in giving back to the community. "Jewels For Good" is a charity initiative, which was established by the AME Gallery about a year ago. The idea is to auction off one jewelry piece per month to support a local charity. The gallery owner Anna Cheng who previously worked for high fashion houses such as Louis Vuitton, Hermèsand Valentino, thinks that jewelries can percuss one's emotions and this initiative is a perfect representation of the word "AME" (latin meaning love and soul) in the gallery's name. 
I find this concept quite meaningful, as AME Gallery not only understands the art of jewelry designs, but also social awareness. To celebrate the first year anniversary of "Jewels For Good" charity, AME Gallery decideds to expand their cause to benefit not one, but five charities of choice through five online jewelry auctions between September 1st thru 15th. The five jewelry pieces were designed by five different artists from Europe and Asia. Each artist will select their choice of charity to donate the money to, and 100% of all proceeds will go towards the charities. AME Gallery will also subsequently contribute a further 10% of their sales during September 2012 of the designers’ entire portfolios to the cause. All the jewelries combined are retailed more than $80,000 HKD (roughly $11,000 USD).
Binzento Vincente is priviledged to be invited to browse these exquisite pieces coming Thursday in Hong Kong at the gallery's pre-auction party. Unfortunately, I will not be there to attend, but luckily I've sent a blog correspondent to represent Binzento Vincente for this event. I will be posting more photos of the gallery pre-auction event in my subsequent post. For now, here are the five designers, their charity of choice and their corresponding jewelry pieces in details that will be in the upcoming auction: 
Tickle Necklace by Karolina Bik
This piece made by the Polish artist is named from the delicate silver chains move and tickle the neck while worn. It is made of fine and sterling silver - 24k goldplated and oxidated. The oversized fastenign is on front or slightly on the back and is as an ornament itself. Karoline has chosen Hong Kong Dog Rescue (HKDR) as the charity which will benefit from this piece, as she strongly believe in animal protection.
Oxidized and 24K gold-plated silver. Money rasied from this piece will go to Hong Kong Dog Rescue (HKDR).
Retail price : HK$ 8,500.00
Auction starting price: HK$2,550.00
Each bid: HK$500.00
Flower Earrings by Salima Thakker (Belgium)
These precious flower earrings are made of 18k yellow gold and white diamond total weight of 0.75ct. The flower symbolizes the blossoming of feminity - celebrating women and their achievements. Salima has dedicated her piece to Mother's Choice, a charity that helps many young girls facing crisis pregnancy and babies and children who do not have permanent families in Hong Kong, giving love and care and a real hope for the future.
Retail price: HK$30,000.00
Auction starting price: HK$9,000.00
Each Bid: HK$1,800.00
Natural Brooch by Mei Lee (Taiwan/ Belgium)

This beautiful brooch is made of silver and baroque pearl. The organic form of the brooch is mimicking a piece of tree branch, with the pearl "growing" on it. signifying the natural resources surrounding us and how we should treat them preciously as this piece of fine jewelry. Mei wants to donate this brooch to Jane Goodall Institue, Roots & Shoots Hong Kong, a charity that promotes green living through education in local schools and activities.
Oxidized silver and baroque pearl
Retail price: HKD 12,000.00
Auction starting price: HKD 3,600.00
Each bid: HKD 800.00
The Black Sparkle by MOYA (Netherlands)
These beautiful earrings are made of 18k yellow gold and black diamonds, which are like musical notes running around the ear and the beautiful music that we listen to. They are dedicated to Music for the Growing Mind, a charity dedicated to promoting and managing music education initiative in Hong Kong and Mainland China, addressing a particularly fragile segment of the population
18K yellow gold and black diamonds
Retail price: HKD 25,000.00
Auction starting price: HKD 7,500.00
Each bid: HKD 1,500.00
Family & I by Tricia Tang (Hong Kong)
This set of 2 bangles made of Cinnabar, Jade and Acrylic Polymer Dispersion. They symbolize the personal relationship of Tricia and her family. "The relationship among a family is told through the notion of Chinese seall carving and stamping process. And the "I" has become the result of the parents." Tricia's piece is dedicated to Art in Hospital, a charity which carries out art-related activities in hospitals in Hong Kong.
Retail Price : HK$ 6,000.00
Auction Starting price: HKD 2,000.00
Each Bid: HK$ 350.00

I am totally drawn to these pieces, and I love how each of them share a story behind the artist, making them seem personal. As mentioned above, the auction begins on September 1st 2012 online. This is the direct link to the online auction: http://jewels4good.ame-gallery.com/ 

For those who are interested in owning a piece of one of a kind designer jewelry for a good cause, be sure to place your bid when the online auction opens. The highest bidders will be revealed on September 16th, on AME Gallery’s website and the special Jewels For Good Facebook page. The jewellery will be presented to the winning bidders at AME Gallery’s 1st anniversary party on September 19th. Cheques for the charities will also be presented.

For more info: AME Gallery website: http://www.ame-gallery.com
Jewels For Good Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/jewels4good


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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Helmut Newton Inspired Fetishistic Editorial/ Global Fest 2012 YYC

Newton Inspired Editorial
(photos source: OUT Fashion)
Finally got time this weekend to catch up looking over all the editorials and magazines received in my mail and cumulated on my coffee table. One of them was the September issue of OUT, where one of the editorials named Newton's Law. The photography was inspired by one of my favourite famous photographers Helmut Newton. This piece of editorial was specifically  photographed by Kai Z Feng, and styled by Grant Woolhead. Models were Thomas Skoloudik and Tucker Des Lauriers. I am quite fond with this editorial, so I decided to post it on my blog. The theme was to bring back the erotic and fetishistic atmosphere that Newton's work was best known for. I think Feng did an excellent job portraying Newton's style, and successfully highlighted the influence of a great photographer in fashion editorial.

GLOBAL FEST 2012 YYC
(photos by: Binzento Vincente)
Tonight in YYC is the last night of the 2012 Global Fest, a yearly festival celebrating diverse cultures and international fireworks competition. I won't be attending tonight's festival, which Canada will showcase the final fireworks routine to end this year's festival. However, past weekend I did attend the this event with my mother, since I knew she would probably enjoy watching fireworks for team China. I've never been to the previous years' Global Fest, so I didn't know that there was actually lots more to do than just watching fireworks. Different booths (or they call them pivillions) represetned by different communities from around the world were set up to share with attendees stories, knowledge and histroy of their countries. There were also food vendors, and mini fashion tents for people to eat and shop at. I noticed many tourists especially Japanese tourists were there that evening :). I enjoyed several  performances by Brazillian girls, Indian dance, and Carribean music. The fireworks at the end was spectacular. I was quite satisfied taking my night off to go to the festival. It certainly has been a while since the last time I spent quality time with my mom. Tonight's festival should be a good one, so if you haven't been to the Global Fest yet and have time, why not go check it out? :) The website: http://www.globalfest.ca

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Runway Monthly YYC August Edition

Runway Monthly August Edition
Past weekend was the 4th instalment YYC's August Edition of Runway Monthly. Like the last one, the fashion show consisted four local fashoin labels displaying their current designs and selections. The host of the evening was Beauty By the B beauty blogger and Swerve Magazine style writer Aldona B. I have to be honest that the show wasn't as good as I expected. There were some repetitive pieces on the runway which made it difficult for me to feel stimulated with interest through the entire show. Ironically on the flip side, I found the audiences were more engaged, and even humbly applaud in between models. I also began to see a new generation of fashionistas. It's a positive sign, and I was pleased to an emerging stylish individual in Calgary. Afterall, Calgary is listed as Top 5 cities to live in in the world in 2012. Here were the participating designers + boutique that displayed their collection at Runway Monthly:

Lauren Rebecca
Lauren Rebecca is a new Calgary based label designed by Lauren Enns, who was previously an intern for another local design Pout Clothing. Her first debut was at the SS12 Lethbridge Fashion Week. Her designs focus on casual wear clothing for women, which express simplicity with a bit of a vintage flare.
27 Boutique
27 Boutique is a new fashion boutique store in YYC, founded by two lovely ladies Candice Rhodes and Kelly Schneider. The boutique offers a wide range of labels and Canadian designs including Gentlefawn, Dionne Dionee, Ten Three Apparel and THML. Although they only showed women's wear during that evening, they carry men's wear as well. I have not yet personally been to their boutique, but their selections are well diverse and I am quite sure there are pieces suitable for different tastes.

Pretty Hipster
Pretty Hipster is an edgy design collection by 18 year old Maark Abeenir. There was so much energy and excitement by this young talent which could potentially be the highlight of the evening. I was happy to see Abeenir finding his identity in his current showcase, and also impressed with the maturity level of his work despite any prolonged experience. At his age, there is so much potential in him to explore and experiment in fashion, and I am sure with his passion and hardwork he will one day find his ground in fashion industry.

Beatrix
Beatrix is another local design that focus on vintage style blend in with high fashion image. The collection revealed sophiscation but not forgetting to express fresh playfulness in women. The collection uses source of dark shades and neutral colors, where some garments added with vibrant pattern details.
The next instalment of Runway Monthly will happen on October 20th, with host stylist Kim Flanagan. Be sure to check it out if you are in the city: http://www.runwaymonthly.ca

Here are more photos I took of the guests that attended the night's event. Be sure to check out though, my FACEBOOK page HERE for some of the "So Young, So Happy" street styles I spotted nearby. :)

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Roy Lichtenstein - A Retrospective Art Exhibition

Roy Lichtenstein - A Retrospective Art Exhibition
(photos: Binzento Vincente)
While I was visiting the The Art Institute of Chicago during my time in that city, there was an art exhibition dedicated to American artist Roy Lichtenstein. The exhibition showcased some of the most important pieces by Roy Lichtenstein, tells a story about his life and work as an artist - a retrospective of his career. Roy Lichtenstein, similar to Andy Warhol, was named as one of the most influential pop-art artists of our lifetime. His works were known to be influenced by comic-strips and advertisements, and within them comprised of creative parody and tongue-in-cheek humor. Several pieces, such as his "mirror paintings" provided audience a wide range of interpretations beyond imaginable, depending on the "mirror image" of the dynamic environment. Roy Lichtenstein art exhibition will continue to run in The Art Institute of Chicago until September 3rd. If you've got a chance while in Chicago, it will be a worthwhile visit I guaranteed.


If you are also interested, here is a video of "behind the scenes" where curator James Rondeau spoke about the organization of the largest Roy Lichtenstein art exhibition at The Art Institute of Chicago.


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