Thursday, August 21, 2008


Too early to shop for Christmas (or lunar New Year for us Chinese)? Never. When I stumbled across the limited-edition jewelry collection by Dean Harris at the other day, I was so impressed that I think I might actually get them as holiday presents for my mom (maybe my mother-in-law too).
Target always has such a nice shopping environment and many greatly designed products (" a chic store" according to my husband), but I never thought of buying jewelry there. Now I learned that Target has been partnering with a series of limited-time-only accessory designers to create beautiful, yet affordable jewelry collections. Dean Harris is the third designer to collaborate with Target. Thanks to the magic of internet, I learned the background of this New York-based designer, viewed his portfolio, and was totally impressed.

Dean Harris has been sculpting beautiful organic shaped pieces since 1999. He believes that "anything can be jewelry", and works with diverse material ranging from gold, diamonds, woods, and opals, For some pieces, he even experiments with organic elements such as fossils, mammoth ivory, beetle wings, and coconut beads. "His graceful approach produces organic shapes, fluid lines and geometric compositions that are at times Spartan in a field defined by extravagance." In 2000, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) bestowed on him the Perry Ellis Award for best new accessory designer. In 2003, his branch tiara was displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2004, Dean Harris was the only jeweler among the ten finalists for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. In 2005, his work was included in SAMPLE, a book published by Phaidon Press that showcased 100 designers to watch in the new millennium. The fashion world embraces him. His jewelry collection has been used in the runway shows of Marc Jacobs, Bill Blass, Derek Lam, and Doo.Ri., and is currently sold at Barneys New York and other fine retailers nationwide.

The Dean Harris Target collection includes chain necklaces, earrings, and peace sign cuff, ring and charm bracelet. Materials range from sterling silver to semi-precious stones, shells and real pearls. The entire collection is "reminiscent of nature, fusing organic shapes and designs to create feminine and delicate adornments". It is available at Target stores and August 17 through December 26.

Descriptions & (very much affordable)prices:
Three-Pebble Charm Necklace $44.99, Quartz Marquis Vine Earrings in Green $49.99
Flower Pendant Necklace with Yellow Stone $39.99, Flower Cuff with Purple Stone $79.99
Cascading Leaf Earrings $29.99, Multi-Leaf Necklace $29.99
Necklace with Green Pebbles $39.99
Peace Sign Earrings $19.99, Peace Sign Ring $19.99, 7 Signs of Peace Bracelet $59.99
Domed Three-Leaf Earrings $34.99, Necklace with Faux Pearl Pendant $29.99
Wide Wood Bangle with Dot Details $39.99, Narrow Wood Bangle with Dot Details $24.99
Double-Oval Vine Necklace $249.99, Double-Circle Vine Bracelet $99.99
想过现在就买圣诞礼物吗?当我偶然在Target.com发现了这个Dean Harris 限量版首饰设计之后,不禁想在这个夏天就给我妈甚至我婆婆买好节日礼物了。
Target的价格!Dean Harris就是这其中的第三个设计师,幸亏有了网络,我很容易就查到了他的资料,原来他在圈内已经是小有名气了呢!
Dean Harris从1999年就开始做一些天然造型的小东西,他的宗旨就是“任何材料都能用来装饰”,所以黄金,钻石,木头,蛋白石,甚至化石,大块的象牙,甲虫的翅膀,椰子珠都是他作品的材料。2000年,CFDA颁发给他Perry Ellis奖,2003年,他的皇冠头饰在大都会艺术博物馆展出,2005年,他的作品被SAMPLE收录(这是一本由Phaidon Press出版的收集100位新世纪设计师作品的书)时尚圈也都看好他,他的作品频繁的出现在Marc Jacobs, Bill Blass, Derek Lam, Doo.Ri的时装秀上,Barneys New York和其他的一些全国连锁零售商都开始卖他的作品了。
他的Target collection包括项链,耳环,和平标志的手链、耳环,还有手镯,材质有银质,

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