Thursday, October 1, 2015

Among This Year's LOOT (2015: MAD ABOUT JEWELRY): Debbie, Jill, Anastasia and Martin; Artistic Exchange and Expressions at Inaugural iconic32 Pop Culture Summit

Earrings from Lebole Gioielli are on display and for purchase at LOOT 2015: MAD ABOUT JEWELRY. Photos by Yours Truly.

IT looks like a purse, but Debbie Adamson assures an observer that it is a necklace. Jill Fairchild is pressed into service to model it. A quick examination confirms that it is a purse.

Later, JF elbows her way toward a camera for a photo of one of her creations.

Jill Fairchild in one of her designs.

It was a mad, mad world Monday night at the LOOT 2015: MAD ABOUT JEWELRY gala benefit. A select few – including Boo Grace in an audacious amber necklace from her private collection – were watered, fed, wined and dined. Further and more important, they were given an opportunity to preview and purchase the work of the artists.

The benefit, which this year honored journalist and jewelry collector Barbara Tober for her association with both MAD and watchmaker Vacheron Constantin, kicks off the Museum of Arts and Design's annual six-day exhibition and sale. It runs through 3 Oct.

Boo Grace, president of the F. Cecil Grace Foundation, wears an amber necklace from a Russian designer.

LOOT features designs from emerging and established designers like New Zealander DA (Debbie Adamson Jewellery) and design team, JF – daughter of publisher John – and Karen Baldwin. Likewise for mother-daughter design team Nicoletta Lebole and Barbara Lebole, creating under the Lebole Gioielli label.

Speaking of duos, Anastasia Su and Martin Lesjak of 13&9 Design. Their company is based in Graz, Austria, a recently designated UNESCO Design City.

Those two, they struck some serious poses in their bold work (earrings, ring, sunglasses and necklace).

The rubber "purse" necklace, left, by Debbie Adamson, also wearing a necklace of her creation.

Jill Fairchild models the rubber purse necklace by Debbie Adamson.

Anastasia Su and Martin Lesjak of 13&9 Designs show off their wares.

Visit to learn more about LOOT: MAD About Jewelry.

The Place Is the iconic32 Pop Culture Summit

Malik Yoba, in a scene from "Empire," will host the iconic32 Pop Culture Summit. Photo courtesy of Fox 20th Century Television.

DESIGNER Tina Tandon (T.Tandon) is onboard. Male supermodel/entrepreneur Armando Cabral is in, too. So are Shenaz Treasury, Lexz Pryde and White Tiger Society.

It’s the place y'all – the inaugural iconic32 Pop Culture Summit at John Jay College all day on 3 Oct.)

From T.Tandon Fall 2015, a beaded, strapless cocktail dress with a sweetheart neckline and fitted bodice. Photo from T.Tandon Website.

A mouthful, yes, but designed to do a world of good for "various causes," according to its p.r.

Essentially, a group of established and emerging influencers from the worlds of fashion, music, film, TV, digital and other creative portals meeting up on a Saturday to exchange ideas and information. Ideally, the exchange will yield some sort of action plan. And a multi-disciplinary salon.

A screening of "Bubble Kings" and a discussion around "Time Is Illmatic" are on the agenda. Further, TT ( and others will be doing business in a marketplace that will be open (8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.) during summit hours. Between LP and White Tiger Society, surely song will prevail.

Armando Crabal walks runways and walks in shoes of his own design. Photo from Armando Crabal Website.

The host for the day is iconic32 co-founder Malik Yoba ("Empire", "New York Undercover").

If there is to be no singing at iconic32 Pop Culture Summit, perhaps Poet Ali will throw down some verse, no?

Visit to learn more about the iconic32 Pop Culture Summit, including registration information.


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