CATCH A RISING PINK STAR
HIGH FASHION CIRCUS
TURNING HEADS BOTH ON AND OFF THE RUNWAY
PERSONALIZING YOUR CHRISTMAS
Inspired by Artisans of Old Dolce & Gabbana - Women Winter Collection 2014 by David Saxa
Inspired by the mosaic of Monreale, Dolce & Gabbana’s “Tailored Mosaic” winter collection pays homage to the artisans of old. Monreale or “Murriali” as Sicilians would call it is a town within the province of Palermo. Gaining significance after the Norman re-conquest of Sicily it is home to a cathedral consecrated to Santa Maria Nuova. Cathedral of Monreale was built between 1172 and 1185 under the commission of the Norman King William II of Altavilla, together with the archiepiscopal Palace and its beautiful cloister. Within the Cathedral, hangs a series of golden mosaic along the top half of its walls created between the end of 1100 and the middle of 1200. Two of these mosaics represent William II crowned by Christ and William II who offers the church to the Virgin. The masterpiece is indicative of craftsmanship from local artists and experts hailing from Byzantium and Venice who were commissioned to create those striking works of art. Dolce & Gabbana enlisted its own artisans to create a winter collection that reflects the grandeur of the mosaic design on its shoes, dresses, jewels and bags. As the art of mosaic-making is a slow and precise one, achieved by placing a single piece next to the other, so is tailoring made by single stitch after single stitch. Crafting the collection from the finest wool and silk organza, brocade, herringbone, poplin, double-stretch crepe and lace fabric, Dolce & Gabbana’s “Tailored Mosaic” winter woman 2014 collection brings Medieval history and its mosaic art back to life. brassringmagazine.com
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PATUNA’S FASHION HOUSE TURNING HEADS BOTH ON AND OFF THE RUNWAY
CHRISTMAS WISH LIST NEIMAN MARCUS CHRISTMAS BOOK
LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER HOLIDAY MESSAGE FROM THE PUBLISHER
GRABBING THE BRASS RING CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY WOULDN’T BE THE SAME WITHOUT BUBLE
BUSINESS AND INVESTMENT SAXO BANK’S TEN OUTRAGEOUS PREDICTIONS FOR 2014
PERSONALIZING YOUR CHRISTMAS
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COVER STORY KIKIMORA STUDIO’S HIGH FASHION CIRCUS
HAM IT UP THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
BRASS RING INVITES EVENTS NOT TO BE MISSED
CATCH A RISING PINK STAR
Photography by Natasha KERTES
PATUNA’S FASHION HOUSE
TURNING HEADS BOTH ON AND OFF THE RUNWAY Interview by Frederick Schwartz
Patuna’s Fashion House
Photography by Natasha KERTES
Owner and director of Patuna Fashion House, Georgian native, now U.S. citizen, Patuna Bushyhead, has gained worldwide recognition for using her own techniques to design what has been referred to by Style Fashion Week as “ exquisite drapings…that stuns on the runway” . Patuna has studied sketching with a professional tutor on anatomy, dress/shoe design and portraiture, and earned a degree in fashion merchandising and design, sewing/dressmaking and cosmetology/ esthetics. As a student growing up in Tbilisi, Patuna studied gynecology and later switched her field of study to dentistry, graduating top of her class as a doctor of dental surgery. Perhaps this is why she is so disciplined, detail oriented and multi-faceted. Patuna recently created a dress for a fashion show in Georgia themed: “Beauty will survive the world.” Wherein she applied over 2,000 Swarovski stones by hand depicting the map of Georgia and the phrase “I love my Georgia!” The flowing dress represented the Georgian National Grape Tree. Patuna’s designs range from evening gowns to bathing suits to even a line of baby clothes, and have been featured on runways around the world, and worn by contestants in a number of televised beauty pageants. She has served as a costume designer for a major motion picture and also made an appearance in the movie as an actress playing a Georgian designer. Recently, Patuna was honored as Georgian National Television’s “Extraordinary Guest of the Year”, and was named one of the Georgia’s top 20 successful women in a nationally televised event.
Brass Ring magazine sat down with this international fashion designer and asked Patuna to share with our readers what inspired her to pursue her career, what obstacles she has encountered and what motivates and inspires this accomplished designer, mother and businesswoman. When you were a little girl, what did you dream of becoming when you grew up? As a child, I was my country’s version of Shirley Temple. I grew up in the theater and on TV and dreamed when I became an adult, I would become a movie or stage actor. Later as a teen, I decided to become a dental surgeon and eventually did. When did you first know that you wanted to be a fashion designer? That is a good question. During my childhood, I was creating my own accessories and dresses. Also during my teens, I was painting and sketching. When I stopped painting, I started out of passion, again creating clothes for myself. Later, when I decided to stop my dental surgery practice, I had so much passion to do something that was close to Art. Five years ago, I became a fashion designer. I was in the middle of building and designing a restaurant interior and suddenly the thought just came to me. So one day, I flew to Italy for materials and started a collection to express my artistic side. When and why did you come to the United States? Before I became a fashion designer, I met my American husband in my country of origin Georgia. We were traveling the world including the United States. After I became a fashion designer, I decided to show my collections in the US because the style of evening gowns I design are perfect for the red carpet in Hollywood, the luxury life in New York and the nightlife in Miami. Are you married? Yes, I am married for ten years to the most wonderful American man and he is my pride. Do you have children? What are their ages? I do have three children; Sandro 16, Kelly 7 and Andrianna 8 months. How do you balance your life as a wife and mother with your career as a fashion designer? That would be a perfect question for my husband. I think he is satisfied with me. I am trying so hard to be a good wife, good mother and successful designer. It is indeed a balancing act and a lot of work but all three are my passion. What were some of your biggest challenges and obstacles you encountered when you first started out as a fashion designer? To find my signature style in the world of fashion. In fashion one cannot create something which has already been created. The dress was created long ago. So to become a fashion designer the biggest challenge is to take what has already been created but with a signature style; taste and form to please and excite my fans. If I put the right touch on my designs the dress talks for me and my fans recognize my signature style. A designer must be an artist and creator and channel all of that through her work, thoughts. Through this work, people will see who I am. What are some of your present day biggest challenges as an established fashion designer? Choosing the right strategies for the business.
Patunaâ€™s Fashion House
Photography by Natasha KERTES
Did you ever want to give-up and what was it that kept you going? I knew that not being in the business would be worse than any downtime I might have encountered. If one wants success, one will never give up. One will do what it takes through hard work. People who fight for their success are already successful. What keeps you motivated? To become a world famous successful luxury fashion designer and to show the world that hard work makes dreams come true. How would you describe your life now as compared to 10 or 15 years ago? 15 years ago, I was going to be a world famous actor. I was previously married and at the age of 16, had just given birth to my first child. Today I strive to be an example for my daughters and a friend and mother to my older son and pour my passion and work ethic into my fashion designs. My work ethic is one thing that has never changed. What type of designs are you planning to launch for next season? I never stop working on luxury evening gowns but now I am focused on Pret a’ porte with my signature style. Where are you planning to show your designs? In Europe, New York, Los Angeles and Miami. Is there any advice that you would like to share with our readers regarding pursuing one’s goals and dreams? Try to find the positive in everything even in bad situations. Also, try to maximize your beauty because there is no woman who is not beautiful. Be focused always on your dreams. Make kind things and God will always watch you. For more of Patuna’s collection, visit www.PatunaFashion.com
Patunaâ€™s Fashion House
Photography by Natasha KERTES
WHERE BUSINESS AND LUXURY MEET PUBLISHER KAMILA SAXA EDITOR IN CHIEF FREDERICK SCHWARTZ
PROOFREADER/WRITER Douglas MAY CONTRIBUTOR WRITERS Mike FITZER Michael AUMOCK Sam ADAMS David SAXA Karen HILL Fred STEVEN BUSINESS ADVISER Mike KRYCLER ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Maya TERUSHKOVA John TRIFIRO PUBLIC RELATIONS Katrina SCHENFIELD WEB DESIGN Wade REX CREATIVE DIRECTOR Kamila SAXA SOCIAL MEDIA Victoria KHAZE PHOTOGRAPHY Natasha KERTES DISTRIBUTION Alison WHITE
John E. Koryl, President of Neiman Marcus Direct announced, “This year’s gifts live up to the time honored tradition of presenting our customers with the rare and unusual, while also incorporating our long legacy of always giving back.” Neiman Marcus will donate a portion of the proceeds from each Fantasy Gift purchase to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation which brings enriching art experiences to youth in communities nationwide. Mr. Koryl proclaimed “The annual holiday tradition continues this year with a new selection of fantasy gifts that cater to people’s wildest dreams and promise to provide truly unique, once-ina-lifetime experiences,”
Among the selection of fantasy gifts in the 2013 Christmas Book are some exceptional items, including: A “FOREVERMARK ULTIMATE DIAMOND EXPERIENCE” which for $1,850,000 entitles the owner a 25-carat rough Forevermark® diamond, a trip to Africa to discover the diamond’s origins and along the way a stop at De Beers headquarters in London where you will receive your rough diamond in uncut form, name it, learn about the unique inscription it will receive, and meet the master craftsman who will hand-cut and polish it to perfection. The adventure continues with a private tour of The Crown Jewels and dinner with De Beers CEO Philippe Mellier and Forevermark CEO Stephen Lussier in the Tower of London. Upon returning home, you’ll meet with New York jewelry designer Maria Canale to design the ring that will display your one of a kind diamond. With the purchase of the Forevermark Ultimate Diamond Experience, Neiman Marcus will donate $10,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. Another noteworthy fantasy gift is a “HIS & HERS ULTIMATE OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM”, yours for a mere $1,500,000. The outdoor television emerges from an underground cache, telescoping upward and unfolding its mega 201 C SEED screen. The system includes technologically advanced speakers, subwoofers and amplifiers that project unparalleled sound, a DirecTV® satellite and DVD management system, and a built-in movie package featuring up to 300 movies and concerts. No need to fight over the remote. The system also includes two Apple® mini iPadsTM serving as “his & her” remote controls. With every Ultimate Outdoor Entertainment System purchase, Neiman Marcus will donate $10,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation.
To combat the couch potato feeling after hours in front of your entertainment system, you can unleash the “wild child” in you, for $750,000, you can hit the road on your INDIAN LARRY’S “WILD CHILD” MOTORCYCLE. Handbuilt in Brooklyn, New York, for the Discovery Channel “Biker Build-Off” series and named the winner of the Build-Off this past year at Sturgis, “Wild Child” is considered to be one of the finest of famed motorcycle designer’s, Indian Larry’s artistic achievements. Accented in brass and a handcarved leather seat in Indian Larry’s likeness this custom built blike features Indian Larry’s signature dished tank, root beer metal flake paint, twisted down tube frame, and a truly unique engine with a shovelhead front cylinder, panhead rear, and jockey shift, an open belt drive bearing the “Wild Child” name. If the “Wild Child’s” price tag is a little to “wild”, a second gift offered by Indian Larry, “Question Everything”, carries an $80,000 price tag and is modeled after Indian Larry’s
CHRISTMAS WISH LIST
With the arrival of the 2013 holiday season, Neiman Marcus has published its 87th edition of its legendary “CHRISTMAS BOOK”, a guide to the best family and fantasy gifts in the Neiman Marcus luxury lifestyle. The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book was first published in 1926 as a 16-page booklet, was initially intended as a Christmas card to the store’s best customers. Fast forward to 2013 and the guide/catalog 175 pages offering 500 different gift suggestions ranging from $12.00 monogrammed mug to a $1.85 million dollar custom designed diamond.
famous “Daddy O,” featuring a twisted springer front end, a handmade Indian Larry wishbone frame with a signature mustang tank, 93 cubic-inch shovelhead engine, and hand-painted platinum-leaf flames. With the purchase of “Wild Child,” Neiman Marcus will donate $7,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. If you prefer four wheels when hitting the open road, Neiman Marcus 2014 ASTON MARTIN VANQUISH VOLANTE might fill the bill. With a price tag of $344,500, the convertible is one of only 10 in the world, inspired by the vintage1969 Aston Martin owned by Prince Charles that British Royals Kate and William drove off in from their wedding. Handbuilt in Gaydon, England, your Vanquish Volante will boast an exclusive Seychelles Blue body made of a 100% carbon fiber shell, a first for Aston Martin. Under the hood a 6.0-liter, V-12 engine produces 565 horsepower with 457 pound-feet of torque. Rear wheel drive with a six-speed Touchtronic 2 automatic transmission, makes for a responsive vehicle with smooth acceleration capable of reaching speeds of over180 mph. With every purchase of the Neiman Marcus 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante, Neiman Marcus will donate $3,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. Other one-of-a-kind fantasy gifts that can be found in the Christmas Book include a Jeff Koon’s limited-edition Dom Pérignon’s Balloon Venus; a glass house experience; a “Ciclotte” exercise bike; a Bespoke Global Falconry Companion;and much more. Neiman Marcus also recently announced that it would begin offering free standard shipping and returns for all domestic purchases made online. Business has been good for Neiman Marcus. Online sales have increased by 17 percent, breaking $1 billion, an increase from $879 million in sales last year.
HOLIDAY MESSAGE FROM THE
The best gift for Brass Ring Magazine this holiday season has been all the great people weâ€™ve met, interacted with and have gotten to know this past year. My thanks and gratitude extends to our readers, fans, contributors, editorial and writing staff, photographers, and supporters. I am both inspired and humbled by the talent, intelligence, drive and the goodness of the people that surround me. Brass Ring Magazine will continue to strive to bring both success and luxury to its readers. Its content will exhibit cosmopolitan flair, entertainment, international glamour, business information and success stories. It is our goal to share with our readers not only the finer things in life, but also to lend inspiration to those who desire to grab the brass ring and reward themselves with lifeâ€™s highest prizes. Wishing all of you a warm and loving holiday season and a very happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year 20014, Kamila Saxa Publisher
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MOMENTS BECOME SEALED IN MEMORY
hristmas holidays WOULDN’T BE THE SAME WITHOUT
GRABBING THE BRASS RING by Karen Hill
Michael Bublé is becoming synonymous with Christmas holidays as his previously released Christmas covers gain more and more air-time. He is also poised to sing his Yuletide songs to an enthusiastic intimate audience in a cosy holiday special airing initially on the NBC channel. He is inviting a selection of very special guests to join him. The true spirit of Christmas should be all about giving and Bublé is no stranger to this, supporting major charities including Charity Projects Entertainment Fund, STOMP Our Bullying and Habitat for Humanity. In the UK he recently made history by quickly announcing a surprise show at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena in aid of the charities ‘Cash For Kids’ and ‘The Children’s Hospital Charity’. 12,000 excited fans had 72 hours to buy their tickets! This may have been a challenge, but Bublé was driven by doing everything in his power to make it happen. Maybe it is this kind of passion and positivity that makes him so successful today. It may come as a surprise then to learn that Michael Bublé’s success didn’t happen ‘over-night’. Although from a very early age Bublé knew he wanted to sing in the classic jazz and
soul genres and drew inspiration from artists such as Frank Sinatra and Stevie Wonder; he actually only really got his ‘big break’ in the year 2000 at the age of 25 (although he had previously won two talent competitions and had performed as Elvis in musical Red Rock Diner in ’96). His break actually happened at a wedding party when he was discovered singing “Mack The Knife” by Kurt Weills. A guest at the wedding was Grammy winning producer/Warner Bros executive David Foster who instantly recognized Bublé’s talent and signed him on his first major label ‘143 Records’. Canadian born Michael Bublé’s success spread globally in 2003, hitting the top spot in Australia with his debut major label CD release ‘Michael Bublé’ containing covers of classics such as ‘Fever’ and ‘How can you mend a Broken Heart’. He followed this up with a worldwide tour and also a recording of a Christmassy compilation called ‘Let it Snow’. Bublé has gone from strength to strength since then. By 2008 his worldwide sales exceeded the 18 million point and he is no stranger to music award ceremonies. His talent also comes across well when he performs live as he has been ending his recent ‘To Be Loved’ tour with a fantastic unplugged extract. He has also diversified and become a minority shareholder in the Vancouver Giants, the Canadian ice-hockey team. As well as his obvious talent, maybe his success also has something to do with his handsome appearance and charisma that enhances his appeal across different nationalities and generations. Merry Christmas Michael!
BUSINESS AND INVESTMENT
SAXO BANK’S TEN OUTRAGEOUS PREDICTIONS FOR 2014 Based on a feasible, but highly unlikely series of market and political events, analysts at Saxo Bank, a leading online trading and investment specialist and fully licensed and regulated European bank has released its annual set of ‘Outrageous Predictions’ for 2014. Steen Jakobsen, Chief Ekonomist at Saxo Bank makes clear that the “Outrageous Predictions” are not Saxo Bank’s official calls for 2014, but rather an exercise in feeling out the major risks to capital preservation, and is intended to encourage investors to prepare for the worst case scenario before trading or investing.
Saxo Bank’s Outrageous Predictions for 2014:
1. EU returns to a ‘Soviet-style economy’ through the creation of c a new wealth tax on savings above EUR 100,000.
2. An anti-EU transnational alliance will be elected and become the largest group in parliament creating political and economic turmoil throughout Europe.
3. The bubble bursts for five US tech giants that have been trading at about 700 times their respective market valuations – Amazon, Netflix, Twitter, Pandora Media, and Yelp.
The global recovery stalls, sending risk assets down and forcing investors back into the yen causing the yen falls below 80 per dollar. In order to escape deflation, the Bank of Japan deletes its government debt.
US recovery slows down, investment, employment and consumer confidence suffers, bringing deflation worries center stage.
6. The Federal Reserve increases QE to $100 billion per month and focuses on mortgage bond purchases to bolster an ailing housing market.
7. Oil production will rise as a result of non-conventional methods and increased Saudi Arabian output. Hedge funds will acquire short position, causing Brent crude prices to fall to $80 per barrel, as producers fail to slow down production.
8. Germany’s economy slows resulting in recession. 9. French political disruption, falling housing prices and a loss of confidence in equities cause the CAC 40 index to drop 40%.
10. QE tapering in the US leads to higher marginal costs of capital from rising interest rates causing the currencies of the ‘Fragile Five’ countries – Brazil, India, South Africa, Indonesia and Turkey to fall 25% against the US dollar. Commenting on the predictions, Saxo Bank’s Chief Economist emphasizes: “This isn’t meant to be a pessimistic outlook. This is about critical events that could lead to change - hopefully for the better. After all, looking back through history, all changes, good or bad, are made after moments of crisis after a comprehensive failure of the old way of doing things. As things are now, global wealth and income distribution remain hugely lopsided which also has to mean that significant change is more likely than ever due to unsustainable imbalances. 2014 could and should be the year in which a mandate for change not only becomes necessary, but is also implemented.” The Saxo Bank Group is headquartered in Copenhagen with offices throughout Europe, Asia, Middle East, Latin America and Australia. Prospects for Brazil, India, South Africa, Indonesia and Turkey will also look grim if QE tapering in the US leads to higher marginal costs of capital from rising interest rates, exposing those with current account deficits and eroding the value of their currency. Meanwhile, Europe could face renewed political and economic turmoil when an anti-EU transactional alliance becomes the largest group in the European Parliament.
PERSONALIZING YOUR CHRISTMAS By Elaine Ryan
Will your Christmas decorations this year look pretty much as they did last year…. and the year before…..and yes, the year before??? If you’re nodding up and down, you can be certain that you’re not alone! We all look forward to this wonderful, once a year Holiday, and we all place expectations upon ourselves to bring about a beautifully creative Christmas environment in our homes begining at our front doors. We all plan what we want to be a spectacularly delicious Christmas meal, and we do everything we can possibly do so that every member of our family loves their Christmas gifts. Christmas is so special! Speaking of Love, this is what we all want Christmas at our home to be all about: LOVE! And so it will be when every member of your family discovers his or her own personality on the Christmas tree! As an interior designer for many years I’ve decorated my client’s Christmas trees and fireplace mantles, their dining room tables, kitchens, and even their bathrooms! One major aspect of decorating our home for Christmas I know a lot about is that we all love familiar objects—most especially what is ours. To see ourselves reflected in an object we love hanging on our Christmas tree instantly arouses in us a very special and personal delight regardless of how old or young we are. And here’s the best news! The most creative theme for Christmas is also the simplest and the easiest, and the most fun to achieve. Why? Because you already have almost all of the elements‐‐‐maybe even ALL of the elements! This is one major reason Christmas decorations will be a joy for you to assemble and display. Actually, you’ll probably find, as many of my clients have, that everyone in your family will love taking part in what can easily become your newest Christmas family tradition—decorating your home for Christmas. Our tree signals ‘Christmas’ for us. We think and talk about “how our tree will look this year”, so let’s begin with the most significant element—a new Christmas tree theme for our tree. This new theme is about each family member’s Special Interest. Here’s how it works: Each member of your family decorates a section of the Christmas tree with their own Special Interest objects. For example, if you love to cook and have among your collection of recipes especially dellicious foods you’ve baked or cooked, type each recipe on a 3x5”, or 4x6” colored index card, punch a hole at the top of the card and draw a ribbon through the pnched hole that’s lond enough to make a good size bow. Tie your recipe to a branch on your Special Interest Christmas Tree and repeat with more of your recipes!
Your recipes suspended from a branch with a beautiful bow will bring admiring family members and guests to your tree as never before! They will read what’s on your tree about the foods they’ve loved eating at your home. And the greatest compliment of all is when you find them still standing at your Christmas Tree copying your recipes. If your teenage daughter loves her bling bracelets, barrettes, earrings, necklaces, etc. she can decorate her section of the tree with her favorite jewelry. Set out on the tree for everyone to admire, she’ll see and appreciate her jewelry collection in an entirely new light. She’ll love this new way to showcase her herself! I have a client whose husband spends a lot of his free time in his workshop constructing benches for every room in their house. Where there is a chair in their house, he sees replacing it with a bench. He even sits on a bench at the kitchen table, and should any or all of their three children want to exchange their kitchen chairs for their own bench it’s waiting for them in the garage with their names incised on the front of every bench. With the exception of the dining room there is at least one bench in every room of their house— including the bathrooms. To decorate his section of their Special Interest Christmas Tree John decided to use the manuals that came with the equipment he uses to construct the benches. He punched holes in each manual, drew sisal cord through them and suspended them from the branches. He also hung large screws and even some of his tools on the tree by bunching several branches together and suspending them with the sisal cord. John took as much case decorating his section of their tree with his equipment manuals and other items that displayed his special interest, as he does constructing his benches. He told me he loved how the tree represented him. When your Special Interest Christmas Tree is lit with streams of lights it will be unlike any tree you’ve ever had or seen before. And the new personalized dimention it brings along with its beauty is that every member of your family has great fun and takes personal pride decorating the tree, and then viewing it after it’s lit. Your special interests Christmas decorations can easily continue throughout your home. On your fireplace mantle: Bunch your favorite foliage at both corners so that they cascade about 8 to 12 inches below the mantle, and repeat the same process showcasing your favorite objects as when decorating your tree. The mantle foliage can easily be shared with other family members because one or two of your objects will fit nicely in the foliage. In the center portion of the mantle, place your candles, lights, and other familiar family decorations along with more greens. When the lights are turned on your mantle will have a delightful aspect representing everyone in your family. Your personal special interests are there for each of you to enjoy. Continue this around your home to personalize your Christmas decorations—chandeliers, staircase, dining room table, etc., and wherever you can place a personal object that is yours and/or any family member. You’ll be glad you did!
Sotheby’s once again made history with its auctioning of the one of a kind 59.60-carat diamond, “Pink Star” which fetched a record $83 million. The auction took place at the upscale Beau Rivage Hotel in Lake Geneva, Switzerland. Once the hammer fell, the familiar theme from the “Pink Panther” movie was played as pink champagne was handed out to the 150 in attendance at the auction. Bidding lasted for approximately 5 minutes and in the end, although not personally in attendance, New York diamond cutter, Isaac Wolf was the new proud owner of the rare pink hued gem. Sotheby’s has indicated that Isaac Wolf is intending to change the name of his newly acquired gem from “Pink Star” to “The Pink Dream”.
The plum sized diamond measures 1.06 by 0.81 inches and weighs 0.026 pounds. It is the largest in its class ever graded by the Gemological Institute of America. The diamond’s impeccable clarity and color earned it a Type IIa grade, rare for a pink diamond. The origin of the stone is a bit of a mystery, but it is known that the “Pink Star” gem was mined by De Beers in Africa in 1999, and it took Steinmetz Diamonds two years to cut it to form from a 132.5-carat rough diamond. It was first introduced to the public in 2003 as “Steinmetz Pink”. It was later renamed after it was sold to an undisclosed buyer for an undisclosed sum. A day earlier, rival auction house Christie’s made history auctioning off an almondshaped diamond, “The Orange” for a record (in its class) $35.5 million. To appreciate the relevance of the Pink Star sale, the previous record price for a diamond was $46.2 million. London jeweler, Lawrence Graff purchased that diamond at a Sotheby’s auction in 2010.
A RISING PINK STAR By Fred Steven
Kikimora St udio’s
HIGH FASHION CIRCUS By Frederick Schwartz
Inspired by mystical creatures from eastern European fairy tales of powerful beautiful women living in the forests, Olga Shaptanova Saretsky has created one of a kind, fantastically imagined, elegant and upscale costumed performances often referred to as High Fashion Circus. These immensely inventive acts utilize highly skilled and uniquely qualified performers who transform their costumes into living creation. A Kikimora performance is characterized by an unmistakable style merging passionate creativity with graceful poise culminating in an explosion of unforgettable entertainment. New costumes, characters, and props are continually being imagined and added to the ensemble.
“Kikimora” was a nickname given to Olga as a small child by her mother. Kikimora was a fantastical eastern European creature that liked to knit at night and got silly joys of scaring little children. Saretsky explains, “When I first left my country at 21, I lived 3 years in Thailand, gaining experience on the beauty of south asian culture and dance. I then returned to my hometown until 2007 when I migrated to the U S and danced in Miami. I remember the cost of my unitards and thinking that perhaps I could, with my memories of sewing, make my own. And that is how Kikimora was born.”
Olga acknowledges the assistance and guidance of linguist and editor, Rachel Cheshire, and business and life partner, Amir Sultan Roth’, whose music and composition captures the heart and soul of the Kikimora experience in a powerful, mesmerizing way. Together, they have found a deeper level of performance art as the creatures and dancers come alive in n e w ways to the music. As described in her bio, “Kikimora creates her own surprises and experiences through the lense of an always l e a r n i n g and e v o l v i ng creative in dividu a l. ” K ik imo r a St u dio o ff e r s a ful l sp e c t r um o f e ve n t dé c o r, s e t s , a n d pro ps , wh ic h c a n be c ust o m d e si g ne d to t h e pa r t ic u la r e ve n t . It s pro f e s s io n a l, s p e c t a c ul a r, a nd u n iqu e e n t e r t a in me n t ma k e f o r e x t r a o rdin a r y a nd unfo r g e t t a b l e e ve n t s .
“I realized that my labor was just as experienced as the seamstresses from here and my childhood memories of the fantastical stories taught in my corner of the world became a reality in my art, introducing a blend of home, three years in Thailand, and the beauty of American culture and acceptance into my own line which has been graciously adored and accepted by clients and venues from Miami to New York.” Most of Olga’s creatures are designed with the beautiful practice of miming in mind. Kikimora relates, “Everything that I do has a deeper meaning and representation. I’m sure that when someone sees lit up lips on a model’s head while she dances in the dark, they may wonder from whence that idea came, but it all symbolizes parts of humanity and who we are, what we are as a culture, and with that, I exaggerate reality to create extended versions of self and meaning. Some creatures, like the lips, are comic expressions of what women go through in culture, while others, like a two-manned horse are reverse personifications of two skilled dancers working in sync to allure an audience into the beauty of movement.”
HAPPY AND SUCCESSFUL NEW YEAR
Ham itup this holiday season Are you playing, I mean feeding, a crowd of about 20 to 25? Get a standing ovation with a ham roast prepared southern style. Ingredience: 1 12-15 lb. uncooked country ham 6 12 oz. lager beers 20 cups of brewed and chilled black tea 5 gallon stockpot ¼ cup of Dijon or polish mustard ½ cup molasses or agave ½ cup dark brown cane sugar brassringmagazine.com
To remove excess salt from your ham, you will need to soak it in both the water and brewed black tea before cooking. First rinse the ham and scrub any mold off its surface with a kitchen brush. Place the ham in a 5 gallon stockpot of cold water. Be sure that the entire ham is immersed. Place the stockpot in the refrigerator. You will need to change the water three times over the next 24 hours. After 24 hours, drain the ham, return it to the stockpot and add the brewed and now chilled tea along with enough water to cover the ham. Let it soak for another 24 hours. Drain the ham and return it to the stockpot. Add enough lager beer and if needed water to cover the ham, heat and bring to a high boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for about 3 Â˝ hours or until you can slide a sharp knife with ease in and out of the thickest part of the ham. Drain the ham, but save Âź cup of the cooking liquid. Trim the fat and skin off the ham. Heat your oven to 400 degrees. Place your ham inside a roasting pan. Whisk together the Âź cup cooking liquid, mustard, molasses or agave, brown sugar and Make a glaze.. brush the glaze on the ham. Place the roasting pan containing the ham on the rack inside the preheated oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes, occasionally brushing the glaze on the ham. Let it stand for 20 minutes before carving. Before taking the stage, a little preparation will be required. Enjoy the applauds.
HOLIDAY GARLIC SHRIMP CUP APPERIZERS brassringmagazine.com
24 uncooked medium shrimp (about 1⁄2-lb.), peeled, deveined 24 Roasted Garlic Crackers 2 eggs 1⁄2 cup water 2 ounces or 1⁄4 of a 8-oz. pkg. of cream cheese or softened American style Neufchâtel cheese 2 tsp. fat-free milk 1⁄4 tsp. lemon zest 2 tsp. lemon juice 2 tsp. chopped fresh parsley 2 cloves garlic, minced 24 servings, 1 shrimp cup each.
Heat your oven to 350°F. Whisk 2 eggs and water in a pie plate until blended. Add 12 crackers and let stand 8 minutes, turning over after 4 minutes. Press 1 soaked cracker onto bottom and up side of each of the 12 mini muffin pan cups sprayed with cooking spray. Repeat with remaining 12 crackers in the additional muffin cups. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Carefully use a spatula to loosen the crusts from the muffin pan, transferring them to a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake an additional 20 to 25 minutes or until crisp. Remove to wire racks. While the cracker cups are cooling, mix the soft cream or Neufchâtel cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice, milk and parsley in a separate bowl and set aside. Cook and stir your peeled and deveined shrimp and garlic in a nonstick skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium to high heat for 3 to 4 minutes or until the shrimp turn pink. Place 1 shrimp in each cracker cup; top with the cheese mixture. Once cooled, the baked cracker cups can be stored in an airtight container or Tupperware at room temperature for up to 8 hours. The cooked shrimp and cheese mixture can be stored in separate containers in the refrigerator until ready to use. When ready to serve, place 1 shrimp in each cup; place on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 7 to 8 minutes or until the shrimp are heated through before topping with the cheese mixture.
By Fred Steven
Dinner not yet ready? Keep your holiday guests happy with garlic-shrimp cups. Budgeted for time? These appetizers can also be pre-made.
some brownie points this holiday with a peanut brownie ice cream “Gift Wrap”
By Fred Steven
Serve your party of 12 a dessert that will leave them with sweet memories. What could be a better gift for your pallet than brownies, peanuts and ice cream rolled into one delicious dessert?Â 1 (20 oz.) box of brownie mix 1 pint ice cream (you choose the flavor) 1 cup creamy peanut butter 1 tablespoon honey or agave 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, but do not bake. Preheat your oven to 350Â°F. Grease the bottom and sides of a 12x15inch jelly-roll pan and line the bottom with parchment. Prepare the brownie mix according to the package directions and pour the brownie batter into the pan; bake for approximately 12 to 15 minutes or until just done. Remove the pan to a wire rack and let the brownie cool. Once the brownie has cooled, loosen the sides of the pan by running a knife along the inside wall of the pan. Place a piece of parchment at least as big as the jelly-roll pan onto a sheet pan. Invert brownie onto the sheet pan and peel off the parchment. Soften your ice cream by placing it in the refrigerator for 10 to 20 minutes. In a medium bowl, mix your peanut butter, honey, and vanilla extract. Spread the mixture evenly over the brownie using a knife or small spatula. Leave a 1-inch border on each long side of the brownie. Scoop out thin slabs of the softened ice cream with a spoon and arrange along the center of the peanut butter mixture layer. Also spread the ice cream just down the center of the brownie. With the long side of the pan facing you, carefully lift and raise the parchment under the brownie and roll the brownie into a jelly roll. The roll will seal better if you lay it seam side down. Immediately place your peanut brownie ice cream roll in the freezer and allow at least 2 hours. Before serving, you can fancy your dessert with a dusting of unsweetened cocoa powder. Put a bow on it (optional) and wish your guests a happy holiday and a sweet new year!
December 31st, 2013 The exciting and elegant beginning of the Grand Ball season, Le Grand Bal, takes place on the 31st December in the Viennese Hofburg Palace. Visitors come from all over the world to spend New Years Eve in the former Winter Residence of the Austrian Emperors. For more information visit: http://www.legrandbal.at/
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