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HIGH ART: Jason Wu has Philip Crangi. Thakoon Panichgul has Fenton. And Elise Øverland has Alexander Calder. No, she didn’t have to raid the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s current exhibit of Calder’s jewelry when accessorizing her fall looks, to be shown Saturday evening. Instead, good friend Sandy Calder (Alexander’s grandson) has loaned her pieces from his personal collection, most of which date from the Thirties and Forties. It is the first time he has collaborated with a fashion designer.
“She’s so rock ’n’ roll, and the jewelry is so audacious, it was a great combination,” explained Calder (who, himself, regularly sports a pair of silver cuff links and a gold necklace of his grandfather’s design).
Overland borrowed a selection of hammered brass crowns, brooches and necklaces, whose kinetic, undulating shapes take their cues from surrealism.
“One thing about Calder is he was relevant to the culture in each decade he worked in,” said the grandson of the artist who passed away in 1976. “He really stayed within the cultural conversation.”
With the approximate value of each piece ranging from $500,000 to $1 million, a few guards wouldn’t be remiss. “I’m a strong Viking,” said Overland of her current security measures.