While the 2013 Oscar jewelry red carpet sported stunning star looks from Jessica Chastain’s elegant “Old Hollywood-inspired” Armani Prive copper dress paired with 1960s Harry Winston diamonds, to Naomi Watts also in a shimmering Armani Prive frock and 20 carats of Neil Lane, I felt like I was Dorothy stuck in Kansas – never to enter the technicolor wonderland of Oz.
No emeralds. No sapphires. No rubies. No significant gemstone moment to speak of. It’s the first time tasteful diamond looks dominated on all of the nominees – as if the stylists sent a memo to keep things icy.
And Anne Hathaway, this century’s ‘go-to’ style star had a rare miss with a last minute switch from a Valentino frock to a pale pink Prada number, with darts in all the wrong places and a Tiffany and Co back necklace that saved her look from being an all-out fashion faux-pas.
While lovers of high fashion and classic diamond accessorizing will drool over the night’s stand-out trend – the back necklace (Anne Hathaway’s aforementioned Tiffany piece and Jennifer Lawrence in dainty Chopard diamonds), it was Jennifer Garner’s stunning 200-carat diamond and dark platinum Neil Lane statement necklace that made my mouth water. Great Gucci dress. Great jewelry. Great (nominated!) husband. What more do you need on Oscar night?
Diamond wristwear was the other big trend of the night with nominee, Amy Adams sporting a stunning Moawad diamond bracelet, Charlize Theron dazzling in a cuff-sized Harry Winston piece, and Jessica Chastain in a twisted diamond and yellow gold Harry Winston stunner – among many others.
Rare color statements made a splash with Renee Zelwegger sporting a rockin ruby and diamond cuff by Van Cleef & Arpels, and Jennifer Hudson dazzling in blue and green gemstone jewels by Sutra to match her skin-thin frock by Roberto Cavalli.
But gone are the Angelina Jolie emeralds and the jaw-dropping statement necklaces of Awards Shows’ past. Gone are the green statements. The blue statments. Heck – even the RED statement was only represented by the biggest A-lister fashion UNDERstatement, Jennifer Aniston.
Instead Veronica Lake wavy hair and a flashy manicure seem to be the accessories of choice these days.
And Helen Hunt did her best “Sharon Stone shocks in Gap” statement by wearing a dress by H & M (albeit with $700,000 worth of diamond accoutrements sewed in to the seams).
And then there’s Jane Fonda doing her best to bring back the 80s. Neon yellow? In dress form? Yellow gold? Are those shoulder pads? Now THIS is a fashion statement. I kinda love it. You?
Weigh in with your thoughts, jewelry hounds. And be sure to check in with my sugar momma, Jewelry.com tomorrow with our ‘Oscar Jewelry for Less’ sale. Ba-ling!
The 2013 Golden Globes red carpet was a mixed bag of sensations, snores and surprises, with everything from a $5.7 million Harry Winston diamond necklace (or scarf as my colleague Mandy Tracy at Jewelry.com aptly called it) to barely there diamond studs to…yes…even a bug!
Here’s the highlight reel for your drooling pleasure (many credits forthcoming). And, as usual, please be sure to weigh in with your favorites of the night!
1. Diamond Necklaces
Shocker! Diamond neckwear stole the show this year with stunning vintage looks from Olivia Munn in Chopard, Jessica Alba in that $5.8 million Harry Winston shocker, Sally Field’s neckwear knockout to host Amy Poehler’s Chopard lariat weighing in at (wait for it…) 83 carats! Ba-ling!
2. Earring Statements
Julianne Hough was my first jewelry sighting of the night – and I was pleasantly surprised to know that her choice in ear candy was a riskier move than her choice to pair up with Ryan Snorecrest. That’s a REAL beetle stud earring and praying mantis ear cuff – both by Daniela Villegas. Win!
Taylor Swift’s Lorraine Schwartz statement earrings won big with the folks who participated in the head-spinning #globejewelry Live Tweet fest.
Just look at all these jaw-droppers tailor-made for looky-loos like us!
3. Diamond Sticks and Studs
Zzzzzzzzzz……… ‘Nuff Said.
4. Julianne’s Bulgari Blowout
Golden Globe-winner Julianne Moore deserves her own section this year, jewelry hounds. As the former spokesmodel for Bulgari and apparently friendly enough with Tom Ford to ask him to design her something by EMAIL (jealous!), well, it just doesn’t get much better than this.
6. Red, Burgundy and Ballet Pink
The A-list continues to turn out in red frocks (and safe jewels). These women are all stunning, but, I’m sorry. I just yearn for more ‘outside the box’ choices every now and again. But…this is a trend report and well, it’s still an Awards Show staple. Wake me when it’s over.
HOWEVER, a refreshing color craze helped to rouse me from my slumber….the blushy hues of ballet pink. Observe…
7. Spotlight Stealer/Meme Alert:
Move over A-Jo…
There’s a new ‘gam’ in town.
I KNOW I’ve missed many other moments worth mentioning. Who wore your favorite frock and jewel combo?
And don’t forget to check in with Jewelry.com later tomorrow, where we’ll attempt to pair some of these jaw-dropping jewelry looks with real-world alternatives. Fun!
Jewelry, hounds? It’s officially Awards Season. And with the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards kicking things in to high gear tonight, I thought I’d offer up a few predictions and a red carpet drinking game to keep the LIVE TWEET crowd buzzed enough to weigh in with equal parts snark and honesty.
Live Tweet, you ask? Be there, people. Use #globejewelry from 4:00PST/7:00EST on and join what is now our 4th annual Awards Season gathering where high falutin’ jewelry editors and designers mash it up with us regular jewelry-lovin’ folk as we gasp, gawk and begrudge our favorite celebs on the red carpet. Ryan Seacrest is a favorite target.
So. On to the predictions – always a fun exercise in futility.
1. Emerald Elegance. It’s the Color of the Year, folks, and it’s ALWAYS a red carpet staple. I’m thinking we’ll see oodles of it this year in frock form and in the jewelry department.
2. No necks. No nonsense. Neckwear is still a relative no-show on the red carpet. Instead, the A-list likes to pile on the bangle or stretch their ear lobes with statement earrings (and with Mia Farrow-esque short hair making a comeback on stars like Anne Hathaway, earrings are a definite no-brainer).
3. Vintage, Deco and Estate. What’s old is new again. This month’s InDesign Magazinepoints out that period jewelry made its mark on 2012 and promises to stay well into 2013. I’m looking for Claire Danes to don some deco (a favorite of hers from the Emmys), Naomi Watts to rock the vintage diamond ice and her BFF Nicole to come out in some crazy estate piece from Fred Leighton (a favorite of hers from awards shows past).
4. Earthly delights. Natural gemstone looks (geode, moonstone, etc) from designers like Kimberly McDonald were once a red carpet surprise but are now a regular player on A-listers like Kate Hudson, Cameron Diaz and nominee, Amy Adams.
Everyone who has ever followed my coverage of big red carpet events knows that champagne plays a large part in making the magic happen. And I KNOW I’m not alone! Tina Fey and Amy Poehler published their drinking game guidlines for the show itself earlier this week (hilarious – check it out here), so I thought I’d throw out some suggestions for the red carpet gawk fest.
Turn the TV to E! Online, find a comfy chair, put on your snark suit and……DRINK!:
1. When you see someone wearing emeralds
2. When Guilana Rancic says ‘sweetie’
3. If Sofia Vergara bears cleavage.
4. When Ryan Seacrest forgets to ask “Who designed your jewelry?”
5. When you…zzzzzz…..get a simple studs sighting.
6. Every time you hear Lorraine Schwartz, Chopard or Cartier
This should do the trick! Check in after the show for my trends recap and to Jewelry.com for our Celebrity-Inspired Sale using all the hottest looks from the night! Toodles for now!
Did you hear? Everyone is shocked SHOCKED that Anne Hathaway was reportedly paid $750,000 to wear the gorgeous Tiffany jewelry we all gawked at on Sunday night! And that Gwyneth? She got $500,000 for sporting those Louis Vuitton L’ame du Voyage sparklers!
Why is it such a surprise that big stars are paid to endorse product on the largest fashion stage in the world? Grow up, people! Paying and gifting the privileged for air time has been going on for decades.
We can hate the stars from afar for their god-given talent, their gazillion-dollar bank accounts and the fact that people fall all over themselves to give them crazy carats – and pay them to boot – but it shouldn’t be a surprise, folks. Don’t you watch The Rachel Zoe Project?
OK. With that behind us, let’s now take a closer look at the (count ’em!) 8 different Tiffany jewelry looks Anne Hathaway was paid $750,000 to wear on Oscar night. That bitch.
Vintage Valentino Haute Couture taffeta gown, slight drop earrings featuring 10 cts. t.w. colorless diamonds; a 5 ct. t.w. colorless diamond ring; a 94 ct. t.w. Lucida Star diamond necklace (value: $10 million!)
Look #4 (my personal favorite)
Vivienne Westwood corseted Couture gown with embroidered lace and sequins that was specifically made for Hathaway in London. $10 million diamond and amethyst necklace from the Tiffany Archives, Tiffany yellow sapphire and diamond ring
Look #7 (Oprah’s favorite)
Which is your fav? Weigh in!
The art of Oscar fashion forecasting hasn’t been around long, but I can guarantee I’ll either be the smartest person in the world come Monday morning, or I’ll just join the chorus of fashionistas who found the red carpet to be full of (gasp!) “sartorial surprises”.
One thing I do know for sure? Guiliana Rancic and Ryan Seacrest are going to drive me to drink. So the champagne is already chilling and the aspirin strategically placed on the nightstand.
AND, as usual, I’ll be joined this Sunday by the best and brightest jewelry minds in the Twitter-sphere as we Live Tweet our way through the E! Oscar Red Carpet Coverage starting at 6:00PM EST using #oscarjewelry. You don’t want to miss it, jewelry hounds. We all get cheeky about 7:00 after the champagne kicks in.
One more quick shout out to all you fashion forecasters: JewelClub is having a ‘Guess What Jewelry Anne Hathaway Will Wear” contest on their Facebook Page (Love it!) and they’re giving away free jewelry. You guys are some of the brightest diamonds in the jewelry box, so click here, weigh in and enjoy the spoils of your ‘labor’.
2011 Oscar Jewelry Predictions:
1. Dainty, Delicate, Diamonds
Sheer, lacey looks rocked the New York Fashion Week runways earlier this month, and my guess is the trend will trickle down to Oscar jewelry choices. The Golden Globes had a few key light-weight looks back in January (Natalie Portman, Dianna Agron), and I expect the ‘less is more’ elegance to continue Sunday night.
2. Big Rings
I love big rings. The problem is: we never really get a good look at them on the red carpet. That said, the Grammy’s were littered with this statement style this year, and I think Oscar stylists will play that trendy tune as well. Who could forget Zoe Saldana’s Oscar amethyst show-stopper last year?
3. Flower Power
While Nicole Kidman’s floral Fred Leighton piece at the SAGs was a ‘love it or hate it’ choice, I think some key celebs are going to get in touch with their inner flower child and make a statement with this silhouette. Peace out, starchild.
4. Color Blind Couture
While the Golden Globes were all about green and pink, I’m going out on a limb to say that no one color is going to dominate this red carpet. Some folks say red, some say blue – but I think we’re in color transition-land right now, and we can expect to see a rainbow of hues. (How’s that for hedging my bets?)
Seriously, though, I think stars have the freedom to go in any direction with color in gown choice or jewels – as long as they don’t try to copy a winner from past years (a la Michelle Williams in her tangerine Vera Wang winner, Angelina’s emeralds, etc).
5. The Statement Necklace: It’s BAAAAACCCK
I have a funny feeling that the statement necklace craze that peaked in 2009 and waned to nothingness this past year is going to ramp up again at the 2011 Oscars. You can’t keep this baby in the corner long. It’s a hunch – but if we don’t see at least 3 or 4 big stars in this look, I’ll chug an entire glass of champagne. Twist my arm!
So be sure to check back with me Sunday night to see if my predictions come true. I’ll post my top looks of the night with some champagne-soaked trend commentary thrown in for good measure. I gawk harder…so you don’t have to.
Venice Film Festival fashion has yet to recreate a ‘major’ moment like the one Rachel Zoe and Anne Hathaway brought to us during the 2009 festivities. But a girl can dream.
In the meantime, here are my favorite jewelry moments since my last post. I was surprised to see so many colored gemstone looks.
Rebecca Hall – who stars in the Ben Affleck-directed film, The Town – is the latest lady from Hollywood to steal the spotlight wearing a teal Vionnet gown and classic Bvlgari serpenti bracelets.
Because Michelle Williams – doing her best Rosemary’s Baby-era Mia Farrow impression – doesn’t quite deliver in this staid Jason Wu gown with barely there diamond stud earrings and a wisp of a diamond bangle.
These statement earrings are different. You like?
And the woman on the right in this picture? Her last name is Bulgari. ‘Nuff said.
Fashion Week starts tomorrow, jewelry hounds. Check back here and in the Jewelry.com Fashion News Section for all the latest jewelry and fashion trends fresh from the runways.
When your boyfriend brings you diamond jewelry like it’s your morning latte, you know you’ve hitched your wagon to one keeper of a pony.
Unless you’re Anne Hathaway.
The Cinderella story of Miss Anne and her uber-rich boyfriend Raffaello Follieri hit a snag back in 2008 when he was convicted of 14 felony counts of fraud, so the Feds are trying to recoup his losses Bernie Madoff-style by auctioning off anything and everything he owned – including the jewelry he gave to Anne.
Hathaway, who broke up with then-arrested Follieri in June 2008, turned the items over to the FBI that August, including two watches, two rings, two bracelets, two necklaces, two chains, silver earrings, and a Louis Vuitton box. While the jewelry’s total value has not been disclosed, a gold Rolex Cosmograph Daytona given to Hathaway retails for about $25,000.
But all’s well that ends well. Follieri is serving a 4/12 year sentence, and A-lister Annie’s only crime is her performance in Valentine’s Day.
What would you do with jewelry given to you by a lying, cheating ex? This excellent site, www.exboyfriendjewelry.com (“You don’t want it, he can’t have it back!”) has the perfect answer – and a brilliant business plan. Check it out!
The Tony Awards were full of surprises last night, not the least of which was Bret Michaels’ near-death run-in with a descending set piece during the opening number. Oh, Bret…
But my favorite part of the night was gawking at the red carpet jewels. From diamonds and gemstones to silver and gold – all categories were present and accounted for.
What’s your favorite Tony jewelry statement? Is it classic Anne Hathaway in diamond clusters? A sultry Gina Gershon in vintage Fred Leighton? Or maybe you’re partial to glam rock chic? Weigh in with your vote in the poll at the right, jewelry hounds!
And I couldn’t resist putting the Bret Michaels moment from YouTube here for your viewing pleasure. Not to worry. He isn’t seriously injured, but as the quick-witted host, Neil Patrick Harris, wisely cracked:
“He’s given a whole new meaning to head banger”
What would entice some of Hollywoods hottest divas to spend an evening in a museum? Designer clothes and a movie of course. Blondes, brunettes and razor thin silhouettes turned out in force to honor the last Emperor of fashion and catch a movie premiere.
Special effects be gone – this one was all about the clothes….. Valentino’s clothes. The documentary, Valentino: The Last Emperor, debuted in New York last night at the Museum of Modern Art with an audience of hard-core fashionistas, wanna-be fashionistas, muses, critics and the seriously beautiful.
Valentino is renowned for his penchant for all things – well all things extravagant. He’s never been one to nod in the direction of minimilism. The septuagenarian designer, with his perma-orange tan, is known for his outlandish sense of more is more and less isn’t by any means more. The movie, (which has been receiving mixed reviews – depends I suppose on where you stand on the more or less side of the scale) shows the man’s six pugs on board their master’s private jet, having their teeth brushed and being adorned with diamond earrings.
Doggy diamond earrings, now there’s a thought (that should be banished).
Last night it was a diamonds on divas – not dogs that were causing a rucus. Surprisingly not as much bling as one would expect in an evening devoted to the Emperor himself.
Madonna, Gwyneth, Anne and Agyness were on hand to bow before the Emperor. Madge sporting a knuckleduster ring and looking as ageless as ever. Gwyneth in her signature black – and Ms. Hathaway knocking ’em all for six in a stunning white dress and just the right amount of bling………
Score one for the brunettes last night….way to go Anne.