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She puts the big in bauble and the glam in gaudy, jewelry maven Iris Apfel can add film to her endless resume. Released this past Thursday, Albert Maysles’s new fashion documentary, IRIS surveys the life of this iconic nonagenarian and her eccentric style. Iris, whose been our jewelry icon ever since we could say the word bauble, has had several design collaborations and even released her own jewelry collection for HSN. All about Iris? Take a gander at our statement-worthy selection of some Iris-inspired styles!

The Jewelry Insider

June 2, 2010

 


Divas and drag queens, get out your debit cards. Liza Minnelli is debuting her new jewelry and apparel line, The Liza Collection, with HSN on June 30th!


Like the ubiquitous stylist, Rachel Zoe, Liza ‘loves herself a sequin’ so you can be sure the line will be littered with big costume jewelry looks, flowy pants and lots of shimmer (check out Jewelry.com for more details).


I saw Liza on the Joy Behar Show the other night, and she was wearing several pieces from “The Liza Collection”. I liked them – they seemed showy not tacky (just like their creator). She said she found her jewelry designing inspiration when she was recovering from knee replacement surgery and had time to kill in between physical therapy sessions.

So Liza gets bored, and we get another celebrity jewelry line.

Here’s our Liza wearing her namesake gems at the Sex And The City 2 premiere:

And here are a few product shots:

So, jewelry hounds. What do you think? Will you be marking your calendars for June 30th (10pm EST)? My guess is she’ll sell it like she does a good torch song. Better act fast.

Jewelry Explodes in Paris


The Paris couture shows are taking the runways by storm this week, and while folks generally take a gander at the often-outrageous looks and wonder who on earth would ever wear such nonsense, I find couture gawking the perfect indulgence – especially in these trying times. It’s like rolling around in a vat of Cherry Garcia or having that third – ok fourth – margarita.

So imagine my dismay when I came across the Karl Lagerfeld show for Chanel. It’s all white. It’s suit skirts. It’s a jewelry wasteland. Of course there were fabulously intricate white hats that dazzled the well-heeled crowd, but I’m not in the mood for white right now, Karl. This economy blows. I’m no longer getting my hair highlighted. I want an escape, not a reminder of how bland life is now that I’m off the $4 lattes.

 

 

 

 

 

Thankfully, Christian Lacroix is my new ‘white’ knight in shining couture. Not only are there colors exploding all over his catwalk, but the jewelry is an over-the-top display of decadence the likes of which I’ve never seen before. It’s like going down a bauble-filled rabbit hole on crack.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinner plate-sized hoop earrings, stacks of mismatched lacquer and crystal cuffs, multiple layerings of giant necklaces, gilded heart-shaped lockets, faux fronds of coral, beaded everything but the kitchen sink… Clearly, words don’t do the show justice, but Style.com’s reviewer comes close:

“(The show) was a pleasure to witness and something to be inspired by. Even if only the very few will own a part of this collection, there’s an idea in there for every fashion watcher: If you’ve got jewelry, it’s time to bring it out and try piling it on all at once.”

 

 

 

 

 

So perhaps we mere mortals can take a lesson from the ivory tower of runway fashion. If you’ve got it, flaunt it. Anything goes. If you’ve still got those rubber bangles from the 80s, put ’em on with your diamond necklace and that beaded choker you’re afraid to wear for fear it makes you look ‘easy’.

I may be getting a little couture-crazed, but if you don’t want to scare the neighbors, you at least have to get the full effect of the Lacroix jewelry dreamscape by checking out the dizzying pics on Style.com. And be sure to pair your viewing with a nice pint of New York Super Fudge Chunk. You’ll thank me for it later.