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Jewelry Makes a Statement in Paris


It’s my favorite jewelry fashion time of year – the Paris Haute Couture Shows. And while this go-round has not delivered the Christian Lacroix craziness that lit up the runways last year, there are some serious statements worth coveting.


Dior did diamonds in flowers and bows, and pearls in both black and white and ‘bigger means better’ silhouettes.



Armani kept the statement necklace trend going strong with grey, metallic, chunky looks that must have weighed more than a newborn.



Valentino used headpieces as his accessory du jour, with stunning lace looks that oozed style and sophistication.


And gold kept glittering at the Givency and Christian Lacroix shows (a sad showing since this will be his last Couture collection due to financial issues).

And Fashion Week isn’t over yet! The stars are still arriving and the catwalks still cracking with fashion that you can’t even afford in your dreams. But what’s a jewelry fantasy without a dash of inaccessibility, right?

Stay tuned for more couture coverage, and check out a complete album of stunning jewelry looks fresh from Paris on Jewelry.com’s Facebook page.

Drool, dream and covet, jewelry hounds!

The Jewelry Insider

June 3, 2009


The tiny pendant trend made a glittering showing in Los Angeles at The Hangover premiere last night, as Tinseltown’s finest came out in droves to support the broad comedy.


Kate Walsh and Kristen Bell decided to go big with statement necklaces to light up their minis. But the remaining celebs kept things on the down low, as the film’s star Heather Graham, comedic actress, Rachael Harris, and Sasha Baresse all added a little sparkle with barely-there pendants – a look that’s popping up quite a bit these days on the red carpet.



Other shining stars included a taut and toned Cheryl Hines in layered pearl strands, Audrina Patridge in yellow gold hoops and Jamie Lynn Sigler in simple leaf earrings (and on the arm of Entourage’s Turtle. Are they really a couple? Weird.).



Hitting theaters this Friday, The Hangover is a Las Vegas-set comedy centered around three groomsmen who lose their about-to-be-wed buddy during their drunken misadventures, then have to retrace their steps in order to find him.

Might be a nice high-brow outing after watching the car crash that was Speidi on I’m A Celebrity Get Me out of Here, last night. When you start thinking Janice Dickenson is the only sane one on the island, you know you’ve hit a new low.

The Jewelry Insider

February 23, 2009

I’m still sifting through the glittering jewelry looks from last night’s Oscar extravaganza, but I’d like to just take a moment to revel in the beauty of Angelina Jolie’s shocking Colombian emerald jewelry. If the jewels, the Oscar nomination, the front row seats and the arm candy wasn’t enough to put Jennifer Aniston over the edge last night, I don’t know what will. While I am admittedly a card carrying member of Team Aniston, the quiet elegance of Angelina’s black Elie Saab gown was perfectly complimented by her Lorraine Schwartz 115 carat emerald teardrop earrings and her silver dollar-sized 65 carat right hand ring. Bravo.

Despite America’s wish for a more dramatic Jen-Angie showdown, it appeared as if the main characters in our favorite media-contructed love triangle weathered the awkward Oscar storm well. Jennifer got through her tepid animation schtick right in front of the stoic couple without stumbling, and Brad and Angie mastered their “I’m so interested. No. Really.” for her benefit. But the emeralds, people. I’m thinking those green Colombian beauties will go down forever as one of Oscar’s best jewelry moments. Am I wrong here? Have Angelina’s wiccan ways seduced me over to the dark side? Who do you think won the showdown last night?

And stay tuned for more Oscar jewelry gabbing from the red carpet to the glittering after parties. The Amy Adams gemstone lobster bib look has me on the fence. Totally glam or unfortunately gaudy?

The Jewelry Insider

February 8, 2009


Precious Metals were in abundance on the red carpet of the Clive Davis-hosted Pre-Grammy concert last night from the glittering frocks to the golden jewels.
Metallic mavens are a familiar occurrence on the red carpet this year, and last night was no exception. Mini mogul,Taylor Swift, our favorite sanity-challenged judge, Paula Abdul, and one-hit-wonder, Leona Lewis, continued the bejeweled dress trend with minimal jewelry looks.

But the biggest surprise of the night – aside from a much-buzzed about performance from Clive’s crown jewel, Whitney Houston, was the piles of gold lighting up the joint. And I’m not talking about gold records.

Rhianna rocked the big braided gold hoop look with her flowing Gucci gown, Carrie Underwood added yellow gold chandelier earrings to her pre-Grammy polka-dots, and Keyshia Cole added yellow gold sparkle to her canary wrap dress. Sheryl Crowe is more of a copper queen (where has she been tanning?) but the bronzed beauty added just the right amount of gold to her Ports 1961 frock.

And I’m saving all my love for you, Whitney, who according to the Los Angeles Times,

“…hit her cues and delivered the songs with confidence. This felt like the beginning of something, not its climax: a tentative though friendly rapprochement with the diva role Houston once defined.”

Hell to the yes! Apparently Fantasia and Jennifer Hudson were in the front row having seizures during her entire set. And Houston’s gold bangles and earrings didn’t make her leopard-print get-up look cheap either – a pot of gold at the end of a very rocky rainbow.

Stay tuned for my wrap-up of the Grammy’s proper later on tonight!

The Jewelry Insider

February 5, 2009


I know you might be doing something important like finding a cure for cancer, performing brain surgery or building habitats for humanity, but your life won’t be complete without knowing that Keyshia Cole, Ron Fair and Manny Halley hosted a Vanity Fair and Krug dinner party yesterday at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood – and the fashions were off the chain.

Newlyweds Fergie and Josh Duhamel attended along with Nicky and Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, Rapper Taboo, Akon and more. Marriage must agree with Mrs. Duhamel, as Fergie’s dinnertime ensemble was accessorized beautifully with a stunning vintage diamond flower hairpiece, a large cluster right hand ring and multiple layerings of pearl strands and gold-accented chains. The chain gang also included Nicky Hilton and a very pregnant Stefanie Fair.

The layered chain look is nothing new – the trend made it’s first appearance last summer, littered the fall fashion runways and has hung in there on the red carpets well into awards season. Marisa Tomei layered her links at the Golden Globes and a pants-suited Jennifer Aniston wore a series of gold chains at the premiere of He’s Just Not That Into You a few days back.

And layering chains is something we mere mortals can incorporate into our own wardrobes. Long pearl strands, chunky chain links, colored beads – anything goes. And while the current trend is to wear ‘everything but the kitchen sink’, it’s probably best to exercise a bit of restraint. Channeling Mr. T is not a good look. For anyone.

So when you get a break from that rocket science gig or a respite from solving our environmental crisis – remember to take a cue from Fergie and friends and layer up those chains for your next night on the town. Or Vanity Fair-sponsored dinner.

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.

The Jewelry Insider

August 20, 2008


Great news! The New York Times Style Magazine reported this weekend that “Jewelry is back in a big way.” And by big they’re saying that women should no longer be afraid to wear a true ensemble (earrings, a necklace, and (gasp!) a bracelet). Or to combine costume with vintage. Or to layer their looks. That’s where the chains come in.

A close sister to this summer’s pendant necklace craze, statement chains should go big. Varying lengths and link sizes are key. Confused? Enter Madonna. Madonna not only turned 50 this weekend, but she – yet again – showed us all how to rock the jewelry trend of the season. Her birthday bash outfit was your basic black, but was complemented by a Mr. T-like showing of bling. Scarlett Johannson also wore the look well at the recent premier of Vicky Christina Barcelona.

The good news for us mere mortals is : We don’t have to break the bank to recreate the same style. There is nothing wrong with pairing real and fake this season. Go for it. And there is also nothing wrong with wearing multiple metal colors – gold, white gold, silver – you name it, you can don it.

So break from the chains that bind you, jewelry lovers. Layer those links for fall!