Lights! Camera! Fashion! The jewelry and fashion worlds collided this past Monday at the 2015 Met gala, Christening the Costume Institute’s China: Through the Looking Glass fashion exhibition. From Beyonce’s full frontal crystal adorned ‘gown’ to SJP’s (Sarah Jessica Parker) flame throwing headdress, this ball seemed more like a nudist colony-meets-offensively-tacky-Chinese New Year bash. Did Ms. Wintour mistaken you for one of the Real Housewives of New York and turn down your $100K request to buy a table? Well, that makes two of us. But no worries, we’ve got you covered on the top jewelry trends from fashion’s biggest Superbowl soiree…
Everyone’s favorite ’90s throwback was practically a red carpet prerequisite. Chloe Moretz, Selena Gomez and the like, seemed to be sporting delicate black chokers. Even for super A-lists like Rihanna who trailed along in a breathtaking fur-trimmed sun yellow cape, chokers were the perfect way to illuminate her neckline, finishing off her dramatic look with a delicate sparkle.
Tasseled drops were a fave amongst Bee Shaffer and Lizzy Caplan. While drops may be a great way to draw attention to one’s face, it’s the wispy movement and structure of their tasseled cousin that adds an extra dose of glitz and glamor.
Matching earrings are a must, which Amal and Solange proved like no other! Both chose to wear more avant-garde and edgier designs which is why chic jewels were the perfect fit for what could have been one potential style conundrum.
Top Color: Red
We LOVED the red trend especially on Helen! With her laser cut-out gown and medalliondrops, Helen Mirren slayed the scene in this incredible color. Mirren’s look was the perfect balance of Haute Couture without overbearing.
Even with Rihanna’s never ending silk trail and other fashion spectacles, the sheer drama were in those see-through ankle scrapers worn by JLo, Kim Kardashian West and Beyonce. The good thing about wearing next to nothing and being decked in crystals is, no need to wear jewelry right? Was it too much or too little? You vote!
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 jewelrycollection for HSN. All about Iris? Take a gander at our statement-worthy selection of some Iris-inspired styles!
Yesterday comedic legend and fashion icon Joan Rivers died due to complications during a routine medical procedure. Celebrated for her sharp wit, and candid sensibilities, the Larchmont, New York native was iconic for openly slamming celebrities and for her riveting Red Carpet coverage and commentary, coining the phrase “Who Are You Wearing?”. Rivers began her career in the ‘60s but it wasn’t until 1965 when she appeared on the Johnny Carson show, candidly remarking on childbirth, abortion and feelings of inadequacy that her career skyrocketed into stardom with her controversial daytime talk show The Joan Rivers Show.
In addition to being accredited as one of the longest standing female comedians she had a natural gift for gaud. In the 2010 documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work filmed in her unabashedly Baroque home, she reveled about her adoration for extravagance as she deadpanned: “Marie Antoinette would have lived here if she had money.” Rivers even developed a line of jewelry and accessories for QVC for the past 24 years.
Spanning over a fifty year career Joan Rivers will always be remembered as a legend, elegantly armored to take on any Red Carpet occasion with her razor-sharp sass and unapologetic opulence. Let’s take a look at some of her most memorable moments.
The Critics’ Choice Awards was full of surprises last night. Slum Dog Millionaire stole the show with three big wins, and there was a tie in the Best Actress category between Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. A tie? It seems awards shows can’t let The Meryl be in a movie without handing her a trophy (if she wins a Globe for the dreadful, Mamma Mia, I’m moving to Canada). Perhaps the biggest surprise was a scowling Angelina Jolie who couldn’t hide her disdain during Anne Hathaway’s rambling acceptance speech. Meow! The jewelry fashion was all about the ears, as many A-listers chose the no necklace look with strapless, classic gowns. Kate Beckinsale can do no wrong in a chocolate frock with dream catcher gemstone earrings; Marisa Tomei’s fan dress was a little much, but her clover-shaped earrings made the ensemble work; and Slumdog Millionaire beauty, Freida Pinto, wore maharajah-shaped earrings with her heavenly white cap-sleeved dress. Do I see a Slumdog earring trend emerging?
I think I am officially over the metallic dress/no jewelry look that both Eva Longoria and Evan Rachel Wood sported. Yet most celebs opted for the less-is-more jewelry statement that the New York Times recently reported we will most likely see on the upcoming Award Show red carpets this year.
While the gawker-dreamer in us wants the stars to go all out with the ice no matter what the DOW is doing, there are upsides to restraint. We mere mortals can find more and more celebrity red carpet jewelry looks for our own jewelry boxes. Jai Ho!
Prince isn’t the only icon to sing the praises of Diamonds and Pearls, now the famous fashion duo, Dolce & Gabbana, are getting in on the act.
To celebrate over two decades of their successful partnership, the tony twosome is launching a new book appropriately titled, Diamonds & Pearls, which Domenico Dolce describes as “an invitation to the public into our own personal world: one of luxury, intense pleasure and seduction, but also a dreamlike world featuring grotesque and ambiguous situations that verge on the paradoxical”.
Fashion designers love their paradoxical adjectives, don’t they just?
The book is a collaboration with the Austrian photographer Guenter Parth, whom they chose because he specializes in still-life images. The fashion that graces the pages was personally selected by D & G to highlight jewelry of all kinds – from gemstones to diamonds, gold leaves to pearls.
And in a bizarre turn, the clothes are not worn by models but by what the pair call three “real dolls”, or lifelike mannequins made to bear a striking resemblance to real women and built following specifications for their “ideal woman”.
“The three dolls symbolize the perfect woman: we deliberately chose not to take any top model as an aesthetic reference when we made them,” Gabbana explains to The National Newspaper.
I’m not sure that their ultimate muse, Madonna, would approve of replacing flesh and blood with mannequins that are three hairs shy of a blow-up doll in couture, but I suppose anything goes in the name of art.
The book retails for $270 and is available in select D & G boutiques worldwide. All proceeds benefit children’s charity, Butterfly Onlus Foundation.
Jewelry fashion is always gawk-worthy when the fashion world gets together for a function. Whether it’s sitting runway-side or throwing a fundraiser, where there’s Anna, Diane, Galliano and Leon – there’s diamonds, gemstones, and gold out the wazoo.
Last night, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund celebrated its fifth anniversary at Skylight Studios in New York, and the glamorous crowd came out in droves. The evening celebrated up-and-coming designers with five and six figure prizes and top designers Narciso Rodriguez, John Galliano, Diane von Furstenberg, Vera Wang and Zac Posen were there to root them on.
The evening’s top prize of $200,000 and a year’s worth of mentoring, went to 24-year-old Alexander Wang.
“Four years ago I was reading about this award in my dorm room in a magazine,” the youngster told Style.com.
Looking drop dead gorgeous in Dior and a stunning vintage diamond choker was my favorite jewelry hound, Charlize Theron. And while an understated Blake Lively was there to share the spotlight, no one could hold a candle to the evening’s glamazonian MC.
The guests glittered as well with model, Doutzen Kroes in Hervé Léger and a glittering statement necklace and guest Chiara Clemente, in Giambattista Valli and golden pom-pom earrings.
The only misstep was a usually classic Anna Wintour in an unfortunate short sleeved sequined number with black tights that bordered on the, dare I say, tacky?
Gold – from gold jewelry to golden fabrics – graces the catwalks for summer 09. It’s going to be a chunky, bold and gorgeously golden summer.
Gold diggers take note! Your favorite metal is making a big splash in the fashion world, and the trend is one we can expect to see well into next year. Runways from New York to Paris, London to Milan all glittered with gold metallics this fall, and gold jewelry accessories are holding their ground from a summer must-have to a spring ’09 necessity.
Designers like Versace, Donna Karan, Dior, and Monique Luillier all featured chunky gold jewelry on the catwalk, and iconic designers Reem Acra, Diane von Furstenerg and Vera Wang used gold fabrics to add glitter to their lines.
Laminated linen, gold plated leather and gold applications on silks and chiffons were just some of the shimmering interpretations the designers came up with. And we’ve reported again and again that large gold jewelry looks will be making a statement well into spring.
“The Renaissance of gold in the fashion world shows no signs of slowing down,” says Duvall O’Steen of World Gold Council. “With the increasing value of gold, coupled with the economic concerns, gold has become a meaningful and safe investment for any jewelry wardrobe.”
See? Buying clothes and jewelry is not only fun, it’s good for your portfolio. Golden parachute pants, anyone?
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We all waited with bated breath. Will she stumble over her words? Will she attempt to dance? Or (gasp!) sing? Will she no longer have the Miller Lite paunch and the chin acne? Much like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Miss Britney Spears did herself proud at the VMAs on Sunday night. And a nation breathed a sigh of relief.
Stunning in a pair of diamond drop earrings, Brit Brit took home three coveted Moon Men and made nary a misstep as she introduced the show and gave quick, heartfelt acceptance speeches.
Before the show, the red carpet revealed more diamond divas as Pink dolled up in Neil Lane diamond and platinum bangle bracelets, black diamond flower earrings and a diamond Right Hand Ring.
Diamond wrist-wear was the bling of choice for Lauren Conrad. Paris Hilton and model, Bar Rafeli, worked the statement necklace trend and the big earring brigade included Spice Girl, Mel B, Cristina Aguilera, and reality star, Brooke Hogan.
While the fashion impressed, the show itself got mixed reviews. Host, Russel Brand, created controversy over his spat with the Jonas Brothers and their virginal promise rings. What is he going to do? The trio practically threatened to give MTV a Disney make over with their sweet little three-part harmonies and floppy hair cuts. Sorry, America. I ain’t buyin’ it.
Or maybe Russel and I just miss the days when you might see Nirvana’s bassist clubbing himself in the face with his own guitar, or that guy from Rage Against the Machine climbing the set fixtures. I’m just saying…
The jewelry looks ran the gamut at this weekend’s taping of the 2008 Alma Awards, which honors the artistic achievement of Latinos in film, television and music. Let’s start with the good news, shall we?
Two words: Jessica. Alba. This woman just gave birth and ruled the red carpet in an elegant pink Narciso Rodriguez bespoke gown with the perfect pair of diamond and crystal earrings. A forty-something and fabulous Daisy Feuntes wore the yellow gold summer trend to perfection to offset her floor-length, fitted white number. And Entertainer of the Year award-winner, America Ferrara, didn’t disappoint with a black and white striped Diane von Furstenberg cocktail dress from the Resort 2009 collection. A classic pair of drop diamond earrings were her only jewelry accessory, and the less-is-more choice worked.
Eva Longoria, the show’s host, wore a strange, jewel-accented satin dress that hit at that wrong part of the leg. And the hair screamed helmut. What happened here? And then there’s Paula. I can’t figure out if she takes this outfit seriously, but it is a serious calamity. The beaded black neck brace and matching drop earrings are gaudy incarnate. And the mermaid dress could have been plucked from the closet of a drag queen. In 1986. At least she keeps our tongues wagging, bless her.
To catch the full effect of Eva’s 500 costume changes, you can watch the show September 12th on ABC.