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The Jewelry Insider

June 8, 2010

Jewelry and fashion design were honored last night in New York at the hottest ticket in town – The CFDA awards (aka The Fashion Oscars). While fashionistas like Jessica Biel, The Olsen Twins and Anna Wintour came out in couture classics, it was Gwenyth Paltrow who stole the show in my book. Appearing arm and arm with Michael Kors, who was given the Lifetime Achievement Award, Gwynnie channeled Grace Kelly glam in a long, black paillette one shoulder Kors gown and simple diamond Fred Leighton drops. Now THIS is the way to wear black (see my earlier boring black rant for more)! Coming in a close second was Sarah Jessica Parker, who was there to pay tribute to the late Alexander McQueen (one of my all-time favorite designers). McQueen, who committed suicide earlier this year, had one last line in the works, including this dress SJP wore to the event. And her Stephen Russell jewelry was pitch perfect – stunning diamond cluster earrings and a series of statement bangles (one of her favorite looks of late). Check out Jewelry.com today for a roundup of the night’s big winners, including the fab Alexis Bittar who took home the Accessories Designer of the Year award.

SATC2 Premieres in London with Hair Extensions, Hats and an Homage

It’s baaaaaccck. Staying true to her SATC London premiere look from 2008, Sarah Jessica Parker wowed the Brits with yet another Alexander McQueen frock topped with a stunner of a Philip Treacy, ummm, hat I suppose you would call it. While the look she sported in 2008 fell on the wrong side of ‘ridiculous’ in my opinion, this choice I have to admit is wonderfully whimsical. Perhaps because it’s paired with her diamond-studded arm-band homage to the deceased Alexander McQueen, whose untimely death will surely cause a vacuum of envelope pushing in the fashion world (he is the designer responsible for everything Lady Gaga wears to wow these days). The other leading ladies – probably used to being upstaged at this juncture – didn’t disappoint with a stunning Kristin Davis in vintage Norman Norell from Decades and simple diamond studs: Kim Katrall in vintage Thierry Mugler accessorized with a great Fred Leighton brooch at the waist and that classic Hollywood hair she seems to love of late. And Cynthia Nixon in teal Narciso Rodriguez with gorgeous vintage diamond teardrop earrings that are hidden by those unfortunate hair extensions (ladies, you’re not fooling anyone). So I’m dying to know if you agree with me. Do you love or hate the SJP hat choice? What do you think of the other looks? Again, Kristin Davis does not disappoint, but I have to give this one to the scene stealer. Thoughts?

The Jewelry Insider

September 22, 2008

Jewelry Fashion Dazzles for Emmy’s Diamond
Anniversary

Emmy's Fashion Winners

Diamonds dripped on the red carpet as TV’s biggest stars celebrated the Primetime Emmy Award’s diamond anniversary. Appropriately, the celebs (and their devoted stylists) didn’t skimp in the jewelry department. Diamond statement necklaces, diamond right hand rings and the new diamond pin trend made bold appearances along with earring looks that ranged from the traditional stud to the dangling chandelier.

Fashion winners included Sandra Oh in a stunning Oscar de la Renta retro-style black lace dress with a ribbon sash and an icey 5.5 carats of emerald cut, Bulgari diamonds on each ear. America Ferrara was anything but ugly in a dramatic Fred Leighton 19th Century diamond flower necklace, paired with 2.5-carat, old mine-cut diamond pendant earrings, a rose-cut diamond cluster bracelet and a 19th century diamond line bracelet.

Emmy's Fashion Winners

Host Heidi Klum’s gorgeous diamond butterfly earrings far outshined her flat onstage performance. Brooke Shields and Nicolette Sheridan dazzled in the season’s hottest colors: fuschia and plum, and their diamond statement earrings rivaled those of Kate Walsh in Neil Lane and the always-stunning Debra Messing in 19th century diamond fan pendants from Fred Leighton.

Perhaps the most anticipated red carpet return was Cristina Applegate who didn’t disappoint in gorgeous fancy colored diamond chandelier drops and a trendy asymmetrical Reem Acra gown with metallic patches.

“I think Applegate was one of the best dressed of the night,” said stylist Marie Alice Stephenson. “She was glamorous, elegant and she pushed it.”

Emmy's Fashion Missteps

And while it’s hard to make diamonds look bad, of course there were your tried-and-true fashion missteps. Actress Kat Kramer was all wrong in a yellow gown and diamond earrings so long they almost scraped her navel. Kathy Griffin – love the show, hate the gaudy metallic number, the goddess hair and the gold earrings. Ghost Whisperer, Jennifer Love Hewitt ruined a gorgeous Carolina Herrara gown with a misplaced diamond Y-neck and a slumber party-inspired updo. And actress, Christina DeRosa in that unfortunate white fan dress? Well, words fail us here.

If you too want to dazzle in honor of Emmy, visit Jewelry.com for a dizzying array of diamond jewelry styles from statement necklaces to drop earrings to the always-empowering right hand ring. And for a complete list of last night’s big winners, click here.

More Fashion News

Retro Glam Radiates

  If you’re famous, wealthy, both or simply have a Vanderbilt or Rockefeller ancestor then chances are you’re lucky enough to own (or at least borrow) the occasional piece of vintage jewelry. Swanning down the red carpet at the uber-chic Costume Gala were some seriously wonderful platinum vintage jewels by Fred Leighton. Tilda Swinton was wearing a platinum and diamond “starburst” bracelet from the 1940’s, and a platinum with coral “star” brooch that was formerly in the collection of Diana Vreeland. While the ever-gorgeous Ellen Barkin went totally retro with clip brooches from the 1930’s, earrings from the 1920’s and a buckle bracelet from the 1920’s. If you don’t have a rich aunt, access to a jeweler’s private collection or a chubby bank account, there’ are still plenty of ways to get the retro-glam look at a sliver of the price. Try these diamond vine pieces from Jewelry.com. Mix this diamond pendant by Jewelry.com for Macys with jeans and a tee and your ready for afternoon tea at the Astors. Don’t forget to complete the retro-glam look with this vintage style ring by Jewelry.com for Zales at just $399.

Retro Glam Radiates

  If you’re famous, wealthy, both or simply have a Vanderbilt or Rockefeller ancestor then chances are you’re lucky enough to own (or at least borrow) the occasional piece of vintage jewelry. Swanning down the red carpet at the uber-chic Costume Gala were some seriously wonderful platinum vintage jewels by Fred Leighton. Tilda Swinton was wearing a platinum and diamond “starburst” bracelet from the 1940’s, and a platinum with coral “star” brooch that was formerly in the collection of Diana Vreeland. While the ever-gorgeous Ellen Barkin went totally retro with clip brooches from the 1930’s, earrings from the 1920’s and a buckle bracelet from the 1920’s. If you don’t have a rich aunt, access to a jeweler’s private collection or a chubby bank account, there’ are still plenty of ways to get the retro-glam look at a sliver of the price. Try these diamond vine pieces from Jewelry.com. Mix this diamond pendant by Jewelry.com for Macys with jeans and a tee and your ready for afternoon tea at the Astors. Don’t forget to complete the retro-glam look with this vintage style ring by Jewelry.com for Zales at just $399.