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Gemstones Jolt the Paris Runways

It’s been a lackluster year for runway jewelry so far – with the less-is-more trend influencing practically all of the Spring/Summer Ready-To-Wear collections.

So I was holding out hope that the Spring/Summer Paris Couture Shows for 2011 – known for their Alice In Wonderland-esque bauble displays – would deliver some jewelry looks worth squaking about. Chanel was characteristically bauble barren. As was Dior (a surprise). But…

Enter Giorgio Armani, who didn’t just litter his looks with gorgeous gems – he used colored gemstones as the inspiration for his entire line, according to Style.com.

Huzzah!

“Inspired, he said, by the gleam of gemstones, Armani produced clothes that came from another planet, the same one that Pierre Cardin and Thierry Mugler might have touched down on once. (It’s already been suggested its name could be Gaga.)”

From ruby reds to gorgeous greens, the luminous fabrics looked like they came straight from the Tron wardrobe department.

Chandelier earring silhouettes, chunky bangles (they’re baaaack – or did they ever leave?) and a bib necklace made out of gemstone shapes lit up the line like a Christmas tree on crack.

And while the wearability of the collection left some scratching their heads (Gaga excluded, of course), there was no denying the fun Mr. Armani must have had in his futuristic fantasy land.

The dude has no one left to impress, right? Whatever floats your gemstone-encrusted boat, sir, as far as I’m concerned. And even though I am a reluctant fan of toning things down when it comes to jewelry fashion this year – it’s kinda nice to see the bigger bolder look from season’s past on display again.

Right? Wrong? Thoughts, jewelry hounds?

Jewelry Highlights from Paris and Milan

Jewelry hunting at last year’s spring ready-to-wear collections was like shooting fish in a barrel. Everywhere you looked there were huge statement necklaces, boatloads of bangles and lots of layered links.

This year? The runway shine is as dull as a Michael Bolton quickstep.

HOWEVER – there are two noteworthy designers that used the jewel to make their lines pop: Giorgio Armani in Milan and Zac Posen in Paris (his show wrapped just hours ago). Observe…

Armani’s Spring Ready-to-Wear collection was all about midnight madness. The navy night sky in Africa was Mr. Armani’s inspiration, according to Style.com – and the jewelry he chose echoed the sentiment beautifully (I’m digging out my midnight sapphires as we speak…).

Zac Posen’s line was more flirty, feathered and flapperish – with mesh jewelry styles that scream “Industrial Maven meets Prohibition Chic”. Bravo.

With the Parisian pret-a-porter extravaganza just underway, some of my favorite designers are still on the calendar – Dior/Galliano, Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier. Will they bejewel their beauties? Stay tuned…

Lady Gaga Moonwalks the Grammys

Looks like Lady Gaga’s red carpet Grammy look took a cue from Giorgio Armani’s moon-inspired 2010 couture line this week in Paris – except for the small fact that Mr. Armani designed the frock especiialy for Gaga.

“I am honored to be wearing Armani this evening,” she said in a statement to Us. “The series of pieces Mr. Armani created for me are truly iconic; they represent not only beautiful fashion, but my spirit and essence as an artist. Mr. Armani is a fashion legend, and tonight would not have been the same without his touch, and his wonderful team.”

Jewelry, well, is all a part of the dress but I’m keeping my eyes glued to the screen for costume jewels to match her duet partner – Elton John – during the show. Stay tuned!

The Jewelry Insider

January 26, 2010


Jewelry hounds, it’s been a whirlwind of jewelry looky-looing lately, what with Awards Season in full swing here in the States. But across the pond in Paris there’s a ‘jewelry as fashion art’ display going down that’s not to be missed.

The Spring 2010 Paris Couture shows are known for extravagant displays for only the rich and famous, but that doesn’t mean we can’t lower our jaws from afar, right?

Enter the triumvirate of taste: John Galliano for Dior, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel and Georgio Armani for Armani Prive. I’m already hyperventilating.






Lagerfeld has spoken, folks: ‘silver is the new gold’ with his first line that hasn’t included black, navy or nary a gold button. Silver cuffs and crystal bangles adorned the pastel pallete of classic Chanel looks, with evening wear that used diamond necklaces as part of each gown’s structure. Interesting.

Mr. Armani was inspired by the moon this season, and used mother-of-pearl brooches, earrings, and statement necklaces to light up his line.

And my beloved John Galliano has done it again. With the ‘eccentric millionairess’ as his muse, the Dior designer created a line that had the celebrity front row gasping in approval, according to Style.com.

HUGE statement pieces of crystal and gold in every shade made the elaborate evening wear come to life. And wouldn’t you know, the teardrop shape made a glittering appearance here too – (see my recent red carpet coverage for more ‘tears’).


How’s that lower jaw doing? I could gawk at Galiano for days. Not a huge fan of the Lagerfeld looks, and feel the Armani pieces are a bit too one-note for my taste. Kindof like the heart motif Donatella Versace used in Milan’s 2008 Fall show. What do you guys think?

Stay tuned for more Paris couture coverage this week, and I’m already saddling up for Sunday’s Grammy Awards red carpet. Come Tweet with me!