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Paris Haute Couture Shows Bring the Bling

The Fall/Winter 2011 Paris Haute Couture shows just wrapped in the city of lights, and – as we all know – where there is Haute Couture? There is bling. And wacky hats.

Here are some of my favorite looks from the event – most from Dior (sans their brilliant wretch, John Galliano) and Armani Prive (house of Oscar, royal weddings and all things Gaga).

Dior

Leprechan’s Rejoice! We’ve got a rainbow of oversized statement necklaces and cocktail rings to gawk at this go round!

Armani Prive
Dior
Dior

I also spotted a return of the gold leaf silhouette at the stunning Giambattista Valli show.

Giambattista Valli
Giambattista Valli
Giambattista Valli

(P.S. Guess who else is into gold leaf looks these days????)

 

And no Haute Couture Show would be complete without the chapeau showdown, right?

 

So there you have it, bling hounds. Colorful, oversized gems, yellow gold, leaf silhouettes and ‘hold-on-to your-hair-follicles’ headwear are the take-away trends from Paris.

Want the look? I’m thinkin’ Jewelry.com’s “Bijoux de Chloe” designer collection is the perfect expression of that sentiment – at prices that are frugalista fabulous! Here’s a few of their high-fashion looks for less, jewelry hounds. You like?

The Jewelry Insider

August 5, 2009


Famous UK chocolate-maker, Cadbury, is on a golden mission: they’re scheming to convince the folks at Guinness Book to name their famous Wispa Gold chocolate bar as the most expensive in the world.

Must be a slow news month in candy land.

The Wispa Gold, discontinued in 2003, is a chocolate bar wrapped in edible gold leaf and sheathed in a gold leaf wrapper. Priced at $1628 each, the new batch of bars will be delivered to the record keepers by none other than Tony Hadley, the singer from Spandau Ballet whose biggest hit was “Gold” back in the day.

I personally would have picked a gold medalist, but I guess Spandau Ballet still pulls weight across the pond. (???)

The original Wispa was released on the UK market in 1981 and quickly became one of Britain’s most treasured Icons. One story tells of an un-named arab who imported batches of the bars to his home in Saudi Arabia for around $4,000 a day.

A Facebook Group is stoking public interest in the campaign and there are a surprising number of folks who miss the gold chocolate option for their pantries – even at such a high pricetag. The limited batch will be made available on September 14th.

The Jewelry Insider

March 20, 2009


Between the AIG debacle and Natasha Richardson’s shocking death, it’s hard to find something to smile about this week. And guys? I’m afraid I am the bearer of even more bad news.

Just when you thought getting on bended knee couldn’t be any more nerve-wracking (and, let’s face it, costly in this day and age), Manilla businessman, Angelito Araneta Jr. came up with yet another way to spend your hard earned dollars with his latest creation – a diamond and gold engagement cake.

Apparently a diamond ring and your undying love and affection is no longer enough, gentlemen.

The 21-year-old businessman instructed his catering company to come up with a bejeweled culinary creation that is covered in 24-karat gold leaf and 15 African diamonds. The price for this essential part of the mating ritual? A mere $2600.

Kinda makes having your cake and eating it too an entirely different proposition.

Call me old fashioned, but if you’re going to shell out $2600 extra bucks for the occasion, I’m thinking the money could be better spent on, say, an even BIGGER diamond ring instead of a gold-leafed reason for me to do more Tracey Anderson workout videos.

Just a thought.

The Jewelry Insider

August 2, 2008

What do teachers really know? I was taught that gold is metal – oh teacher of mine, little did you know. Gold is, according to Fortune Small Business, a food product. And, a very expensive food product at that.

Next time you’re feeling a bit peckish and there’s nothing in to eat – try nibbling on your ring. According to the magazine, the most expensive food out there isn’t cavier, truffles or prime Kobe beef, it’s flakes of gold. Weighing in at $15,000 a pound, it’s more than double the price of white truffles (a mere $6,000) and cavier, well that’s a good recession nibble at $1,500 a pound.

Gold flakes, leaves and sprinkles are apparently big sellers around the holidays, with bakers and bartenders shelling out top bucks for some over-the-top edible extravaganzas. According to the report, one chef even covered an entire Christmas turkey with gold leaf. I”m thinking somewhere The Donald was involved.

When not being used to show-off to the in-laws, edible gold is often used as a digestive and constitutional remedy in India and China.

The Jewelry Insider

August 2, 2008

What do teachers really know? I was taught that gold is metal – oh teacher of mine, little did you know. Gold is, according to Fortune Small Business, a food product. And, a very expensive food product at that.

Next time you’re feeling a bit peckish and there’s nothing in to eat – try nibbling on your ring. According to the magazine, the most expensive food out there isn’t cavier, truffles or prime Kobe beef, it’s flakes of gold. Weighing in at $15,000 a pound, it’s more than double the price of white truffles (a mere $6,000) and cavier, well that’s a good recession nibble at $1,500 a pound.

Gold flakes, leaves and sprinkles are apparently big sellers around the holidays, with bakers and bartenders shelling out top bucks for some over-the-top edible extravaganzas. According to the report, one chef even covered an entire Christmas turkey with gold leaf. I”m thinking somewhere The Donald was involved.

When not being used to show-off to the in-laws, edible gold is often used as a digestive and constitutional remedy in India and China.