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The Jewelry Insider

May 19, 2009

What gives? The jewelry stars and diamond divas in New York that weren’t already working it at the Cannes Film Festival were supposed to bring it last night to the tony American Ballet Theater Spring Gala. Either an allergic reaction to jewels spread through the blue bloods like Swine Flu on steroids, or the less-is-more police had their way with the ‘other half’ for the night.


The Spring Gala celebrated the opening of ABT’s sixty-ninth season at the Metropolitan Opera House, which featured performances from the upcoming season and ended with an elegant black-tie dinner in the Tent at Lincoln Center.

So, OK. There were a few stars who managed to give us a ‘little’ eye candy. Not surpringly, jewelry maven and Donald spawn, Ivanka Trump, wore what I imagine is a statement piece from her signature jewelry line; a healthy Mariska Hargitay surfaced in a diamond bib necklace, and with hubbies that are richer than a giant box of Godivas smothered in butterscotch you can always count on Lynda Carter and Eva LaRue to sport some serious ice.

But the rest of the well-heeled crowd kept to a more subdued statement with lots of grays and blues and a rash of Carolina Herrera choices. She’s a stunning designer, but I would give my first born to see Renee Zelwegger in someone else for a change. Switch it up, sister. And there were those, like singer, Suzanne Vega, who needed a do-over altogether.

Everything is ‘not’ beautiful at the ballet when you show up in that, dear.










So while the likes of Kelly Rippa, Iman and the ladies from Lipstick Jungle looked lovely in their Oscar, Carolina and Stella, here’s to next year when Tiffany, Harry and Van Cleef can come out to play.

The Jewelry Insider

March 16, 2009

Diamonds, gold and gorgeous fashion were all on display at last night’s glittering gala celebrating the Metropolitan Opera’s 125th anniversary.
The Opera (with a capital “O”) is NOT the place for the pants suit, and I’m happy to report nary a one could be found as stars like Brooke Sheilds, Patricia Clarkson and Juliana Marguiles lit up the runway with tasteful diamond looks and gowns galore by the evening’s sponsor, Yves Saint Laurent.

Big Love’s Gennifer Goodwin looked lovely in a YSL printed dress with black diamond earrings and metallic cuffs, and supermodel Claudia Schiffer opted for a similar statement on the wrist with a series of silver bangles to go with her basic black.

Other red carpet highlights included Kanye West’s main squeeze, Amber Rose, in icy diamond studs, Becki Newton and Diane Kruger keeping the bling to a minimum with gorgeous strapless gowns – both by YSL – and Zoe Saldana in verdant green with diamond drop earrings.

Fashion misses included Parker Posey in a burgundy bolero and layered gold chains, Emily Mortimer in an unflattering maroon sequined YSL number with minimal bling, and Mary Kate Olsen, whose right hand rings and black kimono dress would have worked better without the Elvira make up and bed- head hair.

Not to be missed, however, were the amazing gala performances, which included a tribute to Placido Domingo and a star-studded sampling from The Met’s upcoming season. Clocking in at over three hours, the jam-packed program perhaps gave the crowd a reason to root for the ‘fat lady’ to sing. But regardless of the singers’ stamina, a diamond-filled, pants suit-less night at the opera is a glowing success in my book.