Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Emily Blunt in Anna Hu Jewels at Cannes 2015

Emily Blunt looks beautiful in Anna Hu earrings at Cannes 2015. Photo by Gisela Schober.

Another of my favorite looks coming out of Cannes this year is the glorious ensemble on Emily Blunt, which she wore to the premiere of Sicario. In addition to a glittering Stella McCartney column gown with an open back, she had on four pieces of stunning jewelry by Anna Hu Haute Joaillerie. I have been looking for more Anna Hu jewelry on the red carpet since her work caught my eye at the Oscars this year, with amazing earrings worn by both Naomi Watts and Gwynneth Paltrow, so I was happy to see her designs being worn in Cannes!

I know the photos are huge but I wanted to them to be big so you could really get a close look at the amazing detail of these pieces.

The earrings Emily wore are called the Modern Art Deco Earrings in Emerald II and feature two pear-shaped emeralds weighing 31.56 carats, with two step-cut emeralds weighing 7.8 carats, and emeralds and brilliant-cut white diamonds, all set in 18K white gold. Naomi Watts wore a pair of Anna Hu’s Modern Art Deco earrings to the Oscars, though that pair featured purple-toned sapphires. Emily looks perfect in these magnificent emeralds!

I love this full shot of the dress and jewelry. Perfection! Photo by David Fisher.

One of the bracelets Emily wore is also one Naomi Watts wore to the Oscars, called the Wallis Simpson Bracelet, named in honor of the Duchess of Windsor. It features D-color emerald-cut white diamonds and round brilliant-cut white diamonds, a total of 35 carats in all, set in white gold. Love love love.

Emily and a trio of handsome gents at Cannes 2015. Photo by Tristan Fewings.

In the picture above, Emily is with her co-stars of Sicario, Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin, and the film’s director, Denis Villenueve. I think they make quite an attractive quartet, don’t you? Emily’s dress and jewelry look great next to the gents in their suits and tuxes against the red carpet. Well done, people!

The back of the gown. Wow. And look at the height of those heels! Photo by Pascal Le Segretain.

Gorgeous detail shot of the Wallis Simpson Bracelet and Duchess Hibiscus Ring. Photo by Ian Gavan.

I love the wonderful detail shots photographer Ian Gavan got of the jewelry, especially the Duchess Hibiscus Ring. It is from one of Anna’s earliest collections and features a total of 9.12 carats’ worth of diamonds and two shanks, allowing it to be worn stacked on one finger or opened across two fingers, as Emily has worn it here. Her neutral manicure allows the bracelets, Duchess Hibiscus ring, as well as her own diamond engagement and wedding band to take center stage, as they should!

Another amazing shot showing the emerald and diamond bracelet by Anna Hu. Photo by Ian Gavan.

The other bracelet Emily wore was the Ellington Bangle in Emerald. It features 10 emeralds weighing 15.80 carats, surrounded by diamonds cut in an assortment of ways. Oh, you know I weep just looking at that bracelet. Superb!

Let me know what you think of Emily’s Stella McCartney dress and Anna Hu jewels!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Naomi Watts in Bulgari Jewels at Cannes 2015

Naomi looks beautiful in black lace and Bulgari jewels! Photo by Tristan Fewings.

I have really noticed a big uptick in Naomi Watts’ style quotient regarding jewelry since she started working with stylist Jeanann Williams in 2012 and I thought this diamond Bulgari necklace and emerald and diamond earrings she wore to Cannes last week fit in nicely with the greater focus on jewelry from her the past few years. I love that she wore the necklace and earrings with a black lace and tulle gown. I normally am not a big fan of black on the red carpet but I always change my mind when the black dress is the backdrop for amazing jewels. We saw the same with Cate Blanchett and the Tiffany & Co. turquoise bib necklace earlier this year! The very glamorous dress Naomi wore is by Ralph Lauren and in some of the pictures she looks like a modern day Grace Kelly, don’t you think? Gorgeous!

Photo by Bauergriffin.com

There’s a good article over at The New York Times called “Carats at Cannes” by Maria Doulton, the founder of The Jewellry Editor, one of my new favorite jewelry websites. It’s interesting to read how the jewelry is starting to become more important than the dress, depending on the venue, and Naomi’s stylist Ms. Williams pretty much says that when she admits, upon being questioned about whether the dress or the jewels come first, “For Cannes it’s all about the sparkle, so it’s jewels first. Necklaces do limit the dress options, but they are always worth it.”

Bulgari jewelry. Courtesy of The New York Times.

I also found this quote from Ms. Williams interesting: “Ideally I would like to see the jewels at least two months out, because that allows us to do a custom gown with a designer,” she said. “But clearly that is not always possible.”

A better shot of the necklace and serpent bracelet. Photo by Pascal Le Segretain.

A closer shot of the glorious emerald and diamond earrings! Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie.

With that sentiment, and with the fact that the red carpet translates into big business for jewelers, I have to wonder if there will be an even greater focus on gems at the Oscars in 2016. That is fine with me. I would love to see more statement or archival jewelry worn on the red carpet. It is always a visual treat to view what jewelry designers have dreamed up, either now or in the past.

Does this photo say Cannes or what—the palm trees, the photogs, the glam? Photo by Francois Durand.

What do you think of these Bulgari gems on Naomi?

Friday, May 15, 2015

On My Mind: Charlene in Dior and Kate’s Neutral Manicure

I adore this full skirt on Princess Charlene.

I guess this is the royal edition of “On My Mind” since I was impressed over the past two weeks with the elegant and subtle styles from two royal ladies!

Princess Charlene of Monaco in Dior

I thought Charlene looked so radiant, confident, and beautiful last Sunday at the baptism of her twins, Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques. With her coloring I love her in pale shades anyway and I thought she looked stunning in the Dior ensemble that seemed the very palest of dove gray. I was especially enamored of her gray pillbox hat and those open-knit gloves. Perfection! I know that there have been many rumors of her unhappiness in Monaco but these pictures make me think that she is coming into her own and maybe not only finding her way, but making one that hasn’t been seen before in the principality. No one needs to compare her to Grace Kelly. With her Olympic background she is accomplished and gorgeous in her own right and I bet Grace—whose father and brother were both Olympians, as was her son—would agree!

Charlene with her son, Prince Jacques. She looks gorgeous!

Princess Gabriella in her father’s arms. Look at those eyes! I love all of Charlene’s accessories and jewelry.

I love the back details of this entire ensemble.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s Neutral Manicure

Has it already been almost two weeks since we all saw this picture?

Kate and William with Charlotte, May 2, 2015. © PA photo.

I couldn’t help noticing when Kate rolled out of that hospital on May 2, hours after giving birth and looking like a million dollars, that she had a lovely neutral manicure. I don’t think of her as a big manicure gal since most pictures I see of her show nails with no polish, so it was wonderful to spy that big gorgeous sapphire and diamond engagement ring with two other smaller stacked rings paired with perfectly modern pale nails!

A close of the manicure. Photo by Alan Davidson.

I read over at the Daily Mail that Kate prefers pale polishes and they are one of my regular favorites too (the others being red or black). I think you can replicate Kate’s exact manicure with a mix of these two colors, one by OPI, the other by Essie. I swatched the colors at the end of a post I did in January, if you want to see them in action, but here they are in the bottle.

Mimosas for Mr. & Mrs. by OPI, left, Mademoiselle by Essie, right.

What do you think of pale skirt suits and pale manicures? What’s on your mind these days? I hope you have a lovely weekend!

All photos of Princess Charlene and family are by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Europe.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Pavé by JAR

JAR Lilac Brooches, 2001. Photo by Jozsef Tari.

I know for certain that my relatively newfound love of pavé diamonds and gemstones was all because of the exhibit Jewels by JAR at the Met in 2013. That show was really right up there with the best shows I’ve ever seen on any subject and of course for jewelry I feel it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience since it was the first retrospective of JAR’s work in the United States and there were over 400 pieces on display.

JAR Raspberry Brooch, 2011. Photo by Jozsef Tari.

JAR, the initials of Joel Arthur Rosenthal, is the legendarily elusive and somewhat temperamental Bronx-born, Parisian-based jeweler, and these were some of the pavé pieces I loved best from his show at the Met. The effects he achieves with pavé-set stones—the colors, the shapes, the brilliance—are stunning.

I liked this quote about the JAR’s unique pavé work, from the Met press materials:

“The color and the shading of his pavé technique became a signature, as did the diamond thread work.”

JAR Butterfly Brooch, 1994. Photo by Katharina Faerber.

JAR Cameo and Rose Petal Brooch, 2011. Photo by Jozsef Tari.

At the time of the exhibit preview I was really taken with JAR’s animal brooches, they are some of the most gorgeous things I have ever laid eyes on, but on revisiting the digital press kit, as well as the pictures I took, I realize that JAR’s pavé work has really stuck with me and been on my mind for a year and a half! Here are three sets of earrings that I think are beyond amazing and I do not wear big earrings at all!

I am totally in love with these pavé chevron pendant stunners from 2007.

I love the shimmer of these incredible Fringe Earrings from 2013.

Weeping Willow Pendant Earrings, 2011. Notice the diamond threads. I am weeping, indeed!

I found three fun articles about JAR you might like to read. One was on Forbes.com called “The Cult of JAR” by Susan Adams and was written back in 2006, years before the Met exhibit. The two others, my favorites, are by Cathleen McCarthy of The Jewelry Loupe, who has been so lucky as to try on some JAR jewelry! When Ellen Barkin was selling her jewelry in 2006 after her divorce from Ron Perelman, Ms. McCarthy attended the auction preview and got to put on some of the JAR rings before they went on the block at Christie’s New York. You have to see Ms. McCarthy’s pictures, the rings are as big as her hand! How fun that she got so up close and personal with these stunning works of art! You can read her posts and see her pictures here and here.

I don’t own any pavé—yet—but it would be nice to add a pavé piece to my small fine jewelry collection one day. Of course, it won’t be by JAR unless I hit the lottery, so I will just have to admire photos of his work!

Let me know if you own any pavé jewelry or if you saw Jewels by JAR at the Met.

Joining Alice and the other babes for Throwback Thursday over at Happiness at Mid-Life. Swing by and see what is going on!

Friday, May 8, 2015

On My Mind: Tiffany & Co., Turquoise, and Snakeprint

Francesca Amfitheatrof of Tiffany & Co. Photo by Christopher Sturman/Trunk Archives.

I so enjoyed putting together my last “On My Mind” post that I have decided to make it a regular feature. Here are some more tidbits on my mind and from around the web!

Tiffany & Co.’s Design Director, Francesca Amfitheatrof

There was an interesting article in The New York Times about Francesca Amfitheatrof, the new design director at Tiffany & Co., who brought us both the new Tiffany T collection and the stunning turquoise, aquamarine, and diamond necklace Cate Blanchett wore to the Oscars this year. I think the powers that be were smart to hire her—Tiffany has a wonderful legacy, but these days I think of it more as a place for either bridal jewelry or silver and I’m not sure either its high jewelry, or its middle market, were being served so well in recent years. Apart from the “Ziegfeld Collection,” an homage to the 1920s, some of the “Metro” collection, and pieces by Paloma Picasso and Elsa Peretti, most of the things I love from Tiffany were done in the 1960s and before. The amazing turquoise necklace Cate wore got me excited about Tiffany once again. Ms. Amfitheatrof clearly has an unusual design aesthetic so I think it be fun to see what she dreams up over the next few years.

Cate at the Oscars, February 2015. Photo by Wire Image.

A Tiffany & Co. necklace of turquoise, aquamarines, and diamonds. From the 2015 Blue Book Collection.

Turquoise

I saw the stunning close-up, above, of the necklace Cate Blanchett wore over at The Jewellry Editor in an article about turquoise, which I’ve had on my mind anyway. I especially love seeing turquoise in summer with white dresses, blazers or jeans. I don’t own any so I sure wish I could borrow the amazing Van Cleef & Arpels necklace, below, from Princess Charlene of Monaco! VCA named this for her, it’s called the “Princess Charlene Alhambra Necklace,”and features turquoise and pavé diamond motifs, all set in white gold. It was made in limited editions, had matching earrings, and was sold exclusively at the Van Cleef & Arpels boutique in Monaco in 2011. Charlene looks so beautiful wearing it!

Princess Charlene in the lovely Van Cleef & Arpels necklace named for her!

Snakeprint Shoes

I’ve had snakeprint shoes on my mind after seeing the gorgeous snakeskin pumps on the models at the Giambattista Valli show at Paris Fashion Week. Can you believe this is a look for Fall 2015?

Love these heels from Giambattista Valli for Fall 2015. Photo by Yannis Vlamos.

Great detail shot of the pants and a peek of the heels! Photo by Gianni Pucci.

I like the look of these cap-toe “Jolanka” flats by Aldo I spied over at DSW—they seem perfect for spring and summer. I also like that they are neutral and offer just a hint of snakeprint with a flash of gold. Do you own any snakeprint or snakeskin shoes?

The Aldo “Jolanka” flat.


What’s on your mind these days?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

How I Wear My: White Jeans

Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget).

With the unofficial start of summer just around the corner, Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget) and I thought this was the perfect time to devote a “How I Wear My” post to a staple of so many wardrobes this time of year—white jeans.

This was a fun post to put together because of the sheer range of jeans options shown—flare, cropped, distressed, straight, skinny. As you will see, white jeans play well with whatever you want to pair them with so I am certain you are going to find several looks here to love. Enjoy!

Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget), above, my lovely “How I Wear My” partner, says, “I love my white jeans from J Crew. I searched long and hard to find the right pair and these are it! I love to wear white with my yellow Adora by Adrienne bag and the Stella Carakasi printed tank which was the inspiration for the color choice.”

What a perfect spring outfit on Adrienne, so feminine and wonderful, and I especially love the addition of that cheerful and chic yellow Adora bag named after her. Wow! Pre-orders are still being taken until May 12, 2015 if you want one too!

Helen of Valley of the Shoes.

Helen of Valley of the Shoes writes, “Spring means it’s time to break out the white jeans. And my pink ballet slipper flats. Something about white denim just screams spring and summer, which I adore. I matched my shoes with a pale pink peasant blouse and cami tank underneath. It’s such an easy feminine look.”

This is definitely my new favorite picture of Helen. She looks so dreamy and ethereal in this gorgeous and Pin-worthy look!

Deja of Une femme d’un certain âge.

Deja of Une femme d’un certain âge says, “Black and white always looks fresh to me and this outfit is one of my favorites. Some ‘LA Street Style,"’ literally!”

Deja has us all California dreamin’ with this look featuring white jeans. This is one of my favorite pictures of her!

Nora of Jacket Society.

Nora of Jacket Society says, “I am wearing our own brand new Savannah grey stripe jacket with my old Genetic Denim white flare jeans and a geometric print top with a another beautiful Jacket Society necklace with clustered pearls.”

I can’t imagine doing a roundup post on white jeans without Nora. She always makes them look so fresh and fantastic. When I’m thinking of how to style a pair of white jeans, Nora is one of my inspirations and this look is exactly why!

Yvonne of FunkyForty.

Yvonne of FunkyForty writes, “In the past I would always have teamed my white jeans up with a different colored top for the contrast effect but this year I noticed the trend is back to wearing white with white - I love this on warm spring days and think it is fun to team up the whole outfit with brightly colored pumps. I have orange ones on here but sometimes I will also wear bright green with my white outfits.”

I really love this tone-on-tone look on Yvonne, especially how it’s taken up a few notches with the addition of the bright pumps. And the expression on her face makes me laugh. She looks like she just came from, or is about to go to, my kind of party!

Jess of Elegantly Dressed & Stylish.

Jess of Elegantly Dressed & Stylish joins us wearing white skinny jeans from Loft, which she paired with a lacy Sheinside top, pink earrings from Charming Charlie, and a gorgeous Balenciaga bag. I love the vibe of this outfit, with its feminine lace and edgy Balenciaga City bag, don’t you?

Cynthia of My Rose Colored Shades.

Cynthia of My Rose Colored Shades says a pair of white jeans has quickly become a spring staple for her. What a great pairing with a pale pink eyelet top, caramel colored bag, and rose gold flats, a seriously cool pair of shoes!

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Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo.

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo says, “ I’m dressed as my alter ego, Badass Blogger. She likes to come out every once in a while and show off her crushed blue velvet booties, red velvet Hugh Hefner smoking jacket, and wild butterflies-on-the-boobs shirt to her adoring fans. And by fans I mean my pug Zoe and sometimes my husband if I bribe him with food.”

I love this rakish and colorful ensemble on Suzanne, especially paired with what she calls “attitude borrowed from 1980s Madonna.” That’s what I’m talkin’ about!

Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life.

Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life says, “I wore this outfit to visit the USS Iowa. It may not have been the best idea to wear white jeans where you taking steep steps on a battleship. My pants had some dirt stains by the time the tour was over. This was taken before the tour started. The jeans are from Loft and the comfortable Zara loafers were perfect for walking around.”

Our resident Mix Master, as I affectionately refer to Alice, has mixed textures this time with the top and the sweater worn with her white jeans. I love the addition of the silvery loafers because I am still feeling the metallics and expect I am not alone in this. I think we will be seeing them again all summer.

BC.

Our new friend BC wears her white jeans with a coral colored top, a wonderful scarf at her neck (all you H fans out there, you know who you are, is this H? And if so, what pattern?) and what I especially love, are oxfords in three colors, white, gray, and taupe. This is a terrific springtime look!

Susan of High Heels in the Wilderness.

Susan of High Heels in the Wilderness writes, “This is an outfit that I bought for our trip to France. I wanted something comfortable and classic for Paris. A bit dressy...but not too fussy. The pieces all needed to be versatile; we’ll be gone a month, so each item has to do double and triple duty. The jeans are NYDJ cropped white jeans. The top is Rag and Bone, black, sleeveless tank with two layers, so it has length but is not bulky. I love it. And the jacket is Helmut Lang, tailored but stretchy just like a sweater. The perfect jacket to pack for a long trip. The loafers are Stuart Weitzman from last year.”

I think this outfit on Susan is so perfect for Paris—or New York, London or Rome for that matter. Black and white always works! Susan is in France right now and I bet she is having a wonderful time!

Ana of Mrs. American Made.

Ana of Mrs. American Made says she wears her white jeans for work and play and writes, “I wear my #MadeinUSA Paige premium denim jeans with classic closed-toe shoes and a dark fitted blazer by Rag & Bone with a colorful print top - ready for a Spring work day. And I don’t like them too tight since they tend to be more see-through than my blue jeans.”

I always love navy with white, as well as T-strap shoes (one of my favorite styles) so I am a big fan of Ana’s ensemble!

Charlotte, mother of Jodie of Jodie’s Touch of Style.

Jodie of Jodie’s Touch of Style says, “This is Charlotte, my mother & 70s model on my blog. I styled her with an all-white background to show off the blazer and artsy necklace. White jeans are truly my go-to because they look so clean! I’m still working on getting my mom to accept the fact it’s perfect to wear them every season!

I completely understand how Charlotte feels, I still have a hard time wearing white jeans in winter. I like the unexpected touch of plaid with a pair of white jeans as Charlotte has worn them here!

Bethany of Long. Leggy. Lovin’ It!

Bethany of Long. Leggy. Lovin’ It! says, “I’ve been hunting for the perfect pair of white jeans for ages and finally found these 36” inseam Mavi jeans at Pretty Tall, a shop specializing in tall women’s clothes in the Netherlands. The next day, I test drove the jeans while exploring the Champagne region in France.”

Lucky Bethany for getting to wear her new white jeans in France. J’adore! Anyone who knows me knows champagne is my preferred drink so I especially like the look Bethany wears on the left, with the blue tunic as she stands close to the Veuve Clicquot RV! Oui (or is that whee?)!

Pam of Over 50 Feeling 40.

Pam of Over 50 Feeling 40 is wearing Eileen Fisher white ankle pants and a tunic from Marie Hell (God do I love that name and are those shoulder splits I spy?). The necklace is from Chico’s and the snakeprint shoes are from C. Wonder (and I would LOVE to know what Tory Burch thinks of flats her ex-husband designed!). I never get tired of black and white so I am so glad Pam sent in this picture. Doesn’t she look great?

Gracey of Fashion For Giants.

Gracey of Fashion For Giants is wearing jeans from Old Navy (the Sweetheart fit), the striped tee is Loft and she thrifted the blue blazer. I like the clean simplicity of Gracey’s white jeans look!

Jane of Toronto Shopoholic.

Jane of Toronto Shopoholic is looking like one cool customer ready to hop aboard a plane (or a yacht!) in this vacation-ready ensemble of white jeans with a vertical stripe blouse. I love the addition of the hat, round sunglasses, big colorful bag, bright red lip, and blue suede shoes. Elvis would approve and so do I!

Trina of Tea Time With Trina.

Trina of Tea Time With Trina is wearing a pair of cropped white jeans from J. Crew and says, “I tend to wear them in a casual way, usually pairing them with either boat shoes, like my orange Sperry’s and a denim top or other sneakers and tees.”

I love this denim-meets-nautical look on Trina, where the white jeans act as the perfect neutral between the two. I also loved that she punched up the outfit with the orange Sperry’s and a statement necklace in the same color!

Two of my favorite ways to wear white jeans!

This spring and summer I will be wearing my white jeans—these are from Old Navy, in the Rock Star fit—with my cropped Banana Republic seersucker blazer or my jewel blue polka dot silk chiffon scarf from Anne Touraine Paris! I always love to wear white jeans with a shade of blue and sometimes add in a pop of red. I am definitely going to be picking up a few more pairs of white jeans in different styles, like cropped or capri, after seeing all the great looks ladies submitted for this post. Old Navy and J. Crew, here I come!

Rising temperatures may be upon us but we bet you’ve pulled a few jackets—in lighter fabrics and strictly worn during warmer months—out of the closet in anticipation of spring and summer, so join us in June for “How I Wear My: Spring Jacket.” Whether you like them striped or solid, in seersucker fabric or floral print, we would love to see how you style a lightweight jacket! Send photos to us at howiwearmy@yahoo.com by June 1, 2015 and please include a short description of what you are wearing.

Do head over to Adrienne’s to see even more fantastic looks featuring white jeans.

And THANK YOU to all the fine foxes who participated this month. We could not do it without you!