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.


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?


GSL said...

Cate Blanchett in the turqoise and fab BD was a stunner...nobody wears clothes better than she!

GSL said...

Cate Blanchett in the turqoise and fab BD was a stunner...nobody wears clothes better than she!

rosie said...

About the only thing I do remember about this year's Oscars is that turquoise necklace. Takes my breath away.

Back in the early 80's turquoise was popular & I still have some pieces (nothing remotely like that turquoise necklace) and of course, newer pieces. Wear them all the time.

une femme said...

I LOVED that necklace that Cate Blanchett wore, just stunning. I'd love to find a lower-end version with just the turquoise. I've actually had a pair of snakeprint ankle boots on my radar, but this month's budget is blown, will have to wait.

Jill said...

Hi GSL, yeah, Cate always gets it right, doesn't she. Loved that look on her. xx

Jill said...

Hi Rosie! There were a couple of other pieces I loved from this year's Oscars, I was beyond thrilled to see an actual Zip necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels on Margot Robbie, especially worn with a black Saint Laurent dress. She looked amazing and I normally hate black dresses at the Oscars. She and Cate prove you can take the dress up a million notches with jewelry! I have no turquoise jewelry but oh would I love a VCA turquoise pendant. I think I will go visit one next time I'm in Manhattan! xx

Jill said...

Hi Deja, if I see a bib necklace that is like Cate's I will definitely be emailing you! I am really loving the snakeprint but alas, like you, the budget is blown for the moment and I have decided to behave myself and put off any purchases. xx

rosie said...

Forgot about the Zip necklace - yes, it was a stunner.

Jill said...

Rosie - Did you get a chance to see the Van Cleef & Arpels show when it was at the Cooper-Hewitt a few years ago? The Zip necklaces were so amazing. I had to revisit my pictures of them after seeing Margot wearing one! xx