Sunday, February 28, 2016

Crazy About Tiffany’s

You won’t be surprised to know that I went to see Crazy About Tiffany’s the day after it opened in Manhattan. My mother and I saw it at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and had a wonderful time!

The movie was directed by Matthew Miele and I think he did a great job of creating a movie on a big topic. There is so much you can talk about when you cover a jeweler like Tiffany & Co. and Miele did very well covering all the bases. There is the company’s history here, their recent red carpet moments, and how Tiffany got its trademark shade of robin egg’s blue—Pantone 1837, the number corresponding to the date of Tiffany & Co.’s founding. Sharing recollections and details with us are the collectors, the copywriters, the stylists, the bloggers, the historians, and of course there is a special mention of Audrey Hepburn, and the backstory of how the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s unwittingly helped market the company into the stratosphere when it was released in 1961.

Audrey as Holly Golightly, with the Tiffany diamond.

Time is spent with Francesca Amfitheatrof, the first woman design director in the company’s history, showing the process of designing drool-worthy Tiffany pieces today, and there is acknowledgment of people who contributed to making the brand so iconic, from incredible jewelry designers like Jean Schlumberger and Elsa Peretti, to the window designer Gene Moore, who helped enhance the mystic of Manhattan’s most famous jewelry store with the way he told a story in a Tiffany window. I also loved learning more about the magnificent Tiffany clock on the front of Grand Central Terminal and how the “NY” logo that the Yankees baseball team uses is originally a Tiffany design from a New York City policeman’s medal for valor.

The Tiffany clock at Grand Central Terminal, seen from the inside. Amazing!

I won’t give it all away but anybody who’s ever had their heart quickened by the sight of a Tiffany blue box tied with a white satin ribbon needs to see this movie!

Below are a few stills from the film highlighting parts I especially loved.

Amy Fine Collins looked lovely in her vintage Tiffany & Co. earrings and brooch!

The ever-elegant Amy Fine Collins, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, talked about what the brand has meant in the past and looked so gorgeous in her own vintage set of earrings and a brooch that looked to be rubies set in yellow gold. Divine!

Rachel Zoe made me laugh in the movie.

Rachel Zoe cracked me up when she mispronounced Schlumberger’s name. Wait for it in the movie, she is not the only person who stumbles on it!

Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin at the premiere of their Gatsby windows for Tiffany. Photo by Stylecaster.

I was happy to see Baz and Catherine in the film. He directed 2013’s The Great Gatsby and she was the costume designer on the film, winning an Oscar for her work (as well as one for Best Production Design). They made great use of Tiffany & Co. jewelry in the movie and they are shown here with the windows they designed for the flagship store to promote the movie in April 2013. Does anybody ever get tired of Jazz Age glamour?

Jennifer Tilly and her stunning Schlumberger brooch!

One of my absolute favorite parts of the film was when Jennifer Tilly spoke of telling her agent she would take any old crappy part that came along for a movie because of her jewelry bill! In this still she is wearing her Jean Schlumberger brooch that she bought at auction for $80,000. She said she tried to win Elizabeth Taylor’s Schlumberger brooch of a similar design, but was outbid on it at Christie’s on auction night in 2011. I think Jennifer may be a jewelry nut on par with Liz so of course, while I always have liked her, now I am an even bigger fan! I hope she takes any money she wins at poker (she has played professionally in the past) and spends it on jewels.

A Tiffany blue box with a white ribbon: The most famous jewelry branding in America!

It seems as though the movie is already out of theaters here in NYC, which surprises me, but I know there was a big push by the distributor, Gravitas Ventures, to make it available on demand, so if you already saw this film, let me know what you thought of it! It will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD on April 19, 2016 and I will be adding this title to my growing DVD collection on fashion and jewelry!


HappyFace313 said...

:-) OMG, this is a movie I MUST see!, as I love jewelry. Although I have to admit: I think you're the bigger fan and have way more knowledge than I .
Thanks for all the info!
big hug xo :-)

Jill said...

Hi Claudia, I think you will like this movie! I do wish it was longer and that it covered more about the people who make the actual jewelry, right there in the building, but all in all I really enjoyed it. I am still learning about jewelry and will be for a long time, but I do love sharing whatever I find out with whoever is interested! xx

nancy said...

Yeah, we got an Tiffany's in Amsterdam recently!

Jill said...

Hi Nancy, I hope you visit the new Tiffany soon. I hear they use similar windows worldwide so let me know what pretty things they share with everyone! x