Fall fashion favors neck, wrist wear

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Sep 032009
The editors of the fall fashion magazines have spoken, and for the upcoming season, they’re placing their bets on oxidized sterling silver and yellow gold in close-to-the-collar necklaces,  tatement-making cuffs and stacks of bangles.

Front-of-book ads in the September issues of  ogue, Harper’s Bazaar, W, Glamour, InStyle and Elle spotlight designers David Yurman, Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg and Donna Karan with models decked out in metal-only designs.

In David Yurman’s ad, a model wears the designer’s collar-skimming cable-chain necklace, while a second page shows a model donning simply his braided gold bracelet.

The creative at Donna Karan presents jewelry wardrobing that’s just as stark, with a model wearing a statement necklace crafted of multiple silver spheres from designer Robert Lee Morris.

Editors also brought attention to sculptural metal jewelry as well as classically elegant 40s-style pieces in the form of collar-circling necklaces paired with brooches and understated earrings.

Editors at Harper’s Bazaar pointed out the season’s edgy attitude by saying, “In a season of urban armor, the easiest pieces are the toughest looking. Fall’s must-have hardware, however, is the cuff–like those Nicolas Ghesquiere did in gold and silver for Balenciaga. Wearing one of them puts all the elements at hand to complete a look. Slip on two and consider yourself both adorned and armed.”

Editors at Elle appeared to concur, with stylists decking their models out in single cuffs as well as gold bangles stacked statement-style to the elbow. And at Glamour, editors advocated recycling old fall clothes via jewelry, pointing out that throwing on one of the season’s cuffs could make a little black dress seem like new.

Vogue, weighing in at 584 pages, didn’t spotlight jewelry until nearly 500 pages in, with cover girl Charlize Theron showing up bauble-free. When jewelry made its appearance though, it was attention-grabbing. Stylists dressed actress Eva Mendes in bangles piled to mid-arm, while models in an editorial on fall coats wore collar-style necklaces, bib-style necklaces paired with chains, and smooth mirror-like bangles on both wrists.

While gemstones didn’t appear to get the greatest amount of play in the magazines, editors at InStyle were fans of citrine and smoky quartz, stones featuring earthy hues prime for pairing with fall’s palette of mustard yellows, deep browns and greens.

Perhaps not surprisingly, given the prevalence of 1940s-style fashions (the counterpart to the season’s edgy, tough fashions), pearls were a pervasive find. While the consumer magazines tended to show a variety of glass and faux versions, Lucky advised readers to stick to the genuine thing, saying, “There is a wealth of great costume jewelry out there, which means you don’t have to splurge on the real thing. That said, skip the faux pearls. They tend to peel and show their age.”

Stylists at W layered long strands and spotlighted chains with pearl stations, while editors for Vogue accessorized models in a 40s spread with short single strands and pearl studs. Ears, while largely ignored, got plenty of attention in this spread, with editors showing a wealth of studs and short, lobe-hugging versions.

Sep 032009

Stefanie Schaeffer, winner of the 2007 edition of Donald Trump’s The Apprentice, can now add the title of jewelry designer to her ever-expanding resume.Prior to becoming “The Apprentice” and working with the Trump Organization overseeing a project in the Dominican Republic and concurrently serving as vice president of sales and marketing for Trump International Hotel and Tower in Las Vegas, Schaeffer worked as an attorney defending employers against workers’ compensation claims.

She has since become a television host for such projects as “Know Your Rights,” where she uses her knowledge as a trial attorney to enlighten people about legal ways in which to resolve everyday issues, and “The Hidden Jewels of Golf,” as well as guest hosting stints on TV Guide Channel and The Golf Channel.

An avid golfer, Schaeffer reportedly started having dreams about jewelry after getting hit in the head with a golf ball and decided to start designing and making her own line.

According to a media release, all the earrings and necklaces in the line are handmade by Schaeffer, taking between four and six hours to make. The gemstones, all of which are natural, include amethyst, aquamarine, citrine, garnet, lemon quartz, peridot, purple zircon, scorpolites, topaz and turquoise, and are intricately held in place by delicate 14-karat gold coil.

The collection is priced between $75-$350.

For more information, visit StefiJDesigns.com


Heidi Klum discontinues jewelry line

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Sep 032009

Model and reality TV star Heidi Klum is crossing one item off of her loaded resume: jewelry entrepreneur.

In a recent interview in the Los Angeles Times, the German supermodel acknowledged that she no longer does her jewelry line with Mouawad USA Inc.

In the interview, Klum gives a few reasons for abandoning the line, which was called simply “Heidi Klum,” including the  rademark-infringment lawsuit filed against Klum and Mouawad by high-end jewelry house Van Cleef and Arpels Inc. in 2007.

Van Cleef, which is owned by luxury goods giant Richemont, claimed in the suit that Klum’s lines copied the vintage clover design featured in its “Alhambra” line.

Last year, a federal judge dismissed the suit without prejudice (meaning it could be brought again in the future) after the two jewelry houses opted to settle the controversy themselves without any admission of liability.

“I think when you’re a small company, which we are, we’re not a Van Cleef–they have a thousand lawyers. I’m a small fry next to that,” Klum said in the interview.


Drop earrings win big at Daytime Emmys

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Sep 032009
Los Angeles–While fashion designers showing their Fall 2009 apparel collections on runways this year tended to focus their jewelry wardrobing on the necks and wrists, stars on the red carpet at the 36th annual Daytime Emmy Awards showed ears the love, favoring drop and hoop styles as the accessories of the night.One of the evening’s biggest winners, bubbly television host Rachael Ray, snagged her “Entertainment Talk Show” nod while wearing a pair of yellow gold hoops that matched the beaded necklace detail of her gown.

And soap opera veteran Judith Chapman hit the red carpet in oversized hoops featuring layer upon layer of concentric circles.

But it was drop styles that got the most play at the Sunday evening event, which honored the best in talk shows and soaps, among other daytime programs. From classic diamond styles to pearl and gemstone numbers, the style proved to be an understated, flattering look, drawing attention upwards to the face.

Classic diamond versions abounded, with everyone from Ugly Betty’s Vanessa Williams to Better off Ted’s Portia de Rossi to the actress called “Daytime’s Leading Lady,” Susan Lucci choosing them.

Neil Lane was among the favored designers for the evening, with General Hospital’s Julie Berman and Kirsten Storms, 90210 actress Jenny Garth and Entertainment Tonight correspondent Thea Andrews each choosing diamond and platinum pieces from the go-to designer.

Michelle Stafford, AKA Phyllis Summers on The Young and the Restless, chose white gold, diamond and crystal floral earrings from Spanish brand Carrera y Carrera to match the motif of her black and white gown.

The Young and the Restless alum Heather Tom, currently starring on The Bold and the Beautiful, went with pearls in her drop earrings. Though she did a quick-change from a short flapper-style number on the red carpet to a long silver gown to present on stage, Tom wore the same silver-tone Yvel pearl earrings and ring.

Emmy winner Tamara Braun, who received a nod for her role on Days of Our Lives, chose color for her drops, selecting Neil Lane’s coral earrings also featuring black and colorless diamonds set in platinum.

The most common companions for earrings were bold cocktail rings or diamond bracelets, with many stars choosing to balance their looks with a single large ring.

Breaking from the evening’s trends, yet right on trend with the runways, was talk show host Tyra Banks, who scooped up an Emmy for “Informative Talk Show.” The former model triumphantly raised her award while wearing a single metal cuff bracelet on each wrist.


Salon Bijhorca – Eclat de Mode

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Aug 292009

From Friday 4 to Monday 7 September 2009 – Paris – Porte de Versailles

Eclat de Mode is the international event dedicated to the fashion jewellery universe.
Over 4 days it allows fashion and fine jewellery, watch, gold, ready to wear and gifts retailers, department store buyers and buying offices to discover 400 designers of fine and fashion jewellery from around the world.
A unique and welcoming venue for exchanges between buyers and designers at the heart of Paris, the capital of fashion, Eclat de Mode is also an invitation to draw inspiration from future trends displayed through original events.
Eclat de Mode is staged in conjunction with the other fashion, accessories and decoration shows and is held on the same dates. It is the only show where trends are revealed, meetings are held and deals are done.