Professional Insider:Trend Spotting
And the Winner Is...
Diamonds sparkled but did not overpower the shining stars at the Golden
Globes and Academy Awards
Once again, diamonds were a girl's best friend at the annual awards shows
celebrating television and motion pictures the celebrity-laden gawk-fests
that point out the trends in apparel and jewelry styles. Harry Winston led
the pack of lending jewelers at the Oscars, loaning about $50 million worth
Tasteful chokers sprinkled with diamonds were the most popular necklace
styles, like that worn by Gwyneth Paltrow, who's keeping the $160,000 necklace
she wore to accept her best-actress Oscar. "My daddy's buying it for
me," she told a Winston representative. "ER" star Julianna
Margulies wore a similarly spare design from Martin Katz at the Golden Globes.
Bare necks were in evidence also. At the Golden Globes, Calista
Flockhart's only jewelry was a pair of diamond florette earrings from Van
Cleef & Arpels. On Oscar night, bare necks were balanced by dangling
earrings, as worn by Anjelica Huston, Annette Bening and Emily Watson. A
large diamond bracelet was Cate Blanchett's only obvious adornment, and
Watson also wore one. The only significant lapse in taste came from Uma
Thurman's matching arm bracelets and a waist chain. It was almost like having
Cher around again.
Less is more, but more is pretty darn good too substantial jewelry
also looked smashing. At the Golden Globes, Camryn Manheim was resplendent
in big dangling earrings and a substantial necklace. Lynn Redgrave won best
supporting actress honors at the Golden Globes wearing David Yurman's cable
designs, then donned a big suite of diamonds from Asprey & Garrard at
the Oscars. And pearls proved to be a woman's best friend at the Golden
Globes, as the formidable and fabulous Lauren Bacall showed with pearl drop
earrings and a black pearl necklace.
The apparel palette was positively pastel at the Academy Awards shimmery
pinks, light blues, silvery grays and bright whites all but obliterated
basic black. This is a color trend that should carry through until fall.
Follow the examples of the stars and their stylists when selecting jewelry
for customers. Show your younger or slightly built customers the delicate
spare designs favored by tiny Paltrow and Flockhart. Older or more voluptuous
women should see how Manheim, Redgrave and Bacall are able to wear statement
jewelry that only added to their stature and star-power.
by Liz Smutko
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