And the Winner Is...

May 1999

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 of merchandise.

Subdued Sparkle
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.

Major Statements
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.


Fashion Cues
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

Copyright © 1999 by Bond Communications.


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