Professional Jeweler Archive: Class and Trash

June 2001

Professional Insider/Trend Spotting

Class and Trash

Once again, the Oscars provide ample examples of the right and wrong ways to dress up and wear jewelry

Because so many of the category winners were unsurprising – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon? Check. Gladiator? Check. Julia Roberts? Double-check – the only suspense left on Academy Awards night was what the stars would wear. Most skated through the evening in stylish aplomb, complementing elegant evening dresses with tasteful diamonds at the wrists and neckline – and an especially good showing of diamond drop earrings.


A surprisingly large number of attendees looked smashing this year – a triumph of professional stylists over the whims of individuality. Winners Roberts (Erin Brockovich) and Marcia Gay Harden (Pollock) were elegant and refined. Roberts’ graphic vintage Valentino needed only the simple adornment of a vintage-look diamond bracelet and dainty diamond drop earrings. Harden evoked old-time movie glamour in a deep red strapless dress by Randolph Duke accessorized by a diamond necklace, drop earrings and 5-ct. diamond ring from Harry Winston.

Better Luck Next Year

There were some the stylists failed. Poor Kate Hudson (Almost Famous). She didn’t win her category, and she was dressed like a beaded lampshade. She supposedly wore a sapphire and diamond bracelet and diamond drop earrings from Harry Winston, but who noticed? Also lost in some sheer madness, Jennifer Lopez’s diamond jewelry was eclipsed by the transparency of the top of her gown. Diverting from diamonds, Juliette Binoche (Chocolat) looked less like the pearl-draped flapper she hoped to evoke and much more like Jack Lemmon in drag in Some Like It Hot.

What Have We Learned?

In case it’s not plain enough, diamond drop earrings were the hot trend to come out of this year’s Oscar fashion parade. When customers come to you for help preparing for their big evening events, have the diamond drops available, along with clean designs in diamond bracelets and necklaces.

Not only big-name stars need fashion and accessory advice from stylists – your customers look to you for help also. So study what went right and wrong this award-show season, and make you and your customers winners.

– by Liz Smutko

Julia Roberts

Marcia Gay Harden

Juliette Binoche

Jennifer Lopez

Kate Hudson

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