Beth Bernstein is a senior editor at SmartWork Media.
Here is the second installment of my INSTORE and INDESIGN’s What’s IN Tuesday blog running up until the Las Vegas shows—my picks for what you should be on the look out for, trends and inspirations, what you might want to bring into your store and or tell your customers about. This will include items, cultural happenings, designers to watch, the best of celebrity style—directions--and now and then—my very own objects of desire.
Time to start thinking about styles for the 2013 holiday season...at least for me. We just came rolled off the red carpet with the best of the awards season’s jewelry. In addition, I just finished working on directions we will be seeing at THE SMART SHOW for our March/April issue of INDESIGN am as I type, I’m working on INDESIGN's COUTURE SHOW May/June issue.
Flashback to old Hollywood with Jessica Chastain channeling Rita Hayworth and Reese Witherspoon and Catherine Zeta Jones summoning up modern day Veronica Lake and you’ve got the over-riding feeling of the 2013 Oscar Red carpet arrivals. This nod to the vintage days of movie magic, where stars were made and celebrities made trends was elegant, sophisticated and stunning. Chastain was wearing a gorgeous Harry Winston cuff and earrings and Catherine Zeta Jones was rocking natural colored diamonds in Lorraine Schwartz, which lent a modern edge.
Perfectly timed to The Chinese Zodiac’s Year of The Snake, Marion Fasel captures the allure of Bulgari’s iconic reptilian motifs in her new book: Bulgari: Serpenti Collection (Assouline Press: March, 2013).
When I first switched on the red carpet arrivals at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards and started live tweeting with my jewelry colleagues, I was amazed at the lack of baubles, bangles and bling, with the exception of the pieces on some of the guys. It was a bit of a let down when after what seems like an eternity of tuning in to E, the mega watt diamond necklace Johnathon Arndt necklace that Carrie Underwood wore was the highlight. Sure it was beautiful but at the Grammy’s the celebs are either supposed to take risks and/or sport jewelry that would have a true influence on us ‘real women’. And, I was seeing neither. But… then…. it all turned around.
Last Thursday, January 30, the jewel-aholic in me surfaced and I wanted to own one or more pieces from each and every designer at Roseark’s trunk show. Kathy Rose owner of the Roseark shops in West Hollywood and Santa Monica (and designer of the Roseark and Kathy Rose brands) brought her impeccable taste east to Manhattan’s Soho House.
During the big red carpet events, a number of colleagues: editors and experts get together to live tweet the events. The SAG (Screen Actor’s Guild Award) was no exception, but for a few regulars who were missing and missed by the rest of us, (either away or down with the flu).
Looks that ranged from long linear earrings to gemstone encrusted drops, cuffs and rings showed up as some of the major trends at last night's Golden Globes. There was also a strong showing of diamonds, from small studs to stand out necklaces. Yes, necklaces. For the past two years, the industry lamented that strapless gowns at the big red carpet events were baring too much skin instead of flashing a little bling.
For anyone addicted to the six-year running HBO series, “Sex & The City”, it is time to turn back the clock and meet with Carrie Bradshaw during her senior year of high school during the early 1980s and part of her life in New York working as a writer in “The Carrie Diaries,” which will air on Monday, January 14, 2013. Based on the book of the same name by Candace Bushnell, who penned “Sex & the City”, which later became the hit TV series and then two feature films, “The Carrie Diaries has been picked up by the CW network.
Two Weeks before Christmas, I blogged about two important directions I saw moving into the New Year: snake motifs and antique jewelry from Victorian to art deco and retro. As we entered 2013, In addition to these two trends, I reviewed those which I forecasted throughout 2012, and now offer my top ten that will move smoothly into fall through summer.