The 2013 September Issues

Lanvin PFW Fall 2013

Lanvin PFW Fall 2013

I’ve finally had the chance to wade through/iPad-ogle all the major September fashion issues and share some of my jewelry findings…

When it came to jewelry off the runways there were two clear winners among editors across the world, both of which were necklaces. Lanvin’s golden oversized statement pieces that said things like ‘Happy’, ‘Cool’, ‘Love’ and ‘Help’ made it into the editorial of nearly every issue, as well as the covers of US Elle and Seventeen. It was fitting, seeing as big gold chains were definitely a noticeable trend.

Kate Upton on the cover of US Elle in Lanvin jewelry.

Kate Upton on the cover of US Elle in Lanvin jewelry.

In a close second was the sculptural silver piece from Céline, which was featured on one of Vogue China’s eight covers. It also got considerable editorial coverage, but it’s more at odds with the general trends that I noticed.

Céline necklace in Harper's Bazaar UK editorial.

Céline necklace in Harper’s Bazaar UK.

Céline necklace in Japan Vogue.

Céline necklace in Japan Vogue.

On the whole it seemed there were three things of note that are quite different to each other. First, the aforementioned big gold chains, as well as over the top sized pieces in general layered together are definitely having their day. In the opposite direction though, are very delicate metal pieces, generally sans gemstones, also layered together. And finally, pearls are popping up everywhere in fairly lady-like ways of studs and single strands. It seemed that a more punk-ish aesthetic was going to take hold when it came to pearls, but the edge has been kept rather subtle with the studded Valentino necklace being quite popular.

Lots of layers of gold in Japan Vogue.

Lots of layers of gold in Japan Vogue.

Ralph Lauren Fine Jewelry stacked in US Harper's Bazaar.

Ralph Lauren Fine Jewelry stacked in US Harper’s Bazaar.

A whisper of gold in British Vogue.

A whisper of gold in British Vogue.

More delicate gold pieces in US Vogue.

More delicate gold pieces in US Vogue.

The studded Valentino necklace in Harper's Bazaar UK.The studded Valentino necklace in Harper’s Bazaar UK.

A Mikimoto single strand in Japan Vogue.

A Mikimoto single strand in Japan Vogue.

A more bohemian look for pearls in US Vogue.

A more bohemian look for pearls in US Vogue.

An editorial piece in Vogue China featuring Valentino's studded pearl necklace.

An editorial piece in Vogue China featuring Valentino’s studded pearl necklace.

As a final note I have to say that the Bulgari ads that ran the world over featuring Carla Bruni-Sarkozy in the new Diva collection were by far my favorite jewelry campaign. The color is just so…juicy!

Bulgari Diva ad campaign featuring Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.

Bulgari Diva ad campaign featuring Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.

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TASAKI x MHT

TASAKI x MHT

Marie-Hélène de Taillac has revealed her latest collection in collaboration with Japanese pearl company Tasaki. Called ‘My Pearl’, de Taillac has worked with the company on a few collections, with a focus on light-hearted pearl jewelry that includes her signature of colorful semi-precious stones. The clasps on the necklaces are magnetic so that you can buy two and change the length! The pieces are available now at de Taillac’s new NYC shop and at Tasaki stores in Japan. See the full collection here.

'Crowned Pearl' earrings.

‘Crowned Pearl’ earrings.

'Precious Moon' necklace.

‘Precious Moon’ necklace.

'Precious Moon' earrings.

‘Precious Moon’ earrings.

'Sweet Star' earrings.

‘Sweet Star’ earrings.

'Ziggy Stardust' necklace.

‘Ziggy Stardust’ necklace.

2013 VMAs Jewelry

You really never know what you are going to see on the red carpet of the MTV Video Music Awards, held yesterday in Brooklyn, but I am going to choose to acknowledge the following three ladies who brought a little class (and big jewels) to this occasion. It’s a Lorraine Schwartz trifecta too!

Jennifer Hudson in 400 carats of black and white diamonds.

Jennifer Hudson in 400 carats of black and white diamonds.

Selena Gomez wearing carved jade earrings.

Selena Gomez wearing carved jade earrings.

Taylor Swift also in black and white diamonds.

Taylor Swift also in black and white diamonds.

New Alexandra Mor

Alexandra Mor Aquamarine Ring

I just thought I would share the latest creation from Alexandra Mor, which is a stunning ring featuring a 27.24 carat Asscher-cut aquamarine. I particularly love the Instagram photo below posted by Mor, which features the ring as part of a stack and says to me: “Oh, you know, just going out for dinner and drinks on a Tuesday and I threw this on.” And there is nothing more luxurious than that.

Alexandra Mor Aquamarine RingAlexandra Mor Aquamarine RingAlexandra Mor Aquamarine Ring