Met Gala Jewelry 2013
Stylists had a field day on Monday night dressing fashion’s finest in couture punk ensembles at the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute Gala. With a theme like “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” it was anyone’s guess as to what the couture collectors, fashionistas, and celebrities would show up wearing! Guests interpreted the dress code with a lot of help from spikes and safety pins, and I was especially thrilled with the jewels. Some of my favorite looks included Ivanka’s Trump’s gold studded cuffs, (plus blue hair streaks!) Lauren Santo Domingo’s punk-inspired layered statement jewelry, Cara Delivigne’s spiked necklaces, Sienna Miller’s dangerous-looking headpiece, and Sarah Jessica Parker’s well…everything.
Interpret the trend and be pretty in punk with something from our Met Gala-inspired collection here.
Pictures courtesy of Getty Images.
Introducing David Aubrey…
I’m unbelievably excited to announce the launch of David Aubrey on Charm & Chain. The designer of the line, Jennifer Arago, has been perfecting her craft for almost two decades, and I’m captivated by her bottomless reserves of creativity. The shapes, colors, and textile combinations are whimsical and cheery, but also chic and sophisticated. There is literally something for everyone in this collection, and every piece is priced below $120.
View the entire David Aubrey collection here.
The Ear Cuff
Historically, lobes have gotten all the love where earrings are concerned. But lately, there’s a new trend in town: ear cuffs that cover a greater surface area of your ear. Sometimes they’re bigger statement pieces and other times they’re more delicate. Either way, they blend a little bit of punk with a lot of chic style. Here are some cuffs that have caught my attention:
Our very own Assad Mounser picked up on this trend and totally delivered with her gorgeous blazing baroque ear cuffs, available here. I love the pop of pink!
This Givenchy embellished ear cuff is a total knockout…
Unbelievable detail. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!
This one has a modern, futuristic vibe, with a tough-girl aesthetic.
Looks like a whole new world (or at least surface area) has been opened up for ear adornment!
Images via HonestlyWTF, The Fashion Spot, and Style Conspiracy.
It’s safe to say that our designers get a little giddy around this time of year. Music festivals like Coachella are right around the corner, and the modern-day Woodstock and boho chic styles often seen at these festivals offer—no, demand—lots of jewelry. In fact, layering and stacking are pretty much mandatory for this type of dress code. For inspiration, check out our Coachella-inspired jewelry selections here
. If I were attending this year, this DANNIJO bib
would be the most important thing in my suitcase!
Latest Obsession: Lulu Frost’s Alchemy Pendant
The latest arrival of this Lulu Frost brass and turquoise pendant has sparked quite the conversation here at Charm & Chain. Some of us think it looks like it came straight from a grandmother’s jewelry box, and others see a touch of the exotic in its S-shaped beaded design.
Whichever side of the debate you rest on, layer it, love it, and write your own story with it.
Shop Lulu Frost’s Alchemy Pendant here.
I love witnessing the process through which designers bring their visions to life. Compare the sketch above of Lulu Frost’s Absinthe Necklace to the final product and see how Lisa Salzer, designer of Lulu Frost, made her vision a reality (reality in this case being a knockout statement piece!).
Read more on the J. Crew blog.
Latest Obsession: Alexis Bittar Lucite Pansy Pin
I don’t even know where to start with the unmatched uniqueness of this pin! The yellow and purple ombre of the petals adds intrigue, while the inner part of the flower, made up of gold filament fringe and Swarovski crystal buds, is definitely the heart of the piece. I’d attach this pin to a feminine white blouse or lightweight blazer. Who wouldn’t want Alexis Bittar’s bejeweled interpretation of a flower just in time for Spring? I’m guessing this will be spotted on The First Lady soon, given her love of Alexis’ flower brooches!
Shop it here.
Jewelspotting in Europe: London, Milan & Paris Fashion Weeks
For the past three weeks, Charm & Chain Jewelspotting jumped the pond to Europe to comb the internet for the best baubles sported to the London, Milan and Paris fashion shows. In true fashion month form, these tastemakers saved the best for last and rocked out bolder, more provocative jewelry than usually merits the more casual New York Fashion Week. The trends we saw at Lincoln Center were taken to the next level in the forms of heavily rhinestoned ear pieces, rings on every finger, and oversized statement necklaces. Plus, check out the faux necklace embroidered into that white dress in the first photo. Stunning! It was difficult to narrow down our favorites for you, as our fabulous findings were too numerous to include in a little blog post, but here are what we found to be the crème de la crème. Enjoy!
Photos from Style.com
, and Jak & Jil
At today’s Chanel FW13 show, Karl Lagerfeld made tucking your hair into your necklace “a thing.” Is this the beginnings of a trend for fall? We’ll have see, but I’m definitely going to try it out…