Best Looks of the Screen Actors Guild Awards 2017

The logo of the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.  Image SAG-AFTRA

The logo of the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Image SAG-AFTRA

The second major awards ceremony on Hollywood’s schedule, the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards was held on 29 January at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Again there was some great fashion on display as the stars turned up their glam for the red carpet. Here are my favourite looks of the night.

Michelle Dockery- Elie Saab gown, Amanda Pearl bag, Jimmy Choo heels, Niwaka Collections Jewelry

LOVE THIS! It's bright, it's bold, and it's a breath of fresh air on the red carpet, as well as in her style portfolio. I particularly like the asymmetric quality of the stripes, where line thicknesses and colours don't line up on the bodice and skirt. It keeps the pattern interesting while breaking it's resemblance to a circus tent. I'm not the biggest fan of her hair and makeup, but she looks beautiful and this is her personal best Red Carpet look. Image GETTYIMAGES/TOMANDLORENZO.COM

LOVE THIS! It’s bright, it’s bold, and it’s a breath of fresh air on the red carpet, as well as in her style portfolio. I particularly like the asymmetric quality of the stripes, where line thicknesses and colours don’t line up on the bodice and skirt. It keeps the pattern interesting while breaking it’s resemblance to a circus tent. I’m not the biggest fan of her hair and makeup, but she looks beautiful and this is her personal best Red Carpet look. Image GETTYIMAGES/TOMANDLORENZO.COM

A closer look at her fiery rose gold and spessartite garnet earrings by Niwaka Collections.  Image THECOURTJEWELLER.COM

A closer look at her fiery rose gold and spessartite garnet earrings by Niwaka Collections. Image THECOURTJEWELLER.COM

Nicole Kidman- Gucci gown, Kotur clutch, Stuart Weitzman heels, Fred Leighton jewelry, Omega watch

I don't understand all the hate this gown is getting- this is downright fab! Perfect gown aside, it looks phenomenal on Ms. Kidman, who has the style, body, height and bearing to work this gown for all it's worth. This is how you do whimsy with panache: the macaw-head sleeves are amazing, her styling is perfection and that colour is gorgeous on her. Other stars should take note.  Image POPSUGAR/VANITYFAIR.COM/TOMANDLORENZO.COM

I don’t understand all the hate this gown is getting- this is downright fab! Perfect gown aside, it looks phenomenal on Ms. Kidman, who has the style, body, height and bearing to work this gown for all it’s worth. This is how you do whimsy with panache: the macaw-head sleeves are amazing, her styling is perfection and that colour is gorgeous on her. Other stars should take note. Image POPSUGAR/VANITYFAIR.COM/TOMANDLORENZO.COM

Teresa Palmer- Valentino gown, Jimmy Choo clutch, Stefere jewelry

This was one of my favourite looks from Valentino's Spring 2017 collection and I loved seeing it on the Red Carpet. The embellishments sparkled like crazy! Ms. Palmer looks gorgeous, and her styling and free flowing locks set the gown off perfectly. Image WIREIMAGE/POPSUGAR.COM

This was one of my favourite looks from Valentino’s Spring 2017 collection and I loved seeing it on the Red Carpet. The embellishments sparkled like crazy! Ms. Palmer looks gorgeous, and her styling and free flowing locks set the gown off perfectly. Image WIREIMAGE/POPSUGAR.COM

Sarah Paulson- custom Vera Wang gown and cape, Tyler Ellis bag, Brian Atwood heels, Nirav Modi jewelry

Clean cut perfection, with and without the cape. Also this lady can rock a peplum!  Image TOMANDLORENZO.COM

Clean cut perfection, with and without the cape. Also this lady can rock a peplum! Image TOMANDLORENZO.COM

Ellie Kemper- Wai Ming gown, Judith Leiber clutch, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, Forevermark jewelry

The oddly slumping shoulder on this gown bothered me... I kept expecting it to slip down. But, this a simple, pretty look. Image VOGUE.COM

The oddly slumping shoulder on this gown bothered me… I kept expecting it to slip down. But, this a simple, pretty look. Image VOGUE.COM

Maggi Siff- Zac Posen gown, Butani jewels

I'm not a fan of the pointy, overworked neckline, but this is a nice twist on the simple black mermaid gown. She looks great.  Image POPSUGAR.COM

I’m not a fan of the pointy, overworked neckline, but this is a nice twist on the simple black mermaid gown. She looks great. Image POPSUGAR.COM

However, I have no quarrel with her white gold and diamond pendant earrings. They're gorgeous!  Image THECOURTJEWELLER.COM

However, I have no quarrel with her white gold and diamond pendant earrings. They’re gorgeous! Image THECOURTJEWELLER.COM

Cara Buono- Georges Hobeika gown, Olgana Paris heels, Beth Miller jewelry

She looks like a Valentine but this is pretty.  I really like her shoes too.  Image GETTYIMAGES

She looks like a Valentine but this is pretty. I really like her shoes too. Image GETTYIMAGES

Evan Rachael Wood- custom Altuzarra suit, Judth Leiber Couture clutch, Salvatore Ferragamo heels, Tiffany & Co. jewelry

I love seeing velvet on the Red Carpet, and Ms. Evan's suit is fabulous. I love the detailing at the back of the jacket, and her styling is great.  Image VOGUE.COM/ZIMBIO.COM

I love seeing velvet on the Red Carpet, and Ms. Evan’s suit is fabulous. I love the detailing at the back of the jacket, and her styling is great. Image VOGUE.COM/ZIMBIO.COM

Emily Blunt- Roberto Cavalli Couture, Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

I really like this gown- I love the crocheted detailing, and the netted corset lacing on the cutout under the bustline, but I think it would have been more stunning had the base fabric been a rich colour like turquoise blue, emerald green or even a deep rose. Ms. Blunt looks stunning regardless, but a contrasting colour would have pushed this gown above and beyond fabulous.  Image POPSUGAR.COM/VOGUE.COM

I really like this gown- I really like this gown- I love the crocheted detailing, and the netted corset lacing on the cutout under the bustline, but I think it would have been more stunning had the base fabric been a rich colour like turquoise blue, emerald green or even a deep rose. Ms. Blunt looks stunning regardless, but a contrasting colour would have pushed this gown above and beyond fabulous. Image POPSUGAR.COM/VOGUE.COM

These dangling floral ruby, pink sapphire and diamond earrings are beyond fabulous though!  Image THECOURTJEWELLER.COM

These dangling floral ruby, pink sapphire and diamond earrings are beyond fabulous though! Image THECOURTJEWELLER.COM

Alia Shawkat- custom Rubin Singer gown, Edie Parker bag, Loeffler Randall shoes

This colour looks great on her and I love the subtle striped texture of the dress' fabric. I particularly love the jewelled waist that looks like ancient Byzantine jewelry. So fab!  Image POPSUGAR.COM/ZIMBIO.COM

This colour looks great on her and I love the subtle striped texture of the dress’ fabric. I particularly love the jewelled waist that looks like ancient Byzantine jewelry. So fab! Image POPSUGAR.COM/ZIMBIO.COM

Amy Adams- Brandon Maxwell gown, Tyler Ellis bag, Jimmy Choo heels, Cartier jewelry

This look is her Red Carpet staple, but it's a formula that works every time.  Image GETTYIMAGES

This look is her Red Carpet staple, but it’s a formula that works every time. Image GETTYIMAGES

A better look at Amy Adam's Cartier platinum, aquamarine and white diamond jewelry suite.  Image TOMANDLORENZO.COM

A better look at Amy Adam’s Cartier platinum, aquamarine and white diamond jewelry suite. Image TOMANDLORENZO.COM

Rashida Jones- Vivienne Westwood Couture gown, Stuart Weitzman heels, jewelry by Irene Neuwirth & Ileana Makri

I wish she'd pulled her hair back! The dress is gorgeous though.  Image VOGUE.COM

I wish she’d pulled her hair back! The dress is gorgeous though. Image VOGUE.COM

Claire Foy- Valentino gown, Jimmy Choo heels, Tiffany & Co. jewelry

This is how you do sheer and whimsical! I really love the floating illusion effect created by the sheer outer dress- it looks like she's wearing a flowery smoke cloud as a gown. Image POPSUGAR.COM

This is how you do sheer and whimsical! I really love the floating illusion effect created by the sheer outer dress- it looks like she’s wearing a flowery smoke cloud as a gown. Image POPSUGAR.COM

Kirsten Dunst- Christian Dior gown, Fred Leighton jewelry

Again, I really wish she'd worn her hair up- those diamonds need to be seen and appreciated! Her gown is pretty, if basic for an award ceremony, but I like it... despite those sheer rhinestone encrusted brand name straps. Image POPSUGAR.COM

Again, I really wish she’d worn her hair up- those diamonds need to be seen and appreciated! Her gown is pretty, if basic for an award ceremony, but I like it… despite those sheer rhinestone encrusted brand name straps. Image POPSUGAR.COM

These gorgeous necklaces are all vintage- the largest is a silver, gold and diamond 19th centuary fringe necklace (circa 1890s) and is worn with white gold, large diamond rivière necklaces.  Image ZIMBIO.COM

These gorgeous necklaces are all vintage- the largest is a silver, gold and diamond 19th centuary fringe necklace (circa 1890s) and is worn with white gold, large diamond rivière necklaces. Image ZIMBIO.COM

Janelle Monáe- Chanel Métiers d’Art 2017 dress, Roger Vivier clutch, Stuart Weitzman heels, Chanel Fine jewelry

Only quirky and fabulous Janelle Monáe could pull this look off this well. She looks great. Image VOGUE.COM/WIREIMAGES However, those wristlets should be burnt.

Only quirky and fabulous Janelle Monáe could pull this look off this well. She looks great. Image VOGUE.COM/WIREIMAGES
However, those wristlets should be burnt.

Ms. Monáe wore a plethora of Chanel diamond and pearl fine jewelry, but my favourite piece is the grey and silver pearl and diamond 'toi et moi' ring she wore on her left hand (the constellation ring she wore on her right hand is my second choice, then the diamond feather, then the pearl and diamond camellia flower).  Image THECOURTJEWELLER.COM

Ms. Monáe wore a plethora of Chanel diamond and pearl fine jewelry, but my favourite piece is the grey and silver pearl and diamond ‘toi et moi’ ring she wore on her left hand (the constellation ring she wore on her right hand is my second choice, then the diamond feather, then the pearl and diamond camellia flower). Image THECOURTJEWELLER.COM

Annalise Basso- custom Bibhu Mohapatra gown, Edie Parker bag, Amrapali jewelry

This gown has also gotten lot's of hate over it's trailing sleeves, but this is a fabulous look. The colour, cut and drape are phenomenal on her, and really- who wouldn't play with those gauzy, fabulous sleeves?  Image VOGUE.COM/POPSUGAR.COM

This gown has also gotten lot’s of hate over it’s trailing sleeves, but this is a fabulous look. The colour, cut and drape are phenomenal on her, and really- who wouldn’t play with those gauzy, fabulous sleeves? Image VOGUE.COM/POPSUGAR.COM

Her white gold, diamond and pink spinel earrings are fabulous too!  Image ZIMBIO.COM

Her delicate white gold, diamond and pink spinel girandole earrings are fabulous too! Image ZIMBIO.COM[/caption
Natalia Dyer- custom Miu Miu gown, Nicholas Kirkwood heels, Jacob & Co. jewelry
[caption width="3024" align="alignnone"]I really wasn't into this gown until I got a better look at that neckline- look at the details on those flowers!  What a gorgeous bit of ornamentation, and really elevated the look of this simple gown into something really unique. I'm not entirely behind the trend of wearing red and pink together, but this gown gets a pass.  Image POPSUGAR.COM I really wasn’t into this gown until I got a better look at that neckline- look at the details on those flowers! What a gorgeous bit of ornamentation, and really elevated the look of this simple gown into something really unique. I’m not entirely behind the trend of wearing red and pink together, but this gown gets a pass. Image POPSUGAR.COM

Yara Shahidi- Naeem Khan gown, Jane Taylor and Swarvoski jewelry

This is pretty and bright, a refreshing change on the Red Carpet.  Image VOGUE.COM

This is pretty and bright, a refreshing change on the Red Carpet. Image VOGUE.COM

Angela Sarafayan- Zac Posen gown, Edie Parker bag, Jimmy Choo shoes, Kimberly McDonald & Gemfields jewelry

This is really gorgeous, and that vivid fuchsia looks great with her tan!  Image VOGUE.COM

This is really gorgeous, and that vivid fuchsia looks great with her tan! Image VOGUE.COM

I love these floral white gold and rhodium ozambican ruby and diamond earrings.  Gorgeous!  Image ZIMBIO.COM

I love these floral white gold and rhodium Mozambican ruby and diamond earrings. Gorgeous! Image ZIMBIO.COM

Melissa Rauch- Luisa Beccaria gown, Tyler Ellis bag, Stuart Weitzman heels, Seffy jewelry

She's very petite, and this gown does justice to her figure without swamping her in fabric. The colour is a little too on-tone with her skintone for me to downright love it (imagine it in a metallic gold, bronze or electric blue), but it's a pretty look and she looks great.  Image POPSUGAR.COM

She’s very petite, and this gown does justice to her figure without swamping her in fabric. The colour is a little too on-tone with her skintone for me to downright love it (imagine it in a metallic gold, bronze or electric blue), but it’s a pretty look and she looks great. Image POPSUGAR.COM

Kimiko Glenn- Kayat gown, Stuart Weitzman heels, jewelry by Hearts on Fire and Le Vian

Simple and surprisingly pretty. The cutout slits on the neckline and the draping under the bodice make this gown interesting enough to stand out in a crowd.  Image VOGUE.COM

Simple and surprisingly pretty. The cutout slits on the neckline and the draping under the bodice make this gown interesting enough to stand out in a crowd. Image VOGUE.COM

Octavia Spencer- Tadashi Shoji, Tyler Ellis bag, Stuart Weitzman shoes, Jacob & Co. jewelry

Tadashi Shoji did a fantastic job dressing her to be both elegant and radiant. I love the lace detailing, sheer neckline and the peplum waist- she looks beautiful.  Image VOGUE.COM

Tadashi Shoji did a fantastic job dressing her to be both elegant and radiant. I love the lace detailing, sheer neckline and the peplum waist- she looks beautiful. Image VOGUE.COM

A closer look at Ms. Spencer's white gold, tsavorite garnet, white diamond and turquoise earrings. Image THECOURTJEWELLER.COM

A closer look at Ms. Spencer’s white gold, tsavorite garnet, white diamond and turquoise earrings. Image THECOURTJEWELLER.COM

Elizabeth Rodriguez- Paolo Sebastian gown, L’Dezen by Payal Shah and Le Vian jewelry

Estevan and I had differing opinions on this gown: he liked the cascading cape shoulders and neckline but hated the train, while I loved the train and the shoulders but disliked the neckline. We've agreed that it's an overall good look, but could have benefited greatly from some editing during the design process.  Image POPSUGAR.COM

Estevan and I had differing opinions on this gown: he liked the cascading cape shoulders and neckline but hated the train, while I loved the train and the shoulders but disliked the neckline. We’ve agreed that it’s an overall good look, but could have benefited greatly from some editing during the design process. Image POPSUGAR.COM

Judith Light- Tom Ford gown, Judith Leiber Couture clutch, Manolo Blahnik heels, Chopard jewelry

She is the definition of #redcarpetgoals. Flawless and fabulous.  Image VOGUE.COM

She is the definition of #redcarpetgoals. Flawless and fabulous. Image VOGUE.COM

Laura Carmicheal- Christopher Kane gown, Neil Lane jewelry

Very simple, but very pretty, and on trend with the 90's style slipdresses that we've been seeing everywhere. She looks good, but her look could have benefited from an updo and some good jewelry.  Image VOGUE.COM Sidenote: I'm pretty certain my sister wore a gown almost exactly like this (but in red) to her high school graduation in 1998. What comes around goes around...

Very simple, but very pretty, and on trend with the 90’s style slipdresses that we’ve been seeing everywhere. She looks good, but her look could have benefited from an updo and some good jewelry. Image VOGUE.COM
Sidenote: I’m pretty certain my sister wore a gown almost exactly like this (but in red) to her high school graduation in 1998. What comes around goes around…

Friday Fierceness!

“Carolina de Monaco”- Vogue España February 2017

Coat, bag: Chanel, Jewelry: Ansorena, Durán Madrid.  Image VOGUEESPAÑA/GORKAPOSTIGO

Coat, bag: Chanel, Jewelry: Ansorena, Durán Madrid. Image VOGUEESPAÑA/GORKAPOSTIGO

Model: Julia van Os
Photographer: Gorka Postigo
Stylist: Sara Fernandez
Hair, makeup: Pablo Iglesias

The beautiful kitsch of Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall 2017 Menswear

I’ve been a lifelong fan of Dolce & Gabbana… my folks dressed me in it as a child and it’s among the first labels I remember buying when I started shopping for myself. Their clothes all fit so well and last forever, the excess of embellishment juxtaposing clean, modern silhouettes is exactly my taste and, well, their ad’s are always on point. Furthermore, as a lover of the type of romanticized history the brand bases it’s designs on, I don’t think I’m going to be jumping ship anytime soon.

Following several seasons of in-depth explorations of traditional Italian themes, the Fall 2017 “The New Princes” collection was a slightly more toned down continuation of their recent offerings. Featuring fall’s darker colours, beautifully crafted embellishment and a level of comical kitsch that was on the verge of being too much- but wasn’t. With over 100 looks covering everything from formal, lounge and sportswear to stuffed animal backpacks and embroidered heraldic beasts, there was something for every taste. It was a playful offering, sure to bring out the child in any man.

The overwhelming media attention has focused on the show’s models- superstar millennials Cameron Dallas, Tinie Tempah, Chen Xue Dong, the Stallone sisters, Sofia Richie and others walked among a sprinkling of actual (super)models Lucky Blue Smith, Oliver Cheshire, Aurelien Muller and the like, but for me, the clothes stole the show. True- a good model is entertaining and a star like Naomi Campbell can leave a viewer awestruck, but I look at runway shows so I can see what I want to buy. So, that’s what we’ll be focusing on here.

First of all, I love the embellished metallic suits and coats. The Dolce & Gabbana Alta Sartoria fall 2015 show premiered a literal suit of gold that closed the show in every sense, but this season’s less embellished versions were no less showstopping. The gold, blue and black jacquard suit worn by Tinie Tempah, a gold and red patterned three piece and another in black velvet covered with small golden crowns were my favourites, but really, I like them all. A beautifully tailored gold and black overcoat shown over pinstriped pants and red velvet slippers was another favourite, as was a bronze, gold and black Asian-inspired paisley patterned suit. Yes, they’re not really for regular wear, but I’d definitely wear them to all sorts of parties and club nights as shown, or with other clothing.

Even the darkest non-glittery suits and outerwear were cut of uber luxurious fabrics and were so well tailored that they definitely deserve mention- Cameron Dallas’ show opening deep purple and black number, another of black embriodery, Lucky Blue’s heavy wool coat and all of the looks sent out for the show’s final walk.

Embellished sweaters were another highlight and were definitely where a lot of the show’s kitsch showed up. All manner of snarling beast, heraldic symbols, skeletons, crowned cartoon faces, a ferocious bear sweater with one furry arm and more strutted down the catwalk in Milan. To many, it’s a lot. To me- perfect! I love all the early Renaissance looking animals, Barberini gold bees and endless crowns. Even the pop art caricatures of Domenico and Stefano that were added to a button down jacket were great. True, the stuffed toy looking backpacks and hoodie were too much- and you won’t see them here, but I didn’t mind them on the runway. Though this is coming from someone with closets full of just as kitsch-y clothes, I think Dolce & Gabbana straddled the playful line perfectly.

Printed polo and silk shirts and black ruffle-fronted shirts were also outstanding and beautifully carried the Renaissance theme. The ruffled shirts were mostly shown with embellished suits and somehow didn’t at all seem out of place.

Then there were some pieces that didn’t really fit in, but I very much liked. First was a camel coat that was beautifully tailored and had a pair of embroidered knights in a square off on the chest. The length and fit on this are exceptional. Then there was a beautiful gold edged, oversized black wool tunic that has an intricate coat of arms on the front and wine red quilted lining that I will DEFINITELY be getting. It was shown over a red velvet hoodie with grey pants and looked extremely comfortable. Finally the brilliant yellow blazer and brocade, lion embroidered bomber jacket stood out among the darker shades of the rest of the collection and were definite high points. As were the pants with armor shaped fabric additions at the ankle that were shown in many colours and fabrics throughout the lineup.

Finally, you can’t talk about Dolce & Gabbana and not mention the shoes and accessories. Let’s just say I like all. Shoe wise, the label’s coveted velvet slippers were in full force and were all beautifully detailed, but the simplest boots and formal shoes were just as good. I wish they had sent a good pair of slim toe-d oxfords down the runway because I’m not a fan of boxy, rounded shoes, but even these were of obviously excellent quality. The jewelry and bags shown (minus the animal ones) were great too, and of special note was the style and number of slim bowties that appeared.

Style wise, multiple signet rings and layers of chains turned the models into modern princes and are very easy additions that bring that catwalk style into your personal wardrobe. I’ve been rocking exactly that look for years, but I think I’m going to add a few more. Dolce & Gabbana is all about that lux, so head to toe, the models exuded wealth and a certain polished joie de vivre.

It was great.

Image credits: cover photo- Dolce & Gabbana’s official Instagram page, all others via Vogue.com

My best,

Estevan

Jewel of the Month

Heraklean Knot Serpent Armlet- an ancient gold, ruby and garnet upper arm bracelet

The beautiful Hellenistic period snake armlet. Image THECURATORSEYE.COM

The beautiful Hellenistic period snake armlet. Image THECURATORSEYE.COM

This Central Asian treasure is dated to the Hellenistic period of Greek history, about 4th century BC- 1st century AD, and is a beautiful and unusual piece. Style-wise, the jewel displays many classical aspects of Hellenistic jewelry, depicting the intertwined bodies of two Asclepian snakes joined in the centre by a Herakles knot, adorned with two inlaid cabochon-cut garnets and a large cabochon-cut ruby. What makes this piece so unusual is the incredible attention to detail that went into it’s construction: the snakes are lifelike, with textured heads and finely detailed faces, their bodies covered in hundreds of individually applied scales. This technique has been documented on several other artifacts, and has been attributed to the Scythian culture, since several pieces of surviving Scythian jewelry are constructed similarly.

This piece was most likely worn as a protective amulet by it’s original owner as it depicts two of the most powerful protective symbols in Greek mythology- snakes and Knots of Herakles.

Underview of the snake armlet. Image THECURATORSEYE.COM

Underview of the snake armlet. Image THECURATORSEYE.COM

The serpent is one of the oldest and most powerful symbols of fertility and creative life force in the Greek, Egyptian and Roman civilizations. It was associated with wisdom and protection in these mythologies as they often guarded the bodies and temples of the gods. Snakes were considered lucky, and snake-styled jewelry was extremely popular as talismans against evil among the elite of these cultures. Aesculapian snakes were considered particularly special due to their association with Asclepius, the Greek god of healing and medicine, who carried a rod entwined with an Aesculapian serpent.

Detail of the head of one of the armlet's snakes. Image THECURATORSEYE.COM

Detail of the head of one of the armlet’s snakes. Image THECURATORSEYE.COM

The Herakles Knot depicts a strong knot created by two intertwined ropes, and was another powerful symbol in Greek, Egyptian, and Roman beliefs. Originally used as a healing charm in Egypt, the Greeks and Romans utilized the motif in protective amulets, believing it to avert evil and illness. It was often incorporated in jewelry and clothing (most commonly girdles worn by brides), but has been found in mosaics, sculpture, metalwork and pottery. Although it was a common symbol in Hellenistic jewelry design, it’s use in combination with snake imagery is notably less so, with only two other pieces of jewelry (both armlets) having been found so far.

Detail of the Herakles Knot and gemstones. Image THECURATORSEYE.COM

Detail of the Herakles Knot and gemstones. Image THECURATORSEYE.COM

Hellenistic jewelry was also quite popular outside of the Greek civilization and was coveted by the nomadic Scythians, Persians and other cultures that traded extensively with Greek settlements. This sparked a thirst for Greek art across Eurasia, influencing craftsmen to adopt the Greek style in their art and jewelry. Some styles were so perfectly copied that it is sometimes impossible to determine who crafted an item, or even exactly where it was made.

Detail of one of the armlet's snakes. Image THECURATORSEYE.COM

Detail of one of the armlet’s snakes. Image THECURATORSEYE.COM

Such is the case with this piece. Although it has been attributed to the Scythians, it is not known exactly where it was made as the Scythian Empire stretched across Central Asia, into the Eurasian Steppes and up the coast of the Northern Black Sea. Trade within the Empire was extensive and as the armlet is made of widely traded inorganic materials, the conclusive dating and mapping of it’s origin may be truly impossible. For now, we’ll say it’s a Scythian product.

All I know is it’s beautiful and it’s history makes it even more special to me. It’s a perfect Jewel of the Month!

Xx – Ana

Best Looks of the Golden Globe Awards 2017

The logo of the 74th annual Golden Globes Awards. Image HFPA.

The logo of the 74th annual Golden Globes Awards. Image HFPA.

The Golden Globe Awards is the first major awards ceremony of Hollywood’s annual Awards season and is really the most entertaining of the group. With this year’s Golden Globe’s over, we have the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards, the BAFTAs (not actual Hollywood, but it counts) and the Academy Awards to look forward to. With so many events following in swift succession, the stars are kicking their fashion games into high gear, and this year, many have started early!

The 74th annual Golden Globe Awards took place on January 8th at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, and there was some seriously fab fashion on show. Many of the stars showed up looking their best, but here are my favourite looks of the night!

Evan Rachel Wood- custom Altuzarra suit, Neil Lane jewelry, Judith Leiber bag, Jimmy Choo heels

My favourite look of the night! I'm always happy to see starlets show up in a suit and this is one of the best examples I've seen. Everything about this look is perfect- from the suit's expert tailoring, to the styling, MUA and accessories.

My favourite look of the night! I’m always happy to see starlets show up in a suit and this is one of the best examples I’ve seen. Everything about this look is perfect- from the suit’s expert tailoring, to the styling, MUA and accessories. Image VOGUE.COM/POPSUGAR.COM

Ruth Negga- custom Louis Vuitton gown, Fred Leighton & Gemfields jewelry

This futuristic gown is one of the best things I've seen coming out of the Louis Vuitton ateliers in a long while, and it suited her perfectly. It's the dress of a scifi-goddess and Ruth has both the personality and bearing to work this type of look. Her styling was incredible too- the hair and makeup is Old Hollywood glamourous and the jewelry is eye-catching enough to be interesting without distracting from the gown.

This futuristic gown is one of the best things I’ve seen coming out of the Louis Vuitton ateliers in a long while, and it suited her perfectly. It’s the dress of a scifi-goddess and Ruth has both the personality and bearing to work this type of look. Her styling was incredible too- the hair and makeup is Old Hollywood glamourous and the jewelry is eye-catching enough to be interesting without distracting from the gown. Image GETTY

Another look at the jewels- a rose gold cuff with white diamond trim featuring a faceted 25.51 carat Mozambican Ruby.

Another look at the jewels- a rose gold cuff with white diamond trim featuring a faceted 25.51 carat Mozambican Ruby. Image TOMANDLORENZO.COM

Olivia Culpo- Zuhair Murad Haute Couture gown, Rubeus Milano bag, Schutz shoes, Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

She committed to the Frida Khalo look and it worked in an over the top way. I like seeing prints on the red carpet and this abstract floral pattern is really great.

She committed to the Frida Khalo look and it worked in an over the top way. I like seeing prints on the red carpet and this abstract floral pattern is really great. Image VOGUE.COM

Here's a closer look of Olivia's floral yellow gold, yellow sapphire, orange sapphire and white diamond earrings. Image THECOURTJEWELLER.COM

Here’s a closer look of Olivia’s floral yellow gold, yellow sapphire, orange sapphire and white diamond earrings. Image THECOURTJEWELLER.COM

Natalie Portman- custom Prada gown, Tomasino clutch, Jimmy Choo heels, Tiffany & Co. jewelry

Natalie Portman has been channeling Jackie Kennedy Onassis's classic style for a while now, and it's a look that suits her well. She looked lovely.

Natalie Portman has been channeling Jackie Kennedy Onassis’s classic style for a while now, and it’s a look that suits her well. She looked lovely. Image GETTY IMAGES/TOMANDLORENZO.COM

Jessica Chastain- custom Prada gown, Piaget jewelry

This colour is absolute perfection on Jessica Chastain, and is one of the main reasons that I love this look so much. The fit is also spectacular on her, and the details are gorgeous On the whole she is red carpet perfection.

This colour is absolute perfection on Jessica Chastain, and is one of the main reasons that I love this look so much. The fit is also spectacular on her, and the details are gorgeous. On the whole she is red carpet perfection. Image APC/GETTY IMAGES

Here's a closer view of Jessica's floral lariat- style diamond necklace.

Here’s a closer view of Jessica’s floral lariat- style diamond necklace. Image THECOURTJEWELLER.COM

Caitriona Balfe- Delpozo gown, Jimmy Choo bag, Loriblu heels, Neil Lane jewelry

This look was a personal best for Miss Balfe's red carpet style, and stood out as one of the chicest looks on that red carpet. The gown is understated but elegantly bold, and she works it! Image GETTY IMAGES/VOGUE.COM

This look was a personal best for Miss Balfe’s red carpet style, and it stood out as one of the chicest looks on that red carpet. The gown is understated but elegantly bold, and she works it! Image GETTY IMAGES/VOGUE.COM

Also, I love her after party look: a gunmetal lamé Maria Lucia Hohan gown, an Emm Kuo bag, Jimmy Choo heels and Amrapali silver, diamond and enamel earrings.

Also, I love her after party look: a gunmetal lamé Maria Lucia Hohan gown, an Emm Kuo bag, Jimmy Choo heels and Amrapali silver, diamond and enamel earrings. Image TOMANDLORENZO.COM

Claire Foy- custom Erdem gown, Fred Leighton jewelry

I didn't like this gown when I first saw it on the red carpet since it seemed to wash out Ms. Foy's colouring under all the harsh camera lights. Then there's that sash... but it grew on me the more I saw it. It was love once I saw it on stage though. It's an interesting, eye catching, glamourous gown, and one that's perfectly suited for a lady portraying a young Queen Elizabeth. The sleeves and the colour make it a hard look for most women to pull off, but Ms. Foy looked absolutely gorgeous.

I didn’t like this gown when I first saw it on the red carpet since it seemed to wash out Ms. Foy’s colouring under all the harsh camera lights. Then there’s that sash… but it grew on me the more I saw it. It was love once I saw it on stage though. It’s an interesting, eye catching, glamourous gown, and one that’s perfectly suited for a lady portraying a young Queen Elizabeth. The sleeves and the colour make it a hard look for most women to pull off, but Ms. Foy looked absolutely gorgeous. Image HARPERSBAZAAR.COM/POPSUGAR.COM

Meryl Streep- custom Givenchy Haute Couture gown, Harry Winston jewelry

An absolute queen, she looked stunning from every angle. I can't say much more than she was fantastic and I love her!  Image VANITYFAIR.COM

An absolute queen, she looked stunning from every angle. I can’t say much more than she was fantastic and I love her! Image VANITYFAIR.COM

Zoe Saldana- custom Gucci gown, Bulgari jewelry

This is perhaps one of the best Gucci gowns I've seen in a while and I'm happy that I'm first seeing it on Ms. Saldana. It's such a hard style and colour to pull off that only someone with her unique style personality, beautiful colouring and bearing could ever do it justice. She looks like a chic bohemian princess in a gown that could so easily make a lesser actress look like a sad pile of frumpy chiffon. Image GETTY IMAGES/VOGUE.COM

This is perhaps one of the best Gucci gowns I’ve seen in a while and I’m happy that I’m first seeing it on Ms. Saldana. It’s such a hard style and colour to pull off that only someone with her unique style personality, beautiful colouring and bearing could ever do it justice. She looks like a chic bohemian princess in a gown that could so easily make a lesser actress look like a sad pile of frumpy chiffon. Image GETTY IMAGES/VOGUE.COM

Gwendoline Christie- Vivienne Westwood gown, Ara Vartanian jewelry

I love this look- it's simple, it's chic and it's fabulous. She looks great. Image VOGUE.COM

I love this look- it’s simple, it’s chic and it’s fabulous. She looks great. Image VOGUE.COM

Naomie Harris- custom Armani Privé gown, Jimmy Choo heels, Tiffany & Co. jewelry

I really, really love this gown! It's a quintessential Hollywood look- extravagant, sexy and beautifully detailed, but Ms. Harris' glamourous styling made it even better. Image VOGUE.COM

I really, really love this gown! It’s a quintessential Hollywood look- extravagant, sexy and beautifully detailed, but Ms. Harris’ glamourous styling made it even better. Image VOGUE.COM

Her fringed while gold and diamond earrings were also some of the best jewelry I saw on the red carpet.  Image THECOURTJEWELLER.COM

Her fringed while gold and diamond earrings were also some of the best jewelry I saw on the red carpet. Image THECOURTJEWELLER.COM

Naomie's after party look also deserves a special mention (and I kind of wish that she'd saved this stunner for another award ceremony). She wore another Armani Prive gown and Tiffany & Co. Jewelry. Image GETTYIMAGES

Naomie’s after party look also deserves a special mention (and I kind of wish that she’d saved this stunner for another award ceremony). She wore another Armani Prive gown and Tiffany & Co. Jewelry. Image GETTYIMAGES

Amanda Peet- custom Bottega Veneta gown, Ana Khouri jewelry

A clean and stunning look, she's gorgeous. This colour is also amazing on her.  Image GETTYIMAGES

A clean and stunning look, she’s gorgeous. This colour is also amazing on her. Image GETTYIMAGES

Millie Bobby Brown- custom Jenny Packham gown, Edie Parker clutch, Sophia Webster sandals

Pretty and age appropriate... and I love her shoes!  Image VOGUE.COM

Pretty and age appropriate… and I love her shoes! Image VOGUE.COM

Thandie Newton- Monse gown, Harry Winston jewelry

I love the flame effect those orange sequins created along the bottom of the skirt, leaving her looking like a glamourous phoenix!  Image VOGUE.COM

I love the flame effect those orange sequins created along the bottom of the skirt, leaving her looking like a glamourous phoenix! Image VOGUE.COM

A better look at her platinum and white diamond earrings and necklace. I don't like the trend of wearing necklaces back to front, but this was an exception, all the drama at the front of the gown (the flame effect rose higher at the front) would have distracted from the beautiful rivière style necklace- worn this way, it's much easier to admire. Image THECOURTJEWELLER

A better look at her platinum and white diamond earrings and necklace. I don’t like the trend of wearing necklaces back to front, but this was an exception, all the drama at the front of the gown (the flame effect rose higher at the front) would have distracted from the beautiful rivière style necklace- worn this way, it’s much easier to admire. Image THECOURTJEWELLER

Lola Kirke- Andrew Gn gown, Chopard jewelry

A pretty, if simple look. I wish she'd gone with a more elaborate hairstyle.  Image HARPERSBAZAAR.COM

A pretty, if simple look. I wish she’d gone with a more elaborate hairstyle. Image HARPERSBAZAAR.COM

Kirsten Bell- Jenny Packham gown, Harry Winston jewelry

This is one of her best red carpet looks. She look ah-may-zing! Image GETTYIMAGES.

This is one of her best red carpet looks. She look ah-may-zing! Image GETTYIMAGES.

Ms. Bell also wore some platinum and white diamond cuff bracelets, but her earrings were my favourite accessory. Harry Winston's diamond triple hoop earrings have long been some of my favourite designs.  Image THECOURTJEWELLER.COM

Ms. Bell also wore some platinum and white diamond cuff bracelets, but her earrings were my favourite accessory. Harry Winston’s diamond triple hoop earrings have long been some of my favourite designs. Image THECOURTJEWELLER.COM

Viola Davis- custom Micheal Kors (gasp) gown, Judith Leiber clutch, Harry Winston jewelry

Viola Davis looks best when she takes a simple approach to her red carpet styling. This vibrant yellow sequinned gown looked spectacular, especially with it's sleek styling.  Image REX

Viola Davis looks best when she takes a simple approach to her red carpet styling. This vibrant yellow sequinned gown looked spectacular, especially with it’s sleek styling. Image REX

Teresa Palmer- Armani Prive gown, Jimmy Choo clutch, Sophis Webster heels, Niwaka Collections jewelry

I love seeing velvet on the red carpet as it pushes the luxe factor of any garment up a few notches. Teresa Palmer looked Old Hollywood glamourous in this draped midnight blue number, and I loved her sleek styling and minimalist diamond and sapphire jewelry. Simply gorgeous. Image GETTYIMAGES/VOGUE.COM

I love seeing velvet on the red carpet as it pushes the luxe factor of any garment up a few notches. Teresa Palmer looked Old Hollywood glamourous in this draped midnight blue number, and I loved her sleek styling and minimalist diamond and sapphire jewelry. Simply gorgeous. Image GETTYIMAGES/VOGUE.COM

Brie Larson- custom Rodarte gown, Tyler Ellis bag, Roger Vivier heels, Forevermark jewelry

She looks so gorgeous in this colour! Image VOGUE.COM

She looks so gorgeous in this colour! Image VOGUE.COM

Emma Stone- Valentino Haute Couture Gown, Valentino bag, Jimmy Choo heels, Tiffany & Co. jewelry

I would have liked this gown much more had it been in a deep jewel tone since I had a hard time determining if this colour was peach, pink or ivory. Imagine it in emerald green or a sapphire blue! Still, it's beautiful, and Emma looks great.  Image VOGUE.COM/POPSUGAR.COM

I would have liked this gown much more had it been in a deep jewel tone since I had a hard time determining if this colour was peach, pink or ivory. Imagine it in emerald green or a sapphire blue! Still, it’s beautiful, and Emma looks great. Image VOGUE.COM/POPSUGAR.COM

A closeup of Emma's gorgeous Tiffany & Co. archive white diamond necklace and earrings.  Image THECOURTJEEWELLER.COM

A closeup of Emma’s gorgeous Tiffany & Co. archive white diamond necklace and earrings. Image THECOURTJEEWELLER.COM

Issa Rae- custom Christian Siriano gown, L’Dezen by Payal Shah jewelry

She looked so gorgeous! I loved everything about this look from the styling to the makeup, and especially the hair! Image VOGUE.COM

She looked so gorgeous! I loved everything about this look from the styling to the makeup, and especially the hair! Image VOGUE.COM

A closer look at Issa Rae's gorgeous diamond drop earrings.  Image THECOURTJEWELLER.COM

A closer look at Issa Rae’s gorgeous diamond drop earrings. Image THECOURTJEWELLER.COM

Gillian Anderson- custom Jenny Packham gown Sophie Hulme bag, Jimmy Choo shoes, Chanel Haute Joaillerie

I love this lady, she looks so fantastic!  Image GETTYIMAGES

I love this lady, she looks so fantastic! Image GETTYIMAGES

Annette Bening- Pamella Roland gown

Stunning in this glittery striped number! Yaass gorgeous Ms. Benning!  Image VOGUE.COM

Stunning in this glittery striped number! Yaass gorgeous Ms. Benning! Image VOGUE.COM

Georgina Chapman- Marchesa gown, Marchesa bag, Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

It's a beautiful gown and I love this colour on her, but I wish she'd worn her hair up because it's distracting from her gorgeous jewelry.  Image VOGUE.COM/GETTYIMAGES

It’s a beautiful gown and I love this colour on her, but I wish she’d worn her hair up beacuse it’s distracting from her gorgeous jewelry. Image VOGUE.COM/GETTYIMAGES

Regina King- Ramona Keveza gown, L’Dezen by Payal Shah jewelry

She looked so fabulous! She knows it, and it showed.  Image GETTY IMAGES

She looked so fabulous! She knows it, and it showed. Image GETTY IMAGES

Winona Ryder- custom Victor & Rolf gown

I can't critique Winona Ryder's look because it fits so well with her personality. This is the essential gothic princess gown, and it looked so good on her because it fits that dark, quirky look that she constantly wears. Had this been any other actress, it probably would have come off as frumpy and awkward.  Image TOMANDLORENZO.COM

I can’t critique Winona Ryder’s look because it fits so well with her personality. This is the essential gothic princess gown, and it looked so good on her because it fits that dark, quirky look that she constantly wears. Had this been any other actress, it probably would have come off as frumpy and awkward. Image TOMANDLORENZO.COM

Sofía Vergara- Zuhair Murad Haute Couture gown, Lorraine Schwartz jewelry

I don't like sparkly flesh coloured gowns and I deplore 'cold shoulder' type sleeves, but I'm making an exception because it's such a departure from Ms. Vergara's usual red carpet fare. She looks great! I'm glad she chose slicker styling to tone the whole look down. Image VOGUE.COM

I don’t like sparkly flesh coloured gowns and I deplore ‘cold shoulder’ type sleeves, but I’m making an exception because it’s such a departure from Ms. Vergara’s usual red carpet fare. She looks great! I’m glad she chose slicker styling to tone the whole look down. Image VOGUE.COM

Her 'nude' diamond fringe earrings were gorgeous!  Image THECOURTJEWELLER.COM

Her ‘nude’ diamond fringe earrings were gorgeous! Image THECOURTJEWELLER.COM

So, which were your favourites?

Xx – Ana

Get Ready for a Green 2017

Greenery- Pantone 15-0343.  Image PANTONE

Greenery- Pantone 15-0343. Image PANTONE

On December 8th 2016, Pantone released its Color of the Year for 2017. it’s a colour that’s meant to influence all facets of design for the following year, including fashion, jewelry, architecture, electronics, interior décor, et cetera.

Greenery- Pantone 15-0343- is the lucky colour slated to be seen everywhere this year, an invigoratingly bright shade of yellow- green that “evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew… Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.” It’s the colour of all things springtime, a truly lovely shade.

I’ve no doubts that we’ll be seeing Greenery everywhere in fashion this year, especially given it’s frequent appearance all over the runways for the past few seasons. I’m excited to see how designers incorporate it into their collections.

Greenery- Pantone 15-0343.  Image PANTONE

Greenery- Pantone 15-0343. Image PANTONE

Even if bright green garments don’t fit your style, it’s an easy colour to incorporate into your wardrobe using green hued accessories, jewelry and makeup. Vividly bright and eyecatching, it’s a colour that will add pep to everyday outfits, and because it’s so striking, it takes only the smallest touch of green to create a memorable outfit. For instance I love black and the darker shades of blue, charcoal and grey- often going for days in dark looks. But my favourite accessories to add are either a pair of beautiful emerald and yellow gold solitaire earrings or another of giant peridot and white gold solitaires (that I just realized are very close to the Pantone colour!). Though they’re different shades, the green of the stones seems to glow even in the dimmest light and is the perfect touch of colour.

Here’s some Greenery inspiration to get you in the mood!

Vionnet F/w 2014  Image VOGUE.COM

Vionnet F/w 2014. Image VOGUE.COM

Oscar de la Renta S/s 2015 (both looks on left), Jeremy Scott's S/s 2016 (both looks on right).  Image VOGUE.COM/BUSINESSOFFASHION

Oscar de la Renta S/s 2015 (both looks on left), Jeremy Scott’s S/s 2016 (both looks on left). Image VOGUE.COM/BUSINESSOFFASHION

Jasper Conran S/S 2017 (far left, centre left), Gucci Resort 2016 (centre right), Gucci F/W 2017 (far right). Image VOGUE UK/VOGUE/COM

Jasper Conran S/S 2017 (far left, centre left), Gucci Resort 2016 (centre right), Gucci F/W 2017 (far right). Image VOGUE UK/VOGUE/COM

Emilio Pucci S/s 2017.  Image VOGUE.COM

Emilio Pucci S/s 2017. Image VOGUE.COM

Accessories are the perfect thing to add punch to your outfit, especially if you're not drawn to lime green garments: (clockwise from centre left) Judith Leiber 'Born Whilst Travelling' Camel Crystal Pavé Minaudière, Moschino Fluo Green Logo, Prada Patent Leather Belt, Dior 'Lady Dior' Mini bag, vintage Hermès Birkin bag, Charlotte Olympia Cirtus Clutch, Jimmy Choo Anouk Patent Leather Pointy Toe Pumps, Kat Maconie Abigail Neon Platforms, Charlotte Olympia Neon Edith Sandal, Jimmy Choo Varia Colorblock Patent Slingback Pump. Image BERGDORFGOODMAN.COM/NEIMANMARCUS.COM/LYST.COM/KATMACONIE.COM/ENDOURCE.COM

Accessories are the perfect thing to add punch to your outfit, especially if you’re not drawn to lime green garments: (clockwise from centre left) Judith Leiber ‘Born Whilst Travelling’ Camel Crystal Pavé Minaudière, Moschino Fluo Green Logo, Prada Patent Leather Belt, Dior ‘Lady Dior’ mini bag, vintage Hermes Birkin bag, Charlotte Olympia Cirtus Clutch, Jimmy Choo Anouk Patent Leather Pointy Toe Pumps, Kat Maconie Abigail Neon Platforms, Charlotte Olympia Neon Edith Sandal, Jimmy Choo Varia Colorblock Patent Slingback Pump. Image BERGDORFGOODMAN.COM/NEIMANMARCUS.COM/LYST.COM/KATMACONIE.COM/ENDOURCE.COM

Smaller accessories: (clockwise, from top left) Versace Butterfly Barocco silk scarf, Dolce & Gabbana Lime Aqua Panther Print cotton scarf, Sonia Rykiel pear green fur scarf, Fratelli Orsini fur cuff leather gloves, Fendi Alphabet iPhone 6 case, Dolce & Gabbana Verde Leopard iPhone case, Prada Postcard sunglasses, Gucci Green Mirrored square sunglasses, Fendi Pom Pom and Alphabet fur handbag charm.  Image LYST.COM/FASHIONPILE.COM/PRETAVOIR.CO.UK/PRET-A-BEAUTE.COM/MODAOPERENDI.COM/COMOMILANO.COM/iKRIX.COM

Smaller accessories: (clockwise, from top left) Versace Butterfly Barocco silk scarf, Dolce & Gabbana Lime Aqua Panther Print cotton scarf, Sonia Rykiel pear green fur scarf, Fratelli Orsini fur cuff leather gloves, Fendi Alphabet iPhone 6 case, Dolce & Gabbana Verde Leopard iPhone case, Prada Postcard sunglasses, Gucci Green Mirrored square sunglasses, Fendi Pom Pom and Alphabet fur handbag charm. Image LYST.COM/FASHIONPILE.COM/PRETAVOIR.CO.UK/PRET-A-BEAUTE.COM/MODAOPERENDI.COM/COMOMILANO.COM/iKRIX.COM

Peridot perfectly matches the zesty, bright colour of Greenery, luckily high end jewelers often feature the vivid stone in their designs. Some fabulous sparklers: (clockwise from centre left): Pomellato Nudo rings in rose gold, Ippolita Lollipop earrings and bracelet in rose gold, a vintage peridot and tanzanite Chanel Haute Joaillerie clover ring in yellow gold, a pair of lacy Plima chandelier earrings, an Ippolita Rock Candy tennis bracelet in rose gold, a pair of Madhouse designs diamond, peridot and tsavorites “Melting Ice” earrings in white gold, a Tiffany & Co. Rainbow Drop lariat necklace in white gold, Theo Fennell diamond and peridot Empress Drop earring sin white gold, Theo Fennell peridot and pink coral Parrot cufflinks in yellow gold, vintage Bulgari Chandra ring in peridot, yellow gold and white ceramic, Elsa Perretti for Tiffany & Co. Open Heart peridot pendant in yellow gold. Images THEJEWELLERYEDITOR.COM/THEOFENNELL.COM/1STDIBS.COM/LUXURY5TH.COM/NEIMANMARCUS.COM

There are plenty of bright green options available for those who prefer fashion jewelry as well: (clockwise, from centre left) Oscar de la Renta resin and enamel Lily pad necklace, Atelier Swarovski by Sandy Powell Leaf necklace, earrings and cuff bracelet, Jonette Jewelry “Lime Slice” pendant necklace, Amrapali x Manish Arora Naho necklace, vintage Hermès enamel cuff, Tribe Amrapali x Manish Arora stud earrings, Neolithic Jewelry resin bangle. Image BERGDOFGOODMAN.COM/CRYSTALBLOG.COM/AMAZON.COM/AMRAPALIJEWELS.COM/1STDIBS.COM/NEOLITHICJEWELRY.COM

Fabulous runway makeup- clockwise from top left: Thierry Mugler S/s 2012, Vivienne Westwood Red Label S/s 2012, Dior Haute Couture Spring 2010, Atelier Versace S/s 2013.  Image VOGUE.COM/WWD

Fabulous runway makeup- clockwise from top left: Thierry Mugler S/s 2012, Vivienne Westwood Red Label S/s 2012, Dior Haute Couture Spring 2010, Atelier Versace S/s 2013. Image VOGUE.COM/WWD

So what do you think? Will you be adding some green to your ensembles?

Xx – Ana

Friday Fierceness!

“Let’s Dance”- Vogue Germany January 2017

On her- Jacket, Shirt, Tie, Skirt: Chanel, Stockings: Fogal, Shoes: Mary Katrantzou X Gianvito Rossi, Jewelry: Vintage Love. On him- Jacket, trousers: Chanel, Shirt: Brioni, Tie: Lanvin, Shoes: Givenchy, Jewelry: Vintage Love.  Image VOGUE GERMANY/GIAMPAOLO SGURA

On her- Jacket, Shirt, Tie, Skirt: Chanel, Stockings: Fogal, Shoes: Mary Katrantzou X Gianvito Rossi, Jewelry: Vintage Love. On him- Jacket, trousers: Chanel, Shirt: Brioni, Tie: Lanvin, Shoes: Givenchy, Jewelry: Vintage Love. Image VOGUE GERMANY/GIAMPAOLO SGURA

Models: Cameron Russell & Jon Kortajarena
Photographer: Giampaolo Sgura
Stylist: Christiane Arp
Makeup: Jessica Nedza
Hair: Franco Gobbi

Jewel of the Month

The Saxe-Coburg and Gotha Parure- a four piece suite of turquoise and diamond jewels

The Saxe- Coburg and Gotha Turquoise Tiara, part of the four piece turquoise and diamond suite. Image THE COURT JEWELLER

The Saxe- Coburg and Gotha Turquoise Tiara, part of a four piece turquoise and diamond suite. Image THE COURT JEWELLER

This is one of my favourite suites of Royal turquoise jewelry with its fantastic balance of colour and sparkle provided by the diamonds. It’s beautiful and regal without being too gaudy. Comprising of four pieces, a coronet-style button tiara, a necklace, earrings and a brooch, the suite features large oval and circular turquoise cabochon cut stones, all surrounded with diamonds, with scrolling diamond framework and floral diamond accents. The tiara is designed as a band of large turquoise with diamonds, set upon a frame of diamond scrolls with smaller turquoise accents and a final band of diamonds that sits above a white gold base. The necklace is a single row of turquoise and floral diamond clusters with a dangling row of five matching pendants, and is simple in comparison to the matching earrings and brooch. The earrings are comprised of two dangling diamond clusters with small turquoise centers, while the brooch features a very large oval turquoise as the center of an elaborate scrolling flower with diamond petals and leaves, with a large dangling pendant of turquoise and diamonds.

Princess Victoria Adelheid of Saxe- Coburg and Gotha wearing the Turquoise Parure on different occassions.  Image GETTY IMAGES/FRANZ GRAINGER

Princess Victoria Adelheid of Saxe- Coburg and Gotha wearing the Turquoise Parure on different occassions. Image GETTY IMAGES/FRANZ GRAINGER

Created by an unknown jeweler before the 1905 wedding of Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to Princess Victoria Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, this suite is thought to have been a one of the Princess’ wedding gifts from her parents or new husband. The Princess wore her turquoise suite publicly on a few occasions- there are photographs of her wearing parts of the parure for separate events, and she notably wore the full suite for the wedding of her daughter Princess Sibylla to Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden in 1932.

The wedding of Princess Sibylla of Saxe- Coburg and Gotha & prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden, October 1932.  Shown here (from left to right) Karl Edward, Duke of Saxe- Coburg and Gotha, Crown Prince Gustaf of Sweden, Princess Sibylla, Prince Gustaf Adolf, Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, Crown Princess Louise of Sweden and Princess Victoria Adelaide of Saxe- Coburg and Gotha (who is wearing the tiara from the Turquoise Parure.  Image WIKIMEDA COMMONS/THE COURT JEWELLER

The wedding of Princess Sibylla of Saxe- Coburg and Gotha & prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden, October 1932. Shown here (from left to right) Karl Edward, Duke of Saxe- Coburg and Gotha, Crown Prince Gustaf of Sweden, Princess Sibylla, Prince Gustaf Adolf, Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, Crown Princess Louise of Sweden and Princess Victoria Adelaide of Saxe- Coburg and Gotha (who is wearing the tiara from the Turquoise Parure. Image WIKIMEDA COMMONS/THE COURT JEWELLER

Although the Saxe-Coburg and Gotha family lost their dukedom at the end of World War I, they retained their hereditary titles along with the majority of their lands and jewels. The turquoise parure is just one of the treasures they retained. Although it remained out of the public eye for many years, today we occasionally see the parts of this gorgeous turquoise parure popping up at major royal events on Princess Kelly, the American wife of Hereditary Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, the great- grandson of Princess Victoria Adelaide.

Princess Kelly of Saxe- Coburg and Gotha at the wedding of Princess Madeleine in 2013 (left) and at the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria in 2010 (right), wearing the Turquoise tiara and necklace.  Image GETTY IMAGES/ZIMBIO

Princess Kelly of Saxe- Coburg and Gotha at the wedding of Princess Madeleine in 2013 (left) and at the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria in 2010 (right), wearing the Turquoise tiara and necklace. Image GETTY IMAGES/ZIMBIO

Princess Kelly has worn the tiara and necklace to a few occasions in recent years, including the weddings of both Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeleine of Sweden, and to King Carl Gustaf of Sweden’s 70th birthday gala in April 2016 (King Carl Gustaf is the son of Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha).

Princess Kelly of Saxe- Coburg and Gotha wearing the Turquoise tiara and necklace at King Carl Gustaf's 70th Birthday Gala in April 2016.  Image GETTY IMAGES

Princess Kelly of Saxe- Coburg and Gotha wearing the Turquoise tiara and necklace at King Carl Gustaf’s 70th Birthday Gala in April 2016. Image GETTY IMAGES

I love this parure, and would love to see more of it- particularly the brooch and earrings which, after the tiara, are said to be the most impressive pieces in this suite.

Xx – Ana

Jewel of the Month

The Seal of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich- a gold and imperial topaz seal by Fabergé

The seal of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich.  Image KREMLIN MUSEUM

The seal of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich. Image KREMLIN MUSEUM

A piece belonging to Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia, this is one of the few surviving pieces from the Grand Duke’s massive art and objets d’art collection. Made by Fabergé master W. Reimer in 1898, this seal can be considered both an objet d’art and jewel as it is constructed entirely from fine gold and gem quality topaz. Its golden handle depicts a tiny replica of the Russian Imperial crown, which is attached to the large oval topaz by two scrolling gold ‘ribbons’ and a pair of gold screws. The topaz is chequerboard faceted on the sides and bezel cut on the bottom where there is an engraving of the royal emblem of Moscow: a shield with St. George slaying a dragon below the imperial crown, with a double-headed eagle on either side. One side of the stone bears the engraving of the word ‘Ilyinsky’ and other features the Grand Duke’s initials under the Imperial crown.

Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich, late 19th century (approxiately 1880s). Image GETTY IMAGES

Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich, late 19th century (approxiately 1880s).
Image GETTY IMAGES

Not much information is available on this particular piece, including information on how it survived the Russian Revolution and both World Wars, or who it belongs to now. It currently sits out of sight, either belonging to the state or a private individual, and was most likely a piece of palace property seized by the state during the 1917 revolution. The seal was most likely appropriated from the Winter Palace, one of the Tsar’s family residences, since as an official object of state it would have been returned from the Grand Duke’s official residence after his death.

Grand Duke Sergei and his wife Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna (formerly Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine), 1890s.  Recoloured image CHEDDERBAY.COM/ROYALTEA, original image WIKIMEDIA COMMONS.

Grand Duke Sergei and his wife Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna (formerly Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine), 1890s. Recoloured image CHEDDERBAY.COM/ROYALTEA, original image WIKIMEDIA COMMONS.

The seal remained out of the public eye until 2012, when it was displayed in an exhibition celebrating the work of Fabergé and other Russian jewel masters at the Kremlin Museum in Moscow. It has since disappeared again.

Friday Fierceness!

Cover Story- Vogue Ukraine November 2017

Gown: David Koma, Gloves: Max Mara, Jewelry: Yves Saint Laurent.  Image VOGUE UKRAINE/NAGI SAKAI

Gown: David Koma, Gloves: Max Mara, Jewelry: Yves Saint Laurent. Image VOGUE UKRAINE/NAGI SAKAI

Model: Lena Hardt
Photographer: Nagi Sakai
Stylist: Julie Pelipas
Hair: Romina Maneti
Makeup: Kaoru Okubo