January 21, 2009

Lustworthy: House of Harlow 1960

Celebrity designers are usually nothing to write home about, but I’m pretty taken with House of Harlow 1960, a jewelry line by Nicole Richie.

The socialite teamed up with Mouawad, a major fine jeweler, to produce this collection named after her 1-year-old daughter. Like its creator, the pieces are a bit mod, a little art deco, yet also hippie-ish at the same time (a combination I couldn't previously fathom).

“I’ve always felt that great accessories are essential in every complete outfit and I wanted to create a collection that was easy to mix and match; to either wear alone as an everyday piece, or stack on to make more of a statement,” Nicole said in a press release.

The collection is surprisingly quite affordable, with prices ranging from $12 to $125. The rings, bangles, and earrings are all gold-plated. A standout piece is the Resin Triangle Necklace, which makes a great statement while also being wearable. I can't wait to pair with my slouchy tanks.

Check out the collection at Kitson.

January 11, 2009

Flower Power

Happy New Year, dear readers!

To me, the stretch between January and March is painstakingly long. The holiday season is over and the weather is brutal. The only thing that keeps me half awake is the anticipation of spring collections hitting the stores.

One of my favorite trends is floral embellishments and accents. Just like the fresh cuts, different ones evoke different personalities and messages. Candy-hued buds are sweet and romantic, while more abstract interpretations are edgy and modern. Take your pick and arrange wisely.

Chanel showed some beautiful bib necklaces, reminiscent of a dreamy Parisian jardin, atop delicate skirtsuits.

Flowers were also in full bloom at Valentino. An amazing gold petal choker complemented an elegant floor-length gown. This is a wonderful example of how to pull off – and show off – statement jewelry.

The garden motif continued at Burberry Prorsum in a collection entitled “Garden Girls.” Thin metal leaves were clustered together to make fun, long necklaces.

Finally, Marni used its signature touch to recreate resin blossoms. These will be great ornaments to a simple, casual outfit.

The forecast for spring? Sunny and optimistic. Stay tuned for budget-conscious options in upcoming weeks.

All images courtesy of Style.com