May 25, 1986 |
A London auctioneer this Wednesday will sell a curious document that almost makes Imelda Marcos look like the model of shopping restraint. The Marcos treasury of shoes, gowns and bad or fake classical paintings has become famous since the Philippine upheaval. But Imelda Marcos could have taken lessons from Empress Josephine.
March 17, 2014 |
L'Wren Scott, who was found dead Monday in New York, dressed nearly every A-list actress in Hollywood, including perennial fashion darlings Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz and Sarah Jessica Parker, and helped turn many of them into style icons. Both as a stylist and designer, Scott created a number of the most magical red carpet moments of the last decade. Here, we look back at her most memorable looks. Nicole Kidman, 2008 Oscars Scott dressed a pregnant Nicole Kidman in a black Balenciaga gown and designed a dramatic 1,399-karat rough diamond sautoir to go with it. The diamond necklace, draped around Kidman's porcelain neck, is one of the most famous pieces of jewelry ever worn on a red carpet.
September 22, 1996 |
Back in Hollywood's heyday, when glamour was part of the job description, leading ladies dripped with precious gems and 18-karat gold. Unlike some at this year's Oscar ceremony who topped off a Gap T-shirt or Armani gown with borrowed rocks from Van Cleef & Arpels or Harry Winston, these ladies owned. So when the jewelry from the estates of four former Hollywood stars goes on the Christie's auction block Oct. 3, more than diamonds and gold will be up for sale to the highest bidder.
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March 2, 2007 |
A judge Thursday sentenced Michael Goodwin to two consecutive life sentences without parole for the murders of racing legend Mickey Thompson and his wife in what prosecutors said were revenge killings for a business partnership gone awry. Goodwin, who was dressed in a dark gray jacket and had brown-rimmed glasses perched low on his nose, showed no reaction as Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Teri Schwartz sentenced him. A jury in the same Pasadena courthouse had convicted him Jan.
June 20, 1986 |
When a woman wears jewelry by Brian Reichenberg, she usually doesn't bandy his name about. "She might tell a couple of friends, but that's about it," boasts the former gem salesman, who specializes in fake diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds. People who want copies of real baubles (their own or someone else's) have been known to arrive at Reichenberg's Beverly Boulevard shop disguised in large hats, sunglasses and using pseudonyms, he says. Other clients summon him on the q.t.
July 2, 1997 |
Dana Shanler hated borrowing her mother's jewelry for special occasions. So she did what was once considered unthinkable: She bought an expensive diamond necklace for herself. "I knew I could afford it, and I decided that I could buy it for myself if I really wanted it," said the 34-year-old attorney. "Now, every time I wear it I get a real charge out of it." Jewelry isn't just the gift of love anymore.
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January 29, 1988
The Swiss branch of the famed art auction house Sotheby's sued palimony lawyer Marvin Mitchelson Thursday, claiming that he failed to pay $1.1 million he owes for Cartier jewelry that belonged to the Duchess of Windsor. The flamboyant Mitchelson purchased the jewelry at a Sotheby's S.A. Geneve auction last April 2 and 3 at the Hotel Beau-Rivage in Geneva, Switzerland, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. Mitchelson reportedly agreed to pay 1.
October 28, 2000 |
If there were an Olympic competition for rappers, OutKast would be on everyWheaties box in America. The Atlanta hip-hop duo features the two most agile hip-hop orators in the business, turbocharged MCs who pack more words per beat than any of their contemporaries. At the House of Blues on Thursday, OutKast stirred up a furious hip-hop tempest, punching out its urban manifestoes before a crowd that mimicked every vocal nuance and shout-out.
March 4, 2001 |
JAMES KERSEY, 46, HAS BEEN SELLING JEWELRY FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS. HE'S SPENT THE LAST seven at Harry Winston on Rodeo Drive. The premier jeweler furnishes millions of dollars' worth of gems to award-going starlets every year, and this month's Oscar ceremonies should be no exception. "It's glamorous," he admits. "But it's just a job. At night I go home and eat frozen pizza just like everyone else."