September 24, 2006 |
Text by Kristin Young; Photographs by Randee St. Nicholas * Resource Guide: Page 29 Dior Homme by Hedi Slimane white cotton tuxedo shirt, $395, black silk tie, $155, and yellow-and-black sunglasses, $205, all at Dior Homme, Beverly Hills. Black jeans by Nudie Jeans Co., $185, at Traffic Men, Los Angeles. Prada leopard-print belt, $345, Comme des Garcons red belt with chain, $165, and Dries Van Noten gold sequin scarf, $255, all at Barneys New York, Beverly Hills.
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.
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.
April 15, 1994 |
A Madame Gripoix necklace made and sold in the 1960s for less than $100 recently brought $1,955 at a New York auction. Why so much for a piece of costume jewelry? For one thing, the name Gripoix, a designer who worked with couture houses to accessorize their pricey clothes, carries weight with collectors. And so does workmanship. Costume jewelry made from the 1920s to the 1960s was often created in the same way as fine jewelry, experts say.
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.