March 31, 2013 |
Luxury designer and native Angeleno Elisabeth Weinstock knows the art of blending elegance with edge - a skill she attributes to having grown up a punk rock kid in Beverly Hills (the spiked Christian Louboutin sneakers she is wearing one recent day further validates this point). Her line of accessories for men, women and the home incorporates exotic skins and leathers in a variety of colors in one-of-a-kind pieces such as humidors, cigar holders, travel valets, Dopp kits, clutches and jewelry armoires.
March 3, 2013 |
The mix of casual and glam is what has made Paris-based jewelry designer Aurélie Bidermann a fashion world favorite. She's made modern-day heirlooms out of one-of-a-kind pieces of vintage cotton lace, dipping them into 18-karat gold, and molding them into cuffs with a weathered patina. And she's elevated the humble friendship bracelet to must-have status, using gold hardware to anchor the braided threads and give the pieces strength and permanence. "The idea is to make pieces not too delicate, but strong and easy to wear from day to night," says the designer, who has a background in art, and launched her line nearly 10 years ago. Past collections have been influenced by pre-Columbian art, Brazilian handicrafts, Santa Fe style and the architecture of Miami Beach.
February 20, 2013 |
Singer Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas is generating a lot of news this month. First she announced that she and actor husband Josh Duhamel are expecting a baby. And her new fragrance, Viva by Fergie, for Avon just launched. The fragrance is described as “sexy, spirited and seductive” - kind of like the singer herself. It is a combination of herbs, lavender and vetiver and is priced at $30. Fergie is no slouch when it comes to perfume. She's been partnering with Avon since 2009, and in 2011 she won the fragrance industry's FIFI Award for New Fragrance Celebrity of the Year.
January 27, 2013 |
For those who follow the Chinese zodiac, the year of the snake begins Feb. 10. People born under this sign are thought to be more likely to be seductive, gregarious, charming, smart, good with money and, at times, a little jealous. The reptiles themselves are beautiful, sometimes dangerous, creatures that have inspired countless designers over the years. Here are some ways to incorporate the symbol of the year into your wardrobe, with no harm done to any living creature. It's hard not to turn heads in Equipment's Sloane crewneck cashmere sweater, $298 from Nordstrom, with its snakeskin print in neon yellow.
January 17, 2013 |
He dragged a woman from a burning building, went on food stamps to be one with his poorest constituents, and has made a couple of "sexiest" lists, but Newark Mayor Cory Booker isn't resting on his leading-man laurels. Now he's diving into the effort to combat gun violence with the extra oomph his followers have come to expect: by plugging jewelry made from the metal of guns seized by Newark police. Booker heralded the Caliber Collection, created by jewelry designer Jessica P. Mindich, during an appearance Wednesday night on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show," a few hours after President Obama urged Congress to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and toughen background checks for gun buyers.
January 13, 2013 |
Jennifer Meyer wears her jewelry in the shower. And she's built a business on that idea. "I don't want you to take your jewelry off. I want it to become a part of you," says the designer over lunch, sweeping her hand across the subtle gold pieces on her wrists, neck and earlobes. "All of these have been in the shower with me this morning - it's 18-karat gold, it's diamonds and it's an investment, and if it turns color, then someone's ripping me off. " Meyer is holding forth on a weekday, in the less hectic garden room of L.A.'s Soho House - down a long hallway, away from the see-and-be-seen power dining center.
January 2, 2013 |
Luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co. has struck a deal to continue selling the designs of famed Italian jewelry designer Elsa Peretti, which make up about 10% of its total sales. Under the agreement, New York-based Tiffany retains exclusive rights to Peretti's designs, which include best-selling pieces such as the teardrop necklace and thumbprint vase. Peretti, who has also created items for high-end designers such as Halston, will get royalties and also a $47-million payment, the company said in a Wednesday regulatory filing.
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December 5, 2012 |
Gold earrings, diamond studs, wedding rings and designer watches sparkled like a jeweler's cabinet at a shopping mall - and there's more where that came from, police said. On Tuesday, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Matt Plugge displayed more than 11,000 stolen items at the Valley Bureau headquarters, showing them off more like a high-end jeweler than a law enforcement official. Plugge said he is now seeking to reunite some pieces with their rightful owners. "They come from hundreds of homes," Plugge said.
November 21, 2012 |
For fragrance lovers, it's the season of opulent choices. L'Objet's champagne-scented candle is decked out in a malachite vessel with 24-karat gold and amethyst quartz cabochon detailing that can double as a treasure box later. Diptyque's limited-edition candles spread holiday cheer with the rich aromas of frankincense, frosty fir tree and warm oud wood mixed with amber. Los Angeles' Royal Apothic offers another festive possibility: "Distillation of a Victorian Fir," with notes of cranberry, holly, apricot and cinnamon.
November 18, 2012 |
Upcycled fashion is no longer just for hard-core environmentalists. The idea of wearing items made from cast-off skateboards, inner tubes, plastic trash bags, car seat belts - even wartime bombs and bullets - is no longer considered bizarre but beautiful, as consumers pick up today's conservationist zeitgeist. "Upcycling" means taking something disposable and creating something of higher value with it - making a purse from a tire, for instance. (Recycling, on the other hand, decomposes items into materials that can then be used to create something else, such as turning wood chips into paper.)