It has come to my attention that I am an accessory addict — and online shopping site Charm & Chain offers a carefully edited, supereclectic collection of jewelry that totally feeds my habit. They've got goodies from my perennial faves, like Fallon, Erickson Beamon, and House of Harlow 1960, but also feature up-and-coming designers, which gives the site a unique edge. Even better: you can also search Charm & Chain products through ShopStyle. Click through to see which Charm & Chain baubles I'm coveting most, then head over to the site to get your own wish list going.
We're imagining a swift escape to the vineyards this weekend complete with copious amounts of wine — a veritable gastronomic adventure. Refined comfort is the key: peep these hot picks from J Brand, Kensie, Erickson Beamon, and Yves Salomon. Our mix of velvet jeans, boucle sweaters, and a decadent furry scarf are a surefire way to get the libations going.
Left to right: J Brand Velvet Jeans ($185), Delia's Braid Belt ($20), Kensie Dolman Sleeve Mélange Bouclé Sweater ($68), Erickson Beamon Duchess of Fabulous Swarovski Crystal Ring ($395), Yves Salomon Luna Brown Scarf ($480), 3.1 Phillip Lim Edie Bow Bag ($695), F-Troupe Star Eyelet Flat Ankle Boot ($181)
It might not be the most obvious color combination, but we're all over pairing black and navy blue together this Fall. Channel your inner biker chick and try out the look with leather pants from MICHAEL Michael Kors and a layered look up top or go fancy with this pretty pleated dress from Topshop and stunning Jimmy Choo shoes boots. Either way will guarantee a dark and decadent success.
Biker Chic, top to bottom: Vanessa Bruno Double-breasted Jacket ($143, originally $475), Gorjana Chloe Stud Earrings ($35), Edun Cropped Cable-knit Sweater ($300), Equipment Midnight Navy Satin Shirt ($198), MICHAEL Michael Kors Skinny leather Pants ($450), Emporio Armani Woven Bead Necklace ($320), Maison Martin Margiela Shearling Booties ($865), CC Skye Onie Messenger Bag ($595)
Fancy Pleats, top to bottom: MICHAEL Michael Kors Short Ruched Gloves ($47), Georgie Heidi Faux Fur Jacket ($364), Topshop Rare Layer Pleat Dress ($90), Erickson Beamon Secret Society Swarovski Crystal Necklace ($855), Falke Soft Merino Rib Tights ($65), Jimmy Choo Feline Snakeskin Shoe Boots ($1,095), Foley + Corinna Bitty Biker Bag ($345)
>> Wednesday evening, Vera Wang moved almost all of the furniture out of her vast Park Avenue apartment to toast this year's 26 new CFDA inductees. “It may not be as big as Donna Karan’s loft, but I can fit you all in,” Wang said of her duplex, which she estimated was hosting 300 guests. Tommy Hilfiger and wife Dee Ocleppo were impressed, however — The Cut caught them exclaiming: “It's amazing. The kitchen is sick. Our kitchen is like, a tenth of that size. That's like a restaurant kitchen.”
The new members include: Waris Ahluwalia — who said of the honor, “I feel like I almost should put this on my passport as my fashion visa. It's nice to make this baby official!", Steven Alan, Lisa Axelson of Ann Taylor, Lubov Azria, Shane Baum of Baumvision, Vicki Beamon and Karen Erickson of Erickson Beamon, George Esquivel, Robert Geller, Gary Graham, Ulrich Grimm of Calvin Klein, Sang A Im-Propp, Anthony Keegan of Commonwealth Utilities, Adam Kimmel, Nikki Kule of Kule, Kimberly McDonald, Rebecca Minkoff, Bibhu Mohapatra, Juan Carlos Obando, Monique Péan, Monica Rich Kosann, Pamella Roland, Robert Rodriguez, L'Wren Scott, Shelly Steffee, and Sophie Theallet, who just moved into a new office space.
This bracelet is a design from one of my favorite jewelry lines, Erickson Beamon. In my eyes, they can do no wrong, as each piece is an artistic thing of beauty! This bracelet is absolutely phenomenal and the fact that it is a huge statement piece doesn't hurt either. I seek them out on a regular basis in order to keep up with what's new. I'd hate to think that I missed out on one of their luscious offerings!
When February rolls around, I have one thing in mind: Fashion Week. New York Fashion week kicks off Feb. 10, and then the fashion marathon continues on to London, Milan, and Paris. Though my fallback outfits consist of Painting It Black, I'm going to try my darndest to inject some color into my FW wardrobe. Perhaps with funky jewelry or cool scarves. After that, it's ski time. There's also a sweet pink Valentine's Day idea in here for whomever's listening . . .
It's time to rock the vote for your favorite jewelry designer of '09. Tom Binns swooned us — and Jessica Biel — with his magical Swarovski-embellished pieces. Forever 21 became a frequent destination for its super cheap and chic baubles. Lorraine Schwartz hypnotized us with those emerald earrings Angelina Jolie wore to the Oscars. Alexis Bittar continues to be a Fab favorite with his galactic yet glamorous jewels. Erickson Beamon's funky creations wooed us to a whole new level. Lastly Dannijo, a NYC label born by sisters Danielle and Jodie Snyder; we can't get enough of their heavy chains and under the sea aesthetic.
(Top Row: L-R, Tom Binns, Forever 21, Lorraine Schwartz)
(Bottom Row: L-R, Alexis Bittar, Erickson Beamon, Dannijo)
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It's raining baubles: Thakoon, Alice + Olivia, and Milly have announced expansions into jewelry.
Thakoon Panichgul has been swooped up by Japanese fine jewelry brand, Tasaki, to serve as its creative director. “My goal is to approach jewelry design in the same manner that I approach clothing: always move forward but respect the past,” said Panichgul.
Alice + Olivia received some help from jewelry extraordinaire, Karen Erickson, to design a limited-edition jewelry collection set to debut in Spring. The line, ranging from $278 to $393, is funky and modern — check out this rad leather floral bangle.
Milly designer, Michelle Smith, took inspiration from her Spring line to create Lucite necklaces, gold-plated bracelets, and colorful enamel cuffs. “From the time I was a girl, I was always into vintage jewelry. It is a passion of mine, so I thought it would be a great addition to the Milly collection,” said Smith. Her collection retails from $75 to $325, and will also launch in Spring. Bring on the bling!
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Every year, I host a a big Summer luau, but it's not your run-of-the-mill soiree with coconuts and grass skirts. I take it to the next level with a new theme each year complete with awesome outfits, delicious food, and tasty drinks. This year's theme was all about tenacious technicolor, so I needed you to help me put together a colorful, bodacious outfit. Thanks to you, I was the hostess with the mostest.
I started you off with these Full Tilt Bright Jelly Bracelets ($3) because they remind me of my old ravin' days. . . . Let's see what you all came up with!
Ask any homie and they'll tell you I love necklaces. Long, short, beaded, studded — I own them all. Not only do they instantly add spice to your attire, they're also a fun way to show off your sparking personality. When I'm feeling extra cheerful, I layer on the colored beads; on gloomier days, I sport dark chains. Are you on top of your necklace game? Take my quiz to see if you can guess the stylin' necklace!