Estate jewelry curator Tracy Smith is taking her keen eye for baubles to a whole new level with a line of original jewelry for House of Lavande. Launching for Resort 2013 and inspired by Smith's Palm Beach home, the new line is made up of glimmering statement pieces — earrings, collar necklaces, cuffs, and cocktail rings — all of which are embellished with Swarovski crystals, dyed wood, resin, and natural stones in a watercolor palette of aqua, violet, coral, and green. Priced from $450 to $3,500, these gorgeous jewels won't hit stores until November, but they are available for preorder on Moda Operandi now through June 15. See the entire selection here.
Sarah Jessica Parker's calendar is packed with the most exclusive award shows, screenings, and parties, and with such a full schedule, it's a no-brainer that she's mastered a go-to party style: embellished dresses with velvet blazers. From sequin stunners to full-skirt numbers to tweed ladylike looks, SJP treads the fashion-forward line to perfection. Then to that she always adds the most stunning accessories and the chicest of shoes. Get a closer look at Sarah Jessica Parker's fashion formula, then shop the lust-worthy looks for yourself. Be sure to also catch Eva Mendes's fashion formula: retro frocks and sandals.
Kate Winslet rocked a neutral-hued ensemble at the Venice Film Festival in Italy. Kate donned a form-fitting black mini, a beige Helmut Lang blazer, and two-tone Michael Kors sandals. She accessorized with gold bar drop earrings and a simple bangle both by House of Lavande. We completed her film festival style with an embellished suede clutch. Shop here to get Kate's exact shoes with other like items.
Jessica Alba was all smiles in an Alice and Olivia maxi on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno in LA. Jessica styled her creme dress with a snakeskin belt and Brian Atwood cork sandals. Abalone House of Lavande earrings, bright orange nail polish, and loose beach waves completed her talk show style. Snag her exact dress with other like items now.
The colorblock frock is back and better than ever. After all, what's not to love about flattering illusions and cool shapes? When donning such a bold pattern, we suggest accessorizing with simple accompaniments. Notice how Cameron Diaz paired her Vionnet confection with a pair of sleek black Casadei pumps and a deco YSL disc ring from House of Lavande. Superb, yes?
You may not be a celebrity who gets her photo taken every second, but let's face it, Facebook has provided enough instances for fabulous photo-ops. That's why this lesson should prove valuable for you. While Jessica Biel looks great in her one-shouldered Vionnet frock and House of Lavande jewels at the The A-Team photocall in Madrid, we love the shot on the right more. That's because the dress looks extra smashing from the side. Same dress, totally different angles. This proves there's a lot you can do to make your most gorgeous outfit more flattering in photos.
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Cameron Diaz showed off her dazzling smile at the Good Morning America studios to promote her latest flick Knight and Day with costar Tom Cruise. Her drapey Elizabeth and James beige shorts, white tank, and light chambray blazer combo is the epitome of Summer chic. A pair of Chloe wedge sandals, gold chain necklace, Anita Ko stud earrings, and House of Lavande lucite bangle further her fresh southern Cali style. If you got it, flaunt it.
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Online retailers selling vintage jewelry are gaining momentum as consumers look to make meaningful purchases that will last a lifetime. As Carmen Haid, founder of vintage clothing and accessories website Atelier Meyer, told WWD in an article on the demand for vintage online, “I don’t think people want to spend on a piece from the high street that will last a season anymore. A vintage investment is season-less." And, when it comes to jewelry, vintage often equals timeless. Take our selection above from Christian Lacroix, Givenchy, and Chanel among others—there's nothing we probably wouldn't wear ten years from now.
House of Lavande is a special entity. See, the brand is a collection of vintage adornments hand-picked by jewelry connoisseur Tracy Smith. Her eye for finding the creme de la creme from the likes of Kenneth Jay Lane, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Christian Dior is really a masterpiece within itself. That's why celebs like Evan Rachel Wood, Cameron Diaz, and Kristen Bell are frequent customers of her costume jewelry.
What does it take to locate such divine baubles? Let's see, a day in the life of Tracy Smith includes traveling the world in search of estates sales, Parisian flea markets, and private dealers in hopes of finding that perfect pair of vintage earrings or cocktail ring. Must be nice.
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Leighton Meester has been known to push the fashion envelope every so often, so when we spotted her wearing this unique Preen dress at the Nylon Mexico launch party we had to dish. Her bedazzled LBD has an interesting mesh overlay and corset-like panel running across the chest. For adornments, the Gossip Girl chose a multi-colored bracelet by House of Lavande, a stingray barrel clutch by Cecelia, and a pair of strappy black sandals. Her ensemble is daring: do you love it or hate it?