November 13, 2012 § 1 Comment
It’s been years now since I liked any of Christina Aguilera songs or her sense of style for that matter. Actually it has been since her last more or less listenable album called Back to Basics. Thus it might be surprising that her pictures seem to be the focal point of this post, but let me explain. I recently stumbled across her latest video Your Body and while the song, the storyline and the moves had no impact on me, the styling definitely struck a cord. Not even the entire result of styling, to be specific, since Christina’s clothes were unflattering and always looked like they were about to burst. For me the only thing that was done right, and not just right but omg-I-need-all-of-these-right-now kind of right, was jewellery. There was a lot of it, it was very colourful and glittery and most was by two of my favourite contemporary jewellery designers Tom Binns and Erickson Beamon. So I visited net-a-porter.com that is still my favourite destination for mid-range costume jewellery and found a lot of items in the style of the jewellery in the video to add to My Fashion Wish List. Have a look at my picks below (click here to be redirected to full ranges by the selected designers at net-a-porter.com: Tom Binns, Erickson Beamon and Shourouk)
- Erickson Beamon Colour Me Crazy silver-plated Swarovski crystal earrings, £275
- Tom Binns Riri painted Swarovski crystal and stone earrings, £260
- Shourouk Leitmotif silver-plated Swarovski crystal earrings, £300
- Erickson Beamon Colour Me Crazy silver-plated Swarovski crystal necklace, £715
- Shourouk Bakara Moonlight silver-plated Swarovski crystal bracelet, £175
- Shourouk Arlequin silver-plated Swarovski crystal ring, £420
- Tom Binns Riri painted Swarovski crystal cuff, £990
- Shourouk Braka Rococo Swarovski crystal bracelet, £185
March 26, 2012 § 1 Comment
Since Yves Saint Laurent released the Arty cocktail rings range they have become instantly recognisable and truly covetable pieces of jewellery. There has hardly been one celebrity which wasn’t at some point seen wearing one. Indeed the cult following included: Kylie Minogue who was wearing it on her Aphrodite tour, Kim Kardashian sporting it at the make up launch and Alexa Chung demonstrating it at a photoshoot (with matching nail polish – fab!).
This season YSL extended the range of enamel and gold plated rings further with new colours and materials. I love both the depth of some enamels – looking like they might be some precious stones sent to us interterrestrially – and the monocolour shine of others. My favourite picks below range from £135 to £165. The thing is, whichever colour you pick, the arty ring is a real investment: it has been popular season after season and has moved from ‘trend’ to ‘classic’ category making it the most desirable cocktail ring out there.
Based on the success of YSL arty rings, this season has a whole range of oversized cocktail rings from other brands waiting to steal some fans from the established favourite. Many undercut arty ring in price but some aim higher with beautiful designer creations. See my selection below – are you ready to swap a YSL classic with new season favourite?
- House of Harlow 1960 Sunburst Ring, £51
- House of Harlow 1960 Stone & Crystal Ring, was £83 now £58 (asos)
- House of Harlow 1960 Sun Ring, was £84 now £41 (asos)
- Erickson Beamon Safari Ring, £195
- Kenneth Jay Lane Crystal Ring, £55
- Monica Vinader Set of Three Stacking Rings, £280
- Kenneth Jay Lane Resin Ring, £65
March 16, 2012 § Leave a comment
I am sure if I told someone this necklace was by Tom Binns or Erickson Beamon (my two favourite jewellery designers at the moment) no one would bat an eye lid. Indeed this necklace can easily pass for £500-900 piece of jewellery, but the truth is it’s only £69.99! It is Mango Touch Beetle Necklace, an online exclusive which unlike most other items in the category does feel special (most of the time ‘online exclusives’ aren’t great – they are given the label due to shortage of stock).
Statement necklaces like this are considered great fashion investments – you would wear them all the time since they go with almost anything. This one is no exception: it is bold yet feminine so would suit different clothing styles plus its colour palette opens up many coordination possibilities. Altogether probably the best £69.99 you would ever spend on a piece of jewellery!