While you might be tempted to make a big splash for one of your first Valentine’s as a newly married couple, simple is best. Choose a piece that you know she’ll love and keep for years to come. As she’s currently sporting her new wedding ring, try for a pair of earrings, a necklace or bracelet—and feel free to go crazy with the hearts. Tiffany Hearts Pendant necklace is simple and timeless, making for a piece she’ll want to wear from now until your 60th wedding anniversary. The Tiffany Heart Pendant necklace is available at Tiffany’s and priced at $8,900.
Theres nothing better than unwinding after a long day by grabbing your favorite beverage, a bag of popcorn, and kicking your feet up in front of a great movie. While some might get invested in a story line or even doze off, were enchanted by cinematic details, including the makeup, costumes, and
. Some movies even showcase wearable pieces by our favorite top luxury designers. In case you hadnt noticed them yourself, we rounded up a list of those films for you, so all you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the high-end show.
Breakfast at Tiffanys Not surprisingly, the landmark 1961 movie that tops almost every fashion-related list is first on ours as well. Audrey Hepburn is stunning as Holly Golightly, the leading female character who is considered one of the most iconic images of 20th Century American cinema and for good reason. The New York City socialites classic image takes credit from accessories that are now associated solely with the film the cigarette holder, long gloves, tiara and pearls but its her simple black dress that is the staple piece of Hollys look. Givenchy, a lifetime friend of Hepburns, crafted three black dresses for the film that starred his muse instantly inspiring a wardrobe essential in women’s closets for years to come. One of Givenchy’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s dresses sold for $947,000 in 2006 at Christie’s Auction House in London, making it the highest price paid for a dress from a film until it was surpassed in June 2011 by the $4.6 million that was paid for Marilyn Monroes subway dress from The Seven Year Itch.Photo Courtesy of Breakfast at Tiffany’s
The Great Gatsby Though the highly anticipated film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgeralds literary classic wont be released until next summer, we already have some inside information in regards to the films fashion details. According to Vogue, luxury designer Miuccia Prada has reportedly reworked 40 dresses from the Prada and Miu Miu archives for the films 20s era costumes. Though Prada once designed a suit worn by Leonardo DiCaprio in 1996s Romeo + Juliet, its the girls who get to don designer duds in the form of flapper dresses for Gatsby. Actress Carey Mulligan stars as the films heroine, Daisy Buchanan, and she really lucked out she gets to sparkle and shine in fine jewelry by Tiffany & Co., as well. A collection of platinum-set diamond and pearl pieces were designed specifically for the film, which seemed only fitting to its producers, as F. Scott Fitzgerald himself was a Tiffanys customer back in his day. In addition to the jewelry that Tiffany’s made for the film, the luxury brand also supplied interior home props like sterling silver flatware, all of which can be seen when the movie hits theaters next July. Photo Courtesy of The Great Gatsby
Anna Karenina In what seems like a fashion face-off, (that were not complaining about) a second period film will be released around the same time as Gatsby that will also feature extravagant designer pieces. But while Mulligan will sport flashy jewelry symbolic of the Roaring Twenties, Keira Knightley, as Anna Karenina, will model delicately detailed diamonds and pearls by Chanel Joaillerie. As the films historically vain heroine, Knightley has the luxury of wearing pieces whose opulence represent her characters personality in late 19th Century high society Russia. Its no surprise that Banana Republic just announced that it will release a collection of clothing and accessories inspired by the movie this fall, but with the film featuring an abundance of textured fabrics, fur and lace, we’re interested to see what kind of a look the brand comes up with. Photo Courtesy of Anna Karenina
W/E Finally, Madonnas work in the directors chair produced yet another period piece that is overflowing with fashion by luxury designers. Through telling the 1930’s love story of King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, the 2011 film called W/E showcases designs by some of todays top fashion designers. With Simpsons character having about 80 costume changes throughout the film, the works of such designers as Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Madeleine Vionnet, John Galliano, Issa and Elsa Schiaparelli are featured on the big screen. Though many of Simpsons actual dresses are kept in museum archives and were untouchable to Madonna, several of the designers offered to create new dresses from scratch for her movie. Stephen Jones, whose luxury hats contribute to many couturiers fashion shows, created a batch for the movie, while Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels provided the jewels. Photo Courtesy of W/E
Considered one of the last great heiresses of America’s Gilded Age, Huguette M. Clark passed away last year at age 104, leaving an estate reportedly worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Along with real estate, artwork, and collectibles was an extraordinary collection of jewelry that had been tucked away in a bank vault since the 1940s. The collection of 17 storied jewels will be for sale at Christie’s New York on April 17. It is expected to fetch between $9 million and $12 million.
Among the exceptional pieces is an extremely rare 9-carat cushion-cut fancy vivid purplish pink diamond mounted in a Belle Epoque setting by the French jeweler Dreicer & Co., with an estimate of $6 million to $8 million. Another stand-out is a 19.86-carat D color potentially flawless diamond ring by Cartier (estimate: $2 million to $3 million) still in its original box from the 1920s. Nearly every piece is exceptional in quality and provenance, like the Cartier Art Deco diamond bracelet (estimate: $300,000 to $500,000); a diamond and multigem charm bracelet by Cartier, circa 1925 (estimate: $20,000 to $30,000); and a Tiffany & Co. ruby, sapphire, emerald, and gold bracelet circa 1915 (estimate: $30,000 to $50,000).
“In the world of fine jewelry, this is truly a fairy-tale collection,” says Rahul Kadakia, head of jewelry for Christie’s Americas. “Opening the vault to find this treasure trove of period jewels from the best French houses of the early 1900s has certainly been one of the most extraordinary moments of my 15-year career here at Christie’s. The iconic Art Deco design and exceptional craftsmanship of these meticulously preserved jewels are emblematic of the great Gilded Age in American history.” (212.636.2300, www.christies.com)