A bold look for a powerful, confidant woman that is often seen on very successful women like Oprah, Nancy Pelosi and Cindy McCain: bold or contrasting pearl strands - or bold and contrasting strands! - that people would have to be blind to miss.
We've compiled some examples of the eye-catching use of big, colorful, complementary pearls by celebrities, including First Lady Michelle Obama - who naturally doesn't settle for simply bold or merely contrasting, but embraces both!
The Melbourne Cup has long been known as an urban fashion spectacle. In the early 1800s, the race track was one of the few places in colonial Australia where high society and the lower classes came together socially. The first Australian race meet, held in 1810, established the culture of the Melbourne Cup and was part of a plan to improve the cultural life of Sydney.
With waning crowd attendances in the 1960s, the Victoria Racing Club Committee held the first Fashions on the Field competition at Flemington in 1962 to encourage female race goers back to the races. Fashions on the Field is a chance for women of all walks of society to compete for prizes in various fashion categories. It attracts immense media attention as well as outstanding creations from established and up and coming milliners, designers, dressmakers and tailors.
Natasha Belling, Grace Otto, Emma Freedman, Skye Leckie
Natasha Belling, Grace Otto, Emma Freedman, Skye Leckie
It's Aussie Racing time again! "Fashions on the Field" always brings ornate millinery and gorgeous pearls. Some of the beautiful Australian celebs pictured are Rebecca Twigley, Laura Dundovic, Ashley Roberts, Sonia Kruger, Jennifer Hawkins, Brittney McGlone, Havana Brown and Kimberly Davies. The pictures below are from last week's Golden Slipper and from previous race events.
While chandelier earrings never really went out of style, they have taken a backseat for the last few seasons until their bold re-emergence onto the runways and red carpets this season. They emerge in many shapes and styles; from three inch multi strand designs to articulated diamond styles.
At the 2010 Oscars this year, celebs embraced the chandelier style. Carey Mulligan wore mile-long articulated diamond chandeliers and Queen Latifah wore breathtaking South Sea Pearls set in dramatic pink sapphire and diamond drops. Kathy Ireland set off her dramatic South Sea Pearl and diamond necklace with long, pear shaped diamond drops.
Pearls were seen in a surprising abundance on the red carpet at the Academy Awards this year. Kathy Ireland paired a dazzling South Sea Necklace and matching bracelet with her sleek black gown. Queen Latifah chose a magnificently big pair of jewel encrusted South Sea Pearl drop earrings. Demi Moore wore smaller akoya chandelier earrings and Cheryl Hines wore Akoya pearls, diamonds and gemstones on her by-the-yard style necklace.
Do you remember the feeling when you had spent all day building your Barbie Dream Sand Castle on the beach and you left with half of the beach's sand in folds and crevices of your body that you didn't even realize you had? Well, apparently that is the look Singer & Entertainer Lady Gaga was going for at the AmfAR 2010 Gala in New York City, substituting sand with hundreds of cultured pearls glued to her skin and hair. Complimenting this look was a pearl bikini, cropped jacket and captain's hat.
It is always fascinating to see the diverse group of celebs wearing pearl jewelry, and this group spans many generations of beautiful women.
Top Row: 90210's Anna Lynne McCord, Brooke Shields, Sharon Lawrence
Middle Row: Angelina Jolie, Susan Fawcett Fosin, Catherine Zeta Jones, Sophia Loren
Bottom Row: Sherry Lansing, Vera Farmiga, Anne Douglas, Vail Bloom
Some great Celebrity Pearl Sightings, including pictures of Calista Flockheart and Kate Hudson at the 2010 Golden Globes in pearls.
Row 1: Kate Hudson- "Almost Famous" "Nine", Kate Flannery, Camilla Belle "10,000 BC" "Push", Joan Collins- 'Dynasty' ,
Row 2: Anna Kendrick- "Up in the Air", Ally McBeal & Brothers & Sisters' Calista Flockhart, X Factor's Stacey Solomon, Maria Scicolone,
Row 3: TV Host Maria Menounos, Lella Costa, English Actress Summer Strallen, TV Host Jeannie Mai
Row 1: Jaime Pressly, Suzy Amis, Tea Leoni
Row 2: Calista Flockhart, Tahmena Bokhari, Carrie Preston
Picture Above, First Row: Nicole Kidman in costume for her 2008 movie Australia. The South Sea pearl diamond drop earrings Nicole Kidman wears were made by Paspaley Pearls, Australia &Lisa Edelstein. 2nd Row: Jane Rosenthal, Pilar Rossi, Maggie Grace, Maren Gilzer, Sophia Luck, Helen Mirren, Wendy Mack
Picture Above: Diablo Coty, Kate Hudson, Angela Dotson, Claire Danes , Dania Ramirez, Kelly Bensimon, Eve Branson (Mom to Billionare Aviation Tycoon Richard), Grace Hightower-Deniro
Maggie Grace ("Lost"), Marilu Henner ("Taxi"," ER"), Liz Mclarnon (Atomic Kitten), Marissa Gibson ("Samson & Delilah"), Quentin Bryce (Governor General of Australia), Jade Jagger, Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica), Kristina Rihanoff ("Strictly Come Dancing"), Fashion Model Daisy Lowe, Hilary Clinton, Queen Noor of Jordan, Princess Victoria
I have been wanting to write a short review of Delfina Delettrez after seeing the talent in her initial 2007 collection. She is the daughter of French jewelry designer Bernard Delettrez and celebrated Fendi accessory designer, Silvia.
The 22 year old Fendi heiress has certainly made an impact with her splendidly vulgar baubles. Her latest collection, Anatomik, is inspired by Di Chirico and the human body. Her fascination with body parts and fantasy translates into over the top, macabre jewels. She incorporates common and peculiar elements such as Cultured Pearls, Marble, Copper, Silver, Gold, Wood, Diamonds and Gemstones in her hand-crafted pieces. She relishes the idea of juxtaposing pricey diamonds with inexpensive components like wood or plastic.
Delettrez has a knack for seamlessly fusing 'creepy' and 'cute' to make jaunty eyeball necklaces and pave' gemstone metacarpal rings. Her intricate, evocative pieces actually startle you at first glance. As she puts it so eloquently; “I always try to make them realistic as a way to exorcise the fear.” Mission Accomplished!
Delettrez' collection is priced from $600 to $65,000.
Sofia Milos ("CSI Miami"), Christine Baranski ("Ugly Betty" "The Good Wife"), German Actress Grit Weiss, Catherine Bell ("JAG" Bruce Almighty), TV Anchor Paula Zahn, Fran Drescher, Erika Christensen (Traffic, "Law & Order"), Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter)
Sofia Milos ("CSI Miami"), Anne Sweeney, Blythe Danner (Meet the Fockers, "Presidio Med"), Tina Fay ("Saturday Night Live" "30 Rock"), Susan Blank, Fran Drescher ("The Nanny"), The Duchess of Cornwall, Zoe Saldana (Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Trek), Alexandra Breckenridge (She's the Man, Big Fat Liar), Entertainment Attorney Gloria Allred, Singapore Actress Gong Li, British TV Host Delia Smith
Ariadne Artiles, First Lady of California Maria Shriver, Sofia Vergera ("Modern Family"), Amanda Eliasch, Charlotte Dawson ("Australia's Next Top Model"), The Queen of Thailand, Billie Holladay, BBC Reporter Caroline Faraday
Picture Below-- Row #1: Princess Mary of Denmark, Sharon Case ("The Young & the Restless"), Heidi Klum ("Project Runway"), Caroline Scheufele
Row #1: Princess Mary of Denmark, Sharon Case ("The Young & the Restless"), Heidi Klum ("Project Runway"), Caroline Scheufele
Row#2: German Actress Wolke Hegenbarth, Brooke Shields ("Lipstick Jungle" "Hannah Montana"), Nathalie Klitschko, German Talkshow Host Eve Maren Buechner
Row#3: Alyssa McClelland (Emilia Eckle, Son of the Mask) Spanish Actress Concha Velasco, First Lady Michelle Obama
Lisa Butcher ("Britain's Next Top Model"), Model Charlotte Dutton, Camilla Rutherford (Gosford Park, Vanity Fair), Claire Chapman, Kristen Dalton (Miss USA) Shohreh Aghdashloo ("24" "Flash Forward"), Marisa Tomei, Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda, The Secret Life of Bees)
Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda, The Secret Life of Bees), Shohreh Aghdashloo ("24" "Flash Forward"),Virginia Madsen (Sideways), Margherita Taylor, Noa Tishby("Big Love" "Valentine"), Janine Perret, PR-Consult Glen-Marie Frost, Scottish Model Nicola McClean
News Anchor Natarsha Belling, Kate Ritchie ("Home and Away"), Talulah Riley (St Trinian's, Pride and Prejudice), Producer Margaret Fink, Sonia Mackay-Coghill, Kerri Musson, Piper Perabo (Coyote Ugly), Model Tahnee Atkinson
Jasmine Guy ("A Different World"), Paula Patton (Hitch, Precious), Lucy Punch ("Doc Martin"), Nathalie Kailis, Judy Harris, Model Nicole Trunfio, Skye Leckie, Lucy Davis ("Californication" "Ugly Betty")
April Lee Hernandez Castillo , Cobie Smulders ("How I met Your Mother"), Katherine Heigl ("Grey's Anatomy"), Leslie Bibb (Iron Man, Confessions of a Shopaholic), Cosmetic Heiress Evelyn Lauder, Melissa Rivers
Actress Lucy Lui (Charlie's Angels), Makeup Maven Oliva Chantecaille, French Actress Isabelle Adjani, Shari Bellafonte, Singer Michelle Phillips, Sharon Lawrence, Barbara Cirkva
Soap Actress Elizabeth Hendrickson, Entourage's Perry Reeves, Perla Hudson , French Actress Isabelle Huppert, Jessica Biel, Parky DeVogelaere
Below: Adelina Wong Ettelson, Winona Ryder (Girl Interrupted, Heathers, BeetleJuice), Brothers & Sisters Sarah Jane Morris, Makeup Maven Olivia Chantecaille, Pia Miller, Melora Hardin of The Office , Victoria Rowell, Lauren Bacall
Big Love's Gennifer Goodwin, The Departed's Vera Farmiga, Caroline Kennedy, Penelope Ann Miller, Patricia Hearst, Joan Van Ark (TV Show Dallas), Soap Actress Sharon Case, Deborah Furness, Lara Flynn Boyle (The Practice, Law & Order)
Gossip Girl Taylor Momsen has exploded onto the Hollywood Fashion scene since joining the cast of Gossip Girl. Her edgy, rockin style has influenced fashionistas worldwide who tune in to watch the fresh, fabulous fashion just as much as the juicy plots on the show. Taylor is frequently seen wearing pearls on the show and in her off screen life.
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