What are InStyle editors lusting after right now? From bags to shoes to jewelry—check out top picks from Randy Miller (an editor in our fashion department) and Marion Fasel (contributing fine jewelry editor) for our We’re Obsessed List. This basket weave Bottega Veneta bag, Van Cleef & Arpel’s sparkling jeweled bracelet, and Gucci‘s woven leather sandals all got us excited. Click through the gallery to see all of this week’s favorites—if money was no object, of course.
What a pretty week it was! We started things off with a look at one of Van Cleef & Arpels’ jaw-dropping rocks, took a trip to Jonathan Adler—where we found a tranquil place to dream—and snapped a shot of Miranda Kerr looking devastatingly gorgeous, as always. See more of this week’s best photos in the gallery below, and come back every Saturday for our favorite shots.
The holiday spirit continues as more retailers unveil their 2012 window displays! We’ve rounded up of the most fashionably festive windows of the season—from Barneys New York‘s Disney displays to the Van Cleef & Arpels installations, which were inspired by the jeweler’s most recent collection, Palais de la Chance. Click through our gallery to get an inside look and stay tuned for more!
Breast Cancer Awareness Month may officially be over, but the cause continues in a big way. Sotheby’s New York has just announced that its Magnificent Jewels auction will include 35 pieces, worth an estimated $13 million, from the private collections of the late makeup pioneer Estée Lauder and her daughter Evelyn.The jewelry comprises pink diamonds, yellow diamonds, rubies, and more—all to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which Evelyn (who passed away in 2011) founded. Leonard Lauder, chairman emeritus of the Estée Lauder Companies, said in a statement, “Each piece of jewelry is unique and very special. They were each designed to be timeless pieces that also manifest exceptional style and taste. I know that both my mother Estée and my dear wife Evelyn would be pleased that these items are being sold to raise funds for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.” The auction, to be held December 5, will feature Lauder family gems by Van Cleef & Arpels, like the Fancy Intense Yellow Diamond Pendant (seen on Estée, above, and worth an estimated $1.5–$2 million) as well as the Mystery-Set Ruby and Diamond Brooch (shown above, and expected to fetch an estimated $60,000–$80,000).
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Van Cleef & Arpels‘s Mirror Mirror tiara is fit for the fairest of them all! The jeweler lent their stunning headpiece to the Snow White-inspired film (out today!), where it makes appearances on leading ladies Lily Collins (Snow White) and Julia Roberts (The Evil Queen). Created in 1978, the tiara is comprised of 144 diamonds totaling 77.34 carats, set in platinum and white gold. Now that’s a crown made for a princess!
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According to tradition, a royal bride wears a tiara on her wedding day. Queen Elizabeth II wore a tiara for her wedding to the Duke of Edinburgh, as did Princess Diana, who wore the famous diamond Spencer tiara, a family heirloom piece. What tiara will princess-to-be Kate Middleton wear if she so chooses to for her April 29th nuptials to Prince William? A likely conclusion would be that the Queen will lend her a tiara from the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom collection. However, in anticipation of this momentous royal accessory, InStyle tapped the creative minds of some of our favorite jewelry designers to see what they would design for Middleton’s special day. See tiara sketches for Middleton from Chopard, Van Cleef & Arpels, Swarovski, Royal Asscher, and more in the gallery.
Blake Lively, Cate Blanchett and more turned their attention to diamonds last night to celebrate the opening of the “Set In Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels” exhibition at Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York. The exhibit is packed with head-turning sparklers from the French design house, many of which have been worn by timeless beauties such as Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Grace. The stylish crowd, which also included Vera Wang, Kelly Rutherford and Chelsea Clinton, perused the exhibition before enjoying a five-course meal by celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Wang summed up why diamonds really are a girl’s best friend: “I’ve always been a jewelry girl,” she told us. “Wear them with a T-shirt, bathing suit or an evening gown. It just works!” The exhibit will be open to the public February 18th through June 5th. See more celebrities at the gala in the gallery.
— Randy Miller
To celebrate Van Cleef & Arpels first exhibition in America at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City, “Set in Style,” we put together a gallery of some of the firm’s most famous fans and their stunning jewels. From Eva Mendes‘s turquoise bib to Grace Kelly‘s wedding gifts, the awe-inspiring designs include everything from refined and innovative to colorful and cute. Click through the gallery to see the top Van Cleef & Arpels moments ever.
— Marion Fasel