S/S19 NYFW Accessories Street Style Run Down

 

I’m proud to say our fringe, eye, and feather earrings made the cut and were worn by various street style stars during fashion week.  See our instagram account for more! The street style this season signaled a perspective founded in colors and fun.  I couldn’t help reminiscing after seeing those little 90s throwback style dresses with chunky black shoes or white sneakers. These “ugly/pretty” tennis shoes were all over! Labels and leopards as well as sparkle… Overall, the accessories were playful and very maximalist.

Caroline headed to Tadashi Shoji in our Let them Eat Cake Earrings.

Gina of Hunts for styles in our Snake charmer hoops.

Christie Ferrari in the good luck eye earrings.

Aimee of Song of Style in our eyes.

Scarlette Halo in our feathers!

LeHoarder in my eyes, little fashion stylist, and recycled stardust during NYFW.

Personality abounded and it was fun to see what everyone came up with as they rushed from show to show. The Sarara Couture Accessoreis round up, was shot for us by Rachel and Hannah for all of you accessories lovers. We caught the shoes, bags, and jewels on the fashionable streets of NYFW, so without further ado:

Hannan

 

Samantha of the Eye Travels.

Courtney Trop, Molly and Reese.

Elizabeth of Accessories Expert in vintage Chanel.

@Batgio with lots of accessories style in a chic way!

Style star Lauren Kulchinsky Levinson.

The Eye Travels star again in black!

 

Rachel

 

Essence Fashion Event:

Phylicia Alvarez.

 

Street Style Shots

Anna Wintour.

 

Anna Dello Russo and crew.

Susie Bubble.

Caroline Daur and her Dinosaur earrings!

Vic Mensa.

Sunday Jewelry Report Card: Fred Leighton, Glamourous Jewelry Destination

Today’s jewelry report card I wanted to revisit my trip to Fred Leighton in New York. The iconic store has been around since its 1970s inception when it was an eclectic and chic boutique. I first visited and posted on the shop’s gorgeous diamond and antique babbles in 2015 during the earlier years of the blogazine and Sarara Couture on instagram. I was covering the red carpet and the Academy Awards jewelry.  For me Leighton jewels is the perfect jewelry report card A++ account to follow and fine jewelry shop to buy from, due to their long well established history of quality.  Thus, I thought I would take you back to this wonderful trip and shop some new pieces on @leightonjewels. Today, Fred Leighton jewelry is also very focused on the new line that they have created which we will also shop below. Trust me when I say though, they are still the spot for mouth watering Art Deco, Victorian, and Mid Century stunners as well. In my experience they carry some of the best mid century examples. The brand’s vintage and new pieces are carried in various department stores and online. But as you will read in the original article below our shopping guide, nothing quite compares to a trip inside the Madison Avenue store!

Shopping the New Line-What We Covet:

Why We Follow (For that Jaw Dropping Antique and Vintage Jewelry):

*All above images belong to Fred Leighton Jewelry, via their website and instagram. Below images attributed.

Read the 2015 Article Below:

Antique Snake Cuff

Stunning French intertwined serpent cuff worn by Maggie Gyllenhaal to the Golden Globes this year. Dates to the late 19th century. Photo by Sara of Sarara Couture.

When one thinks of Fred Leighton, a New York landmark, glamour should come to mind. While they have a retail presence online, from 1stdibs to Net-A-Porter, nothing quite does it for a girl or (guy for that matter) like gazing at the babbles from inside their lovely chic salon on Madison Avenue. The crisp glass jewelry cases are organized, in general, by eras. Each one is carefully arranged over the rich art deco back drop of some of the shop’s original architecture.

Fred Leighton

Fred Leighton salon image, Sarara Couture.

 

Their collection spans from Georgian jewelry to current pieces that they custom design.  Fred Leighton, the boutique, began it’s story in the 1970s, mixing eclectic fashions. The namesake fine estate jewelry store opened officially in 1984. Murray Mondschein purchased the original store, Fred Leighton, in the 70s and made it his own by adding the jewelry selection, which gave birth to a jewelry dynasty. When Murray (who changed his name to Fred Leighton) retired the Kwait family purchased the store, with Greg, who is very involved, leading the helm today.  The brand continues to exude exceptional taste with a touch of old Hollywood allure and offers a wide range of quality examples.  This style has kept them fresh and led to a collection that continues to attract jewelry lovers, stylists, and editors worldwide.

  
Meryl Streep at the Oscars in 2003 wearing a stunning emerald necklace from Fred Leighton. Now featured in the exhibit the Maker & Muse. Women & Early 20th Century Art Jewelry. c.1910.

This time of year they consult with stylists who are selecting special pieces for the most influential red carpet of the year, The Oscars.  The shop provided it’s first piece of jewelry worn to the Oscars in the 1990s, to Nicole Kidman, an vintage Australian Opal choker.  The rest is history. They were so gracious to see me this week, and offer us access to some items that have been worn on the red carpet before, as well as fine fashion examples with an editorial appeal. As the blog’s focus is fashion jewelry and accessories I was interested, in also seeing these stylish fine fashionable examples.

As discussed in the post about fashion jewelry/ textual resources, fine jewelry has had it’s design moments, which have led to pieces that have been influenced by fashion and vintage designer jewelry itself. Fred Leighton has some superior fine estate examples, which are also easily translatable today.  For the newest selection visit the store and ask for the talented buyer Dana or Lindsey (PR), who was our guide into their shiny world. While you are there, you may also see Rebecca Selva (the talent behind many reinterpreted red carpet jewelry designs) fluttering around, working on her next project. As chief creative director, she continues to help fashion the image and feel of the stores selection with grace.

They offered us a first hand peek at past Oscar looks, current Oscar/red carpet worthy glam pieces, and suitable examples influenced by fashion during my visit to the salon. So, if inspiration is what you need and you can’t wait until this Sunday for the Oscars…. we’ve got it, enjoy the glam ride. Here are past looks and current possibilities-

Some of My Favorite Past Oscars Jewelry Picks from Fred Leighton’s Salon:

View image | gettyimages.com. Rebecca Selva converted the collar/hairband used by Natalie Portman in the 2005 Oscars. The mid to late 1800s piece was made into a headband for Natalie Portman to wear.
Jennifer Aniston. Oscars 2014, wearing converted Rebbeca Selva, Fred Leighton dress clips as earrings.
View image | gettyimages.com. Madonna 1998 Oscars. Fred Leighton jewelry.

 

Taraji Henson at the Oscars in 2009. Wearing a necklace from Fred Leighton.

 

2009 Oscars image of Amy Adams in a stunning vintage collar from Fred Leighton.
View image | gettyimages.com. Nicole Kidman, 2011 Oscars. Wearing Fred Leighton necklace.

 

Maggie Gyllenhaal 2010 Oscars bracelet. She wore various Leighton pieces. This 1950s brooch featured a 67 carat emerald. It was converted into a bracelet by the store and Rebecca Selva. Up close it is such an amazing piece. Available at Fred Leighton, 773 Madison Avenue.

Maggie Gyllenhaal 2010 Oscars bracelet. She wore various Leighton pieces that evening. This 1950s brooch featured a 67 carat emerald. It was converted into a bracelet by the store and Rebecca Selva. Up close it is such an amazing piece. Available at Fred Leighton, 773 Madison Avenue.

Here are some of the Oscar worn and red carpet worthy pieces that I found in the salon Images by me), which will give you a clue to the styles that may be worn Sunday at the Oscars. This includes closeups of Maggie’s 2010 Oscar worn diamond bracelet. Fred Leighton has quite a few pieces that will actually be worn this year and as they are revealed we will update this post Sunday. (What are your favorites? Please feel free to comment below.)

50s diamond earrings

1950s 12 carat diamond earrings. Available at Fred Leighton.

1700s earrings

1750s 18K gold amethyst earrings. Over 3″ long. Available at Fred Leighton.

1940s-50s diamond brooch

1950s diamond brooch with detachable earrings. Fred Leighton.

Custom Leighton Piece

Fred Leighton Oscars

Maggie Gyllenhaal worn 2010 Oscar bracelet. Converted 1950s emerald brooch bracelet, Contact Fred Leighton for more information.

 

vintage Cartier

1920s Cartier bracelet, Fred Leighton via the Madison avenue shop.

antique dollar

Antique necklace in the window of the Madison avenue shop.

Fashionable fine jewelry examples from the salon, that would fit into any editorial shoot: 

Vogue Sept 2010 cover

One of my all time favorite Vogue covers shows the editorial- fashion jewelry cross over that they have. Sept 2010. I saved this one in my archives! 1920s diamonds. Fred Leighton. Scan of the cover.

 

60s-70s 18K Tiffany necklace. Fred Leighton

60s-70s 18K Tiffany necklace. Fred Leighton. This was one of my personal favorites.

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Fred Leighton. Contact for more information about the necklace.

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Art deco star pins with what appears to be the original era trumpet clasp. Would be amazing earrings! Contact Fred Leighton for pricing and info.

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Van Cleef & Arpels 1950s 18K gold and diamond clutch

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Contact Fred Leighton for pricing and info.

 

 

 

Sunday Jewelry Report: A Class In Jewelry Design

Today’s jewelry report card focuses on a relatively new designer, whose pieces are a class in how to push boundaries in jewelry design. I hope that this is a Sunday read that will wake you up and get your jewelry juices flowing! Veronica Fabian gets an A++ from us for her innovative yet well designed chic approach to this design form. While she doesn’t currently have her pieces listed for sale online, she does have a portfolio style website, where one can contact her. The artist has a BA in jewelry design from the University of Arts in London. Her award list spans 2016-2018 and it is not a short list. She has been shown in museum exhibits and her latest works which I will highlight here in the order of which I love most, will surely inspire.  Her history is one that starts with an artistic family, turns to economics and banking, and inevitably reverses back to the jewelry art form.

One can see she is drawn to themes in jewelry like chains and traditional aspects which she then turns on their head and elevates.  Her pieces could easily translate on the runway or the museum floor. They touch on human themes and women’s rights in constructed and narrative ways as well.  So without further ado my favorite pieces and where to follow her work.

VERONIKA FABIAN:

Why We Follow Her:

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are Getting Married: Come Tiara Shopping with Us Before the Big Day!

Cartier Bandeau via Harper’s Bazaar and Alamy. Link in image.

There are more tiara’s floating around the royal coffers than butterflies on a spring day. Every blog and news agency around the world is trying to guess which one Meghan will wear on their big day this Saturday.  From the Spencer tiara to the Lover’s Knot. The Lover’s knot was one of Diana’s favorites, but the Spencer won out on her day, paying tribute to the women in her family who came before her. It was chosen over what the queen had actually gifted her for the day. Although many are speculating it has less allure due to the marriage of Diana to Charles not enduring. However, with Meghan having some crazy distant relation to Diana who knows, should she wear it! The royal family and the queen may actually also take stone signification into consideration when choosing the crown, as well as the history of the piece. Your guess is as good as mine!  However; in Meghan’s case it is possible a totally new one could be fashioned, but Harry did give her a diamond from his mother’s collection…so again I digress.  I’m in just as much suspense as the rest of you not knowing whether to bet on the Strathmore Rose tiara worn by Elizabeth Bowes Lyon (a.k.a the Queen Mother) in the the 20s almost like a flapper band or the Cartier Bandeau.  As our coffers might not be so flush I decided to put together a list of fun vintage costume jewelry tiaras available in various shops below, well I stuck in a few diamonds: Enjoy and start planning your bridal party head gear or Saturday night accessories! Plenty of vintage head gear coming to the shop this month as well as we celebrate.

 


The REAL DEAL:

Favorite Tiara filled Links:

Elle magazine’s historic round up

Diana’s Jewels

Town & Country

Harper’s Bazaar article about Meghan Markle’s Royal Ancestors

 

Sunday Jewelry Report Card: Going to the Source with Rachel Garrahan

Have your Sunday breakfast in luxury reading one of the many quality articles done by this report card winner! One aspect that seems to be a connecting force for a few very successful jewelry based magazines and such publications is freelance writer Rachel Garrahan.  As such, we wanted to bring you right to the source, her instagram account. Why miss out on the plethora of gorgeous images and links to her newest articles. She discusses all things sparkly for the New York Times, 1stdibs, Vanity Fair, Town and Country magazine, the Jewellery Editor and the list goes on… Her instagram images are gorgeous as she also visits jewelers, galleries, picks her favorite finds, and reports on collections via the account.

Lion via Rachel and @hancocks_london

She discusses all types of luxury jewelry; from contemporary collaborations, new artists on the scene, rare estate pieces at auction, to ancient jewels.

Art is one of my favorite jewelry designers of all time, just look at this piece on Rachel’s wrist!

Why We Follow Her:

What We Love:

3D Jewelry, The New York Times. 

Exotic Fables, The Jewellery Editor. 

British Gems From the 1960s, Mahnaz Collection.

Jewelry Armor, New York Times article. 

How Female Collectors are Driving in a New Era of Watch Design

*All images belong to Rachel’s via her instagram page.

Sunday Jewelry Report: A Walk with Ullmann Antique Jewelry

What is better on a Sunday then to enter the 5th generation jewelry shop as you stroll the streets of London?  I’ve had a fascination with all things from England and really the whole United Kingdom lately, although my first encounter with the area was in my teens, when I spent a bit of time there one summer. Today’s A++ jewelry report goes to A.R. Ullmann antique jewelry. 

The first reason we chose them, is that they are a well established firm, based in London’s “Jewellery Quarter” specializing in Georgian to Art Deco jewelry and everything in between those eras. Also, I love stories that begin ages ago, and such is the story of this particular jewelry destination.

Joseph Ullmann.

In 1902, Joseph Ullmann established his jewelry shop in Budapest. During the 1920s he was joined by his son, officially making it a family affair.  However; in 1944, after over 40 years in business they were forced to flee, because of Nazi invasion.  During this period the original shop was destroyed and looted. But Joseph’s son Andrew was not deterred, and in 1951 he opened the 10 Hatton Garden shop, which is the subject of our jewelry report today.

Their jewelry can be shopped in that original location or online. They are also one to follow on instagram, for their beautiful photographs and unique finds. I love the romantic nature of their pieces and images. With the location and long European history of jewelry design, one never knows what they may find or post. Although, they do seem to have quite the assortment of antique whimsical creature and bug jewelry, as well as fantastic rings!

What We Want:

Why We Follow Them:

Jewelry Report Card: The Designs of Billie Hilliard

Custom choker, by request. $478.

This Sunday we travel back south to from Texas to Atlanta, GA (my old stomping ground) to the home of a designer who fits the bill for an account and designer to follow. Her jewelry report card grade is an A++! Her brand Billie Hilliard, merges fashion with a sense of heirloom design.  Her jewelry has been worn by Queen Bee, enough said…. She has been featured in magazines like Oh Brides and Essence. You can also follow her blog for more inspiration and style posts. 

How did it all begin? It seems that Billie studied fashion design and even modeled for United Colors of Benetton in her early career. She decided to pursue her passion of jewelry design and is sold in boutiques worldwide.  Studying her jewelry style and pieces, in a few minutes, it is easy to see this gal has talent.  Her designs are fluid and warm, they harken back to the 70s brutalist influences, but in a very modern way. Her jewelry appeals to me because there is a definite sense of structure to the “brutalist” aspects.  She uses wax casting and makes these by hand. Shop our favorite pieces below!

What We WANT:

 

Why We Follow Her:

*All images from Billie’s website and instagram. Rights Reserved.

BILLIE HILLIARD, 1200 FOSTER STREET NORTHWEST, ATLANTA, GA, 3031

Sunday Jewelry Report in Mid Century Jewelry Heaven

Time to wake up in a mid century home, sunshine streaming in those oversized, let nature in windows, and sit down with a cup of coffee in your Herman Miller lounger… I do this every morning well, except for that lounger I can’t seem to find at my comfortable budget zone.  Today’s jewelry report card is for my mid century lovers, and actually, this is a store you can get the chair and the jewelry!

I chose Nordlings Vintage Jewelry on instagram because I love a page with focus and expertise. It is part of the larger NordlingsAntik.com or Nordlings Antik on instagram.  Besides, I’m also indulging myself a little with the mid century theme, for those of you who don’t know we are in the midst of our ongoing mid century restoration outside of New York City, in good old Connecticut. Nordlings is actually based in Stockholm, opened by the family in 1973, but you can shop online as well. If you are in Sweden, be sure to check out their happenings or events up online here. Furniture and art enthusiasts won’t be disappointed either.

The online shop is full of lust worthy mid century works of jewelry art organized by artist.  Spanning mens cufflinks to women jewelry; Tapio Wirkkala to Lissa Vitali. The shop also includes unique unsigned examples as well.

What We Want: (it is in Kr but the have a USD option on the site)

 

$2100 KR or around 255 dollars.

1,034 US dollar

Nordlings jewelry store focuses on Scandinavian design in particular of the mid century.  Their instagram page is a plethora of jewelry being worn and displayed as it comes into the store. Its a clean and fun aesthetic that won’t mess up you instagram feed, but instead enhance it.

Why We Follow Them:

Oscar Sunday: Jewelry Report Card Muse

Lainy Hedaya in Aron & Hirsch jewelry at Muse.

Some people like Christmas morning, for fine jewelers there may be no other better beginning to the day than Oscar morning. Our choice for the jewelry report card A++, one to follow, has been chosen because they work hard to showcase unique jewelers, include ethical stone practices, and are a influencer’s hidden gem when reporting on the fine jewelry market.

It all started with an international trip to Tel Aviv and a custom wedding band. That young designer was Yossi Harari. Muse, began at that moment. It was founded by the band’s commissioner, Jennifer Shanker, WJA award winner.  She has an established history in the jewelry biz, and in 2016 Muse partnered with GEMFIELDS, using ethically sourced and sustainably mined gemstones. GEMFIELDS X MUSE is in its own right a sustainable and gorgeous charm filled jewelry line. However, if you want to be on top of the fine market and meet new jewelers ahead of them blowing up, following @museshowroom on instagram is a start. We’re betting that we will see some pieces from Muse tonight at the Oscars. Besides Oprah frequently sources her finds there, and if it is good enough for O, it is good enough for me!

The carpet will be full of diamonds, emeralds, and rubies…so why not take a look inside Muse, who has worked to elevate colored gemstones to an artform. They are a leader in showcasing the next big thing in the world of fine jewelry. They stock a group that is both international and in many cases,exclusive to Muse. Here are a list of some of their current jewelry designers. Also, they don’t carry everything online so following them means you’ll be the first to see new designs. If you are in the New York area, one could benefit from a trip to the showroom to see the amount of pieces they really do carry.

Elena Vosti
Holly Dyment
Julls Brasil*
Joana Salazar
Michelle Fantaci
Nancy Newberg
Nikos Koulis
Silvia Furmanovich (fine jewelry and preciously worked bags)
Tara Hirshberg
What We Want:
How does this relate to tonight’s Oscars, well a little birdy told my we can expect to see plenty of Nikos Koulis on the carpet among other jewelers tonight. While the Oscars is usually full of large diamonds, it would indeed be fun to see some color.  Now, if you were following the work of the showroom you would have a leg up on this already!   So to celebrate the work of these designers we have chosen our favorite pieces, and those we think are very red carpet worthy.

Silvia Furmanovich bags at Muse.

Nikos Koulis jewels from Muse

Nikos Koulis jewels from Muse.

 

Carolina Neves earrings at Muse.

 

Joana Salazar earrings from Muse.

Keeping up with Muse on instagram is a way to discover new whimsical designers. Not to mention it is a plethora of pretty sparkly images. The pieces they post are enough to make any Conneoisseur’s mouth water.

*All images from Muse Showroom online, its jewelers, and its instagram images. Rights Reserved.

Yara Shahidi image via Vanity Fair, Nagi Sakai photo.

Immortalized Jewelry: Women’s Adornment in Historic Paintings.

With the launch of the Google arts and culture iPhone app, lots of people started to wonder…”Do I look like the Mona Lisa?”  The answer, for 99% of the inquires is sadly no… In some cases, the supposed matches could be quite a surprise.

The app, the new exhibits focusing on women artists in various museums, and Gucci’s recreated paintings by Ignasi Monreal have gotten us in the mood for the classics! In their spirit wee decided to explore the paintings of great masters and create an homage to the jewelry of some of our favorite works of art.  So our contributor Deanna has created a get the look using various current artists, vintage pieces, and items from the shop.

Girl with a Pearl Earring
by Johannes Vermeer

Housed at Mauritshuis

Minimalistic Pearl Earrings

Gucci – Single Earring with Pearls
$620

Catherine Canino – Sterling Silver Pearl Drop Earrings
$98

The Princesse de Broglie
by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres

Housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
source:http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/461017

Next Level Neoclassical Parisian


Kendra Scott – Decker Beaded Tassel Earrings

$150

Sollis – Russa Tassel Earrings

$98 AUD

Sarara Couture – Line Vautrin Gilt Heart Medallion Necklace

$5,500

Sarara Couture – 60s Goldette Medallion Necklace
$255
The Real Real – 18K Diamond Enamel Bracelet 
$3,995

Vittoria Colonna
by Jules Joseph Lefebvre

Jules Lefebvre [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Gold Leaf Everything

Gucci – Metal Leaves Headband
$1,820

Urban Outfitters – Golden Flower Halo Headband
$20

Sarara Couture – Les Bernard – Relic Coin Necklace
$255

Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird
by Fida Kahlo

Photo: Banco de Mexico Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust Bohemian Punk Rock

World Market – Geometric Turban Headband
$9.99

Gucci – Crystal Studded Butterfly Brooch 
$450
Vintage Taxco Mexican Butterfly Brooch. Coming soon. 

Ash + Ames – Lattice Gold Neck Cuff 
$225

Sarara Coutoure – Brutalist Oversized Leaf Necklace
$425

Sarara’s Personal Edit

Gustav Klimt Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer 

Gustav Klimt – 1. The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH. 2. Neue Galerie New Yor

      Magical Modern Woman

Sarara Couture Good Luck Eye Earrings

$115

Our Good Luck Eye earrings, the perfect reflection of her dress details.

Bona Drag – Andra Neen – Spar Cage Choker
$675

Irene Neuwirth Jewelry

Portrait Of Marie Antoinette De Habsbourg Lorraine

Portrait Of Marie Antoinette De Habsbourg Lorraine (oil on canvas), French School, (18th century). Photographic Rights The Bridgeman Art Library. Possibly the Hope Diamond on her chest.

The Romantics 

*Deanna Dewey is a contributor at AllRecipes and has worked freelance on publications such as Better Homes and Gardens.