by Candy Pratts Price
Miriam Haskell oxidized silver-plated filigree ring with Swarovski pearls and crystal, $260 J.Crew Bridal boutique, NYC, 212.824.2500
With the shimmer of the silver screen in mind, let’s think about how the stars will choose to shine at this year’s Oscars. Remember it’s hands and faces that are under the spotlight on the awards podium, and that means fabulous cocktail rings, show-stopping chandelier earrings, and sparkling bangles. Gwyneth and Rihanna both opted for Wilfredo Rosado’s designs at the Grammys last weekend, and his feather diamond–studded cuff would certainly make a Black Swan moment soar. Last-minute speechwriters, on the other hand, should look no further than the London-based designer Husam El Odeh: His silver pen necklace is the chicest way to note the last few thank-yous.
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by Esther Adams
Photo: Courtesy of J.Crew
“We always bring a touch of glamour to daywear,” says J.Crew creative director Jenna Lyons at a preview of the spring 2011 collection, held at Milk Studios in New York. “But this time around, it was about looking to Hollywood icons like Lauren Hutton and Audrey Hepburn.” That explains the season’s new proportions: Waists on shorts were higher, hems on skirts were longer, and pant legs were wider—much wider—an altogether exciting offering for those seeking springtime cool for less.
Says Marissa Webb, vice president of women’s design: “We loved the color, richness, and texture of Hans Hoffman’s artwork, which became the collection’s starting point.” The result? Dazzling neon-pink shorts and tangerine frocks, and washed-out denim shirts that added an air of insouciance to long, pewter sequin skirts. But there was plenty for the anti-sparklers among us. From long, silken, bias-cut dresses under nylon khaki parkas to wide-leg cotton pants and linen shirts in stone, J.Crew has its cross-generational fan base pretty much covered. “That mix of menswear with womenswear, day with evening, is all part of our heritage,” says Lyons. “However it’s done, we always strive for a slightly disheveled look.” So, whichever pieces make your checklist, take your cues from their models and complete the getup with an electric-orange lip and gently tousled updo.