Monday, 27 February 2012

Lucie Campbell on the Oscars Red Carpet jewellery

Let Academy folk worry about the ratings for the annual Academy Awards, we were counting diamonds and last night’s Oscars did not disappoint.
Straight to the best dressed: Jewellery choices are not often considered in the best- and worst-dressed lists but we saw last night just how much the right jewellery can contribute, especially when conceived as an integral part of the whole look. The best-dressed last night exemplified this:

Lucie Campbell Diamond bow brooch
* In a white Tom Ford column and cape (!), Gwyneth Paltrow was the red carpet superhero with a stand-out diamond cuff to counterpoint the outfit’s startling simplicity.

* Michelle Williams looked elfin and lovely in an unusual persimmon red peplum Louis Vuitton dress worn with a very simple diamond necklace and made nonchalant with the witty addition of a diamond bow at her waist.

* And, for Grace-Kelly-channelling elegance, the award goes to Penelope Cruz, whose fairy tale princess look comprised an off-the-shoulder cool blue Armani Prive gown and fabulous old-style diamond necklace, diamond flower earrings and superb diamond bracelet, all Chopard.

Oscars Trends:
This year something of a return to old-fashioned values was notable:

Lucie Campbell rose cut & briolette Diamond necklace
* We saw lots of traditional ‘Riviera’ style diamond necklaces. Cameron Diaz’s simple diamond necklace was part of her impressive Tiffany ensemble, Natalie Portman’s v-shaped necklace looked sensational with her vintage Dior gown, Michelle Williams and Penelope Cruz, as mentioned, made all the ladylike choices.

* Every other star wore large diamond drop earrings – they’re as necessary to the red carpet as heels! We spotted similar pairs on… Natalie Portman, Livia Firth (other-half of Colin), Angelina Jolie (her sole accessory), Jennifer Lopez (jewellery lovely, opinion divided on her dress).

Lucie Campbell diamond briolette earrings
Flashes of colour came from Jessica Chastain's Harry Winston choice which flattered her colouring and picked up details of her McQueen gown, Berenice Bejo wore emerald and diamond Chopard earrings, and Tina Fey - the comedian is always a serious in her red carpet jewellery choices - wore a sapphire & emerald chandelier pair.

* We see the art deco mood spreading with enthusiasm for The Artist and anticipation for The Great Gatsby, with flapper cuts, hard geometrical lines in hair and clothing, and twenties-style planes of sequins, all accessorised by the most marvellous diamond drops and tassels: see Milla Jovovich, Rose Byrne, Jean Dujardin’s wife Alexandra Lamy, and pale dramatic Rooney Mara in her Givenchy.

Lucie Campbell Diamond cuff

* Cuffs and stacked bracelets continue to reign. If necklaces and earrings tended to very simple and classic then size was saved for bracelets. Best actress nominee for The Help, Viola Davis, looked terrific in emerald green Vera Wang and large diamond cuff. Besides Gwyneth’s knockout piece, others wore impressive diamond bracelets to counterbalance the one-shoulder gowns which are so on-trend, and stacked diamond bracelets were also seen again on the red carpet and later at the after-parties.

All in all a great year for film, a great year for jewellery. To see more of Lucie Campbell’s red carpet jewellery from our Collections click here, or come into our Bond Street store and try on some pieces.

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