Best Dresses, Best Accessorized: Two Examples of Superlative Jewelry Styling

By Cynthia Sliwa — June 18, 2015

In today’s post, I wish to spotlight two examples of jewelry styling from the current fashion press that couldn’t be more different from each other — one very controlled and structured, the other very fluid and sensuous–each  superlative in its own way.

0615 best look Michelle Monaghan in Prabal Gurung Elsa Peretti Bone cuffs ruthenium REV

In “The Look,” the July 2015 issue of InStyle selects a dramatic red and black Prabal Gurung gown as the month’s Best Dress, stunning on actress Michelle Monaghan:  “A red-hot take on black tie, with its cummerbund-like sash, this fluid garnet-hued bustier gown from the designers fall collection was the big news at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.”

Skimming over her curves in shimmering red, the black sash and wide black bodice detail of the strapless gown make a strong yet very controlled statement. A pair of Elsa Peretti’s charcoal-hued ruthenium Bone cuffs for Tiffany & Co. have enough visual power to balance the design details of the dress and to add the perfect finishing touch.  Monaghan also wears classic diamond and platinum rings and what appears to be diamond line earrings, all also from Tiffany & Co., sparkling yet neutral additions that do not compete with her powerful look.

0615 best look Bella Hadid 0715 Glamour Kara Ross wood diamond necklace 72dpi REV

The July 2015 issue of Glamour features model Bella Hadid in a garment that is sex appeal personified. By Stella McCartney, the cutout style dress works as a swimsuit cover-up or requires some thoughtfully chosen apparel to wear underneath. A look this sexy  requires necklace that can stand up to the visual eye appeal of the garment. Her Kara Ross New York necklace has the necessary scale and features swirls of stones that capture the striations and movement of the dress design. Her only other accessory:  recycled 18kt gold bar-shaped stud earrings from Sophie Hughes Jewelry, a final touch of eco-friendly jewelry that designer McCartney might well approve.

Price Check:

  • Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co.:  “Bone” cuffs of charcoal-color ruthenium over copper individually designed for right wrist and left wrist (7/15 InStyle), $500 each
  • Kara Ross New York:   “Zebra Wood ‘Pebble’ Necklace” of carved wood with kunzite, diamonds and 18kt yellow gold (7/15 Glamour), $8,200
  • Sophie Hughes Jewelry:  “Recycled Gold Brick Bar Studs” 18kt earrings  (7/15 Glamour), $780
  • Tiffany & Co.:  platinum and diamond rings and earrings (7/15 InStyle), prices upon request

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