Saturday, February 26, 2011

Memorable Oscar Red Carpet Moments: Cathy Waterman Jewelry

First off, let me state that I am biased. I have carried Cathy Waterman jewelry for well over a decade, and we are close personal friends. But I can't contain myself; my obsession with her jewelry peaks around the Oscars, and with good reason.

My most memorable fashion moments in the last 13 years of Oscars involves incredible gowns paired with Cathy Waterman jewelry. Yes, I am dazzled by big diamonds, lots of them, and yes, Angelina, your emeralds caught my attention in a big way, but to me there is nothing to match the sheer creativity and artistry in a big red carpet moment like a piece from Cathy's Studio.

It is well known that after Gwyneth Paltrow won her Oscar in 2000 for Shakespeare in Love, her parents bought the amazing Harry Winston diamond choker for her that had been loaned. What is less known is that her hand tightly clutching Oscar was adorned in a platinum and diamond Cathy Waterman bracelet, and that Gwyneth bought that piece for herself, calling it her lucky charm. By the way, loved Gwyneth's pink gown, but then again, I'm biased, as it is close to our favorite store color.

At an after party, Gwyneth changed, and the cameras popped at her Waterman red tassel lariat. Just love that piece!

Jamie Lee Curtis doesn't wear much jewelry now (a pair of studs, her platinum Waterman child necklace), but in the day when she regularly appeared at the Oscars, she wore Cathy Waterman (next disclaimer, they are great friends). One of my favorites is this icy blue gown paired with Cathy's marquis star necklace. Very, very stunning Jamie Lee.

Skipping to another necklace which is a favorite of mine now, this blue topaz centered pendant was killer with a black gown on Laura Linney in 2008. And I'm not the only one who noticed, it was featured in InStyle, People, and those who are not as biased as I am.

Julia Roberts presented in 2005 the best actor award to Cliff Eastwood. It was amusing that in the following days, everyone was trying to identify her drop earrings, and the reason that Cathy's platinum and diamond triple four petals were not spotted, is that they weren't loaned, they were Julia's and she put them on last minute. Looked so perfect, and proved that you don't have to wear huge bling to get noticed.

There's a new and younger crop of Waterman devotees, including Leighton Meister and Vanessa Hudgens. Vanessa (or maybe her stylist) made a perfect pick to her dramatic and dark hair coloring with these platinum, diamond and angel coral drops. They were photographed over and over and over, and were just perfect for her age and energy.

I freely admit that there are some years that I am disappointed not to spot our lead designer, but there have been plenty of sightings in between -- the Emmys, Golden Globes, Metropolitan Ball and many more.

Fashion is my obsession, and Sunday night I will be glued to the screen to see not only who won the Oscar, but who got it all together for their fashion moment which will be immortalized in the years to come, as these actresses have. My industry friends will be tweeting their fingers out, so if you want to know in real time, follow any of these tweeters:@marionfasel @JewelryBizGuru @JewelryInsider @jenniferheebner @couture_jeweler @jeweltweets @michellemgraff @WhoWhatWear @womensweardaily @TandCmag or the hash tag #oscarjewelry.

And Waterman or not, we are happy to offer her dedicated following of collectors a Red Carpet moment of their own from our extensive collection.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Joanne Teichman: 36 Hours in New York in December

I can't remember being in New York during the month of December since a Bat Mitzvah of my "second daughter" several weeks following 9/11. It is the most glorious time to be in New York, all the retailers dressed up in their finest and an infectious holiday spirit everywhere. This trip was unexpected, attending a memorial for a treasured cousin who took me under her wing decades ago when I lived in New York. 

Let me just say that there is a lot you can inhale in a 36 hour period when it comes to New York. The trapped ladies of the night in their finery and behind gilded 5th Avenue windows beckoned, but I was not there to shop, and even if I wanted to, their hours were not cooperating with mine. 

Louis Vuitton was a beautiful glow and I loved the funky Emporio Armani greens. The abandoned Ice Princess at Bergdorf Goodman had an especially stricken look, like she was left out of a major party. Tiffany was hosting a soiree, and the "Lady with the List" turned her back to my camera, maybe in embarrassment that I was not invited?? Loved the 'Alice thru the Looking Glass' perspective at Van Cleef and framed window tributes in other stores to ballet and the arts. Apple stood alone in the statement: We don't need to dress up for the holidays, we ARE the holidays. Well communicated and a store I would have loved to invade.

Back alone at my hotel, I had the good fortune in channel surfing to catch Casablanca and my favorite line: We'll always have Paris (and I hope NYC too!). Sad to look across at an office building and see workers, they should ditch it all and take the stroll I did. 

The next day, tears rained from the sky for Laure. I scurried back to the city, off to the airport, and back to Dallas, where I belong in December.

Louis Vuitton


Van Cleef

The Apple Palace