Rosantica Giovanna Oxidized Gold-Tone Beaded Body Chain: Chain of Events

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Rosantica Giovanna Oxidized Gold-Tone Beaded Body Chain

We often think of jewels as accessories, pieces to put on after our outfit is, for the most part, already planned out. This oxidized gold-tone Rosantica body chain, however, is no mere accessory. The bronze, silver, and black beaded topper is what you plan a look around. Its Milanese-crafted strands will act as a cape for your bare shoulders this summer (think of it as a sophisticated take on all of those bikini and leg chains you see around), and come winter, it won’t go into hibernation; imagine this over sweaters or boat neck dresses at holiday parties! Maybe it’s because I’ve still got Khaleesi’s style on the brain, but I also love the idea of this serving as a regal accent over a dramatic gown. Sure, you wouldn’t wear it running errands, but overall, this is avery versatile piece. What would you pair it with? Available on NET-A-PORTERicon for $1,865.

Rosantica Giovanna Oxidized Gold-Tone Beaded Body Chain

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A Visual History of Celebrities Hiding Behind Their Handbags

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Fendi New Mini 3Baguette Bag Autumn/Winter 2015 Campaign Starring Kendall Jenner

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Photographed by creative director Karl Lagerfeld, Fendi reveals the new Autumn/Winter 2015 “Arty Puppets” Campaign starring young beautiful supermodel Kendall Jenner. The latest advertising of the Italian luxury fashion house is featuring the new mini 3Baguette bag embellished with opulent chic pyramid-shaped studs.

Kendall Jenner models Fendi FW15 Ad Campaign featuring the new Mini 3Baguette Bag

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Loewe Triangle Bag: A Love Triangle

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The fact that Spanish label Loewe is now being sold at cult-favorite and kooky-collaboration mecca Opening Ceremony says a lot. The lush leather brand has come a long way in the last few years. Now that Stuart Vevers has moved on to Coach and young Brit Jonathan Anderson is in, with his first collection for the house now hitting stores, it represents an even more contemporary era for them.

I am all about this shape. After becoming quite comfortable with soft hobos and slouchier styles, it’s great to see Loewe doing a seriously structured bag. Especially one that I happen to love. The Triangle is hard and striking, without being tough or unwelcoming. On the contrary. Thanks to this sunny, searing shade of yellow, it strikes the right balance of strong lines and cheerful color. Such a bag also makes me eager to see what Anderson has up his sleeve next. Loewe triangle bag at Opening Ceremony for $1,690.

Pair with: Play up this modern moment with Maison Martin Margiela‘s belted wool and silk-blend dress. With an asymmetrical element, it’s got both class and edge to spare. 

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Ralph Lauren Spring 2015 Collection: Utilitarian Euphoria

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Ralph Lauren Spring 2015 Collection

Think of all the things that come to mind when you reflect on Ralph Lauren: Buttery stretch suede pants, cinch-waist safari jackets, crisp tufts of ruffles, draped mock-turtlenecks, breezy coveralls, bejeweled statement necklaces and drop earrings, lean tunic gowns, layered tulle skirts, to name just a few. The original king of easy, glamorous American style, and for Spring ’15, he is back to remind us that no one else comes close to his particular genre of dressing. In the process, he has successfully whipped up the perfect summer wardrobe, with something for every possible occasion, from the casual to the cocktail, jet-set comfort to strictly business moments to off-day chic to black-tie drama.

But the real scenario is clear: this season, the glitzy safari princess takes a semi-tomboyish holiday, and the message was evident upon the first look: a draped and sashed satin top in royal violet paired with semi-loose, low-slung, tapered cargo pants. Could it be? Does this mark the triumphant return of the dressed-up cargo pant?! If anyone can make the often-abused style look fresh and appealing, it’s Ralph Lauren. Soft and easy does it! Ralph’s juxtaposing palette serves the looks well. Nothing energizes quintessential neutral shades of olive, khaki, and army tan like punchy pops of searing hue – a sunny lemon-citrine trench coat draped over a knit and suede ensemble, easy silk shantung pants in bright fuchsia with an olive silk shirt, and a sheer neon-orange safari jacket is paired with an equally bright exotic tote.

There is plenty of tulle, organza, and utterly spectacular beadwork to counter the more functional fabrics, like cotton canvas, and there is also a refreshing portion of all-white elegance (check out the column dresses) for those who prefer to keep their spring wardrobe perfectly pristine. But ultimately, this is a collection delightfully founded upon the utilitarian, like jumpsuits in silk charmeuse, and that sense of practicality has been glammed up with plenty of dramatic jewels. This ongoing contrast is summed up in one major look: a long-sleeve tulle gown, glistening with crystals, and worn with a super-oversized, distressed metallic leather shoulder bag. This is red-carpet glamour with a hearty helping of grit.

Ralph Lauren Spring 2015 Collection

Ralph Lauren Spring 2015 Collection

Ralph Lauren Spring 2015 Collection

Ralph Lauren Spring 2015 Collection

Ralph Lauren Spring 2015 CollectionMy favorite looks taken with my high-tech and super-professional iPhone

Ralph Lauren Spring 2015 Collection

Ralph Lauren Spring 2015 Collection

Ralph Lauren Spring 2015 Collection

Ralph Lauren Spring 2015 Collection

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Trend Alert: Turquoise Jewelry

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The recent resurgence of an obsession with Old Pawn turquoise has caused a wild scramble to pick up cuffs, necklaces and earrings in shiny sterling silver. Rather than grabbing some cheap knockoffs that’ll wear and tear in a few months, consider investing in a true piece of art from one of these native artisans.

Traditional techniques include stamping directly into the metal by hand; other pieces are made by carving into tufa (a volcanic rock found in the deserts of the Navajo Reservation as well as other parts of the world) then pouring molten silver into the mold. The molds can typically only be used once, making the pieces one-of-a-kind. Many of these traditions are continued as a family trade throughout Arizona, New Mexico and other parts of North America, staying true to ancestry but also adding a unique, modern point of view to the craft.

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Aaron Anderson, a Navajo silversmith, uses the tufa method in his pieces. He likes to use angular lines and a bold graphic style that speaks to tradition through today’s lens. He accents the pieces with exquisite high-grade turquoise.

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Jay McCormick is a bit of a wild card in this crew. Though he has Native American blood and lives in Arizona, he has taken the art of smithing in a new direction. His stamping patterns follow an organic line and his style follows his whims, from heart-shaped pendants stamped in floral motifs, to huge bracelets of concho-esque silver pieces on leather, immaculately stamped in geometric forms.

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This stunning bracelet was made by Calvin Martinez, a Navajo Indian with an amazing relationship with the materials he works with. This bracelet is actually hollow on the top box, allowing for a larger statement without the weight. At Perry Null Trading Company for $650.

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Also at Perry Null Trading is a group of work by fellow Navajo Delbert Gordon; this bracelet shows his mastery of traditional settings, techniques and styles. From setting and stamping to wirework and hand forming, this bracelet truly showcases the beauty of authentic, native jewelry. At Perry Null Trading Company for $1,015.

Julia Hagen is currently a student at the Gemological Institute of America. Her love for jewelry started with a red bead bracelet she received as a birthday gift from her grandfather around the age of five. Other healthy addictions include shoes, Crossfit, photography and researching jewelry arts.

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