Living In The Stone Age-------
Jewelry, jewelry, jewelry. Giles and Sophia did it for Spring. So did Alber. In fact, he went positively over-the-top with it. All of my anecdotal evidence (culled from serious chats with retailers) indicates that jewelry is an increasingly hot commodity. (And why shouldn’t it be? A great necklace easily has a much higher CPW, that’s Cost Per Wear, than a blouse or dress.) It also seems as if there’s more jewelry-related news than ever. Tonight at Henri Bendel, vintage costume jewelry dealer House of Lavande will be celebrating and showing the vintage couture pieces that will be on sale this weekend at the Fifth Avenue department store, like this Chanel collar ($4,500), circa 1940, pictured above. There’s also a groovy seventies Givenchy necklace with a resin heart for $948 and a resin and braided leather Yves Saint Laurent piece for $1,148.
Also this week, Moscow department store Podium opened another outpost of its Podium Jewellery boutique in Paris, its fourth one worldwide; it’s stocked with pieces from Loree Rodkin, Garrard, and Delfina Delettrez. Then, it’s also auction season. This Friday and next Monday, Christie’s is previewing highlights of a few fall sales here in New York and in Geneva. One crowning glory is the Annenberg Diamond, a 32.01-carat D Flawless whopper. Though there’s no guarantees on breaking even with the CPW for that one.