September 1 2014

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Irene Neuwirth Debuts Diamonds With Michelle Williams, Busy Philipps, And A Few Famous Friend-Loves


Irene Neuwirth is known for her colorful, slightly bohemian jewels, but every girl—even those who live, like she does, on the beach in Venice—need to go full-throttle upscale now and again. So when Barneys, one of her earliest supporters, came knocking with a request for a diamond collection, Neuwirth obliged. The Barneys pieces represent her first foray into fine jewelry, a move the designer describes as a natural next step. “I’ve been designing jewelry for ten years,” she explained last night at a private bash at the retailer’s Madison Avenue flagship. “All of my clients who had been collecting pieces over and over, I felt they needed something different and a little bit finer. I feel like there was a hole in the market for something youthful.” The collection mixes diamonds with Neuwirth’s old favorite stones, like chrysophase, Rose of France, and Peruvian opal. Prices start at $15,000 and go up to $200,000—the Weinstein range, you might say. And there was Harvey, schmoozing in the corner.

The California connection may have helped account for his presence and all of the star power collected at Barneys’ eighth-floor penthouse. Michelle Williams (in orange and black striped Prada) and Lake Bell also stopped by, and the evening was hosted by Cougar Town‘s Busy Philipps and musician Joanna Newsom, who had her boyfriend, Andy Samberg, in tow. Philipps (above, with Neuwirth and Williams) has been a big Neuwirth supporter: The actress wore Neuwirth’s pieces to this year’s Oscars and Golden Globes. “I’ve known Irene a relatively short time,” Philipps admitted, but “it’s been a love affair that’s blossomed to its full potential very quickly. We fell into instant friend-love.” Williams, her longtime friend—devotees may remember they both starred on Dawson’s Creek—was sitting beside her. “I wasn’t jealous,” she deadpanned.

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