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July 30 2014

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Lorraine Schwartz Is A Girl’s Best Friend

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When Jay-Z decided he liked it—it being Beyoncé—and to put a ring on it, he went with one from jeweler Lorraine Schwartz. So no surprise to find the singer at the debut of Schwartz’s 2BHappy collection at Lavo in New York last night (and not much of a surprise to find her more than fashionably late, either).

But Beyoncé wasn’t the only famous friend who came to toast the occasion. Mary J. Blige, Blake Lively, Kim Kardashian, and Ashanti all dropped by to see the new collection. “Lorraine always does what you are thinking about or what you are dreaming about,” Blige said of her longtime friend. “She’s not limited with her artistic ability—she always goes to the left or to the right, [but] it’s never to the left of where you can’t wear it.”

Lively (left, with Beyoncé and Schwartz) has never seemed to have a hard time wearing it—she’s often decked out in the designer’s jewels. (Last night, she was sporting diamond drop earrings and an armful of LS bangles with her Versace dress.) “It’s the little girl in me,” Lively admitted. “We are attracted to sparkles.” She was attracted to one in particular—a happy-face bracelet from the new line, intended to encourage happiness in the wearer. “This is probably my new favorite piece by her,” the Gossip Girl star said.

Photo: Chance Yeh/PatrickMcMullan.com

When Ari Met Breezy

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Not the most usual story out there: Identical twin sisters with a penchant for Michael Jackson hightail it out of Minneapolis and make for New York, where their handmade, studded eyewear makes fans of bling-loving celebs from Ashanti to Kelly Osbourne. Not the most usual story, but 20-year-old twins Coco and Breezy aren’t the most usual girls out there, either—according to their bio, they were “originally constructed on a planet called Earth.” Usual or not, it was on said planet that the duo caught the eye of Selima Salaun, who invited the sisters to customize 20 pieces for her shops. (The collab-loving Salaun has already worked with J.Crew, Proenza Schouler, Tim Hamilton, and more.) The result is a heavy-metal spin on Selima’s best-selling Onassis frame, inspired by the Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis and his trademark specs. (We think he’d be into the tricked-out version—there was a man who could appreciate a generous hand with gold.) Twenty unique pairs are available now at Selima Optique stores now, provided you get there before Ashanti’s stylist does.
$425, available at Selima Optique. For locations, visit www.selimaoptique.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Selima Optique