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Expert Advice: How To Gift Costume Jewelry

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It’s approximately two weeks until Black Friday. Take a breath. There’s still time to consider the thoughtful gift, like a beautiful piece of vintage costume jewelry. Needless to say, that venture involves more effort than others, but according to jewelry collector and historian Deanna Farneti Cera, it’s entirely worth it. “It’s not something you can just buy. You have to choose it,” explains Farneti Cera, whose friends usually know what they’re getting come Christmas. “It’s totally unique. It’s extremely improbable that you’ll find someone with the same piece.” To ease the shopping path, Farneti Cera has been selling off parts of her sizable personal collection of vintage bijoux through Yoox.com. There’s another sale starting today featuring pieces from Coppola e Toppo (including the dégradé beaded necklace pictured here for $2,250), the influential Italian house that created pieces for Emilio Pucci and Valentino. But we asked Farneti Cera to give us some pointers on how to shop smart for the perfect vintage bauble this holiday season.


1. Know Thy Giftee This might seem obvious, but Farneti Cera stresses the point. “More than with contemporary jewelry, you give a gift of vintage jewelry to someone when you know how they think, how they dress,” she says. “It gives a very personal imprint.”

2. Buy Pre-2000 OK, 1999 might seem a stretch as vintage, but for Farneti Cera, the year 2000 is something of a jewelry watershed. “Anything made before then is higher quality,” she explains. “The whole global market hadn’t appeared then. What is stamped ‘Made In Italy’ was actually made in Italy.”

3. France Rules, Mostly Oh, the French. Le sigh. There are few areas of aesthetics they haven’t conquered. “Every time, the leadership is in France,” says Farneti Cera. “Chanel, Schiaparelli, Roger Jean-Pierre for Dior in the fifties, Cardin in the seventies.” She does, however, make exceptions for American pieces made in the forties and Italian ones from the eighties.

4. Trust Your Instincts (Well, Some of You) According to Farneti Cera, names matter, but so does your gut. “In my opinion, everything that has somehow a wonderful history behind it such as Gripoix for Chanel or Schlumberger for Schiaparelli is worth looking for,” she says. “But something is not necessarily beautiful because its trademark is Chanel or Dior. Follow your eyes, your taste, your heart. Or let yourself be guided by someone who knows what’s good.”

5. Clicks, Then Bricks “Nowadays the best place that gives you a precise idea of what’s out there is the Web,” she says. But if you’re not ultra-knowledgeable, Farneti Cera advises going to department stores with vintage sections or hitting good antique shows, like the Pier Antiques Show at Pier 94 coming up soon on November 14 and 15. “You can compare prices. You can ask for evidence of the information,” she says. “A good sign is whether a dealer is ready to guarantee his merchandise and let you make a return.”

Photo: Courtesy of Yoox.com

Fine China: Quentin Shih Debuts At South Coast Plaza

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Who says there’s no culture in the O.C.? Mega (and mega-luxe) shopping center South Coast Plaza has teamed up with Christian Dior to present the U.S. premiere of a capsule exhibition that features Chinese artist and photographer Quentin Shih’s provocative photos—the first time his work will be seen in the United States. The 20 original works, on display from October 14 through November 7, juxtapose photographs taken at Christian Dior’s Fall 2008 Haute Couture show with images of Chinese landscapes and everyday Chinese people, such as uniformed schoolgirls and elderly people in deserted markets.

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The Underworld Rises Again

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What with both Lady Gaga and Madonna on Saturday Night Live and a corset-crammed Jean Paul Gaultier show, yesterday was quite the moment for innerwear as outerwear. But as our Sarah Mower points out, it was in fact John Galliano who sparked the revival of this old-trend chestnut with his Christian Dior haute-couture show back in July. Galliano continued the idea in his ready-to-wear collection two days ago with a forties glamour in lacy hems and sheer dresses layered over corsets. Is this the logical reaction to a few seasons of urban warriordom? Now that we’ve become weary of shielding ourselves with armor, perhaps it’s time to expose something vulnerable. And what could be more so than your unmentionables? That seemed to be partly the reason Marc Jacobs had—pronouncing himself tired of black and studs—at his Spring show, which wove in an exposed lingerie motif. Not that there isn’t a certain hard-edged facet to this trend. Look at the power of Dolce & Gabbana’s corsets. But there’s something fresh in the softer side, like Peter Copping’s pretty take on the subject at Nina Ricci and Fendi‘s powdery shades; and frilled bras hazily visible through chiffon. Are you ready to expose your inner workings this Spring?

Photos: Marcio Madeira

Victoire De Castellane’s Court Of Appeal

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“I made up an imaginary kingdom about kings and queens of lost civilizations,” said Victoire de Castellane, explaining the thinking behind her incredible collection of diamond pendants and rings for Dior. Each piece—kings for pendants, queens for rings—wears its own crown, tiara, necklace, lace collar, or ruff, and even earrings of their own, in some instances. “I didn’t want to use color, so it’s all diamonds, antique beads, and briolettes I found and set so it looks like embroidery.” The twist is the macabre fact that all the miniature royals are sculpted as skulls. “The story,” said de Castellane, “is that man dies, but jewelry remains.”

Photo: Courtesy of Christian Dior

Marc And Lorenzo Nuptials Update, Dolce On The Cheap, And More…

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Of all the cute couples at the CFDAs last night (Jason Wu and Diane Kruger, Kirsten Dunst and the Mulleavys, Molly Sims and Marilyn Monroe), Lorenzo Martone and Marc Jacobs were probably the cutest. Could they be in their honeymoon phase? Not yet. Despite rumors to the contrary, the two have yet to tie the knot, so your invite actually could still be in the mail. [WWD]

Dolce & Gabbana are cutting prices, which means their clothes are slightly less bank-breaking than they were before. For spring, jeans go for $450 a pair, while a silk tulle party dress will cost you $3,589. Sweet gesture, guys. [WWD]


The chaos at Interview continues: The magazine is suing former co-editorial director Glenn O’Brien, who either quit or was fired, depending on who you ask. [WWD]

250,000 pounds worth of Dior jewelry is missing from a photo shoot in London, and you get one guess as to who the celebrity suspect is. Oh, did you guess Lindsay Lohan? Well done, well done. [The Guardian]

Photo: Sherly Rabbani and Josephine Solimene