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Cartier, Now And Then

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The seventies were landmark years for the house of Cartier, a decade kicked off by two major events in 1969. That year, Richard Burton infamously gave c a 69.42-carat diamond from Cartier (the first-ever diamond to sell for more than $1 million), and Italian-American jewelry designer Aldo Cipullo created the iconic Love bracelet. Then in 1971, he designed the first nail bracelet, inspired by life in New York City, for the label.

Tonight, Cartier will unveil its new Juste un Clou jewelry collection (based on Cipullo’s original nail bracelet), in tandem with an exhibition that pays tribute to the late designer and his work, with a private party at the Cartier Mansion on Fifth Avenue. On display are the new rings and bracelets ($2,175 to $34,650), offered in various metals such as rose gold and white gold, along with roughly 40 vintage Cartier pieces, archival drawings, articles, and scrapbooks as part of the Cartier & Aldo Cipullo: New York City in the ’70s exhibition. Here (above), get a glimpse of the original nail bracelet and one of the new versions—which, by the way, we recently named one of our Top Ten Jewels of Fall 2012.

Cartier & Aldo Cipullo: New York City in the ’70s runs April 13 through May 8. Tours will take place daily Monday through Friday at 11 a.m. at the Cartier Mansion, 653 Fifth Ave., NYC, (212) 753-0111.

Photos: Vincent Wulveryck; Courtesy of Cartier

Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Starring Rachel Zoe

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“When I was like 13, I got one of those Elsa Peretti heart necklaces from my parents for my bat mitzvah,” Rachel Zoe told Style.com this morning at Tiffany & Co. on Fifth Avenue. “It was one of the first serious pieces of jewelry that I ever had.”

And her affinity for the storied jewelry label hasn’t lessened since her teenage years: “I want one of everything; I was like trying to break into the cases this morning,” she joked. Zoe was on hand, along with Tiffany’s vice president Richard Moore, to unveil her window installations—which pay tribute to five decades of Hollywood glamour. The five windows (also on display at the brand’s flagship stores in Beverly Hills, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, and London) celebrate the glitz of Hollywood from the thirties through the seventies, with diamonds and pearls to match. The highlight: the 1960′s window, which showcases Jean Schlumberger’s iconic Fleur de Mer brooch for Elizabeth Taylor (pictured, below). The diamond and sapphire clip, bought by her husband, Richard Burton, was acquired by Christie’s (in celebration of its 175th anniversary) in the recent Christie’s auction of the famed actress’ jewelry and clothing collection.

On the subject of movie star style from bygone eras, Zoe (who was wearing a vintage black Alaïa dress) said before heading to the breakfast portion of the event, “Old Hollywood jewelry was very matched and all about sets. Now, it’s all about mixing and matching your jewels.” As for starlet style today, and by that we mean the upcoming Oscars, her lips were sealed: “It’s really all over the board; you never know what to expect because there’s always ball gowns, fishtails, column dresses, etc. We will have to wait and see.” She did reveal, however, that the red carpet will likely be missing one of its top stars this time around—Zoe’s client and last year’s Oscars co-host Anne Hathaway.

Photos: Gary Gershoff /WireImage (Zoe); Courtesy of Tiffany & Co. (window)

The Icon And Her Haute Couture

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“I went to see the collection three nights ago and was literally slack-jawed the whole way through,” Coco Rocha told Style.com at Christie’s New York last night before bidding on Elizabeth Taylor’s couture collection kicked off. “I love the fact that pieces were not hand-picked by some stylist for her—this was her personal taste, her collection.”

For that reason, the auction has garnered an unrivaled interest from bidders around the world—people want to own a part of the legendary Liz. After Tuesday night’s jewelry auction, which brought in a record-breaking $115 million, the mood in the auction room on the second floor was tense last night in anticipation of how the Versace bolero jackets and Dior gowns would sell. They did not disappoint—sales of the couture clothes soared to a total of $2.6 million last night.

Minutes after 7 p.m., Christie’s Los Angeles president Andrea Fiuczynski took her place on the stand and readied her gavel, despite the relatively empty auction room (for the most part, buyers were bidding on the phone and online). After Christie’s CEO Marc Porter made the surprise announcement that the famed Irene Sharaff yellow silk chiffon wedding dress from Taylor’s first marriage to Richard Burton is being donated to a major American museum (the specific one has not been revealed), bidding began.
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Elizabeth Taylor: The Collector

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“I wanted to share my collection with others so they could get a glimpse of the joys, the thrills, and the pure happiness that these beautiful creations have given me,” Elizabeth Taylor once said. It’s a line that now covers one of the purple walls at Christie’s New York, where the Hollywood legend’s jewels, clothes, handbags, and artwork have arrived after a two-month-long world tour. There’s the expected bling and baubles, most notably the Cartier Taj Mahal diamond (bidding to begin at $300,000), the 33.19-carat diamond ring Richard Burton bought her in 1968 (they were married—for the first time—in 1964), and the ruby necklace, bracelet, and earring set given to her by Mike Todd that she famously wore for laps in the pool.

But the famous jewels are only part of the story. “No one knew she had this enormous collection of clothing,” said Meredith Etherington-Smith, Christie’s curator for the Taylor fashion auction, during a private preview and luncheon of the exhibition this afternoon, co-hosted by Christie’s chairman Marc Porter and Orianne Collins. “We knew she would run around in caftans—we didn’t know Ms. Taylor was buying serious fashion for over 50 years. And when I say serious, I mean couture.”

Of course, there’s a chorus line of Taylor’s infamous Thea Porter caftans on display, but other highlights in the multi-floor exhibition are the evening bolero jackets by Gianni Versace (“some of the best things Versace ever did,” according to Etherington-Smith), Taylor’s Louis Vuitton luggage collection with lavender name tags (they read MINE), her red velvet Valentino evening gown (they were great friends), and her incredible collection of Dior evening dresses. “There’s the last Dior dress with red bugle beads that was designed for Taylor by John Galliano in 2010, and it comes with a wonderful letter explaining that no, it won’t be transparent when you wear it,” said Etherington-Smith. “At that point, she was confined to a wheelchair but she could still order up a mean Dior.”

Taylor, say the Christie’s team, was a collector and curator as much as a fashion plate. “This is about connoisseurship and collecting, not consumption,” Porter told Style.com. “To learn that she was one of the most refined collectors of our time was an absolute revelation.”

The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor exhibition runs December 3-12, Christie’s, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, NYC, $30 admission. Online auction runs December 3-16.

Photos: Ryan McCune / PatrickMcMullan.com