“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)