This is what happens when a star borrows diamonds for the Oscars

This is what happens when a star borrows diamonds for the Oscars

The Oscars are just around the corner, and celebrities are getting ready to compete for the best dress on the red carpet (here are the most expensive Oscars dresses of all time in case you were wondering).

Of course, if you’re wearing an amazing outfit, you want accessories to match, and there’s only one thing for it: diamonds. Now as we’re talking hundreds of thousands of dollars here, a lot of celebrities just borrow them for the night, and it’s a whole process.

Jeweller Martin Katz has been dressing actresses for 30 years now, and he revealed what happens behind the scenes.

He said, ‘I remember my first encounter bejewelling an actress for the red carpet came when a client (an actress) asked me to loan jewellery to her co-star – it turned out to be a new young actress named Sharon Stone who was just about to hit the big time with Basic Instinct. I loaned her some pieces for that premiere and my brand went “viral” from there.’

Since then, Martin has accessorised over 500 of Hollywood’s finest, from Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Jane Fonda and Felicity Huffman, all the way through to Sandra Bullock, Kate Winslet Ashley Judd, Alessandria Ambrosia and Gigi Hadid.

What’s interesting is everything that goes into making this happen. Whilst some brands do pay the celebs to wear the jewels (‘eye-watering sums’ according to Katz), he simple works with those who like his designs.

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First off, it starts with the stylist. He says, ‘My team initially liaise with the stylists, and this can often be only weeks in advance. Since we are based locally in Beverly Hills we have developed close relationships with some top stylists who we work with throughout the year so we know their clients well.

‘Most stylists prefer choose the gown first then start considering the jewellery. On occasion, we have come across stylists who have a particular style of jewellery in mind then source an evening gown to fit that. We will then invite them into our boutique on Brighton Way for an appointment at which stage I personally like to meet with them to discuss ideas and show them pieces that I feel would work well.’

Once the celebrity approves of the choice, or requests a custom design, then ‘they have fittings in their ready-to-wear with the selected jewellery items and their hair and make-up done. They must see the finished look in advance and take several photos from all angles to ensure the look is flawless.’

Unfortunately, there’s always a risk the celebrity won’t wear the jewellery (or the dress, remember Anne Hathaway?), so the team have to bide their time: ‘they may suddenly wake up the morning before or worse yet, the morning of the event and change their mind on their outfit which can then knock on to the jewellery too. That would involve a last minute rush into the vaults to select alternatives and it’s happened before…’

And when we’re talking about really expensive jewellery, you need to have a plan in place in case anyone tries to steal it – just think how many people come to watch that red carpet.

Martin says, ‘Measures are taken to ensure the security of the jewellery and the talent wearing the piece too so we will send a security guard to accompany them.’

Disasters can happen though, and the jeweller’s diamonds once scattered all over the red carpet. ‘I will never forget though the year when Minnie Driver wore a multi-strand ruby of mine to the Oscars and unfortunately it became attached to her dress, causing the clasps to break and the ruby beads to dissipate across the floor of the auditorium. James Cameron was seen on his hands and knees helping to pick up the rubies for the distraught Ms. Driver. There’s never a dull moment at the Oscars!’

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8 things you need to take away from this London Fashion Week

8 things you need to take away from this London Fashion Week

Well that’s a wrap. London Fashion Week is over for another season, and if you need a little recap, here’s what you’ve missed.

Karl Lagerfeld left us and the fashion world mourned

On the last day of London Fashion Week, it was announced that the legendary designer behind Chanel and Fendi had passed away. The timing meant all the fashion editors couldn’t cover the news as they were at the shows, but they held a minute’s silence at the last show of the schedule, at the BFC showspace, which Camilla also attended.

Karl Lagerfeld quotes

Victoria Beckham delivered a superb collection (and launched a Youtube channel)

VB truly pulled one out of the bag this season. Not only did she serve up a collection every woman wants to be seen in – think checked blazers layered over checked shirts, floaty dresses and a mix of neutral and bold colours – but she also launched a YouTube channel, which will give us an insight into her fashion, beauty and family. Oh and Harper Beckham’s new haircut also stole the show.

Victoria Beckham

Shrimps had its first runway show

After a few London Fashion Week presentations, Shrimps founder Hannah Weiland hosted her first runway collection, and it was one of the dreamiest things we’ve ever seen. There were silky dresses, oversized bags, shells and lots of faux fur of course.

Camilla championed sustainability

The BFC is very much pushing for sustainability this season. BBC Earth and Mother of Pearl teamed up to host a panel and launch a flagship collection inspired by BBC Planet and created using sustainable production methods to show how innovation and new technology can help us to reduce the impact of fashion on the planet.

And to close LFW, the Duchess of Cornwall presented the QEII award for design to Bethany Williams, who exclusively uses recycled materials in her collection.

Roksanda, Erdem and Rejina Pyo made us dream

Some of our favourite designers truly hit the sweet spot between OTT and wearable, dreamy and feminine. There were yellow feathered ballgowns at Roksanda, pointy collars, detailed embroidery and florals at Erdem, and gorgeous tonal separates at Rejina, who also had the most amazing accessories. Can we also talk about the fact the Erdem show started late because we were all waiting for Joan Collins to join the FROW? Legend.

Rixo partied with drag queens

For its Studio 54-inspired collection, Rixo took over Cafe de Paris, where models and drag queens dancedunder disco balls, wearing sequins and vintage prints. Joyful.

Aspinal was delightfully British

The likes of Olivia Palermo and Amber Le Bon helped Design Director Giles Deacon and Creative Director Mariya Dykalo celebrate the new collection, which featured quintessentially British motifs such as the Queen’s guards and dogs.

adidas Originals entered the LFW schedule

adidas Originals debuted its collection with New York designer Ji Won Choi, which took place in Hawley Wharf – a never before used location in underground Camden. The collaboration with Ji Won Choi is the third in a series of collaborations with emerging female designers who reimagine adidas’ design identity.


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Chanel has named a successor for Karl Lagerfeld

Chanel has named a successor for Karl Lagerfeld

Following the death of the legendary Karl Lagerfeld yesterday, the house of Chanel has announced his successor will be Virginie Viard.

In a statement on Instagram, Chanel announced, ‘Virginie Viard, Director of CHANEL’s Fashion Creation Studio and Karl Lagerfeld’s closest collaborator for more than 30 years, has been entrusted by Alain Wertheimer with the creative work for the collections, so that the legacy of Gabrielle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld can live on.’

The move doesn’t come as a surprise as she worked closely with Karl since 1987, and she was the one who took a bow the end of the collection at Haute Couture Fashion Week in January, when it was announced that the designer was too tired to do it.

Virginie interned at Chanel in 1987, before moving to Chloé with Karl in 1992. They both returned to Chanel five years later, where she took on the role of coordinator for haute couture, and then ready-to-wear.

Karl Lagerfeld passed away at the age of 85 and is mourned by the fashion world. Chanel issued the following statement, ‘An extraordinary creative individual, Karl Lagerfeld reinvented the brand’s codes created by Gabrielle Chanel: the CHANEL jacket and suit, the little black dress, the precious tweeds, the two-tone shoes, the quilted handbags, the pearls and costume jewelry.

‘Regarding Gabrielle Chanel, he said, “My job is not to do what she did, but what she would have done. The good thing about Chanel is it is an idea you can adapt to many things.” A prolific creative mind with endless imagination, Karl Lagerfeld explored many artistic horizons, including photography and short films. The House of CHANEL benefited from his talent for all the branding campaigns related to Fashion since 1987. Finally, one cannot refer to Karl Lagerfeld without mentioning his innate sense of repartee and self-mockery.’

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He said what? 25 of Karl Lagerfeld’s most memorable quotes

He said what? 25 of Karl Lagerfeld’s most memorable quotes

The outspoken designer had an opinion on everything; from children and Pippa Middleton to tattoos and Coco Chanel, there wasn’t a topic that escaped his cutting wit…

Karl Lagerfeld quotes

One of fashion’s greatest ever icons, Karl Lagerfeld has sadly died at the age of 85. Below we take a look back at some of the most memorable (and infamous) quotes from the legend himself.

On his expensive taste

On his feelings after a fashion show

On his motivation to lose weight

On love

On the use of fur in fashion

On political correctness

On never letting appearances slip

On Coco Chanel

On his infamous sunglasses

On not wanting children

On his iconic style

On listening to other people

On jogging bottoms

On his cat, Choupette

On fashion designers being too busy

On tattoos

On his diet and weight loss

On his humility

On his winning formula

On his ambition

On his fashion staple

On short, unattractive people

On making excuses for bad style

On the Middleton sisters

On retirement

We’re certain the Lagerfeld legacy will never be forgotten.

For more of the best style quotes, head to our Fashion section

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Iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has died aged 85

Iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has died aged 85

Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

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It has been reported that iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has died aged 85, with a report from French magazine Closer breaking the news.

The news of his death comes after weeks of ill health, with Karl – the artistic director of Chanel – missing his catwalk bow at the end of the most recent Chanel Couture Show in Paris.

‘Mr Lagerfeld, artistic director of Chanel, who was feeling tired, asked Virginie Viard, director of the creative studio of the house, to represent him,’  a statement announced following his absence.

It was then announced this morning that the designer – who presided over the House of Chanel for three decades – had died this morning in Paris.

While he is best known for his work with Chanel, becoming Creative Director in 1983, he is also just as celebrated for his work with Fendi, not to mention of course, his signature label.

It is undoubtedly a very sad day for the fashion community and high profile figures are coming out in force to pay their respects to the icon.

‘Karl, I cannot tell you how much you meant to me and how much I will miss you,’ Diane Kruger posted about the icon. ‘I will never forget your kindness towards me, your laughs, your imagination. I came to France to see you this week and introduce you to my daughter…I’m heartbroken I was too late Rest In Peace. I adore you.’

Our thoughts are with Karl’s friends and family.

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What you need to know about Victoria Beckham’s show (and her new YouTube channel)

What you need to know about Victoria Beckham’s show (and her new YouTube channel)

2019 could be VB’s biggest year yet

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham’s second LFW show took place yesterday, with her whole family in the audience and at which her daughter Harper debuted a brand new bob haircut.

Making her London debut last year after several at New York Fashion Week, VB returned to the city to showcase her AW19 collection at the Tate Britain.

Models’ skin was prepped with massages by renowned facialist Nichola Joss before applying The Cream by Augustinus Bader. The result was a glowing, flawless complexion that, according to Joss, would set them up for a busy day of shows.

Make-up legend Pat McGrath and her team perfected the glow before models hit the catwalk, showcasing a collection of comfortable and chic tailored pieces that perfectly captured how the modern woman wants to look (and dress).

Victoria Beckham show

The show was broadcast live on giant screens in Piccadilly to mark the launch of VB’s new YouTube channel, which will be an insight into all things fashion, beauty, and even the Beckham family will make an appearance.

The channel comes as Victoria’s friend, Derek Blasberg, has recently been appointed YouTube’s fashion and beauty director.

‘When Derek approached me, I thought it would be a great opportunity to educate myself and really understand the platform,’ she told Vogue after the show. ‘The videos are going to be everything from fashion to beauty, and my family will be in there as well.

‘I think you’ll get the opportunity to see the real me: me at work, me with the kids and what it’s like being a working mum.’

2019 is going to be pretty mega for VB, who is also about to launch her own make-up line Victoria Beckham Beauty.

Watch this space for Victoria Beckham’s biggest year yet.

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Harper Beckham debuted a new haircut at Victoria’s fashion show and it made everyone’s day

Harper Beckham debuted a new haircut at Victoria’s fashion show and it made everyone’s day

Victoria Beckham showed her new AW19 collection at London Fashion Week, and it was sleek, feminine and all round beautiful.

Basically what the modern woman wants to wear. Think loose tailoring, pretty prints and a mix of bold and neutral colours.

But the collection wasn’t the only thing that caught everyone’s attention. As we’ve come to expect from previous VB shows, her family was in attendance to support the designer.

David Beckham was there of course, as were her parents and children, Romeo, Cruz, Brooklyn and little Harper – who debuted her new haircut for the occasion.

Stepping in her mum’s footsteps (who will ever forget the ‘pob’?), Harper went for a blunt bob with a fringe.

It was all the more adorable that she was sitting on her dad’s lap, right next to Anna Wintour, who might or might not have been the inspiration behind the new ‘do.

Even Victoria joked about the similarities, posting a video of the two next to each other on her Instagram stories.

She also posted a video of herself and Harper walking down the empty catwalk after the show, and something tells us it’s not the last we’ve seen of the tot at Fashion Week.

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Accessorise’s new fine jewellery collection is stunning

Accessorise’s new fine jewellery collection is stunning

And how much it costs

This season is all about stacking fine jewellery, including mismatched rings and barely-there necklaces, so the launch of Accessorize’s new Z Limited range comes at just the right time, especially if you’re looking for something a little more durable, but doesn’t cost the earth.

The 24 piece collection was designed by Zara Simon, who was inspired by power women and power symbols, from Joan of Arc and Cleopatra to superheroes such as Wonder Woman and ancient symbols.

This translates into symbols and shapes that include the shield, snakes, the goddess symbol and the protecting eye, all set in cast metal, surrounded by semi-precious stones and crystals.
There are more statement pieces such as signet rings and large blue stone earrings, as well as finer necklaces which you can easily layer over an open blouse.
So really you can style it any way you want, there’s no right or wrong here.

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6 extra moments from New York Fashion Week

6 extra moments from New York Fashion Week

Missed all the New York Fashion Week coverage? Here’s what you need to know.

Longchamp brought Paris to New York

For its second season showing at New York Fashion Week, Longchamp added a touch of Parisian girl chic to the Big Apple. There were studded leather mini skirts, pussybow blouses and printed midi dresses. Kendall Jenner, the face of the brand, was sitting front row. She explained what drew her to the brand, ‘I think something that I really appreciated about them was their sense of Parisienne style but also they find a way to bring in those New York aspects, and of course the whole equestrian thing is what drew me to it, but also the timelessness of it.’

She was joined by Emma Roberts, and Kaia Gerber walked the show.

Barry Manilow started the party to Michael Kors

Over at Michael Kors, whose collection was inspired by Studio 54, Barry Manilow serenaded the crowds with a performance of his cult hit, Copacabana, and the crowd went wild. Models – clad in gold lamé, sequins and feathers – even went on stage to party with him.

Kate Spade paid tribute to its creator

There was lots of buzz around this show, as it’s the first time the brand has had a runway show at New York Fashion Week. It was also the first collection by new creative director Nicola Glass since the brand’s founder Kate Spade passed away in June of last year. The result was as uplifting as you’d expect. There were heart-shaped accessories perfect for Valentine’s Day (whether on purpose or not), and cute basket bags. The collection itself featured dreamy pastel shades and cute prints, and Kate’s spirit was very much present throughout, including on the seat cards, which read, ‘She left a little sparkle everywhere she went. In Loving Memory 1962–2018.’

Tomo Koizumi took ruffles to the next level

Tomo presented his first show at NYFW, after being discovered by stylist Katie Grand. Dreamy was the order of the day, with ruffles galore, in all the shades of the rainbow, as modelled by Gwendoline Christie, Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski. Obviously, Instagram loved it.

Paris Hilton made a proper comeback

If you’ve ever been into The Simple Life, you’ll love the fact Paris walked the runway at The Blonds, wearing a decidedly Paris outfit (silver, tassels, sequins).

Street style set the tone for fashion month

tonal dressing

If you weren’t on board with tonal dressing, you will be soon, because the micro trend was all over the streets of New York Fashion Week, and even Duchess Meghan is getting in on it.

Head-to-toe browns, camels, khakis, whites, pastel pinks, blues… Anything goes, and it always looks chic.

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Barry Manilow partied on stage at the Michael Kors NYFW show and it was everything

Barry Manilow partied on stage at the Michael Kors NYFW show and it was everything

If you missed out on the Michael Kors show at New York Fashion Week, then I’m afraid you missed out big time – because Barry Manilow took to the stage and partied with the models and quite frankly, it doesn’t get better than that.

But let’s set the scene first. The general theme was Studio 54, so the Wall Street venue was dressed up for the occasion, herringbone floors, velvet curtains, disco balls and all.

The theme was heavily echoed in the collection, which was a celebration of glamour, romance and decadence. There were halterneck dresses with plunging necklines covered in sequins, gold lamé fringed minis and of course, plenty of velvet and feathers.

But that’s not to say there weren’t any more wearable pieces either, as demonstrated by masculine tailoring, fabulous shearling coats and denim boilersuits.

The show ended in spectacular fashion with Barry Manilow performing his 1978 hit ‘Copacabana during the models’ finale walk, which really did some up the AW19 collection.

Manilow’s performance underscored the show’s theme of dreaming and the New York that gave Michael Kors his start and continues to inspire him today. ‘Barry Manilow is a legend and Copacabana was one of the iconic songs of my youth,’ says Michael Kors.

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