Top Ken Robinson gets to showcase his designs in Beverly Hills. Above Robinson with Jason Ritter and his girlfriend.
Ken Robinson of Robinson Designer Goldsmith, New Zealandâs most innovative ﬁne jeweller and a long-time friend of Lucire, has been on a quest to get his gravity-defying designs in diamonds and precious gems into the hands and ensembles of top Hollywood talent. This journey led him to join forces with savvy event planner Anita Talbert (another friend of the Lucire family) for their dazzling precursor to Lozziâs landmark Night of 100 Stars Oscar night viewing party at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
In some ways, our beloved Ken followed in the footsteps of fellow Kiwi Sir Peter Jackson, as he headlined this show and was a real-life Lord of the Rings, as well as earrings, pendants, necklaces, bracelets, and other stellar offeringsâforged into rainbow hued skulls, whimsical animals, ﬂora, fauna and a few sparkling butterﬂies that looked as if they came right out of the mind of Mariah Carey (in fact, Ken had her in mind when designing those exquisite sparklers). He scored points with such luminaries as Natalie Cole, Jason Ritter, Lou Diamond Phillips, Charlene Tilton and others.
While Kenâs star shined bright in the land where Harry Winston once roamed the earth, other, others were on the rise, from LA-based Aussie couturiĂ¨re Kelly A. Swartz to the classic earthy gold and silver creations from Taber Studios, to art glass and silver treasures by Florida-based Accessoreez and casually dressy bling from i-Catcher by Vanessa Swarovski (granddaughter of Daniel Swarovski), to the supple Gucci-inspired bags from Cape Cod Leather (back from their triumphant appearance at the Distinctive Assets Grammy party), and swanky selection from our friend Charlie Lapson and vegan carry-alls from MontrĂŠal-based CherryBerry.
Anita also beckoned some other fabulous cast members, including stunning architectural eyewear from Italyâs Oberti (whose ofﬁces are Miami-based), sexy sportswear from Green Apple, Beach Bunny and Bejeweled, ShoeDazzle (Kim Kardashianâs new shoe-of-the-month club), Kathy Wilson Atelierâs modern formal wear and top European skin care lines Pevonia and Yonka. The cherry on top for this sweet affair was a cinematic Karaoke machine from Youstar, a fantastic personal green screen system sure to keep movie buffs entertained until the 2011 Academy Awards and their home version of Night of 100 Stars.âElyse Glickman
Above Kelly Ann Swartz, the Los Angeles-based, Australian-born couturiĂ¨re.
Top left Charlene Tilton models Accessoreez jewellery. Top right Lou Diamond Phillips. Above left Bejeweled shirt line rep. Above right Main sponsor Pevonia Botanica.
We have more news from several worldwide events. New York Fashion Week news tends to go to print, which is why we are a bit sparing online, though some info will head here. Doug Rimington has shot some lovely photographs for us from London, while Rola Saab will shortly report from Paris and Thomaz from Milano. And we expect to get extra news from De Beers for the Love Ball London, which is being held today.
By way of preview, the Love Ball is a charity event beneﬁting the Naked Heart Foundation. The event features an auction, where The Magic Moment Necklace, designed by model Natalia Vodianova and created by de Beers, will be offered alongside art from Marc Quinn, Anselm Reyle and others.
The Magic Moment Necklaceâs central pendant features a 1Âˇ1 ct fancy intense pink heart-shaped diamond paired with a 3Âˇ06 ct white heart-shaped diamond and hand-set in delicate micropavĂŠ. The pendant dances on a chain of white gold studded with white, pink and yellow diamonds (totalling 1Âˇ81 ct, 1Âˇ65 ct and 1Âˇ94 ct respectively); part of the chain is detachable for versatility. The Magic Moment Necklace can be worn either as an intricate statement or a sophisticated pendant, says De Beers.
Says Vodianova in a release, âThe Magic Moment Necklace was inspired by that precious instant when two people meet and immediately connect. Two stunning De Beers diamond hearts ﬁt perfectly together becoming oneâsymbolic of a great love. I was reminded of the famous love poem by Pushkin and of the ﬁrst playground we opened when I saw the childrenâs happiness and excitement. That was a magic moment I treasure and I instantly knew that the Naked Heart Foundation would be an integral part of me.â
For further information about the Love Ball and the Naked Heart Foundation, visit www.nakedheart.org/loveball.
New Zealand Red Crossâs Annual Appeal sees red items featured on auction site Trade Me from March 1, in addition to its traditional street collectors who hit the streets beginning the same day.
Running till the 10th, the online auction features a ruby necklace, 12 monthsâ free parking at any Wilson car park, Helly Hansen jackets, a mountain biking adventure in the Red Woods, three armfuls of red roses, a red Zambesi dress, a red Nokia from Vodafone and a weekendâs use of a red Mini Cooper convertible.
Fashion accessoriesâ designer Tamsin Cooper, who donated an embroidered red overnight bag and accessories worth NZ$700, says the online auction is a way for people to show they care.
âI know Kiwis will have fun bidding for the many fantastic items that are up for grabs so we can help make the Red Cross Annual Appeal a huge success,â says Ms Cooper, whose bags, scarves and jewellery are hand-embroidered ethically in Vietnam.
Money raised will help fund both domestic and international projects, including sending New Zealand aid workers abroad and buying emergency relief supplies.
Donors can also call 0900 RED CROSS (0900 733-27) within New Zealand to make a NZ$20 donation, or head to www.redcross.org.nz to make a secure credit card donation.
The collectors will be out in force till the 7th.