Jolie's Oscar earrings. Photo Source: Style with Anna
When I first heard about Angelina Jolie’s new jewelry line, I thought she’d sold out. Turns out, her baubles collection carries more weight than other star lines. Here’s why:
- It’s expensive. Pieces start at $4,000, a far cry from JewelMint and the department store collections top designer and celebrities often downsize for. But that’s because Jolie’s out to raise cash, not earn it. Sales benefit the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict, so while she’ll sell fewer items than if she partnered with Macy’s, Jolie’s charity bank will still fill up fast — relatively speaking, of course. Another reason for the higher price? Jolie — who’s been a UN Goodwill Ambassador for years — isn’t likely to pawn off fast fashion manufacturers to make her jewelry. Expect them to be crafted by talented artisans in fair working conditions. No blood diamonds in this bunch.
- She’s only serving private, invite-only clients (at least for now). You’ve got to be a special somebody to be offered a look at Angelina’s jewelry collection for now, since she’s most likely not wasting her time showing pieces unless clients are ready to buy up quickly. Jolie may design a lower-end collection from Middle American buyers, but that’s still to be worked out.
- The jewelery’s on the road. To reach clients around the world without wasting money on overhead for retail space, Jolie’s collection is a traveling one. Starting in Beverly Hills and then moving on to Monaco, the limited availability may also inspire her audience to impulse buy, which is good for charity.
- It’s probably not junk: An extension of reason #1, Jolie’s pieces cost a lot and are most likely going to be manufactured by legitimate vendors. Therefore, the higher price tag means really beautiful, long-lasting jewelry you’d be proud to pass on.
Project Iris burnout tee
“Florals…for spring?” You’d think every designer, stylist and fashion editor would hear an echo of Miranda Priestly’s snide put-down every time they added flowers to the spring and summer mix. And yet, each year, florals are touted as an It trend for…spring. Here are some of the best this year — in terms of originality, appeal, and versatility.
Project Iris: Original artwork is printed on these light-weight tees, and a portion of each sale is donated to the World Food Program to provide nutritious meals to mothers and their young children in the developing world.
Diane von Furstenberg: Diane’s bright prints are appealing for their saturated colors and flattering, all-over pattern. It’s only when you look closely that you realize leaves, buds and poppies are her inspiration.
Jewelry: Flowers made out of more substantial materials — wood, metal — anchor the trend’s delicate nature.
Urban Outfitters shorts: I had a pair of these when I was in 5th grade, I think. That alone gives me enough push-pull to want them again (or not) but the 90s washed-out color palette on top of a tailored printed short really is perfect for pool parties and brunch.
Photo Source: ShopBop.com
Online store ShopBop is now designing and selling its own line of jewelry, Bop Bijoux. They only have 12 pieces so far, all of which are very simple but modern, incorporating small details like stars and links. Some of it is pretty reasonably priced, though I’m not sure about the $90 price tag for the star bangle set, at left (and my personal favorite). It’s sterling silver and includes three bangles, one of which carries the star. What do you think? I suppose it would make a good Christmas or graduation gift…
Recently, my Austin-bred friend Alex moved to Ithaca. This could or could not have turned out to be a smart move, fashionably speaking.
Luckily, though, Alex tapped into the local market (literally) and has found the ideal cross between sexy, bohemian and effortless styling. Namely, the wooden earrings she sent me for my birthday, at left. They’re extremely lightweight and blend in with my long brown hair, making them perfect for everyday looks, but they’re also big and fun and dangly, and wearing them gives a little something extra to t-shirts and dressier outfits. Alex found them at the local farmer’s market, Ithaca Market, giving us another lesson in how to uncover fabulous staple pieces without going mainstream.