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Industry Update: Jessica Simpson to Debut Fine Jewelry Collection

When Jessica Simpson stepped onto the scene in the late 90’s as one of the day’s pop-starlets, not too many people would have guessed that a decade later she’d be at the helm of a fashion empire.

Jessica Simpson, jewelry, raymond lee jewelers

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The blonde beauty has turned her Jessica Simpson Collection company into a billion-dollar firm, encompassing clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories. Her denim line is sold in more than 650 department stores, and apparently consumers truly cannot get enough of the J. Simps brand.

Zales announced earlier this week that in October 2011 it will debut a collaboration with Jessica Simpson and Firestar Diamonds called “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.”

“Jessica Simpson is viewed as the girl next door, and our guest is a midmarket guest and we believe she is someone that they can identify with. She has great reach and great power across a number of different categories, so doing a diamond fashion collection made perfect sense,” Zales’ CEO Theo Killion tells Women’s Wear Daily.

The line will feature pendants, rings, bracelets, earrings, and bangles in gold, silver and diamonds, and prices range from $79.99 to $999, making the line easily accessible to Simpson’s enormous fan base.

White gold and diamond heart pendant from Simpson's collection

Jess tells Woman’s Wear Daily: ““I love that a piece of fine jewelry can be passed down from generation to generation. I cherish the pieces that were given to me, so it is really special to be able to design my own.”

RLJ readers, are you excited to see this line of fine jewelry? Are you a fan of Jessica Simpson’s fashion empire?

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Kat Von D ‘Too Much Drama’ Jesse James Tweets: Is The Inked Up Engagement Over?

Jesse James and Kat Von D 2011

Various reports have been published this month from People and Life & Style Magazine, with conflicting announcements about the engagement between Kat Von D and Jesse James. In fact, since we first reported the engagement back in February the media has announced several splits between the high profile couple. 

Jesse James and Kat Von D are engaged, according to People.

The Engagement Ring: Kat Von D 2011

Almost five months after announcing their engagement, friends tell Life & Style magazine that James has told them the romance is over.

One insider tells the publication, “He says there’s too much drama for him.”

And the reports are supported by tweets James and his inked lady have posted on Twitter.com in the last week.

The roller coaster romance may be just fine, as both have reported separately that rumors of a split ‘couldn’t be further from the truth’ says Kat Von D and James lashes out at the trash talking tabloid rumors. The couple went on a mutually defensive strike Thursday evening, assuring the public that rumors of a split are nothing more than silly.

Kat Von D and Jesse James: June 2011

Now.. A bit about the JEWELRY!

Kat Von D Engagement Ring

The gorgeous vintage engagement ring that Kat has been sporting since early 2011 is a piece from Neil Lane’s archival collection. Lane was quoted earlier this year saying, “She [Kat] absolutely loved her ring.”

US Weekly reported that the ring is a 4 carat-plus platinum and diamond piece, featuring a unique filigree pattern with outer scroll designs. The center stone is surrounded by smaller diamonds, leading out to the vintage filigree pattern. The center stone is surrounded by smaller diamonds and accented by the outer delicate filigree pattern.

Amy Adams in Emerald Cartier and Princess Diana in Famous Emerald Choker: A May Gemstone Celebration

Amy Adams at 2011 Oscars:

Cartier Secret Watch Bracelet

The Fighter” actress wore a Cartier platinum and diamond Haute Joaillerie secret watch bracelet, which featured 575 separate diamonds and a 30.75-carat carved emerald stone.  The bracelet has been rumored to value at over $1.025 million.

Adams also wore a Cartier platinum and diamond necklace, featuring a carved 33.24-carat emerald, said to be worth $290,000. Also nominated for Best Supporting Actress was Melissa Leo, who co-starred as ‘Alice’, Micky Ward’s Mother in “The Fighter.”

Winning the nomination was the tough talking Melissa Leo, who fitting with her character in the film, let an f-bomb slip during her acceptance.

(More on Melissa Leo, and the F-bomb fly during her acceptance speech.)

The gemstone belonging to the month of May is none other than the glamorously green Emerald, a particular variety of the mineral Beryl. The Emerald is not only the May birthstone, but also the Zodiac stone for the constellation of Cancer.

Emerald gemstones are associated with patience, understanding, and foresight.

Perhaps one of the most notorious pieces of unforgettable emerald jewelry belonged to Princess Diana. Pictured here in 1982, the Emerald chocker worn by Princess Diana remains one of the most admired and adored pieces of immaculate emerald jewelry of all time. 

The famous Diana’s diamond and emerald choker, a wedding gift from the Queen. Once she caused a stir when she chose to wear it as a headband.

The Emerald gemstone is among the most magnificent. especially in the amazing jewelry worn by Princess Diana in the early ‘80s and by Amy Adams at the 2011 Oscars.

Long Live Green Glamour!

If you’re an Emerald lover… you may want to take a quick peak at these gems!

Platinum, Emerald and Diamond Heart Pendant

Emerald is approximately 3cts
Diamond weigh approximately 3.5ctw
Diamonds are VS in clarity and G/H in color

You will certainly win her heart with this gorgeous emerald pendant. Perfectly framed, this well cut emerald is a beautiful velvety blue-green. With just the right “de Jardin,” the diamonds are custom cut to frame this heart shaped stone beautifully and the setting is made so delicately to show off each stone perfectly.   

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14K White Gold, Emerald Diamond Vintage Style Bangle

Emeralds approximately 1.5cts
Diamond weight approximately 1.00ctw
Diamonds are VS/SI in clarity and G/H in color

This beautiful white gold, emerald and diamond bracelet is the type of bracelet that every woman should have in their wardrobe. Simple, but elegant the bead set diamonds frame the velvety soft emeralds perfectly. Its hinged style closure makes it simple to put on and take off. Perfect for a night on the town or for when you just want to feel good.

Masculine Monday: We Haven’t Forgotten About the Rocker Boys!

With so much focus recently being given towards the renewed sense of classic men’s fashion making a strong and steady comeback, certainly didn’t  want to give the impression that we’ve forgotten the pathfinders (or path makers, rather) in men’s style… The Musicians.

Rock Stars will simply never go out of style. They’ve always been there, and so long as the tide keeps turning, there they will remain…

Bob Dylan

Men like Robert Plant, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Kurt Cobain and Jack White, who make their own place in fashion history by creating their own personal and powerful style distinctions… Wearing them with the pride and swagger that belongs only to Rock Stars.

Not only are Rockers adored for their fashion risks, but applauded for just how well they seem to work, no matter how bizarre. ‘80s Rock Band Poison created a fashion sensation among fellow artists and fans with the bright purple leggings worn by guitarist C.C. Deville and front man, Bret Michaels.

And don’t laugh, ladies.. I know a good few of you sent in audition tapes to Rock of Love. One, Two, and THREE!

(It’s alright. So did I…)

Women love musicians. Is it a cliché?  Yes. It is also an inarguable truth.

Kate Hudson is pregnant, and happily engaged to Rocker Matt Bellamy, front-man of Muse. The charming and talented daughter of Goldie Hawn has had a magnetic pull towards musicians throughout her love life, but this Penny Lane finally seems to have found her soul mate in Bellamy.

Kate looks absolutely stunning in every recent photograph, beaming with happiness and excitement to begin their life together as a Family.

 

Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy

Another gorgeous Actress who has fallen under the spell of a musician is the lovely Kiera Knightley. Rumors of a blooming relationship between Knightley and James Righton, keyboard player for rock band Klaxons, have been confirmed recently through very telling images.

These two coordinating cuties were introduced through mutual friend, Alexa Chung about five weeks ago.

What’s becoming so likeable about the new Rocker Boy fashions is the mild approach to daily ensembles, a casual appearance that has been taking a backseat to way-too-tight pants and super long locks for the past few years.

With a solid pair of charcoal or black sneakers, a plain white tee, some worn jeans and charismatic sunglasses, Rocker Boy’s today are looking ultra adorable in their casual wear. Their Leading Ladies seem to love it too… 

So, a few tips on obtaining the simplified Rock Star Style that is capturing hearts from here to England:

Understated, and Making a Statement: The Long Sleeved White Tee

Many of us forget about the long-sleeve lightweight tee. This doesn’t have to be just an undershirt. It looks great by itself, especially highlighted with a great accessory (i.e. watch, bracelet, etc.). Some slick linen pants and sandals would also be right at home with this one – $19 at 80sPurple.com

Via: FashionGrail.com

Men’s Shirts: Patch tees and men’s button down shirts can take a guy from organization casual to rocker on the prowl. Men’s shirt brands like English Laundry, Local Celebrity and Suitable English all offer you wonderful men’s t-shirt styles.

Outerwear and Accessories: Jackets with hand made patchwork, Heirloom buckled belts, simple fashions that exhibit a vintage appeal such as old-fashioned bomber jackets and leather strapped wristwatches will help to achieve the kicked-back Rocker look.

A New Spin on Classic Khaki’s

Khaki’s are making a substantial evolution in men’s fashion.  These summer staples are a beautiful way to maintain a crisp look for the bottom half – Men’s Long Beach pants – $109 at  80spurple.com.

Simple Kicks

Sneakers that are basic in color and fit, absent of any bright accents are a fantastic feature of any laid-back rock star style. These white and grey simple kicks are sure to be a hit on any pair of feet, whether or not they’ll be kicking drum pedals by the end of the night.   $83.95 at Zappos.com

Stylist Manifesto: Sometimes the most appropriate way to go is minimalist. From shoes to accessories, tops to bottoms, there are times when simplicity works best.

So, there you have it fellas. Get the appeal of a rock star, whether you’re a musician, banker or athlete. The attraction of the rocker boy fashion is all in how you wear it. So slip on a pair of casual kicks and a plain white tee. Pair it up with a vintage wristwatch, some charismatic shades, and before you know it…

The Keira Knightley or Kate Hudson you’ve been waiting for will be walking your way!

Emma Watson: Glamour Magazine’s Best Dressed Woman in Britain

Emma Watson’s first film debut in the United States was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, released in 2001, (referenced in Britain as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.) Watson was just nine when the first Harry Potter Film was filmed.

Critics raved that Emma “stole the show,” and she was nominated for five awards for her performance in Philosopher’s Stone, winning the Young Artist Award for Leading Young Actress. Here we are, just ten years later announcing…

Emma Watson is awarded Glamour Magazine’s Best Dressed Woman in Britain! 

Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was born on April 15, 1990 (happy birthday!) in Paris, where she would live until the age of five. As she neared the age of six, Watson moved with her mother and younger brother to Oxfordshire.

Emma proclaimed that she would be an actress, and for the next few years studied at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts. Emma Watson had performed in various school plays and productions at the theatre school, but had never acted professionally prior to the Harry Potter films.

The English actress and model who rose to prominence playing Hermione Granger is now the title holder of the coveted top spot of Glamour Magazine’s Best Dressed Women List (Britain).

Having a charming and clever impact of the fashion world from 2001 through 2009, this talented Actress has an evolving array of style risks and wins that always leave you wanting more.

There is no doubting the style talents of Emma Watson, particularly after she became a familiar face in the front rows of fashion shows, and being praised as both a muse and model for the British fashion house, Burberry.

Much like Mia Farrow, when Emma Watson appeared with a dramatic pixie cut, her appeal was boosted among everyone. Her strong presence and playful take on trends make this gal just so lovable!

The Girls Aloud star was pushed into second place, while Twilight actress Kristen Stewart came in third, followed by Cole’s fellow The X Factor judge Dannii Minogue and model/TV presenter Alexa Chung.
The top 10 is rounded out by Rihanna, Kate Moss, Blake Lively, Olivia Palermo and Lea Michele.

All Time Top Favorite Pick for Emma Watson’s Awesome Jewelry Choices…

Chanel Cruise Collection 2011 Bracelet

Emma Watson wore two of the black version of this bracelet to the Finch & Partner’s Pre-Party for BAFTA.

Congratulations, Miss Emma Watson!

Raymond Lee Jewelers

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley: Maxim’s #1 Girl Arrives in Style to Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty Gala

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has recently been awarded the coveted title of ‘Hottest Woman in the World’ on Maxim Magazine‘s Hot 100 List, in addition to recently having received the CinemaCon’s Female Star of Tomorrow vote.  You may recognize this 24 year old beauty from the runway, commercials, or pages of the Victoria’s Secret enterprise.

The model is quickly moving up in the world of Hollywood, replacing Megan Fox in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, expected to be released later this Summer. While many expected Megan Fox to return in the third Transformers Film, it seems the friction between Fox and Transformers Director Michael Bay was such that he felt a new face was necessary for Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

For more on Megan Fox, the bane of Michael Bay’s Existence, and why….  Read This.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley attended the ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ Costume Gala on Monday, along-side boyfriend Jason Statham. Rosie was stunning in her custom rose silk gown, a nude python clutch, and shoes all by Burberry.  She finished off her look with Fred Leighton jewels. Absolutely stunning!

We couldn’t help but notice how very ’70s sophisticate the gown and accessories were, in style, fabric and fit. This is a fashion trend that few have been able to pull off so (seemingly) effortlessly. Many times, too many competing pieces of yellow gold jewelry, or an overdose of sequins and playful colors, can decidedly destroy the classy appeal of what Rosie Huntington-Whiteley succeeded in on Monday in New York City.

The breathtaking Actress took her first public photo’s with British Actor boyfriend, Jason Statham of  The Expendables.

Be sure to check out the ‘Hottest Woman in the World’ this Summer in ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ alongside Shia LaBeouf.


Hats off to the Royal Wedding! (via Beauty of a Site Blog)

Thoughts on these hats from anybody? Came across this Blog Post by Beauty of a Site Blog, and thought I’d attempt to gather a public opinion survey from our readers. I, for one, don’t know that I’d even classify these head sculptures as hats. In order to pass as a hat, some sort of coverage needs to provided, right?

Maybe I’m just not fashion-forward, and everyone will be walking around town with circles and bird beaks on their head while I’m still looking for my white scruncci. I need feedback here. Are these hats? And would you wear one? If so, please send a photograph 🙂 Thanks!

-Alexandra at Raymond Lee Jewelers

Hats off to the Royal Wedding! Just a little recap of our very favorite part of the Royal Wedding: the CRAZY hats.  What do you think? Brilliant fashion statement or serious faux-pas? Princess Eugenie of York & Princess Beatrice of York Kitty Spencer & Guests (I need to admit that though I’m not into any of the other hats on this page, these are actually a little bit cute. Call me crazy… but I like them.) Sophie Winkleman, Lady Frederick Windsor Justine Thornton Vict … Read More

via Beauty of a Site Blog

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