Flash photography wasn’t needed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala on May 3, there was plenty of bling in attendance to do the job. Jewelry on the red carpet punched with the perfect mixture of boldness, color and elegance. The variety of pieces isn’t surprising considering the Met’s new exhibition, “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity.” Some celebrities exuded this theme by pushing the fashion envelope left-coast Hollywood style with big, colorful baubles, while others made statements that were more East Coast refined and subtle, yet just as stylish.
Three distinct jewelry trends stood out at this glamorous event:
Big: What’s so refreshing and fun about an event like the Gala is that celebs don’t have to play it safe like they do at the Oscars. Sarah Jessica Parker complemented her gold Halston Heritage dress by stacking three huge VBH diamond bracelets on one arm. Renee Zellweger wore a ring the size of Texas, which accentuated her gold shimmery hourglass dress. P. Diddy accessorized with two large diamond rings.
Colorful: Stars took cues from big designers for their dresses, but they added their own flair by choosing unique accessories that burst with color. Katy Perry wore an all-pink diamante zigzag necklace and matching pink sapphire rings. Emmy Rossum, adding even more color to her bright blue Kenneth Cole dress, wore a chunky gold, blue and cherry wood necklace.
Elegant: Even at a fashion event when the limits can (and will) be tested, there’s something to say for simple, understated jewelry. It never goes out of style. Tina Fey hushed her Yves Saint Laurent jumpsuit with droplet diamond earrings. Thandie Newton balanced her purple gown with a simply gorgeous emerald necklace and a matching emerald ring. Kristen Davis made her lovely corset gown even lovelier with unique gold dangle earrings and a gold bracelet. Coco Rocha turned head with a floral Zac Posen gown complete with train but her jewelry was subtle Everlon Diamond Knot earrings and bangle in low-key antiqued gold.
Actress, writer and improviser Brooke Lenzi is a performer on stage and screen in Los Angeles. She likes gifts that come in small packages.