The black-tie fundraiser, which Govan hopes will one day rival the annual Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institue ball in New York City, raised $3 million and honored actor Clint Eastwood and artist John Baldessari. The event was present by Gucci and co-hosted by Leonardo DiCaprio and Eva Chow. It brought a healthy mix of stars from film, fashion, and art including John Hamm, Reese Witherspoon, Rachel Zoe, John Krasinski, Zoe Saldana and Kate Bosworth.
Most of the celebs in attendance chose to wear Gucci, after the sponsor. All dresses were striking and most sparkled with sequins, fringe, and metallic detailing. Many women kept their jewelry minimal in order to not overpower the gowns.
Kate Bosworth, however, opted to wear a charming, lace Erdem frock in lieu of Gucci. While other celebrities looked very modern, Kate evoked a “Kate Middleton-esque” presence. Whether it was her demure poise or the fact that her earrings resembled Gemvara’s Kate Earrings (named after the Duchess of Cambridge), Kate was a ray of sunshine. She accented her look with a Jonathan Kelsey clutch, Christian Louboutin heels, and a perfect bouffant. We can’t picture anything more lovely. To get Kate’s look for less, take a peek at Gemvara’s Kate Earrings in White Gold and White Sapphire.
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Here at Gemvara we’re a bit obsessed with weddings. So when the two biggest weddings of the year (dare we say decade) both happened this past summer, we had to have a little showdown. Now it’s Halloween and this morning’s Halloween TV specials seemed to be channeling some those same wedding vibes.
On NBC’s “Today Show” Halloween Special at Rockefeller Plaza, the crew staged their very own royal wedding, complete with Meredith Vieira, who made a surprise appearance as the Queen of England. Prince William was played by Matt Lauer and Ann Curry was Kate Middleton in the wildly successful spectacle. They were joined by Prince Harry (Al Roker), Pippa Middleton (Natalie Morales), Prince Charles (Savannah Guthrie) and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie (Kathie Lee Grifford and Hoda Kotb).
On the other hand, Nick Lachey and Kelly Ripa dressed up as Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian for “Live! with Regis and Kelly.” Lachey stepped in (on stilts) for an absent Regis and towered over dark-haired Ripa. Both were perfectly in character. Unfortunately, the actual Kardashian/Humphries couple filed for divorce this morning. Talk about some bad timing.
Which TV crew’s costume do you like best?
Elizabeth Hurley, 46, got engaged on September 31st to professional cricketer, Shane Warne, 42, with a 9-carat blue sapphire that is estimated at $100,000. We are swooning.
In a recent interview with UsMagazine.com, jewelry expert, Michael O’Connor chatted about the fabulous ring:
“[It's a] platinum setting with an approximate 9-carat center blue sapphire and a 2-carat Trillion cut diamond on each side,” O’Connor says. “Shane made the right choice by setting the sapphire in platinum, since platinum doesn’t change color or fade – so it symbolizes a relationship that will endure.”
“Shane Warne is clearly a romantic,” O’Connor adds. “Since not only is blue sapphire a favorite of British royalty, but it’s also his birthstone!”
Wish this ring could be on your finger? Lucky for you, Gemvara has a very similar style. Our Pinnacle Ring features an emerald-cut center stone, set in any gemstone and metal you fancy. Gemvara also makes a ring just like Kate’s — the other British bombshell to wear the “royal” blue.
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Old is new again in the world of bridal trends. Yes, we’re talking about your grandmother’s lace. Leave your doily-inspired doubts behind: vintage lace has never looked so fresh! In the whirlwind that was celebrity weddings this past spring and summer, lace was everywhere you looked.
Lace has always been a bridal tradition, yet its resurgence is largely due to the recent push toward vintage style clothing. Many designers and celebrities are looking to older eras, such as the 1920s, for inspiration and reimagining old fashion elements in new ways.
Kate Middleton was hard to miss wearing her lovely, long-sleeved, lace dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen at her wedding to Prince William in April. Kate Moss, fashion icon, also followed suit with a vintage style lace dress and veil designed by her lifelong friend, John Galliano. What makes these styles so modern? Clean, simple lines that instantly update the intricate detail of the lace. Lace adds a rich, even youthful, elegance to a simple silhouette.
Although lace is gorgeous on a gown, we don’t think lace accents should only apply to the dress. An antique lace handkerchief is a lovely “something old” to carry down the aisle. Delicate lace gloves have also been making an appearance on modern day brides.
Lacy accents are especially welcome to add romance to your engagement ring. Gemvara’s Ribbon Lace Ring is a gorgeous vintage style ring with detailing that resembles intricate lace. This ring would make the perfect engagement ring for someone considering a romantic and timeless style.
There are also many other reasons to go vintage besides the look of the piece. Celebrities seem to be wearing vintage style engagement rings much more often too, for example Heather Locklear, Kate Moss and Nikki Reed all have vintage engagement rings.
What do you think of the bridal lace trend? Is it here to stay or should it remain in your grandma’s closet?
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Legend has it that the world was once set upon an enormous sapphire, which painted the sky blue with its reflection. It was also once believed that the Ten Commandments were inscribed upon tablets made of sapphire. In addition, how could anyone forget the legendary 18-carat, sapphire engagement ring given to Princess Diana by Prince Charles? All these renowned qualities truly give sapphire a royal place among gemstones.
Sapphire, the birthstone for the month of September, has exploded with popularity during the last few decades. It started when Princess Diana flashed her sapphire engagement ring in 1981 and continues today as Kate Middleton shows off the same ring. Sapphires are experiencing a huge resurgence, but not without precedence.
One of the four precious gems (the other three being diamonds, emeralds and rubies) sapphires are second in hardness to diamonds, making them a practical choice for bridal jewelry sets. This also means that they are able to transcend the test of time — living up to their meaning associated with truth, sincerity, and constancy. Sapphires make a perfect engagement ring, but also a promise ring as they also symbolize faithfulness, wisdom, and purity.
Did you know that sapphires also come in other colors? Pink, yellow, and white sapphire jewelry is becoming more popular, but the striking deep blue variety continues to win both gem lovers and the September-born everywhere. Sapphires are the perfect gift for anyone with a September birthday and will be a memorable present to last a lifetime.
Kim Kardashian and her (now) husband, Kris Humphries, may not have royal privileges, but taking a look at their wedding this past Saturday it sure seems like they do. In a spectacle that has been said to rival the real royal wedding that took place back in April, there is no doubt that both couples went all out for their weddings, but who did it better? Take a look at our comparisons and vote for your favorite in the Kim vs. Kate wedding showdown.
On Kate Middleton’s big day she donned a gown designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. The white silk dress with detailed Chantilly lace sleeves was designed to emulate an opening flower and included a train almost nine feet long. For her reception Kate wore an ivory gown with a sweetheart neckline and embellished waistband, also by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.
Kim Kardashian wore not one, but three wedding dresses all custom-designed by Vera Wang. People Magazine reports that the first gown had a full tulle skirt, basque waist and hand-pieced Chantilly lace appliqué on the bodice and train. The second (apparently her favorite) was a Georgette mermaid dress with hand-pieced Chantilly lace on the bodice and a skirt of hand-cut organza petals and Chantilly lace motifs. The final gown was a bias-cut, crepe-back, satin gown with a circle skirt.
Kate wore Queen Elizabeth II’s jewels, including her dazzling drop earrings. She also borrowed a 1936 Cartier tiara from the monarch.
Kim wore $10 million of exclusive Lorriane Schwartz jewels, that included large drop earrings and a diamond encrusted necklace worn as a headpiece (could she have been channeling Kate?). Kim and Kris also exchanged Lorriane Schwartz wedding bands.
The coverage and the big bucks:
The royal wedding was broadcast worldwide on major television networks with many TV specials to follow. CBS also reported that the royal family spent an estimated $34 million on the wedding and that was after some budgeting (Charles and Diana’s wedding came to a whopping $110 million!).
On the other hand, Kim and Kris kept all details of their wedding top-secret… in order to make money. It is reported that the couple made (not spent!) $17.9 million on their wedding. Along with all the freebies the couple received (venue, wedding rings, champagne, and the dresses) the couple also sold their wedding footage to E! for $15 million for a two-part, four-hour special to air in October. Their wedding photos were sold to People for $2.5 million, the engagement announcements to People were $300,000, sale of bridal-shower photos to OK! came to $100,000 and they were paid to have the bachelorette party at Tao Las Vegas for $50,000.
The guest list:
The royal wedding brought Europe’s elite and many celebrities such as David and Victoria Beckham and Elton John. The Independent reports 1,900 guests were in attendance.
Eva Longoria, Carmelo Anthony, Venus and Serena Williams, and Lindsay Lohan were among the 440 guests who attended the Kardashian-Humphries wedding.
So, who did it best in the two biggest weddings of the year? Cast your vote below.
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