Month: January 2021

Kamala Harris elevates black designers on world stage

<span>Photograph: Melina Mara/AP</span>
Photograph: Melina Mara/AP

In a year where the global fashion industry has faced its biggest ever racial reckoning Kamala Harris, the first black and south Asian vice-president, has elevated the names of black designers by wearing their clothes on the biggest public stage possible.

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By wearing fashion labels Pyer Moss, Christopher John Rogers and Sergio Hudson during last week’s inauguration events, Harris was aligning the new administration’s commitment to diversity with the fashion industry’s attempt to move past systemic, historic racism into a new era. A new era where designers of color get the same opportunities that their white counterparts have had for years.

“When it comes to inauguration events, black designers have been almost exclusively absent,” said the author Ronda Racha Penrice, “so it was nice to discover that the fabulous outfits [were] created by black designers.”

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‘Like a Boss,’ ‘Wonder Woman 1984’

Wisconsin was all over the movies, big screen and small, in 2020 — even when it wasn’t really Wisconsin. 

Jon Stewart came to Wisconsin to research his purple-state comedy “Irresistible,” about out-of-town political operatives turning a fictitious Wisconsin town’s mayoral race into an all-out war. But the movie, which debuted this summer, was shot entirely in … Georgia. 

“Irresistible,” starring Steve Carell and Rose Byrne, played in only a handful of theaters when it debuted this summer, smack in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic that left a lot of screens dark. But, in what was a sign of things to come, it also was available on demand — a release strategy that we’ll see more of going into 2021.

In fact, the “biggest” movie opening of the pandemic was a movie available both in theaters and on streaming: “Wonder Woman 1984,” which pulled in an estimated $16.7 million Christmas

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The True Story of Princess Margaret’s Bathtub Tiara

Photo credit: YouTube/Netflix
Photo credit: YouTube/Netflix

From Town & Country

I’ve always had a soft spot for Princess Margaret—partly for the same reason President Johnson so enjoyed her (those limericks!), but also because she had a killer eye for jewelry. So let’s call this my own contribution to what episode two of season three of The Crown refers to as “Margaretology.”

One of Margaret’s favorite pieces was her Poltimore tiara, which, though in size and shape and splendor every inch a royal-worthy jewel, still holds some of Princess Margaret’s independent spirit. It did not come out of the monarch’s vault for Margaret’s use, but rather belonged to the Princess herself.

Legend has it Margaret bought the tiara, but there is actually some debate about that fact: “It was purchased for her at auction in January 1959. It is not absolutely clear whether Margaret, her sister the Queen, or her mother actually paid for

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Pattaraphan Is the Sustainable Jewelry Brand Loved by Bella and Gigi Hadid

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Photo credit: Courtesy

From Harper’s BAZAAR

Jewelry brand Pattaraphan is known for being beloved by the Hadid sisters, which is always a good starting point for a new venture. But more than that, the brand represents designer Nok Pattaraphan and her Thai heritage. After launching in 2018 with a vision of articulating her experiences through jewelry and employing local artisans, Pattaraphan never expected to have a cult fan base only two years in.

The Bangkok-based designer finds inspiration in the exploration of the “overlooked.” Her debut collection, worn by Gigi Hadid in her Establishment NY Polaroids, was born out of the anxiety of living in an overcrowded city, perceived from an esoteric standpoint, as well as the abundance of consumption in the form of literal discarded soda tabs littering cities. In other words, Pattaraphan seeks to explore the beauty in ordinary objects.

Launching only one full collection a year

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Catherine the Great Used Her Magnificent Jewels to Cement Her Power and Authority

Photo credit: Ollie Upton
Photo credit: Ollie Upton

From Town & Country

Empress Catherine the Great of Russia has been the subject of several recent television series, including The Great, a new show on Hulu starring Elle Fanning as the young monarch. Last year, when Helen Mirren played the iconic Queen on HBO, we published this story about her jewelry.

I have Catherine the Great to thank for my two favorite jewelry stories of all time. The Empress of Russia, who ruled during a Golden Age (1762-1796), believed great jewels were as important as a great army. One legend has it that she would put on extra emeralds before entering particularly difficult meetings with her generals.

The other tale involves an Indian diamond and a Russian lover. Grigory Orlov helped bring down Catherine’s husband and make her Queen (Catherine never much liked her husband Peter anyway) and the two then began a long

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Nikos Koulis Shows His Exquisite High Jewelry to a Greek Port City

Nikos Koulis Takes His Exquisite High Jewelry to a Greek Port City

<cite class="credit">Photo: Courtesy of Nikos Koulis</cite>
Photo: Courtesy of Nikos Koulis
<cite class="credit">Photo: Courtesy of Nikos Koulis</cite>
Photo: Courtesy of Nikos Koulis
<cite class="credit">Photo: Courtesy of Nikos Koulis</cite>
Photo: Courtesy of Nikos Koulis
<cite class="credit">Photo: Courtesy of Nikos Koulis</cite>
Photo: Courtesy of Nikos Koulis
<cite class="credit">Photo: Courtesy of Nikos Koulis</cite>
Photo: Courtesy of Nikos Koulis
<cite class="credit">Photo: Courtesy of Nikos Koulis</cite>
Photo: Courtesy of Nikos Koulis
<cite class="credit">Photo: Courtesy of Nikos Koulis</cite>
Photo: Courtesy of Nikos Koulis
<cite class="credit">Photo: Courtesy of Nikos Koulis</cite>
Photo: Courtesy of Nikos Koulis
<cite class="credit">Photo: Courtesy of Nikos Koulis</cite>
Photo: Courtesy of Nikos Koulis

It’s a chilly spring evening, and I am at a warehouse turned gallery a stone’s throw from the Mediterranean, in Piraeus, an active port of Athens for the last 2,500 or so years. The Athenian jeweler Nikos Koulis has invited me here—my first time in Greece! I get to see the Acropolis!—to view his latest collections of fine jewelry, the kind of pieces so exquisite, and yet so youthful, so joyous, they would enliven the haughtiest ball gown, but would also be right at home hanging out with jeans and a tee. The

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