Spring Cover 2009


Color Me Happy

Photo Credit for Runway Shots: Mercedes Benz Fashion Week & Jewelry Courtesy of individual designers.
Sure the economy looks dismal, but that doesn’t mean you have to. Fresh spring fashions reflect a mood of optimism—where color, compelling combinations of textures and patterns, and bold jewelry offer escapism from the news of the day. Read More



J-Walking in New York City


While she appreciates jewelry that’s edgy and chic, New York literary agent Molly Lyons prefers classic pieces with sentimental value. Taking the day off to check out her first fashion show, Molly told JFYI reporters that her Grandma started her jewelry collection with pieces she coveted as a little girl, like the delicate gold butterfly necklace she rarely takes off. Another favorite is a charm bracelet she that reminds her of family and friends.


JFYI’s roving reporters spotted Jessica Enichen during the spring ’09 shows in New York wearing a swimmingly cool enamel, gold-tone and crystal fish pendant necklace, and wish-we-had onyx and tiger’s eye ring that she picked up while boutiquing for jewelry treasures back home in Cary, North Carolina. Jessica, who is new to the textile industry as a rep for designer Cynthia Steffe, says she finds her best pieces when shopping off the beaten path.


Stopping her during a latte break under fashion’s three-ring tent at Bryant Park, JFYI asked about the arts and craft necklace Melissa Colgan was wearing. Associate lifestyle editor for Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine, she told us the designer was fellow Minnesotans Kim and Linda Renk of Sequin, who recently created costume jewelry for Badgley Mischka. Partial to neutral colored clothes, she likes to spice things up with at least one statement-making piece.

Jewelry Tips

Ever stare into your closet crammed with clothes and think, "I don't have anything to wear?" The same is true for jewelry. Customers tell me, "I wear the same thing over and over again. I have a lot of jewelry, but I just don't wear it anymore." I tell them to organize their jewelry and take stock of what they have. There are many ways to group your collection. I like to separate by type -- all my rings in one area, earrings in another -- others prefer style (vintage, contemporary) or color. To decide what works for you, see how you look for pieces when you open your jewelry box. Remember, there are no rules in how you wear your jewelry, so don't worry about mixing costume with couture, silver with gold. Once you're organized, you can figure out what you wear all the time, what you don't, and why. Cataloging your jewelry will help you coordinate looks with what you have, and guide you in future purchases. May be you don’t wear that pearl necklace anymore because you don’t have earrings to go with it. Now you've got some gift ideas for others, and a more targeted shopping list for you. Keep in mind, too, that old pieces can be made new by having them redesigned.   —By Susan Eisen 


In the Loupe

Pearls Are PC

It was President Barack Obama’s time to shine, his inauguration, yet the buzz in style circles around the world was focused on what Mrs. O was wearing that day. Our new First Lady Michelle Obama is resonating with fashionistas everywhere as a style icon to watch. Michelle has shown herself at ease in both J. Crew and couture, favoring American designers who are relatively unknown outside the regular runway crowd. We especially love Michelle’s affinity for jewelry and her ability to have fun with accessories, marking her confident, comfortable, and approachable style. With temperatures hovering just above freezing on Inauguration Day, she chose a warm, yet chic wool lace sheath and matching coat, in an optimistic lemongrass hue, by Isabel Toledo, which she adorned with a vintage Victorian pin. Meant as a sash decoration, she instead centered the pin at the collar of her dress. Perfect! That evening, for the 10 inaugural balls she attended, she captivated the crowds in a white, one-shoulder gown embellished with organza flowers and Swarovski crystal by Jason Wu. Feminine and fresh, the look was adorned with brilliant diamonds from New York jewelry designer Loree Rodkin—shoulder-dusting earrings including 48 carats of rose-cut and briolette diamonds, a 20-carat rose-cut diamond ring, and a stack of 20 micro-pavé diamond bangles. Her ball gown and jewels will become part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Museum.


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