Friday, May 4, 2012

Designer Fashions For Spring 2012

It always seems like we have to start looking ahead to designer fashions so early in the year. Despite it being winter, the spring 2012 fashion trends have already hit the runaway. What can we expect this spring? A definite 180 from last year. 2011, for women, was all about borrowing from their male counterpart's wardrobe. Boyfriend jeans, military inspired gear, and grungy clothing were all the rage. I guess women were tired of dressing more like men than women. Thankfully, the designer fashions this year will be a return to femininity.

The Latest News, Trends and Styles in the World of Jewelry

Find out what's going on in the world of jewelry, from the latest trends on the runway, to the hottest Hollywood styles and the most interesting jewelry news bytes.

Valentine's Day "okay" for jewelers. The Valentine's Day jewelry season was reportedly "okay" for many jewelry stores, who reported average, but not terrible sales. Popular sale items included reasonably priced beads, as well as silver, diamond engagement rings and studs. A few stores reported record sales. The owner of Woodard's Diamond Showroom in Tullahoma, Tennessee claimed the five days leading up to Valentine's Day were probably the best sales days ever for them. And pre-Valentine's Day sales were also "significantly up" at Occasions Fine Jewelry in Midland, Texas.

MJSA announces 2012 New York Expo dates. MJSA, the U.S. trade association dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design, has announced three days of seminars at its annual "MJSA Expo New York" trade show. The expo will run from March 11-13 at the Hilton New York in New York City. The winners of the MJSA Thinking Ahead Awards, which recognize products that are making a difference in the way jewelry is made and sold, will be honored at a special ceremony during the seminars.

Cuffs with diamonds are Hollywood actors' best friend. Carla Gugino of the TV show Californication wore Brumani's "Looping Shine" bracelet to the Los Angeles premiere of the American Horror Story. The white and rose gold bracelet with diamonds and champagne topaz is worth $13,805. Also seen in diamond cuffs: Actress Sarah Wayne Callies of The Walking Dead in Hellmuth's Gold Croco pattern cuff with cubic zirconia worth $3,448 to the TV show's Los Angeles premiere of The Walking Dead.

There's diamonds in them thar park! A couple scavenging at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas recently found a diamond worth $21,000! The Crater of Diamonds is the only park in the world that lets the general public look for diamonds. The park has been the site of more than 30,000 diamond finds. (Book your flight now!)

Don't drop your (diamond-covered) iPhone. How's this for a fashion phone accessory? London jewelry designer Stuart Hughes has introduced his latest incarnation of diamond-covered cell phones: the Apple iPhone 4S. The phone's exterior body boasts more than 500 diamonds, totaling more than 100 carats. The phone also includes two diamonds which fit over the home button. One is a single cut 7.4-carat pink diamond; the other a rare 8-carat single cut flawless diamond. The back of the phone is rose gold-plated, and the Apple logo glitters with 53 diamonds. The phone comes in its own special granite box. The price tag for the Hughes' Apple iPhone 4S? (If you have to ask... ) Almost $9.5 million US dollars!

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Glamour of the Oscars: Highlighting Fashion Trends at the 2012 Ceremony

Every year the Oscar's red carpet walk is one of the highlights of the next fashion trends. Who will be the best or worst dressed? This year vintage style, was definitely in tune with the Great Gatsby's and the roaring 20s mania. Drawing inspiration from the Golden Age of Hollywood, many of this year's frocks were touched with nostalgia fitting the night's big winner, the provocative silent film, "The Artist." Long hemlines, elegant jewellery, and swept-back hair were common denominators on the red carpet. Read on to identify additional Oscars fashion trends.