Joan Rivers was a remarkable comedian. She had the power to make opinions that were so wrong seem so right. It was hard not to see the humour in her controversy and not to find her ability to ‘tell it like it is’ endearing. Yet, Joan was not just a comic. She was a highly skilled business woman too.
In the late 1980s, she decided to establish her own costume jewellery company. Joan was renowned for her style and it seemed logical for her to found a business which made her aesthetic accessible to all. She made a bold choice to sell her jewellery on the QVC shopping network and it proved to be the perfect outlet. On the TV she could use her great charisma to convey the beauty of her pieces and share her enthusiasm for costume jewellery over time.
In a tribute to Joan, after she sadly passed away in September, I decided to wear a couple of pieces from her collection to an afternoon tea with friends. Despite her outspokenness and VERY rude humour, Joan was known for her elegance too. Everyone who knew her has commented on her ladylike qualities, which often those who saw her through a screen appeared not to appreciate. In my opinion, Joan River’s jewellery reflects her personality – it’s quirky, but with class. Paradoxically, delicate and madcap at the same time.
I hope you enjoy this ‘inspired by Joan’ look that I put together. Vintage pieces of Joan Rivers jewellery are available to buy from Gemma Redmond Vintage.
Jacket: Sandro Dress: Emenson, 1950s, Susan Hayward Vintage Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bag: 1970s, Vintage Fair Earrings: Joan Rivers, 1990s, Gemma Redmond Vintage
Bracelets: Joan Rivers, 1990s, Gemma Redmond Vintage and Hermes
Joan Rivers Style