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Red Carpet Admiration

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Whilst there may be no red carpet here. For, the floor is a chequered marble. This is nonetheless an image of a perennially stylish screen goddess at a glittering, paparazzi strewn event. Here’s Diane Kruger – a best dressed list regular – at Maria Grazia Chiuri’s inaugural couture show for Christian Dior. The actress has selected a modern-day homage to Mr Dior’s New Look, with its cinched waist and full midnight black skirt. Her look’s been brought up-to-date for contemporary critics with an in-perfect hemline, adorned minaudière and choker.

I think these confetti lucite earrings from my 1940s collection would work expertly with this look. The bronze tones will compliment Diane’s gilt necklace and the black hues will pick out the colour of her head-turning off-the-shoulder dress. Additionally, although old, these earrings are far from ‘past it’ – their cuff design is on trend once again and would (paradoxically) add another contemporary twist to her look.

Take a closer look at these earrings here…

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Street Style Inspiration

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Victoria Beckham has truly ‘pulled it out of the bag’ on the style front this week, giving both the paparazzi and street style press a colourful and chic front-door to Range Rover show. This has to be my favourite of her February looks to date. Her choice could have appeared ‘dowdy’ – check out that matronly dress length. But, this sartorially bold decision is saved by the dramatic blue versus red colour clash, her waved ‘lob’ hairstyle and sharp, but classic, tortoiseshell shades. However, it’s the shoes that secure my stamp of approval on this look. They are beautifully awkward – an original take on the ordinary court and a further twist in VB’s lesson in elegant, yet edgy, day-dressing.

At Gemma Redmond Vintage we strive to be equally elegant and edgy. This 1930s bracelet with its open-work silver tone panels, could have been considered ordinary, were it not for the dramatic red mirror detailing. Coincidentally, this bracelet would be the perfect accessory for Victoria’s look.

Find this bracelet in our collection, here…

Catwalk Fascination

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At the recent Paris Spring/Summer 2017 Couture shows, designers once again successfully extinguished suggestions that such incomprehensibly expensive fashions are out-dated and have no place in today’s society. We will always crave escapism. We will always admire exquisite craftsmanship. Therefore, we will always need couture.

Demonstrating his gifted approach to combining beadwork with soft or sharp tailoring, Giorgio Armani presented us with a citrus toned Privé collection. It’s a cert that one of his brightly hued gowns will be on the Oscar’s red carpet this year. But, I’m particularly a fan of this cinched-at-the-waist trouser suit. I’d pair this rich amber hued jacket with these orange and yellow 1930s glass beads from the Gemma Redmond Vintage collection. Extending this season’s trend for colour blocking through to jewellery is an excellent way to achieve the ostentation couture encourages.

You can view these beads more closely, here…

Red Carpet Admiration

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At Gemma Redmond Vintage this week we were delighted to see some really original award season looks at Hollywood’s SAG Awards. Thandie Newton’s remarkable Schiaparelli couture gown was particularly on our radar. The equine and fairground motifs on her dress were a real tribute to the surrealist designs Elsa produced in the 1930s and 1940s.
Hardly any further accessorising is necessary with such a dramatic gown, but our 1960s rhinestone encrusted Vendôme ring with rich black enamel might just add the finishing touch.

Take a closer look at the Vendôme ring, here…

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