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Hildgund jewelry hunt begins today

December 14th, 2011

Hildgund Jewelry
This pearl bracelet is among the 24 pieces of jewelry that will be hidden around town for anyone to find during Hildgund Jewelry’s “12 Days of Christmas” holiday hunt.

Today marks the start of what has become the annual “12 Days of Christmas Hildgund Jewelry Hunt,” with two jewelry pieces awaiting holiday sleuths daily.

The items, ranging from $100 to $5,300 in value, will be placed in white boxes tied with a gold bow and hidden around town for lucky — and fast — hunters to find, with no strings attached.

Look for daily clues posted at and, where you can also follow the action at #HJHUNT.

When I interviewed Hildgund Jewelry president Bruce Bucky for a story last week, he said it’s not that easy to hide $20,000 in jewels, and I believe him since I was enlisted over the past two years to hide two of the boxes. It’s hard to think of a spot that’s out of the way, so the package isn’t easily swept up or trampled, yet still public enough for everyone to have access.

The first year, I tried to think of the sort of person I would like to find the package, which would be a humble sort of reader. So I stowed it outside the Liliha Library, took a partial picture of the library for sleuths to figure out, and tweeted it. Well, there were several people looking for it at the right spot but they couldn’t find it. I heard later it was found by a homeless man who slept there, who sold it for something like $20. Oh well, at least it made two people happy.

Also to be hidden is this pair of gold and diamond earrings valued at $5,355.

Then, last year I was having lunch at Fresh Cafe, and thought it was a good place for a jewelry drop, so I put it on a shelf near the door. It was pretty obvious if you were looking for it, and certainly easy enough for an employee to have picked up as well, but like Bucky said, how many people really observe their surroundings? It took three days for someone to tweet back that he’d finally found it.

Bucky said others hid them in grocery stacks where they languished for days as well, and it speaks to the fearfulness of the times, that even when found, some people won’t pick them up out of fear of a practical joke or worse.

At any rate, it’s well-intended, and Bucky also wraps up food gift certificates for direct distribution to the homeless.

Good luck to all who go on the hunt! For more information, call 523-1123 or visit

Dueling designers at Target, H&M

November 30th, 2011

H&M video
Marni’s Consuelo Castiglioni styles models in her creations for H&M.

One more reason for Christmas to be over and done with: Come 2012, spring will be full of lightness and color, and budget consumers—just about everyone these days—can look forward to creations by fashion darlings Jason Wu, for Target, and Marni, for H&M.

The Jason Wu for Target collection is an exclusive, standalone, limited-edition designer collection that is not part of Target’s GO International or Designer Collaborations programs.

Wu’s collection, due Feb. 5, 2012, will reflect his “aesthetic of feminine sophistication, with a mischievous nod to the 1960s,” the designer said in a press release.

Pieces will range from $19.99 to $59.99 for apparel, and $19.99 to $49.99 for handbags and scarves. Images are due in January.

Marni founder and creative director Consuelo Castiglioni with Margareta van den Bosch, H&M creative advisor.

Not to be outdone, H&M will be offering a spring designer collaboration with the Italian brand Marni, which some would consider on par with Prada for its original, inventive and intellectual approach to fashion.

Marni’s founder and creative director, Consuelo Castiglioni, has created a spring collection for H&M for women and men that captures the spirit of Marni, full of lively African-inspired print.

“As always, I love juxtaposing prints and colors, mixing modern tribal with Bauhaus graphic and adding sporty utilitarian elements,” Castiglioni said in a press release.

The silhouettes are all Marni staples, with full pleated skirts, dresses, cropped pants and jacquard knits, in fabrics that range from silk to crisp cotton poplin. To complete the look, the collection also includes jewelry, shoes, bags and scarves.

I’m particularly interested in the chunky jewelry I’m seeing in the Marni video. I love the drama and arty quality of Marni jewelry. Just wondering about the quality and materials used in the H&M collection, vs. pure Marni.

The collection will be available from March 8, 2012.

Consuelo with more of her prints for H&M.

One of Marni’s men’s styles for H&M.