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‘Contrastes’ jewelry collection at Chanel

February 5th, 2012

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Aubrey McGovern tried on this ring from the Chanel Contrastes Fine Jewelry Collection during a preview that took place Feb. 2 at Halekulani. It’s priced at $307,000.

The Chanel Contrastes Fine Jewelry collection went on view today and will continue from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Feb. 6, at the Waikiki Chanel boutique on Luxury Row, 2100 Kalakaua Ave.

It’s a rare exhibition of couture pieces, with the approximately 20 pieces on view valued at about $5 million.

During a preview event Feb. 2 at Halekulani, a handful of guests were able to view and try on pieces, none worth less than $100,000.

True to the collection’s name, each piece is a study in contrasts, from Chanel’s classic black-and-white, to studies in light and shade, with gemstones in a variety of cuts, transparency and reflectiveness, from the radiance of diamonds, to the iridescence of mother-of-pearl and moonstones, and milky opacity of white opals.

Take a look while you can.

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Collier Perle de Rosee necklace in 18K white gold, set with a central 2-carat round-cut diamond, white diamonds, black and grey spinels, moon stones and pearls.

At the Halekulani preview, pieces that caught the eye could be tried on.

This diamond cuff definitely caught my eye, but I wouldn’t want the attention from wearing this many diamonds out!

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Nuage de Glace earrings in 18K white gold, set with 2 round-cut diamonds for a total weight of 2 carats, 621 brilliant-cut white diamonds for a total weight of 7.5 carats, 134 brilliant-cut black diamonds for a total weight of 1 carat and 108 white cultured pearls from 4 to 4.5 mm diameter.

An incredible piece incorporating rock crystals, brilliant- and emerald-cut diamonds. I don’t know the cost, but a ring with a diamond embedded in a single rock crystal is $115,000, so start multiplying.

Another favorite piece, inspired by Coco Chanel’s love of Asian design and inspired by a Chinese folding screen in her apartment at 31 Rue Cambon, Paris.

Tory Burch drops into RHC

January 19th, 2012

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Tory Burch obliged dozens of fans, posing for photos during a private shopping event Jan. 18 at her Royal Hawaiian Center boutique to benefit the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

The crowd was overflowing upstairs and downstairs at the Tory Burch boutique at Royal Hawaiian Center Jan. 18, with everyone eager for a peek and photo op with Tory herself.

There was definitely less breathing room on the second floor, where Tory—company founder, designer and CEO—held court for two hours during a private sales event to benefit the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Twenty percent of sales proceeds will go to the museum, and there was another table of Shop for a Cause merchandise to benefit the Tory Burch Foundation, which supports disadvantaged women and female entrepreneurs with micro loans and business opportunities.

While here, Tory also met with some of Hawaii’s young female entrepreneurs Tuesday night to share her story and offer encouragement and support.

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Tory Burch, center, met with some of Hawaii’s next-generation female entrepreneurs Jan. 17, including, from left, Red Pineapple owner Nalani Holliday, Hawaii Angels managing director, Tara Boone, with Tory Burch Foundation executive director Terri McCullough, and Wahoo’s Fish Tacos co-owner Noel Pietsch Shaw.

Although the Tory Burch brand has been a fashion phenomenon, with 68 stand-alone boutiques and carried in more than a thousand specialty department stores and boutiques, many aren’t aware she achieved this in eight short years! She attributes part of her success to coming up with the right idea at the right time, with accessible luxury that ties in to lifestyle for anyone who’s constantly on the move and prizes comfort while looking professional and presentable at all times.

At the store, Tory gamely posed for what easily amounted to a thousand photos with fashion fans, and I took more than a dozen myself as she smiled her way through the afternoon. I swear she cannot take a bad picture and there must be some rule that says designers must be photogenic, not to mention telegenic these days.

My interview with the designer appears in today’s paper.

Tory signs a magazine for Ashli Sower.

Valerie Joseph’s Valerie Ragaza-Miao and Janette McKeone show their Tory Burch purses.

All profits from sales of select items from the Tory Burch collections benefit the Tory Burch Foundation, which helps to provide economic opportunities and micro loans to disadvantaged American female entrepreneurs and their families. Items range from an iPad case, small ($55) and medium ($75) cosmetic cases, Tory Burch Foundation candles ($45 for trio) and TBF studded leather logo cuffs ($95 each) in multiple colors, ranging from white to metallic. You can also shop online at, by clicking on “Shop for a cause.”

Tory with Tory Burch manager of public relations, Kerry-Lynne Carrera.

The photogenic designer with Hemin Yoon and Ivan Lui. I don’t think she can take a bad picture.

Tory with Danielle Cason, left, and Serena Karnagy.

Ground level at the Tory Burch store, where a lounging area provides a backdrop for some of her prints.

A display of Tory Burch Patent Prescott 3 ballet flats ($250 pair) in woven patent leather.

A display of Tory Burch’s Spring 2012 designs.