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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.

Rent the Runway offers keepers on clearance

January 23rd, 2012
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Rent the Runway

My problem with Rent the Runway is the return part. For the price of a $200 rental, I’d rather shop for a dress I wouldn’t mind keeping. Now Rent the Runway is offering customers the opportunity to make those rental dresses and accessories a permanent part of their wardrobe through its semi-annual online clearance sale of  merchandise that has been retired from rental inventory.

More than 400 pieces from designers including Milly, Kenneth Jay Lane, Nicole Miller, Lela Rose, Badgley Mischka, Halston Heritage, Missoni, Moschino, Preen, Proenza Schouler, Robert Rodriguez and Tibi, went on sale today at 50 to 85 percent off retail prices.

Not sure how old the pieces are, but Christian Siriano’s Volcano dress dates back four seasons, to Spring/Summer 2010. It’s now $495, marked down from $1,650.

Prices start at about $135 for the likes of Nicole Miller’s purple, strapless floor-length Becky gown, that had a retail price of $355.

The sale is scheduled to run through mid-February, or until pieces sell out.
The dresses are said to be gently worn, and they’d better be because all sales are final.