“I tend to wear dainty necklaces — except for this,” said Padma Lakshmi, host of the Jewelry Information Center’s 10th annual GEM Awards gala Friday, pointing to the anything-but-dainty gold leaf Chanel collar she paired with a “vintage” black Gucci column dress. “It’s almost vintage. I bought this when I started making money as a model. It’s from that seminal collection from Tom Ford in 1993.”
The Emmy-nominated star of Bravo’s “Top Chef,” author, actress and model said she purchased the necklace a few years ago to congratulate herself when her cookbook did well and “hit a mark” she set for herself. “Every time I get a movie or TV show, I go and buy myself a piece of jewelry,” she said.
Lakshmi, also a jewelry designer who started her own line in 2009, added that while the collection is currently on hiatus, she plans to return to the category with new product for fall 2012.
Held at New York’s Cipriani 42nd Street, the evening’s honorees included Chanel Fine Jewelry, Ralph Destino, Daphne Guinness and Candy Pratts Price, who received GEM Awards for Corporate Communication, Lifetime Achievement, Jewelry Style and Journalistic Excellence, respectively.
Carolina Herrera, who presented Pratts Price with her award, called the editor a “force of nature,” and jewelry designer Shaun Leane both presented and accepted the award for Guinness, who was unable to attend the event. French actress and Chanel ambassador Anna Mouglalis introduced Chanel senior vice president of watches and jewelry Olivier Stip, and Cartier senior vice president Martin Gatins did the same for 32-year Cartier veteran Destino.
“Designers have gotten far more recognized than they’ve ever gotten before. For years, the industry has been dominated by brands that emanated often from Europe, but American designers have far more recognition in recent years. I say this with respect to all the European brands,” Destino told WWD days after receiving his award, adding that he still considers Cartier — the company where he spent more than three decades — as the “greatest brand in the world.”
Next up for Destino: the Jewelers for Veterans Foundation, which will launch next month. He said the need for this organization arose from the soaring unemployment rates of men and women who have trouble finding work after getting honorably discharged from service.
“I’m trying to pull together the whole industry to get behind the cause, and with key relationships we intend to offer a few things: training any returning service person in retail, wholesale, design, gemology at places such as RISD, FIT or GIA — and then we’ll find a job for them,” said Destino.
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye