Friday, 27 September 2013

NYC Fashion Week Favourites

Now that New York, London and Milan’s fashion weeks are over and Paris’ is quickly drawing to a close, it’s time to look back at some of our fashion highlights and with some of our brands featuring we look at what we will be seeing in Spring/Summer 2014. From designers across the pond including Badgley Mischka, Michael Kors & Marc Jacobs to our European favourites Emporio Armani & Gucci and of course not forgetting our London lovelies Vivienne Westwood & Burberry, here at EJ HQ the past few weeks have been filled with excitement & added anticipation of what jewellery collections will also be next from these iconic brands.

For this blog, we are going to focus on some of our favourite brands straight from the catwalks of New York City, as we look at what we will be seeing from them next year. 

Designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka lived up to expectation when they sent a beautifully romantic collection down the runway at the Lincoln Center on September 10th. The show began with flawlessly finished separates and then moved on to their elegant signature evening gowns. We saw an assortment of simply perfect silhouettes in an array of textures and hues, including soft pinks, crisp whites and deep blues as well as more vivid reds and corals, inspired by a vintage & Parisian chic theme. The Badgley Mischka jewellery collection exudes the same exquisite detailing and effortless glamour as we saw in their SS’14 clothing designs. This exquisite cocktail ring with blue topaz and our favourite, diamonds is the perfect way to give your look a dash of luxury complete with delicate & romantic inspiration.

From feminine chic to classic American style, Michael Kors never fails to deliver and always achieves collections that are desired by any fashion conscious woman. The romance theme as we saw with Badgley Mischa seemed to carry through in the Michael Kors show with femininity and natural glamour being a focal point for this collection. A combination of flowing spring time print dresses and sharply tailored two pieces in earthy neutral colours formed the bulk of his refreshingly simple collection. The designs had a sophisticated, New York inspired style that is easily transferable to everyday looks. This girly collection, is full of beautiful spring hues, from white, to navy blue and warm green floral prints and is quite a change from some of the more structured and masculine shapes we have seen from him in the past which is often carried through to his watch & jewellery designs. However, to complete an ultra feminine look what better way than with a little rose gold? With sultry pink hues and of course an added dash of sparkle, rose gold is an all season favourite and really comes into its own when teamed with delicate prints and colours. This rose-gold plated pave crystal pyramid necklace is the perfect addition to bold prints and romantic hues and will be sure to add a touch of timeless sparkle with a contemporary edge. 

Francsico Costa for Calvin Klein celebrated ten years as the brands creative director at their Spring/Summer ’14 show on September 12th. The collection celebrated cuts that moved away from the body with silhouettes appearing roomy, boxy and unique. Colour and texture also made a bold appearance, with fringe-adorned dresses, frayed edges and multi-coloured printed snake-skin. Although different from what we normally see from Calvin Klein, the collection still conveyed the clean elegance that the Calvin Klein woman is well known for. 

Calvin Klein’s minimalist style is evident in his jewellery collection. From contemporary shapes in a range of stainless steel and rose & yellow gold plating, the collection is perfect for understated elegance full of Calvin Klein influence. Re-create your own chic style with this Calvin Klein stainless steel born bangle and wear from day until night for modern style with a dash of glamour. 

From romantic hues and feminine shapes to boxy and textured designs to the almost apocalyptic display from Marc Jacobs we definitely saw a whole spectrum of things to come next Spring/Summer. Heavily embroidered Victorian inspired gowns, hussar jackets, plimsolls and purses trimmed with long fringed tassels and dark bead embellishment stole the show with the colours creating a completely new way to think about the Spring palette. This unusual palette included black, garnet, petrol blue and deep bottle green. These heavy designs matched with solid colour, gave this collection a gothic feel and if you want to re-create this look, accessorise your style with this black silicone watch complete with gold detailing from the Marc by Marc Jacobs collection. The black bracelet and dial create a moody atmosphere bringing his statement catwalk show to your look with the gold detailing giving a little dose of embellishment for added chic. 

What looks from next season’s catwalk have you inspired? Romantic & feminine or beautifully gothic? Check out our Fashion Week Pinterest board for lots more ideas from some of the most iconic fashion designers in the world. 

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Red Carpet Jewellery Events

With London fashion week in full swing, celebrities from all over the world are flocking to these highly anticipated shows from some of the world’s most famous and iconic fashion designers. From taking their seats in the ‘Frow’ to walking the red-carpet, it’s impossible not to feel a flutter of envy at this A-list lifestyle, so here at Ernest Jones we are ready to rival some of the world’s best known celebrities by bringing you our Red Carpet events. So sit back and delve into the luxury world of Ernest Jones as we take a look at how you too could indulge in a little celebrity inspired outing of your own. 

This year, for the first time, we will be showcasing some of the most beautiful and prestigious jewellery from world famous brands and designers in a selected number of our stores. Statement pieces from Le Vian®, exclusive Neil Lane, signature styles from Marco Bicego, iconic pearls from Yoko London and elegant rings from The Carat Club will be exhibited at these special events. In celebration of these exclusive events, we’re giving you a sneak peek into some of the jewellery on display and, of course, some of our personal favourites.

When speaking about the red carpet, Hollywood is definitely at the forefront of our minds, and the Neil Lane bridal collection is one that is definitely not a stranger to the A-List lifestyle. Creating hand crafted, treasured jewellery for some of Hollywood’s legendary stars, Neil Lane has fast become one of the most celebrated jewellery designers in the world. From Reese Witherspoon to Elizabeth Taylor and Barbara Streisand, Neil Lane jewellery has been worn by some of the most sought after celebrities and, until the end of the October, we are lucky enough to have four rings from Neil Lane’s very own collection on show in some of our stores. 

These stunning rings boast the vintage and art-deco inspiration that is so prominent throughout Neil Lane’s jewellery collection. From large halo clusters to intricate shoulder designs, and ranging from 3.08 total carat weight to 3.68, these striking rings are one of a kind and reflect his artistic heritage as a jewellery designer. Although these rings will not be for sale, you can still feel every inch the celebrity by trying them on in selected stores. 

It is a well known fact that chocolate and diamonds go hand in hand, and Le Vian® have grasped this concept perfectly by creating beautiful jewellery made up of indulgent Chocolate Diamonds®. The Le Vian® family have been guardians of the most unique and precious jewellery for royals since 1746, and from ancient royalty to today’s red carpet, Le Vian® collectors include the most discerning buyers and some of Hollywood’s elite. 

Le Vian® jewellery is perfect for creating an individual and distinctive look full of elegance and sophistication. From Rachel McAdams to Jennifer Lopez, Le Vian® is a regular on the red carpet, showcasing their eye-catching and vibrant designs. From jewellery full of vintage inspiration and Gatsby glamour, to contemporary and unusual designs, Le Vian® offer diamonds to suit every style. 

So whether you’re looking for an essence of vintage Hollywood, contemporary Chocolate Diamonds®, a little gold Luxe with Marco Bicego, or elegant pearls from Yoko London, head to one of our stores for our exclusive red carpet events and enjoy a special A-List treat. 

These traveling red carpet events will be visiting the following stores until June 2014. 

Ernest Jones Oxford Street
Leslie Davis Milton Keynes
Ernest Jones Thurrock
Ernest Jones White Rose
Ernest Jones Swansea
Ernest Jones Stratford City
Ernest Jones Westfield London
Ernest Jones Bluewater
Ernest Jones Sheffield 
Ernest Jones Meadow Hall
Ernest Jones Cribbs Causeway
Ernest Jones Liverpool One
Ernest Jones Cardiff
Ernest Jones Southampton
Ernest Jones Brent Cross
Ernest Jones Glasgow
Leslie Davis Peterborough
Ernest Jones Watford
Ernest Jones Chester
Ernest Jones Gateshead
Ernest Jones Bull Ring Birmingham
Ernest Jones Chelsea

Contact your local Ernest Jones store to find out when our red carpet events will be visiting them. 

Monday, 2 September 2013

Something Old, Something New & Something Blue...

With the sun still hanging around to brighten our evenings and weekends, the last of the Summer weddings are also getting under way. Here at Ernest Jones we love a happy ending, and are always eager to give a helping hand on the way to marital bliss. We can’t book the venue, pick the dress or cater the food, but what we can do is share our jewellery favourites to help you perfect some of the latest and greatest wedding trends.

Something old....
To bring luck on her wedding day, it's traditional for the bride to wear “the four somethings”: something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. So we’ve decided to select a few stunning pieces to help you complete this traditional wedding criteria. If you aren’t heir to any family heirlooms, it can be tricky to fulfill the old part of the somethings. As an alternative to genuine antiques, why not represent the old by accessorising your bridal outfit with a vintage inspired piece of jewellery. This beautiful 9ct white gold bracelet pairs classic pearls with delicate rose quartz, not only achieving a traditional look, but also embracing the flourishing trend of the Blushing Bride, which sees pink as a key wedding colour this season.

Something new...
Fully embrace the new by accessorising your wedding dress with one of our recent Swarovski lines such as these Swarovski Vanilla rose gold-plated drop earrings. Boasting striking faceted Jet Hematite crystal, these earrings are in line with the latest and much debated trend of the 'dressed in black' bride. From wedding fairs to celebrity nuptials such as Shenae Grimes and Josh Beech, black has made a striking and unexpected leap into the wedding limelight. If you aren’t bold enough to go all out in a black dress and bouquet like Avril Lavigne, then these earrings are perfect for a dash of dark sparkle to give your wedding look that sultry edge.

Something blue….
If you’re a September baby or having a September wedding, what better way to fulfill your something blue than with a rich, glistening sapphire. As the birthstone of September, an item of sapphire jewellery will hold that extra special personal memory, whether it is because it’s representative of you, or commemorative of the time of your wedding. This 9ct white gold created sapphire pendant will add a lustrous pop of colour to your wedding dress, styled in a chic, contemporary design that you can wear again and again after your wedding.

Find your perfect wedding accessories at Ernest Jones.