Make no mistake, women in Hollywood believe in the power of gems and jewelry. That was evident through the red carpet for Chanel’s “1932” dinner in West Hollywood on Thursday, designed to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the iconic fashion house’s high-jewelry collection. “I have a smoky quartz in this pocket,” note Clap, clack… Boom! star Alexandra Shipp, with a nod toward the black quilted makeup case on her arm. “I believe in the idea of gems elevating your vibration and energy, so I always try to carry something with me or with me.”
Marion Cotillard, Chanel’s No. 5 ambassador since February 2020, agreed that energy can be split from a jewel. “There is something very personal about jewelry, and when I put something on, I always intend to do it,” the Oscar winner explained before pointing to the Chanel ring she was wearing. , designed in a comet motif and crafted. diamonds, black ceramic and white gold. “When I wear this ring tonight, I think, when I see this ring, I will remember to breathe a sigh of relief. There is a wonderful cosmic dimension and energy that we can derive from moments like these. It’s also fascinating because it’s a bit of a mystery.”
Gabrielle Chanel, a devoted fan of astrology and cosmology, would have endorsed such an idea. The legendary designer created the high jewelry concept in 1932, and Thursday night’s dinner and exhibition at The Lot on Formosa, West Hollywood, brought together many LA women – including Jurnee Smollett, Kaitlyn Dever , Chloé Zhao, Andra Day, Rainey Qualley, poet Cleo Wade and Baby2Baby co-CEO, Kelly Sawyer Patricof – to celebrate the 90th anniversary of a concept that’s more than just design ne plus ultra jewelry, but also the woman herself, and the notion that fine jewelry is another way women can freely express their individuality.
“I love the idea that the inspiration for this collection spans almost a century – how incredible is that?” speak The Morning Show’s Greta Lee. “When you consider how radical women are [in the early 20th century] had to register some sort of code on what they wore, but Chanel freed them from that and encouraged them to do and wear what they wanted. Tonight’s show is a modern interpretation of those ideas, and I really appreciate that.”
The 77-piece anniversary collection, aptly named “1932,” harks back to that early moment with an emphasis on all things natural, one of Gabrielle Chanel’s favorite themes. . Designed by Patrice Leguéreau, director of Chanel’s Fine Jewelry Creative Studio, these high jewelery pieces offer an update on the designer’s long-standing inspiration, from a handcrafted Comète necklace. works in jade and diamonds to a newly debuted group of “Soleils” like sun-kissed stones. including yellow and white diamonds, rubies, yellow sapphires and garnets.
And if a jewelry store doesn’t have the piece it wants, it could be because it’s in one of the adjoining rooms to spend a private moment with customers. “I might be looking for something to wear to our upcoming gala,” suggests Sawyer Patricof, noting that Baby2Baby’s upcoming November 12 gala will honor Kim Kardashian. “Another strong woman, just like Chanel herself and the women we see tonight,” she added. “Kim has given so much to Baby2Baby and the children in need, so this is going to be a great night.”
Many women were present to admire both the jewelry and each other, and to share personal stories about what the brand meant to them. “There was a time in my career when I felt a lot of pressure, and that was when I discovered Chanel clothes in Paris,” said Zhao, who is in the process of working with a high profile, speak. vampire project for Universal. “Those clothes are really like armor to me when I need to go and face a lot of things. It was a very important moment for me, so I felt a very personal connection.”
Asking about each woman’s individual approach to jewelry also generated many answers. Qualley loves the nostalgia and stories behind the works she owns – “Something my mother passed on to me or my father gave me,” she says – while Smollett pursues a maximalist, “more is more” style. “I’m the one who always asks my stylist, ‘Can we make necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets? And maybe there’s something in the ankle and the leash on the belly? ‘” Lovecraft Country the star said with a laugh. “Anywhere I can put a piece of jewelry, that’s what I’ll do.”
Andra Day, meanwhile, says she’s in the midst of a transition in the way she wears jewelry. Day, who now works, said: “In the past, it was all about folding, folding, folding and Chanel’s rule was to take off an item before you left the house. The Deliverance, starring Glenn Close and director Lee Daniels. “But right now I’m feeling all about the idea of nature. That’s one of the things I love about Chanel jewelry, it’s such a wonderful combination of simplicity and innovation. But yeah, I just feel differently about jewelry at the moment; Isn’t that amazing when that happens? ”
It’s certainly a different conception that will be met with approval by the woman whose soul is in the air and among the diamonds on Thursday night. “I just love the fact that she was ahead of her time in a field that up until that point was predominantly male,” says Smollett. “She takes women out of corsets, makes clothes and fabrics more comfortable, and teaches women that they can be elegant at any time.”
Shipp, will soon enjoy her own high-powered moment during the much-anticipated next summer Barbie doll film, agreed. “There’s something about a woman rising in her field, taking over it and then changing it,” she added. “That’s what I want to do when I grow up.”
At the end of the night, “Yeah Yeah Yeahs” was released by lead singer Karen O – who just released it Be less hottheir first album in nine years – performed for the sparkling crowd.
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