Gallery Preview: Pearls of Wisdom

Pearls have long since represented the epitome of classic sophistication; some women wear them every day to elevate a casual outfit and others save them for only the most special of occasions. Over the years, pearls have become defining features of many signature celebrity styles, as well as striking fashion statements on runways and red carpets. The iconic pearl is so pure and simple, you can see it easily lends itself to a wide range of versatility in styling and design.

Top, L to R: classic Ralph by Ralph Lauren ad from the mid 90s, featuring model Bridget Hall // Princess Diana’s “Elvis” gown, worn on her 1989 trip to Hong Kong // Jackie O ‘s trendsetting presidential pearls from the early 60s. Bottom, L to R: Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City, Season Four // Audrey Hepburn’s elegant Parisian style in Breakfast at Tiffany’s // Lady Gaga’s pearl encrusted face from the NYFW 2010 amFAR Gala.

Top, L to R: body and hair pearls from Chanel SS 2012// pearl sandal by Alexander McQueen SS 2012// Balmain AW 12/13. Center, L to R: pearl collar by Tory Burch AW 12/13 // trompe l’oeil printed dress from Notte by Marchesa // pearl encrusted jacket and clutch by Chanel SS 2012. Bottom, L to R: Nicholas Kirkwood pearl platform pump // Miu Miu Resort 2012 ad // dress by Alexander McQueen SS 2012.

My friend Holly Durst loves how a string of pearls can add a preppy sense of humor to any outfit. Its one of her all-time favorite accessories and she’s planning to have her bridesmaids all wear pearl necklaces at her wedding. With these details in mind, and no lack of inspiration from the runway, I set out to cover Holly’s wedding shoes in thousands of precious little faux pearls. The results were well worth the laborious process and I’m quite proud of this unique application where the iconic pearl has been transformed in fashion once again.

P.S. Speaking of pearl-adorned fashionistas throughout history, here’s Holly channeling a timeless Jackie O look that captures the quintessential sweet sophisticate. Jackie’s apricot silk dress was designed by Oleg Cassini and worn in 1962 during her trip to India. Holly’s dress is modernized with cut-outs and while you can see she’s styled it with aviators and gold jewelry, I have no doubt there’s a pair of pearl earrings beneath those brunette locks.

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