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  • Jewelry on the Runway at Christopher Paunil's show

    Jewelry On the Runway: A Modern Take on Vintage

    Even though the record-breaking heat and humidity altered my planned attire for the evening, the weather didn’t dampen my excitement. On September 5, I attended my first fashion show. But that’s not the exciting part. From my front row seat, I was thrilled to see my jewelry on the runway, debuting at the Christopher Paunil show at Toronto Fashion Week. Vintage necklaces, earrings, and bracelets from the TruFaux Jewels collection were selected by the designer and showcased with his exquisite bridal and evening wear. Let me tell you about the experience and my favorite bridal gowns. Next month I’ll feature evening wear in the show.

    Behind the Scenes

    When you see a fashion show on TV, you don’t get a sense of the flurry of activity that precedes each event. The evening of Christopher’s show, his was one of eight scheduled from 4:00pm to 10:00pm that day – one each hour. The models had their hair and makeup done in a centralized area away from the show space. Each designer had to wait until the previous group vacated the backstage before gaining access to unload and get the models ready for their runway walk.

    Front of House

    Out front, volunteers scrambled to usher out the attendees, clean up, and get the space ready for the next crowd. When I and the other audience members and press were allowed to enter the long and narrow runway space, we saw three rows of 50 seats on each side. Each chair had the name of the person assigned to sit in it as well sponsor gifts and promotional material. The wall at the front of the room was lit with Christopher’s name. Guests and press were hurrying to find their seats.

    Then suddenly the house lights went out, and an image from the Palace of Versailles took over the lit wall. The music started, and the image began to move. What had looked like a flat wall was actually three separate panels – the one on the left was the models’ doorway to the runway; on the right, their exit. Everyone snapped to attention, and all eyes were on that moving image – it seemed to beckon us. The first model stepped out in a bridal gown. As she moved down the runway, she appeared to be walking down that Versailles hallway. It was magical!

    Bridal Wear

    We saw 13 bridal gowns, which included one jumpsuit. The silhouettes, sleeve styles, necklines, and fabrics reflected the designer’s “return to elegance with current sensibilities” (from his press release). This post will discuss two of my favorites.

    The gown on the left, according to the printed card with a sketch and description of each design, is “a strapless ball gown in floral organza jacquard with swag sleeves”. As you can see, it has side seam pockets. The bridal jumpsuit on the right is described as having long sleeves “with floral-embroidered shimmer lace bodice, high neck, and Spanish stretch mikado cigarette pants”. (Mikado is a blend of silks that result in a slightly shiny fabric that lends structure to a garment.) The removable overskirt is done in “flowing layers of satin organza”.

    Bridal Jewels

    Although I remembered which jewels Christopher had selected, I didn’t know which pieces would actually make the show and how he would pair them with the gowns and the models. As each one stepped out, I remember quietly gasping as I recognized the particular jewelry she was wearing.

    I wasn’t surprised when he mixed decades on a model, as he did to accessorize the gown with swag sleeves (photo on the left). He chose 1950s diamanté chandelier ear clips by Pennino Brothers as well as an Art Deco aquamarine line bracelet from the 1920s. I, myself, often mix Art Deco pieces with jewelry from the 1940s and 1950s in my own attire and in my styling tips. Jewelry from this era is so classic that it harmonizes well with many other styles.

    But I confess that I was surprised – and inspired – by his choice for the model in the jumpsuit (photo on the right). Here she is wearing late-1940s ear clips designed by Frank Hess for Miriam Haskell. They feature three vertical rows of opaque, white-glass beads and diamanté set in gold-tone metal. This pair has a Machine-Age-look as well as lots of sparkle and movement. I think they are a perfect, yet unexpected accessory for this extraordinary look.

    Post-show Thoughts

    In one of his Instagram posts, Christopher kindly wrote: “Thank you for your beautiful jewels – they brought everything to life on the runway!”. I want to thank him for choosing TruFaux Jewels to add a twist of vintage to his exquisite modern creations.

    For More Jewelry on the Runway

    Visit the Seen on the Runway collection to see the necklaces, earrings, and bracelets worn at the Christopher Paunil runway show for Spring/Summer 2019.

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  • Summer bracelets for casual, office and evening wear

    Summer Bracelets to Adorn You

    From ancient civilizations to the present day, bracelets have been one of the most popular forms of adornment. In addition to their role as decorative ornaments throughout history, they have served as protection, objects of religious significance, and expressions of wealth and power. I like to wear this type of…

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  • History of costume jewelry -- researcher's story

    The History of Costume Jewelry: A Researcher’s Story

    Years ago when I was a consultant, one of my favorite clients told me that I was like a terrier. He wasn’t trying to insult me – he was just acknowledging the fact that I am a tenacious investigator. I don’t stop until I have all of the answers to…

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  • Summer necklaces

    Summer Necklaces: Colorful, Chic & Cool Jewels

    I love to play with color when I dress and when I prepare styling tips to share with you. Now that summer is here, I particularly enjoy putting together colorful outfits accessorized with equally colorful, yet lightweight jewels. Last month’s styling tips focused on earrings with these qualities, so this…

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  • Summer earrings

    Summer Earrings to Stay Cool, Look Chic

    The summer season is nearly upon those of us who live in the northern hemisphere. To keep me cool and comfortable while temperatures rise, I dress in mainly cottons and linens. Although I tend to wear the same colors all year-round, I do have some summer-only clothes, shoes, and handbags.…

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  • Green costume jewelry for spring

    Go Green for Spring with Vintage Jewels!

    Spring is here! So, let’s look at green, the color that symbolizes the growth and renewal of this season. Green is between yellow and blue on the color wheel, which means you’ll find many hues, from blue-based (cool) forest and emerald to yellow-based (warm) mint and sea foam. Because I’ve…

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  • Bridal styling with Art Deco jewels

    Jillian’s Story

    I always love helping brides select jewelry to wear on their wedding day. Their excitement is infectious. And when I get to style a bride who’s a friend, the experience is even more special for me. My latest bridal styling experience involved Jillian, whom I’ve known since she was a…

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  • Hobe brooches add romance to an outfit

    Find Romance with Hobé Brooches

    With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, romance is in the air. Everyone is thinking about roses and the color red. But I’ve decided to offer a different take on romance, with Hobé brooches. Pieces from the late 1930s through the 1940s by the incredible jewelry designer William Hobé…

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  • 1930s Art Deco necklace

    Jewelry in the Movies: A 1930s Art Deco Necklace

    I love mysteries almost as much as I love jewelry. In fact, I was a dedicated collector of this genre featuring female detectives before I devoted my collecting efforts solely to jewelry. So, imagine my delight when I went to see a new production of Murder on the Orient Express,…

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  • Jewelry gift ideas for the Classic style woman

    7 Jewelry Gifts for the Classic Woman

    If you’ve read my post What’s Your Fashion Personality? and now want some jewelry gift ideas for the classic style woman, this article is for you. She is balanced – i.e., in between yin and yang in terms of physical and behavioral traits – but has more yin. The Classic…

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