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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.

    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.

    For Styling Tips

    You don’t have to be dressed in a bridal gown or formal attire to wear these beautiful pieces. Read my post – “From the Runway to Everyday” – to see how jewels from the Runway collection add a touch of glamour to jeans-based, smart-casual outfits.

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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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  • How to Wear a Double-clip Brooch

    Last month I introduced you to the dress clip brooch – a two-in-one jeweled accessory that made its debut in the 1930s. Because you can wear this type of jewelry as a brooch or as separate clips, it is as versatile today as it was decades ago. Now that autumn’s…

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  • Introducing the Double-clip Brooch

    For me, September always marks a new beginning. Maybe I’m still grounded in the “first day of school” mentality. Or maybe it’s the changing colors of the leaves. Either way, I’m always looking for new ideas for jeweled accessories. And I’m sure you are, too. So here’s an exciting new…

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  • Navy Dress Accessories

    Navy Dress Accessories: 7 Ways to Adorn Your Little Navy Dress

    Navy blue is one of the few colors that every woman can wear, all year-round. A little navy dress is a great wardrobe staple, because you can create a myriad of outfits simply by changing the accessories. In the summer, adding a lightweight jacket or cardigan paired with lightweight and…

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  • Have Fun with Summery Vintage Jewels

    June is here, the days are getting longer and warmer, and I’m bringing out my white jeans, sandals, and other summer clothes. This month is also the time to bring out summery jewelry: lighter-weight pieces in white, coral, turquoise, spring green, yellow, and other colors associated with warm weather. For…

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