Statement Jewels: Let’s Get Graphic

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Statement Jewels

It’s easy to make jewelry an afterthought – a complement to your outfit instead of the main attraction. But spring is the time to come out of hiding and to bring your biggest and best statement pieces with you! One of my absolute favorite jewelers, Vita Fede, has a Geo Mille necklacewith a graphic honeycomb pattern so delicious, you won’t be able to stop at just one. There’s the asymmetrical, yellow gold-plated original and its bi-color sibling, whose cutouts are all perfectly aligned . Read on to see which other graphic designs get you going! 


Statement Jewels

Pierre Hardy Rose Gold-Plated Cuff: Sometimes it’s nice to stay inside the box – or in this case, boxes! Pierre Hardy’s cube print has been all over his bags this season, but I like it best on this 


Statement Jewels

Lotocoho P-VII Earrings: These sculpturally-crafted silver earrings look more like art installments than jewels, but I like to live in a world where the two are one.



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Giuseppe Zanotti Body Harness: Strap Yourself In

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Giuseppe Zanotti Body Harness: Strap Yourself In

This Giuseppe Zanotti body harness is one of those accessories that you see and want to try out, but are afraid of (was “harness” really the best name for it?). Don’t be scared! We’re going to be seeing a lot more of this look. It’s fun and provocative without veering into dominatrix territory, so it’s easier to wear than you’d think. Pair it with a dress, or take easy separates and turn them into a power look (just make sure the waist is aligned). As tempting as it is, don’t even think of wearing this with Giuseppe’s matching clutch – the behemoth studs will demand enough attention on their own. Overkill would be an understatement. If you’re still not 100% sold on the style, go with BCBG’s Y-shaped harness belt . Besides being a Frugal Snob option, the piece’s lack of hardware makes it easier to pull off – or in this case, strap yourself into!

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Vita Fede Double Earrings: Two is Better than One

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Vita Fede Double Earrings

The design of most earrings focuses solely on the way they appear on the front of your lobes. This is a little lazy, no? If your hair is up, then the back is almost as visible as the front, a fact that Vita Fede’s Cynthia Sakaiacknowledges and designs with in mind! My latest obsession from the label is her Double Cubo earring, a 24k gold-plated brass and Swarovski-encrusted update on the single Cubo earring. Twice as nice, right? She’s also given fans of the Titan something to double up on with these silver-plated brass cones. I’m not the only one taking notice of Cynthia’s talents, either. Elizabeth Banks recently sported the Futturo Cut Out Ring for her Hunger Games: Catching Fire photocall in London. The fanned out design was the perfect complement to her Effie-esque McQueenicon . Put it at the top of your holiday list, but sadly we’ll have to wait for the earrings! They’re due in early 2014. Double Cubo earrings  and Double Titan earrings  to be available on Vita Fede.

Vita Fede Double Earrings

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Hair Jewelry: Crowning Glory

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Hair Jewelry

I once put a museum quality piece of jewelry in my hair, almost prompting my dear friend, jewel artist Cindy Chao, to have a panic attack. She thought I should have worn it on my neck “where it belonged,” but that’s not the way I saw it. Jewelry is just as elegant decorating your head as it is decorating your neck or arm! My argument must have been compelling because she gave in, and since then even designed a headpiece for Salma Hayek. In lieu of accessories that requires a security detail, though, here are a few of my favorite headpieces…

 Part Art Deco, part spider web, this handcrafted jewel is named for the wife of Zeus, basically implying that all who wear it are goddesses. 

Hair jewelry is also a fun accessory on your wedding day! While you could indulge in a tiara, this white cotton version looks much more comfortable and can be worn long past your special day. 

If you prefer a delicate look, Jenny Packham can sprinkle Swarovskis across your locks with this twisted wire headpiece. 

 With the golden curb chain and oversized cabochons, LELET NY’s iteration is a little more casual. 

This Roaring Twenties style comes with an adjustable, pale pink strap, perfect for Snobs who find that their headbands move around in and mess up their hair. 

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A Mother’s Love: The Guide to Meaningful and Wearable Gifts You’ll Want to Borrow

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A Mother's Love

The Amulette de Cartier is a classic introduced to me by my sister. Always the best-dressed Hagen sister, she would match her Lip Smacker to her outfit while I was matching my soccer shorts to, well, nothing. I have since grown out of that phase but I now find her attention to details as something to study as opposed to mock. Take a cue from someone who is always ahead of the crowd and show your love with a Carnelian or Mother of Pearl version, a lovely addition to any long-term jewelry collection. 

A Mother's Love

This 20th-Century Tiffany’s piece is available on 1stdibs. At ¾ of an inch long, it is subtle but still communicates a strong message. Rubies and Diamonds create a checkerboard pattern in an 18k gold setting, hammering home the message that a mother’s love can sometimes be similar to chess. 

A Mother's Love

Another bold statement to consider would be the mother of all Jennifer Fisher Bracelets. A bold bangle in yellow, white or pink gold and emblazoned with Momma in Diamonds would be a surefire way to ensure you are mom’s favorite, and everyone knows it. 

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With a solid 70’s vibe, this Hornbeam wood and Gold Plated necklace will harken back to a classic Lauren Hutton. Aurelie Bidermann’s Connie Island Necklace is perfect for the Island-bound summer trippers and the back yard sweet-tea-drinking, stay-cation types. This will be one you’ll borrow soon, and borrow often. 

A Mother' Love

When your Mom is the lady that has everything (Watch? She has a person for that. Manolos? She has him on speed dial.), this is the only thing that will cut it. Then again, if she has a Tiara, I am suddenly up for adoption. This “Important Edwardian Diamond Tiara” from around 1910 can be converted into a necklace, for when her dainty neck muscles can’t hold the heft of her bountiful gift. Face it, your mother is a modern day queen. 

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Strap Up, Look Smart

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In the former camp stand the electronics giants, eager to prove that your wrist is the next frontier in the battle to access information as unobtrusively as possible. In the latter: the traditional watch brands, twice shy after the fallout from the Quartz Crisis that decimated their industry in the 1980s, and eager not to repeat the mistake of reacting much too slowly.

As these two forces square up, you need to ask yourself whether you want a techy watch that packs in more functions but possibly sacrifices style, or a more classic looking design that eschews bells and whistles in favour of hands, circular dials and a look almost indistinguishable from that of a traditional timepiece.

We carefully selected eight models that represent both tech- and fashion-focused approaches; these are the smartwatches worthy of your attention.

Sony Smartwatch 3

The latest version of Sony’s market-leading smartwatch has seen the brand, possibly spooked by Apple’s positioning, attempt to pivot into fashion, which translates as steel and leather straps alongside the original rubber option.

It’s under the hood that things get fancy, though, with 512MB of RAM and, in an effort to muscle in on the sports as well as style market, GPS technology, although it is missing the pulse and sleep monitoring offered by dedicated fitness trackers.

What you get instead is voice control, a Bluetooth broadcasting music player and step counter, alongside the standard array of email and message notifications. Which means that unlike most smartwatches, you can ditch the phone when you head out for a run – or, thanks to it being waterproof, even a swim – and still soundtrack your efforts, as well as review them afterwards.

Who’s it for?: Runners who like to travel light.
Price: £179.99.
Available: Now at O2 Shop.

Sony Smartwatch 3

Sony Smartwatch 3

Sony Smartwatch 3

Asus ZenWatch

Ditching the geekery as much as possible, the ZenWatch is one of the more stylish entries from the tech end of the smartwatch spectrum – from its slick leather strap to its Apple-aping, round-cornered bezel.

This model offers the standard features you’d expect from a smartwatch, including on-wrist notifications, voice commands for responding to messages and calls, as well as the ability to display things like your calendar and daily fitness activity.

As with Sony and its Smartwatch 3, Asus are making moves on the fitness category by integrating a ‘Biosensor’ in the watch’s case – just touch it with your other hand for an immediate pulse read-out (although don’t expect the same level of accuracy you’d get from a dedicated sports watch).

The key thing here, though, is design. From the on-screen UX to its casing, this is a smartwatch specially crafted to please the eye.

Who’s it for?: Men who favour form over function.
Price: £199.
Available: Now at Currys and PC World.

Asus ZenWatchIMAGE: ENGADGET.COM

Asus ZenWatch

Asus ZenWatch

Vector Luna

Though announced at Baselworld, the Luna isn’t your standard analogue watch with step-tracking functionality. This is a smartwatch in the true sense of the word; it delivers notifications and customisable faces, monitors your activity and even supports on-screen apps like BBC World News.

Its killer function, however, is a thirty-day battery life that far outstrips the two (at most) offered by its smartwatch-making competitors. Granted, this benefit comes from opting for a less vibrant black and white rather than colour screen, as well as forgoing touchscreen functionality in favour of more traditional buttons (not unlike those that control a chronograph).

But for those who don’t fancy the idea of sticking their smartwatch in a cradle every evening – and not being able to use it every time they forget to do so – it’s a very impressive feature indeed.

Who’s it for?: Men too busy to charge their watch.
Price: £299.
Available: Pre-order now at vectorwatch.com.

Vector Luna SmartwatchIMAGE: STUFF.TV

Vector Luna Smartwatch

Vector Luna Smartwatch

Apple Watch

Apple’s relatively late entry to the smartwatch category is the one that’s forced the Swiss watch industry to react. Unsurprising, since it’s being billed as a fashion purchase just as much as a tech one – hence the Silicon Valley giant’s poaching of Burberry’s Angela Ahrendts for a reported $73.4m.

The Apple Watch has been pitched as an all-in-one package: a communications device that shows, and responds to, messages and emails on your wrist; a device that tracks atmospheric factors and activity; and a style piece, with its various iterations ranging from sporty neons to a near-£10k rose gold version that puts it toe-to-toe with high-end brands like Rolex, Omega and Breitling.

Although, with a reported one-day battery life and a design that’s likely to be obsolete in two years, it’s unlikely that the (sizeable) outlay will buy you a timepiece worth looking after for the next generation.

Who’s it for?: Apple obsessives.
Price: £299 to £9,500
Available: April 24 in Apple stores and online at apple.com.

Apple Watch

Apple Watch

Guess Connect

It’s tricky to work out just whom the Guess Connect is meant for.

Though the American brand has taken its cues from fellow watchmakers by embedding email and message notifications and voice response functions into a traditional watch, their decision to announce it at the Consumer Electronics Show – rather than Baselworld – implies a timepiece targeted at a tech-savvy, rather than style-conscious, audience.

Which is odd, since the watch itself is based on Guess’ ever-popular Rigor design, and will – once launched later this year – be available in an array of colourways (including a particularly on point blue and rose gold option) that seem destined for the wrists of aesthetes, rather than tech geeks.

With rumours of a price point not much higher than Guess’ usual sub-£200 mark, it could make for a good toe-dip into fashion-forward wearables.

Who’s it for?: The style-savvy creative.
Price: TBA.
Available: Autumn 2015.

Guess Connect Smartwatch

Guess Connect Smartwatch

Guess Connect Smartwatch

Mondaine Helvetica No. 1 Horological Smartwatch

The brand that times the Swiss railway has produced a timepiece that’s more watch than smart.

The Helvetica No. 1’s traditional face isn’t cluttered with email or text notifications. Instead, a 6 o’clock sub-dial displays your daily steps and sleep statistics, linking with a mobile app that crunches the data in order to allow you to view it in greater depth.

The details, though, are reassuringly traditional: a brushed steel case, scratch-resistant sapphire glass and luxury leather strap all speak more to the horologist than the early adopter. At our hands-on in Basel, we were most impressed by the fact that – to those not in the know – it doesn’t look like a smartwatch at all on the wrist.

Handy for those interested in tracking their activity, but not in a way that makes you look like a Star Trek extra.

Who’s it for: Minimalists who like data.
Price: TBA.
Available: Autumn 2015.

Mondaine Helvetica No. 1 Horological Smartwatch

Mondaine Helvetica No. 1 Horological Smartwatch

Frédérique Constant Horological Smartwatch

Frédérique Constant has shown a keen appetite for innovation over the course of its short career to date. Though only founded in 1988, the Swiss watchmaker produces a number of in-house movements at its Geneva manufacture (including a tourbillon) that often feature in watches that retail under £2,000.

Of the Swiss brands, they’ve been among the quickest to embrace the smartwatch. As with Mondaine’s No. 1, Constant’s Horological Smartwatch is aimed at the man who doesn’t want to broadcast the fact that he’s wearing a smartwatch.

The traditional face, with sleep- and step-displaying sub-dial, is coupled with alarms that rouse you during light rather than heavy sleep cycles to reduce grogginess, and – when paired with the accompanying app – can coach you to better performance at night and during the day.

As with the Apple Watch, it comes in an array of face and case finishes, including rose gold. Unlike the Apple Watch, it promises a two-year battery life.

Who’s it for: The insomniac who has everything.
Price: £900
Available: June 2015

Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch

Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch

Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch

Breitling B55

Unlike most smartwatches, which take your phone’s functionality and try to display it on your wrist, Swiss behemoth Breitling’s entry into the increasingly crowded techno-horological sector works the other way around.

All its features are watch-based, with the app functioning more like an extra crown – helping you adjust times or store data, rather than burdening your timepiece with superfluous notifications or battery-draining apps.

As you’d expect from an aviation watchmaker like Breitling, this is a watch targeted at pilots. So you can flip between dates and time zones at the flick of its app-based switch, instead of manually winding hands around.

Most impressive – and arguably least useful for the majority of individuals – is its flight logging. Pilots need to prove a certain number of hours in the air to keep their licenses; the B55 automatically records and saves that data to the smartphone app to avoid the risk of losing the scraps of paper that could stand between you and the ability to take to the skies.

Who’s it for: Tech-obsessed flyboys.
Price: TBA.
Available: TBA.

Breitling B55 Smartwatch

Breitling B55 Smartwatch

Final Word

While it may seem like only yesterday most of us were puzzled by – or indeed doubled over laughing at the prospect of – the smartwatch, the rapid growth in models being brought to market hints that these pieces of tech are probably more than a mere flash in the pan.

If you’re hell-bent on buying into the burgeoning trend, then you’ll do worse than to start with these eight leading models.

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