Archive for January, 2009

Red Carpet to Reality

January 7, 2009

The Golden Globes are on Sunday, and that means the start of a very busy awards season. I’m always interested in who picks up the trophies, but I’m actually much more concerned with the red carpet fashion. There are certain standouts that I’m always excited to see (Cate Blanchett, I’m looking at you!), and I’m always hoping from something new or out-of-the-box to keep things interesting.

Last year, I had a few favorite looks for very different reasons. I really loved Reese Witherspoon‘s modern, streamlined ensemble (above). If you remember, she had just broken up with her husband and she obviously wanted something fresh and young to project her strength. This bright yellow Nina Ricci number — in a knee-length, no less — showed off her fabulous figure and just felt exactly right for 2008. I also loved how she paired it with a pair of red shoes and minimal jewelry.

I was also a big fan of Cameron Diaz‘s couture Chanel gown. Ruffles were the absolute biggest trend last year, and while this is a lot of look for most women, Cameron can pull it off due to her tall, lithe figure and her excellent posture. Now this is a red carpet dress!

Lastly, color was very important at last year’s Globes. America Ferrara chose a perfect deep purple with this fitted Brian Reyes, and I love all of the pintucking and detail on the bodice. Notice that none of these women went overboard with jewels, carefully choosing diamond pieces that wouldn’t overwhelm the gowns.

If you want to get your own red carpet look, this week’s homepage is for you. We’ve highlighted some of the best pieces of showstopping jewelry, handbags and accessories just right for a fancy night on the town. Want the look for less? Click below to start shopping.

For the Gentlemen
For the Ladies
Elegant Evening Bags

Shop Smarter

January 6, 2009

In the current economy, getting the best deal isn’t just savvy shopping but a way of life. That’s why coming to Portero for your luxury goods makes sense–you are saving valuable dollars each time you make a purchase here rather than at retail. In the new year, we want to make these savings even more apparent, so we’ve launched a new feature that takes the guessing out of your search.

Here’s the story: When you shop a category or sub-category, you can now filter your results by the % saved. (See the image above for a visual representation.) Let’s say you need a gift for a loved one and you want to get the absolute most for your money. All you have to do is narrow down your results using the drop filter that says Over 75%, and you’ll see the matches that meet your criteria.

Click right here to see the jewelry currently up for auction that meets the over 75% off filter.

Like this upgrade? Be on the lookout for more updated features and an enhanced site design in 2009.

Happy ’09!

January 5, 2009

So after a short break, this blog is back and better than ever. I’ve saved up a lot of great new trends and pieces to show you, so let’s just jump right in…

I unfortunately had to miss the Platinum Guild‘s annual Editor Day, but luckily I had a chance to view all of the jewelry and thought that it would be fun to share some of my favorites. (If you don’t know the attributes of platinum, be sure to click right here to learn more. One of the best things: The naturally white metal is hypoallergenic.)

I really like these bracelets by Chad Allison–It’s unusual to see such a detailed, gem-set design in a bangle. The mix of contemporary shape and vintage diamond work gives this collection a modern flair.

I definitely have a soft spot for Erica Courtney‘s beautiful designs, and these Jasmine earrings are no exception. The oversized scale and ethnic feel is just right for ’09: a mix of cultures and design motifs will definitely be on trend for the upcoming year.

In my mind, Gurhan is the master of understated chic. I love that his jewels look just as handcrafted as they truly are. I also love how he chose to downplay the diamonds in this necklace. By using imperfect rose cuts (that don’t have too much sparkle), this piece feels more like art than bling.

I couldn’t possibly do a platinum post without showing you an engagement ring, so here’s one from Durnell. I’m really partial to this updated link motif, and I especially like the symmetry and simplicity of the band. I also love the interplay of the matte platinum finish with the sparkle of the round diamonds.

To see Portero’s wide selection of platinum jewelry, click right here.

Images courtesy Platinum Guild.