It surprised me to learn, while researching material for this article, that the Oscars' fashion effects might be so far-reaching that they can quite literally change the world; almost overnight, and in ways, we cannot now think to live without. I'm referring to the 2001 introduction of Google Images to the world, which was in response to the plethora of image searches for Jennifer Lopez's green Versace dress at the 2000 Oscars. I really had underestimated J. Lo's importance in history.
Last Night’s ceremonies may not have the same significance, though while many people may not remember major fashion statements, it looked like colored and unusually shaped diamonds were the elements of choice for our stars, a trend we already expected this year. Here are some of our favorite pieces that were on display.
Our favorite here at Michael Gabriels were pieces from DeBeers and Van Cleef & Arpels. Made of a stunning array of fancy color diamonds, the earrings and ring worn by Lupita Nyong’o, from DeBeers, were among our favorite designs because of the amazing balance of colors and shapes that made these pieces stand out more in pictures. From famed jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels, came an attention absorbing regal necklace, a cascade of diamonds, that swelled around and caressed the neck and shoulders of actress Ciatriona Balfe.
Nicole Kidman was rocking a lot of Harry Winton- something we very much expected, but the specific collection chosen was not. She came bedecked in the New York Collection- which is stunning, but perhaps more understated than we would have hoped for, especially for LA.
Billie Eilish got a lot of attention for sporting Fred Leighton diamond stars. Conceived from a 19th-century tiara that could be manipulated into multiple pieces, Eilish wore the stars as earrings and finger rings.
With 36 gleaming, glittering, sparkling carats, the Kwait Diamonds Between Us necklace is an exquisite example of pink and white diamonds, very tastefully worn by Zoe Kravits.
Of course, Beyonce managed to wear more carats - 150 at least, in chandelier earrings.
In the future, we expect to see more lab-grown diamonds of fancy color ranges in significant sizes.
And for all those of you wondering- no, I could not ascertain if Will Smith was wearing any jewelry that came in contact with Chris Rock’s face…