A grounded line of gems with galactic inspiration? Fine jewelry designer Pascal Mouawad has called on Johnny Wujek, one of The Hollywood Reporter's 25 most powerful Hollywood stylists and America's Next Top Model photo shoot guru to steer Glamgirls, a new collection of space-inspired pendants, baubles, cuffs and rings scheduled to hit stores this spring.
The collection — the where and when on which have yet to be determined — incorporates materials including abalone, shells, stones and pearls for an affordable, down-to-earth line with items that dips as low as $20. It’s definitely a leap from Mouawad’s last project: embellishing Victoria Secret’s $10 million Fantasy bra with 4,200 diamonds, rubies and sapphires – not to mention, a 52-karat Burmese ruby and 18-karat yellow gold.
Mouawad (who has also launched jewelry collaborations with Nicole Richie, Kristin Cavallari and Kim Kardashian) and his new Glamgirls creative director Wujek (stylist to Katy Perry, Kate Mara and Amber Heard) paused on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show pink carpet to chat about their new partnership, biggest jewelry faux pas and what to do when gifting gems for the holidays.
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How did this collaboration come about?
Pascal Mouawad: We were introduced by a common friend. Johnny has amazing style, and he’s been doing great work. I wanted to bring on board someone like him with his talent, and who could create value for the partnership.
Johnny Wujek: It’s not just going to be a jewelry line, but an overall accessories line – handbags, jewelry, sunglasses, all things for the savvy fashion girl. It’s affordable, but it’s still cool. A girl will save up $200 for an amazing necklace, and then pop on a $20 bracelet.
Though Glamgirls is a spring collection, what’s the ultimate jewelry look for this winter season?
Wujek: For winter, it’s all about oversized and chunky. The ‘90s are back! Chunky, old-school, Versace, Chanel. A lot of people are going to the vintage jewelry as well, or recreating the vintage look.
What’s a gem-related faux pas that irks you the most?
Mouawad: Too much, too much! In fact, today, I was with a client of mine, and she was wearing too many rings and too many bracelets. It gets busy, it doesn’t look good anymore. Jewelry is an accessory; it’s supposed to enhance your beauty. When people wear too much, it just kills it.
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What’s the best jewelry item to gift a fashionista with for the holidays?
Wujek: Rings are tricky because of the size, and you never know if a girl actually likes a bracelet or a cuff on her wrist. So necklaces are always a good one, I would think – either a pretty and delicate one, or a statement one.
Mouawad: You can never go wrong with a statement or a pendant for a woman.