Style: What’s Hot in Jewelry
Paul Flato is celebrated in print, while L.A. designer Jennifer Meyer Maguire and Gucci unveil their latest pieces.
Before Neil Lane and Lorraine Schwartz were creating jaw-dropping sparklers for Hollywood’s leading ladies, there was Paul Flato (1900-1999), a Texas native with an A-list clientele including Jean Harlow and Ginger Rogers. A new book, Paul Flato: Jeweler to the Stars ($85, Antique Collectors’ Club), celebrates the life and dazzling career of the man who started as a salesman in New York and went on to have his platinum and diamond baubles appear in six films including 1941’s Two-Faced Woman with Greta Garbo. Flato, whose whimsical designs were inspired by everything from astrological signs to Mae West’s corset, was the first jeweler to receive a film credit (1938’s Holiday) for his contributions to the silver screen.
Jennifer’s New Line
Jennifer Meyer Maguire, daughter of Universal Studios chief Ron Meyer and wife of Tobey Maguire, is expanding her already popular collection of 18-karat-gold and precious-stone jewels. In addition to her signature wishbone and leaf motifs, the mix now includes diamond circle drop earrings and playful pendants that say “Love You” and “Sweetheart.” There’s also a long 18-karat bar necklace perfect for layering that Courteney Cox has been wearing on this season’s Cougar Town. The designer, who admits she still gets a rush when she sees someone in one of her designs, keeps her focus on designs that can go from day to night. “Everything’s wearable,” she says. “I want the women who wear my pieces to be able to live in their jewelry.”
Gucci’s Grammy Watch
In honor of the 53rd annual Grammy Awards (Feb. 13, CBS), Gucci is releasing a limited-edition watch this month. The digital timepiece, part of the label’s partnership with the Recording Academy, boasts a yellow stainless-steel case, sporty rubber band and an optional diamond bezel for those who really want to rock out, $1,345-$7,900, at gucci.com.