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.
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