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In celebration of Tiffany & Co.’s Los Angeles flagship store renovation on Thursday night, the iconic New York jewelry brand pulled out all the stops.
The quintessential Rodeo Drive evening included an A-list crowd (Halle Berry, Sofia Vergara, Reese Witherspoon, Kate Hudson, to name a few), a glamorous cocktail reception under the stars, a 10-foot wall stacked floor-to-ceiling with Tiffany’s blue boxes — oh, and a surprise performance by Ariana Grande, who closed out her set with a jazzy rendition of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” naturally.
Following a short ballet/hip-hop fusion dance routine, the pop diva ascended the stage for the (Grande) finale, sparkling in a $250,000 Tiffany & Co. necklace which popped against her all-black ensemble and complemented her Tiffany Victoria diamond bracelet and ring. But the glittering jewels had nothing on Jennifer Garner’s sparkly look.
The 44-year-old set foot on the robins egg blue carpet in more than $1,675,000 worth of jewelry, including a necklace, a bracelet and two rings from the brand’s Masterpieces collection. “I’m so excited to be so sparkly on a random school night!” said the always charming actress of her getup for the evening. While her fellow celebrity guests were all wearing something Tiffany’s for the evening (with pieces averaging in the $100K range), no one came close to the wattage that Garner was sporting.
However Matt Bomer, who was wearing a Tiffany & Co. watch from the CT60 collection, noted that he was more proud of his personal bling. “More importantly, I have on my wedding ring by [Tiffany & Co.],” said the actor, showing off his silver band.
Gal Gadot, who stars as Wonder Woman in the 2017 flick, gave a similar answer with regard to her most special piece of jewelry. “The most meaningful [jewelry moment] to me is the first time I wore my wedding ring,” she said, noting that her businessman husband, Yaron Varsano, proposed in a “very special” way. “But I’m going to keep that story to myself,” she added with a smile.
The evening, presented in partnership with The Art of Elysium charity, which aims to empower artists and communities to “triumph over their circumstances through art,” also featured a special photobooth created by photo collage artist Fay Ray. Liam Hemsworth, Jack Huston as well as the other stars in attendance posed in front of the diamond-inspired disk-like panels for portraits by photographer Brian Bowen Smith.
As the evening came to a close, the store finally opened the doors of the newly renovated space, revealing a brightly lit interior featuring a wall of eglomise glass panels in a magnolia pattern (inspired by Charles Lewis Tiffany’s stained glass screens), a white gold chandelier by New York artist Michele Oka Doner and glittering white countertops and display cases filled with jewels that would surely make Holly Golightly swoon.
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