By Lauren Baccus
As theatre goers prepare for the onslaught of Marie Antoinette-itude this fall (if I could Fandango my movie tickets now, trust me, I would), I can’t help but chuckle at the great lengths we often go to to be fashionable. From the sublime to the ridiculous, we waver between the extremes of “too much is just enough” and “too little is too much”. I am almost too embarrassed to admit that even as I write, my favorite accessory, a huge chunky gold necklace, is slowly and awkwardly dragging my neck downward. Clearly, even I have no qualms embracing gaudy as the new chic, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate the simple pleasures of life either.
Take for instance, Alex Woo’s effortlessly beautiful jewelry collection. Don’t let the simplicity of the pieces fool you, however. The delicate designs are the product of as much skill and craftsmanship as an 18th century coiffure, plus you get to keep your head. Good news all around!
Everyone from Eva Longoria to Kelly Ripa and of course, our own modern day Mz. Antoinette, Paris Hilton, are scooping up the pretty pieces. Necklaces of simple music notes in gold, silver and (oooh…ahhh) diamonds; a Vegas inspired collection of spades, hearts, clubs and (again, oooh…ahhh) diamonds, and the “Little Numbers” line have become the ultimate personal calling card. Lucy Liu wears the number “2″ for her birthday while Julia Roberts wears the same number to remind her of her twins. Drew Barrymore’s good luck charm is the number “7″ worn with a Vegas spade. The beauty of these pieces is that they can be meaningful and personal to everybody.
You can find Alex Woo’s entire line of elegant jewelry online or in the New York area, at your friendly neighborhood Henri Bendel or W Hotel gift shop (check online for full list of locations). The organic and gem-spotted earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings are the kind of jewelry that speaks of the wearer, rather than for her. Perfect for you, maybe a tad to classic for Marie Antoinette.
Oh, and what exactly did Paris pick out for herself? Three number “1″s, of course. Would you expect anything less?