raped and delicately placed in a stunning shade of
periwinkle, this Giambattisa Valle couture creation is unique as it is rare. It
inspired this page of azure accessories and gems that can be yours for a song
of pure indulgence.
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1 Giambattista Valle
Couture dress available by special order at Saks
Fifth Avenue, 9600 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills,
CA. 310-275-4211. South Coast Plaza, 3333
Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA. 714-966-3560.
2 Ivanka Trump
Patras earrings with blue sapphires and
diamonds ($3,200) available at Neiman
Marcus, 9700 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills,
CA. 310-550-5900. 150 Stockton Street, San
Francisco, CA. 415-362-3900.
3 TYLER ALEXANDRA
Edwin leather clutch ($1,500) available at Louis
Boston, 60 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA; (617)
Four Seasons Winter Ring with Baroque
White South Sea cultured pearl, diamonds,
blue sapphires and Paraiba tourmalines set
in 18 carat white gold ($200,000) available
at Mikimoto at The Beverly Wilshire, 9500
Wilshire Blvd, Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA.
310-205-8787. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol
Street, Costa Mesa CA. 714-424-5440.
Satin evening sandal ($995) available at Lanvin,
260 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA.
310-402-0580. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol
Street, Costa Mesa CA. 714-706-3240.
18-carat white gold with a diamond pave dial
timepiece, set with 332 brilliant–cut diamonds,
10 blue sapphires and white chalcedony (price
upon request). Available at Piaget Boutique,
South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol Street, Costa
Mesa, CA. 714-361-2020. Or call 877-8PIAGET.
Jeweler to the Stars
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ver its 130 year history, Bulgari adorned many
Hollywood starlets with their dazzling creations like Sophia
Loren, Ingrid Bergman and Audrey Hepburn. The most avid
devotee of the Roman jeweler was Elizabeth Taylor. During a
2011 auction of her estate, her adoration was laid out in a stunning array of
exceptionally large and rare pieces.
As a tribute to Liz and other iconic women of the 1950s and 1960s, Bulgari
created the Diva Collection. It includes high jewelry treasures with the
brilliantly colored gems they are know for: emeralds, rubies, amethysts,
rubellites and spessartite garnets. Alligator handbags fit for a queen and
elaborately ornate eyewear are also part of this grand grouping. As Taylor
famously said, “You can’t capture a gem’s radiance you can only admire it.”
Haute Living presents a glimpse of Bulgari’s diva-worthy objects of desire,
which one can admire or purchase.
Diva High Jewelry by Bulgari:
1 Earrings in pink gold and mother of pearl with rubelites, tourmalines, amethysts and
2 round brilliant cut diamonds and diamond pave (price upon request).
2 Necklace in yellow gold and mother of pearl with 9 emeralds, rubellites, amethysts,
and round brilliant cut diamond (price upon request).
3 Bracelet in pink gold and mother of pearl with rubellites, tourmalines, amethysts,
and round brilliant cut diamonds and diamond pave (price upon request).
4 On Elizabeth Taylor: Tremblant brooch and pendant from the Heritage collection.
5 High jewelry sunglasses in lavender acetate, 18K white gold and diamonds
(price upon request)
6 Emerald green shiny alligator handbag ($2,210).
Available at Bulgari, 401 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA. 310-858-9216. 200
Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA. 415-399-9141.
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ashion’s winds are blowing in a new direction and
leave it to KarlLagerfeld to take a gossamer couture gown and style
it like Blade Runner’s futuristic replicators. The take-away from this
runway lesson: don’t follow conventional notions of beauty. Haute
Living reveals a Chanel gown and five accessories that give an edge to any
Couture gown, made to order (price
upon request). Chanel, 125 North
Robertson Blvd, Los Angles, CA.
310-278-5505. 1001 State Street,
Santa Barbara, CA. 805-884-9997.
2 Dionea Orsini
Linee Misteriose collection ring
with 18 carat white gold, diamonds
and blue topaz (price upon request)
available at dioneaorcini.com.
Python and calfskin stiletto ($1,195)
and python “Trilogy” clutch
($3,150) Available at Lanvin, 260
North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills,
CA. 310-402-0580. South Coast
Plaza, 3333 Bristol Street, Costa
Mesa CA. 714-706-3240.
5 LOREN’S JEWELS
Champagne pave diamond
earrings with 16.34 ct diamonds
($12,355) available Wilkes
Bashford, 375 Sutter Street, San
Francisco, CA. 415-986-4380.
6 Jill Haber
Python and gold leaf handbag
($2,155) available at jillhaber.com.
7 Manolo Blahnik
“Mielozelas” snakeskin sandal
($1,025) available at barneys.com.
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Couture gown available for special order.
Valentino, 324 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills,
CA. 310-247-0103. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol
Street, Costa Mesa Ca. 714-751-3300.
Journey to Dreams butterfly and mulberry tree
earrings ($14,300). Available at Neiman Marcus,
9700 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA. 310-550-
3 anita ko
3.18 carat rose gold and diamond double-headed
panther ring ($7,560) Available at Neiman
Marcus, 9700 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA.
4 Roberto Coin
Limited edition elephant cuff in 18 carat rose
gold with white and cognac diamonds ($68,000)
available by calling (800) 853-5958.
Metallic pumps with mirrored heel ($1,190)
available at Fendi, 355 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly
Hills Los, CA. 310-276-8888. South Coast Plaza,
3333 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa CA. 714-751-1111.
magine wearing a Valentino couture gown created from the finest
fabrics, tailored to your measurements by a Parisian couturier whose skill level is unmatched. As you
glide through grand salon in the silk faille creation, you feel as if you are walking on air. Creatures big
and small are emblazoned on your skirt as if you are the queen of the forest. Haute Living presents
flora and fauna for your earthly delight.
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SHAKEN NOT STIRRED
t’s not necessary to call attention to yourself.
Keep a low profile and take a tip from James Bond—keep it sleek and
to the point. This timeless black tie ensemble will take you though
years of martini toasts, minus the death-defying car chases.
1 Polo Ralph Lauren
Wool tuxedo ($1, 895) available at Ralph Lauren, 444 North
Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA. 310-281-7200.
2 Ralph Lauren Fine Watchmaking
Large stirrup timepiece in 18 carat rose gold ($25,100)
available at ralphlaurenwatches.com.
Patent leather monk strap shoe ($640) and patent leather
lace-up shoe ($750) available at Gucci, 347 North Rodeo
Drive, Beverly Hills, Ca. 310-278-3451. 240 Stockton Street,
San Francisco, CA. 415-392-2808.
“Altiplano”18 carat rose gold and hematite cuff links.
Available at Piaget Boutique South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol
Street, Costa Mesa, CA. 714-361-2020. Or call 877-8PIAGET.
White cotton formal shirt ($800) and black silk satin bowtie
($200) available at Brioni, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol
Street, Costa Mesa, CA. 714-427-0945.
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ttention all hipsters and creative types!
Luxury doesn’t have to follow convention. Badges of success
finds for the man who doesn’t need to fit in with the fray.
1 King Power Dwyane Wade watch ($25,500). Available at Hublot,
9470 Beverly Hills CA. 310-550-0595. CH Premier, 2855 Stevens
Creek, Blvd #1235, Santa Clara, CA. 408-983-2688.
Cashmere and wool coat with velvet collar ($3,440). Available
at Prada, 8500 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA. 310-228-
1400. 201 Post Street, San Francisco, CA. 415-848-1900.
3 Louis Vuitton
Boots ($1,290) and travel lock-it bag (price upon request),
available at Louis Vuitton, 295 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly
Hills, CA. 310-859-8877. Union Square, 233 Geary Street, San
Francisco, CA. 415-391-6200.
“Tony” messenger bag ($2,145) and wool floral cap ($420).
Available at Marc Jacobs, 8409 Melrose Place, Los Angeles, CA.
323-944-0575. 125 Maiden Lane, San Francisco, CA. 415-362-
5 Jimmy Choo
4 Walcott high-top leather sneaker ($995) available at Jimmy
Choo, 240 north Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA. 310-860-9045.
South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol Street, suite1207, Costa Mesa,