NEW YORK, Nov 2, 2010 / — Just as the fabled jewelry of the Duchess of Windsor heads to a new auction at Sotheby’s in London on November 30th, leading fashion jewelry company CAROLEE has announced the launch of its “Style Icons” collection for the 2010 Holiday season.
Celebrating the style of four notable women of the 20th and 21st centuries, the collection is inspired by their timeless sense of individuality and fashion. Jackie Kennedy; Eva “Evita” Peron; Wallis Simpson – The Duchess of Windsor; and Michelle Obama have defined fashion for women around the world with their unique sense of style.
The collection features 17 items, including the famous triple- and single-row pearls made popular by Mrs. Kennedy–and updated in the wardrobe of Michelle Obama–and pins and pearls that mirror the fabled pieces worn by the Duchess and Evita.
Jackie Kennedy was the epitome of elegance and grace. Both during and after her time in the White House, she was well known to Americans as a style icon for her constant use of pearls as a wardrobe staple. With the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the Kennedy Administration, as well as a new film, “Jackie,” and television series, “The Kennedys”, CAROLEE commemorates “Jackie O” with a triple row pearl necklace with ornate crystal enclosure – a classic piece that was a favorite of the former first lady.
As Argentina’s First Lady, Eva Peron’s jewelry – flamboyant pins, elaborate necklaces and statement earrings – reflected her glamorous early life as an actress and film star. To commemorate this, CAROLEE honors “Evita”, as she is affectionately known, with a feather brooch reminiscent of the iconic pieces in her personal collection.
Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor, was considered one of the world’s best-dressed women. She had a style all her own centered on her jewels. CAROLEE recreates the jeweled animal brooches and symbolic triple plume pin and cross bracelet for this exquisite collection, given to Wallis by the Duke of Windsor to mark special occasions during their courtship. Such pieces from the Duchess’ jewelry collection are currently on an international tour before they will be auctioned off at Sotheby’s on November 30th.
The fourth style icon is the current First Lady, Michelle Obama, whose classic and confident fashion statements have drawn admiration from women around the world. In February 2007, Mrs. Obama was featured on the cover of Newsweek wearing a CAROLEE 16mm pearl choker.
Since then she has worn this bold necklace in dozens of photos including the iconic image of herself in a purple sheath dress on the night her husband won the Democratic nomination. Carolee has re-released this classic pearl choker, as well as a gold pearl torsade necklace that Mrs. Obama has also been seen wearing, in the “Style Icons” collection.
Available at www.carolee.com and at Bloomingdale’s at 59th St in New York City.