To bridge the gap between runway fashion and fine jewellery, bridal-fashion jewellery specialist Gabriel & Co has created a ‘Designer Flash’ series.
The latest of these celebrates the work of Mark Badgley and James Mischka, who have created dazzling outfits for Kate Winslet, Taylor Swift, Brooke Shields, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Garner, the Duchess of Sussex and Helen Mirren during 30 years devoted to glamour. The range demonstrates how fine jewellery can also be used as everyday jewellery.
The secret to Badgley Mischka’s success is simple: “We don’t try to be everything to everybody,” the two designers explain. “We put glamour and elegance at the forefront of everything we do. Trends come and go but beautiful clothes that make women feel confident and wonderful are the reason why we are still here.”
Badgley and Mischka were immediately taken when they first saw Gabriel & Co’s options to match their sophisticated and elegant dress styles.
“They’re just perfect, so clean and well-crafted,” said Badgley, holding a Kaslique diamond shard necklace up against the bodice of a form-fitting Aegean blue gown with a ruffled hem. “It makes a statement without being overpowering. The right jewellery shouldn’t fight a dress for attention. It strikes a balance. And this piece is just right.”
Whether stacking layering rings and necklaces to create a standout look or pairing simple studs and bangles for a sophisticated amalgamation that can be worn for years to come, the designers believe Gabriel & Co’s range offers versatility as well as style.
“That was music to my ears,” recalls Hal Rubenstein, Gabriel & Co’s global style director. “Our desire to create jewellery that is eye-catching yet relatable, dramatic but demure is exactly why Gabriel & Co created its thriving Fine Jewellery Everyday Collection.
“Mark and James’s work recalls the Golden Age of Hollywood when every woman looked her best and every man wanted to sweep them off their feet. The fact that our jewellery works as perfectly with a red carpet-worthy gown as it does with the turtleneck and jeans the model wore to our shoot, makes this Badgley Mischka Designer Flash a Christmas present to ourselves.”
The complete Designer Flash Series collection brings designers from all walks of life and style together to showcase Gabriel & Co’s range. Each designer-dedicated web page features four parts: a written interview; the designer’s selection of five new jewels from Gabriel & Co, along with a statement on each piece; a podcast; and a #GabrielNY section, which highlights each piece that the designers used to style the model in the on-page photos.
Past installments have highlighted legendary brands such as Nicole Miller, Norma Kamali and Tommy Hilfiger. Next month’s Designer Flash will feature another red-carpet favourite, Zuhair Murad.