Spring & Summer Runway Hits

Written by Sher Matsen

Celebrities have been choosing their favourite catwalk fashions forrepparttar read carpet. Check outrepparttar 148431 designer collections for this season and what some ofrepparttar 148432 stars have already chosen:

The Chloe collection usesrepparttar 148433 aesthetics of vintage mixed with her own style. Milla Jovoch and Kate Hudson are two stars that have chosen fromrepparttar 148434 Chloe collection.

The Lanvin collection was designed withrepparttar 148435 stars in mind. It's glamourous and perfect forrepparttar 148436 female stars.

The Balenciaga collection is a very wearable collection, adding comfort to fashion. Actresses wearing this collection will be fashionable but not over done.

The Proenz Schouler collection is full of beautiful prints, with a fabulous chiffon gowns. This is definately a Nicole Kidman type of gown and you just might see her wearing one onrepparttar 148437 red carpet.

The Ralph Lauren spring collection is ultra feminine. Their satin evening gown collection hints of old hollywood and will make a perfect red carpet addition.

The Rochas collection is elegant and flattering but demure. Audrey Hepburn would certainly be pleased with this collection.

The Aruthur Mendonca collection is simple and elegant with lots of great color choices.

The Temperley London collection has a romantic vintage feel with great colors such as lavender and aqua. They'd be great choices for Renee Zellwger or Nicole Kidman.

The Michael Kors collection is very versatile forrepparttar 148438 vacationer. It also included gowns with beaded bodices - drop dead gorgeous! Jennifer Lopez chose a Kors gown forrepparttar 148439 red carpet.

The Carolina Herrera collection is truly a collection with women in mind. Fantastic color choices, terrific event dresses. Definately a choice Sarah Jessica Parker would make.

The Stephen Burrows collection is all about vibrant color. Vivica Fox recently purchased one of his mini dresses.

The Oscar de la Renta collection is strictly forrepparttar 148440 stars. His designs let you have it all. A perfect Kate Bosworth choice.

The Glitter Of Rhinestones Past & Present

Written by Sher Matsen

Rhinestones have a glittering past. Originally rhinestones where referred to Czechoslovakian or Bohemian glass dating as far back asrepparttar 13th century in Bohemia andrepparttar 148430 Czech Republic. Both have a history steeped in beautiful hand blown glass as well as molded and cut glass. By 1918 glass was no longer limited to functional items. Czechoslovakian glass began to make its appearance in dazzling and brilliant jewelry. This Czech glass became known as rhinestones.

Rhinestones were manmade gems from highly refined glass. By using various metalsrepparttar 148431 glass was colored torepparttar 148432 desired shade. It was then pressed into molds. Each stone was then ground and polished by machine, resulting in a brilliant glass stone. Oftenrepparttar 148433 stones were foiled onrepparttar 148434 back which increased their brilliance.

Today,repparttar 148435 same refining process is still used. You will often here rhinestones referred to as paste. Originally paste was referred to a glass stone that made of ground glass which was molded and then melted, producing an opaque dense glass frosted stone. Paste had many air bubbles and swirl marks. The high lead content glass was then polished and faceted, and set on either copper or silver resulting in a brilliant stone. Todayrepparttar 148436 term paste usually refers to rhinestones. In Europe rhinestones are often referred to as paste, strass, and diamante. Austria is another area with a history in rhinestone production. In 1891 Daniel Swarovski created a new glass cutting machine which quite literally revolutionizedrepparttar 148437 jewelry business.

This machine could cut faceted glass, producing finely finished product in a very short time. Prior to this invention it would take a very long time for each stone to be hand cut and finished. Swarovski’s background in glass making, combined with his glass cutting machine soon found him producing rhinestones with a lead content of over 30%. The brilliance of these rhinestones was superior to anything seen onrepparttar 148438 market. Swarovski wasn’t content with his invention andrepparttar 148439 best rhinestones ever seen. His next invention was once again transforming torepparttar 148440 jewelry industry. He created a vacuum plating forrepparttar 148441 backs ofrepparttar 148442 stones with silver and gold, reducingrepparttar 148443 need for hand labor. Still today Swarovski rhinestones are recognized asrepparttar 148444 highest quality inrepparttar 148445 industry. Over 80% of rhinestone jewelry manufactured in America use Swarovski rhinestones.

Rhinestones have played an important role in costume jewelry for hundreds of years. It is used to enhance and accent, and sometimes rhinestones will providerepparttar 148446 entire design. Duringrepparttar 148447 Victorian period common motifs for jewelry included snakes, flowers, and hands most often adorned with rhinestones.

The 1890s were a time for extravagant jewelry heavily adorned with rhinestones. As time moved forward designs became simpler with figural shapes once again making their fashion statement. However this time they were small and more elegant with small rhinestone accents.

Duringrepparttar 148448 Edwardian period extravagance had made a comeback with diamonds and pearls beingrepparttar 148449 focal point. Once again rhinestones were in heavy use, often used to imitaterepparttar 148450 real thing.

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