1970s It Girl Marisa Berenson Is Bold and Beautiful in Bulgari Gold

Marisa Berenson—dubbed “the girl of the ’70s” by Yves Saint Laurent—proves that yellow gold never goes out of style


Can there be a more glamorous time for fashion and jewelry than the late ’60s/early ’70s? Fashion was subversive, skintight, and bursting with exotic flourishes like turbans, colorful maquillage, and piles of yellow gold. In this photo­graph for Vogue in 1969, Marisa Berenson wears a silky blouse by Capucci, dramatic blue Elizabeth Arden eye shadow, and a rust head wrap atop luscious loose curls. But it is her hardware that demands our undivided attention: iconic gold Bulgari Serpenti rings on both hands, and layers upon layers of gold Bulgari necklaces. The model spent her youth jet-setting around the world, often at the behest of Vogue editor Diana Vreeland. One of Berenson’s favorite memories is hanging out with the Beatles at an ashram in Rishikesh, India. Little doubt those Eastern locales influenced her style. Reflecting on this particular look, Berenson, now 70, breaks it down simply for JCK: “More is more.” 

(Gian Paolo Barbieri/Getty)

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