The April 25 Academy Awards were a more intimate affair, but there were diamonds aplenty
If this custom electric-yellow Valentino gown gave you Cher flashbacks, you weren’t alone. Zendaya’s longtime stylist Law Roach confirmed that they were inspired by a similarly hued Bob Mackie design from the 1970s. (The actress even wore her waist-length hair with a Cher-esque middle part.) A Bulgari brand ambassador, Zendaya (top) was decked out in more than $6 million worth of jewels. Among her 183.3 carats of yellow and white diamonds: a transformable necklace with two diamond collars and a removable brooch and tassel.
High Jewelry necklace in platinum with 6 ct. cushion-cut fancy vivid yellow diamond, 18.18 cts. t.w. diamonds, 49.3 cts. t.w. fancy-shape step-cut diamonds, and 61.5 cts. t.w. round brilliant-cut diamonds and pavé-set diamonds; price on request; Bulgari
36-inch Regatta convertible necklace with 27 cts. t.w. diamonds in 18k gold, $112,000; Starburst drop necklace with 16 cts. t.w. diamonds in 18k gold, $150,000; Maria Canale; firstname.lastname@example.org; mariacanale.com
While everyone else was fussing over the belt on Witherspoon’s ombré-red Dior gown, we were agog over the $3 million in drop-dead gorgeous art deco–style Bulgari jewels, including a one-of-a-kind onyx, akoya pearl, and diamond bracelet; two platinum, ruby, and diamond rings; and onyx and diamond drop earrings. (For the record: We are pro-belt.)
White gold high jewelry earrings with onyx, 6.47 cts. t.w. square emerald-cut diamonds, 2.65 cts. t.w. pear brilliant diamonds, 1.44 cts. t.w. square emerald-cut diamonds, and 1.1 cts. t.w. round brilliant-cut and pavé diamonds; price on request; Bulgari
Geometric Ear Dusters with onyx, rubellite, and diamonds in 18k white gold and platinum; $36,000; Mindi Mond New York; email@example.com; mindimondny.com
A best actress nominee for her turn as the legendary blues singer in The United States vs. Billie Holiday (her feature film debut!), Day stunned in a gold mesh Vera Wang Haute gown crafted of actual metal and $2 million in Tiffany & Co. diamonds, including a brilliant mix of Schlumberger and Tiffany T rings and a traffic-stopping Schlumberger diamond link bracelet. Side note: What’s with all the midriff-baring couture? Did no one in Hollywood gain any weight during quarantine?
Schlumberger Cooper bracelet in platinum and 18k yellow gold with diamonds; $135,000; Tiffany & Co.
Chain bracelet with 18 cts. t.w. diamonds in 18k gold and platinum; $145,000; David Webb; 212-421-3030; davidwebb.com
On this year’s telecast, Bassett provided an appropriately somber introduction to the In Memoriam segment. But on the red carpet, she offered one of the most playful looks of the night in a gorgeous puff-sleeved Alberta Ferretti confection, a lip-shaped Judith Lieber clutch, and fiery Chopard ruby and diamond jewels. Also, we can’t be the only ones wondering…does this woman ever age? What is her secret? And where can we get our hands on whatever kind of moisturizer she’s using?
Haute Joaillerie earrings with 28.19 cts. t.w. rubies and 9.54 cts. t.w. diamonds in 18k white gold; price on request; Chopard
Devmani earrings with 35.3 cts. t.w. rubies and 2.52 cts. t.w. diamonds in vermeil and rhodium-plated sterling silver; $3,500; Modern Moghul; 361-239-8799; modernmoghul.com
Zendaya wasn’t the only young artist paying tribute to a trailblazing musician/fashion icon on Oscar night: H.E.R.—who took home a trophy for best original song for “Fight for You” from Judas and the Black Messiah—donned a beaded purple Dundas jumpsuit inspired by an Academy Awards ensemble worn by Prince. (The Purple One wore a similar caped and hooded ensemble in his signature shade when he won for his Purple Rain score in 1985.) Lending additional sparkle to H.E.R.’s winning look: earrings and multiple rings by Chopard.
Precious Lace ring with 3.93 ct. round sapphire, 13.99 cts. t.w. diamonds, and 6.91 cts. t.w. sapphires in 18k white gold; price on request; Chopard
Platinum ring with 8.88 cts. t.w. sapphires and 2.74 cts. t.w. diamonds; $102,000; Cicada Jewelry; firstname.lastname@example.org; cicadajewelry.com
(Zendaya: Matt Sayles/A.M.P.A.S.; Day, Witherspoon, Bassett, and H.E.R.: Matt Petit/A.M.P.A.S.; Schlumberger bracelet: Tiffany & Co.)