Kate Bosworth and celeb stylist Cher Coulter launch Jewelmint
November, 9, 2010
Kate Bosworth and celebrity stylist Cher Coulter designed their Jewelmint accessory collection to suit all sorts of looks.
You know how it goes: You’ve got a great dress that looks too plain, or a great necklace but can’t find a dress with the right neckline to wear with it.
Actress Kate Bosworth and celebrity stylist Cher Coulter feel your pain — and they did something about it. The friends created a line of contemporary jewelry called JewelMint that aims to suit all sorts of looks.
They’re also trying a new way of shopping: JewelMint is available exclusively online through a monthly $30 subscription, which buys you one piece a month.
“Jewelry is important because it can really make a killer look, or it can kill a look if you look like you’re playing dress-up in your mother’s jewelry,” says Coulter. “Kate and I are looking for a little rock ‘n’ roll.”
The Associated Press asked them to pair some favorite fashion runway looks — all of which have more mass-market equivalents, too — with what they think is the complementary accessory.
—For a red, strapless short cocktail dress from Versace’s Versus collection, Bosworth says she’d choose something with a tough edge to contrast the flirtiness of the frock. A cuff bracelet would be perfect, she decides.
One of her best party looks was from the Vanity Fair post-Oscars party two years ago, when she wore a dress covered in crystals. “There was so much going on with the dress, but at some angles, it just looked like a pretty shift dress. I didn’t want to overwhelm it. … I chose a 1920s Van Cleef (and Arpels) cuff. Even though it was vintage, it seemed modern and contemporary.”
Coulter says a woman who’d wear such an attention-getting dress can pull off a youthful look. She’d prescribe chain-style dangling earrings. The length and movement makes them dressy, the chain — which you’d only see if you were close enough — is the wink, she says.
With any strapless dress, a necklace seems a natural match, but it’s a very obvious choice, notes Coulter.
—Celine’s fall collection included a black leather top-blue wool skirt combination that created a slim sheath silhouette.
“Knowing Celine, I know it’s supposed to be simple but it’s also the perfect place to wear a statement necklace,” says Coulter. Or, she adds quickly, another option would be a low-hanging chain necklace, preferably one that hits just above the bellybutton, which would draw attention to the skirt and its lovely midnight color.
Bosworth chooses JewelMint ‘s Sword Stone ring, which has an abstract gold base and a black stone. The outfit is for someone who is bold, she says, and the ring conveys that. It has a slightly masculine vibe that would offset the very feminine outfit.
—Another favorite Celine look chosen by Bosworth and Coulter is a white, scarf-neck blouse with a black pencil skirt.
Coulter likes the chunky belt buckle worn with it on the runway, but if there’s already one big piece like that, the rest of the jewelry has to work around it, she says.
A brooch, perhaps?
“You have to be cool to pull that off, so the average girl might find it easier to do a bracelet or an earring.”
With the high neck typical of a scarf-style blouse, Bosworth likes the idea of earrings. She’d consider delicate ones that look “straight out of your grandmother’s attic.”
Both Coulter and Bosworth encourage breaking some old-school jewelry “rules,” though. Among them: Metals don’t have to match; expensive jewelry isn’t only for special occasions; and affordable jewelry isn’t junk.
The key here — and with dressing in general — is confidence, they say.
“I know when not to wear something on myself because I wouldn’t feel comfortable in it, but I hate rules and giving out rules to other people because jewelry is so personal,” Bosworth says.