There is plenty to discuss about this weekend’s 45th annual American Music Awards, hosted by the delightful Tracee Ellis Ross. From P!nk’s gravity- and sanity-defying performance on the side of the Marriott hotel, to the incredible musical tributes given throughout the evening, the AMAs were the must-see program on television (or viewed live, should you have landed one of the few coveted tickets to the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California). But from the moment she stepped onto the red carpet, there was one woman who stole the show for Spey: the flawlessly chic Kelly Rowland.
Mrs. Rowland floated onto the red carpet in a gorgeous Galia Lahav velvet gown that descended via a beaded brocade, sheer sleeves, and thigh-high slit to a pair of classic Jimmy Choo’s. Stylist Ade Samuel, who worked collaboratively with Mrs. Rowland on the look, deliciously paired the warm textiles and colors of autumn with a light and airy styling befitting Southern California and the singer’s own effervescent spirit. The crowning accessory? Those geometric, plunging-to-the-shoulder, gold and pearl earrings.
Of course, pearls feel right at home on the red carpet. They are at once both effortlessly elegant and contemporary, which gives a stylist a great range of looks and expressions with which to experiment. Whether paired with denim or silk, pearls are always appropriate. At the AMAs, the brilliant luster of the pearls bounced playfully off Mrs. Rowland’s “evening nude” makeup and enhanced her beautifully chiseled physiognomy, while the quivering gold chain added movement to counterbalance the weight of the gown. Brava, indeed.
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No matter the occasion, from the Oscars and Emmys on the West Coast to the Met Gala and Correspondents’ Dinner in the East, red carpets are simply bubbling with fabulous pearls and pearl jewelry. We at Spey look forward with great expectation to that next gasp! moment, when one of Hollywood’s jeunesse dorée emerges to the shutter flash of cameras wearing that most fabulous of gems, the lustrous pearl.