Spey is no stranger to the red carpet. From our home in Washington, DC, we festoon fabulous women in pearls – whether for struts down the red carpet of the Kennedy Center, or for promenades down the red carpet to a delightful event like the Oscars. Of course, we think every day is a good day to wear pearls; they are at once both eternally classic and instantly chic. But an event like the 90th annual Academy Awards simply demands fine pearl jewelry. Take for instance the enchantingly charming Eva Marie Saint who, for her return to the ceremony over 60 years after winning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, chose the luster of pearls.
The year was 1955 and a 9-months pregnant Eva Marie Saint glided to the stage. “I may have the baby right here,” she joked, as she accepted the award for her movie debut in the 1954 Best Picture winner, On the Waterfront. It was a recognition that would ignite her career and propel her to other roles opposite Cary grant in North by Northwest, Paul Newman in Exodus, and Warren Beatty in All Fall Down. She became the iconic Hitchcock femme fatale.
Now 93, the actress is as impressive as ever. Standing out among the leading ladies, who opted for plunging cleavage and thigh-high slits for ‘Instagramable’ moments, Eva Marie Saint looked as flawless and fashionable as ever in a demure leaf-printed look by Landero. Of course, for us at Spey, the pearls stole the show. A triple strand of satiny white pearls interspersed with white gold and diamonds, paired with coordinating South Sea pearl earrings and a double strand of pearls at the wrist – ooh la la! It was a statement in simple elegance and executed flawlessly.
So the next time an event comes along when you simply must look your best (even if you don’t leave with a golden statuette), opt for the quiet luxury of pearls. Timeless brilliance, indeed.
Image: Actor Eva Marie Saint speaks onstage during the 90th annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood. Credit: Kevin Winter, Getty Images.