Emmy Red Carpet Style

 

 

Beautiful and funny, these girls are a deadly combination! TV’s funniest actresses stole the Red Carpet with their gorgeous gowns. Our Nina Nguyen Red Carpet Remix will revamp these hilarious yet elegant leading ladies with a Druzylicious™ finish.

KALEY COUCO

 

Kaley Cuoco, of the Big Bang Theory, strutted the Red Carpet in a playful Monique Lhuillier dress with a delicate pink embroidered pattern. As a perfect canvas for color, we would pair up this bold red with the Turquoise Wisdom Necklace and toned down sparkly accents, Nimbus Stud Earrings and Nirvana Ring in White Druzy.

 

SARA HYLAND

 

Modern Family star, Sarah Hyland, glided across the walkway in a Christian Siraiano flowing maxi coral skirt and a white crop top. This simple (but stunning!) outfit is the perfect opportunity to play up with our modern Yantra Earrings and Enlightened Turquoise Ring. To finish it off, the Rinehart Cuff in Black Druzy.

 

 

TAYLOR SCHILLINGS

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series nominee, Taylor Schilling, traded in her orange jumpsuit for a flattering and elegant Zuhair Murad Couture gown. This understated and timeless gown is a stunning match for our Pallas Druzy Bangles and Samsara Sand Druzy Earrings.

 

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Nina Nguyen Featured in INDESIGN April/March 2014

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GOLDEN BEGINNINGS: “I used to help my mother trade gold in our hometown of Pleiku, Vietnam. Every Sunday, my mother would set up her little table, and workers from the nearby river who’d panned for gold would line up to sell my mother the gold they had found. My uncle used to make the beautiful sparkly gold dust into rings. My job was to bike to the market to deliver the gold. The gold rings were fastened on a chain for me to easily disguise under my clothes. This was to evade the communists’ eyes and ears on my parents. Being able to work with my family is a major part of my jewelry designing process today.”

FAVORITE STONES: “Anything that is unique, mineral, fossilized and can’t be found in a traditional jewelry store. Right now, I am obsessed with druzy and geodes.” 

                         Maharani Wisdom Cuff

THE GREATER GOOD: “I think all products should be made in a manner that benefits everyone involved. I would love for my jewelry to help bring this message: That people should always be concerned with where the things they purchase come from, who made them, where the materials came from, how long will it last, and what will become of it when its life is over.”

DESIGN INSPIRATION: “I first experienced wisteria’s allure as a tourist traveling through Tokyo by bicycle. Pedaling a bicycle path completely surrounded by wisteria, I was immediately fascinated by the graceful purple blossoms cascading into view. Wisteria’s enduring beauty and charm will be represented in my spring 2014 collection.”

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CELEBRITY CONNECTION:  “In 2013, Miranda Lambert wore our Audrey earrings in black druzy to the season premiere of THE VOICE. That was such a pleasant surprise! Her stylist contacted my PR firm, so I guess my unique design is being mentioned in the celeb stylist circle.”

STYLE EVOLUTION: “I think my work has evolved as my personal preferences evolved. The styling of my design has changed from having a more modern and minimal look to having a somewhat classic, heirloom look while retaining the composition of a modern material”

STANDING ON PRINCIPLE: “In 2009, my line was represented by a New York showroom. I was dealing with the constant pressure from department stores and buyers to produce cheaper products. I don’t know how I did it, but I walked away from some very large purchase orders to focus on bettering my designs. The biggest achievement of my career was when I learned to stay focused on what I do, who I am, who my audience is and what my brand represents.


Q & A  / Getting Personal with Nina Nguyen

WHAT IS ON YOUR MIND WHEN YOU ARE NOT DESIGNING? “Children of Vietnam project. I plan to bring my experience to assist with raising more funds and bringing awareness to the organization.”
WHAT CAN’T YOU RESIST BUYING WHEN OUT SHOPPING? “Is there a hotline for Shoeaholics Anonymous?”
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE VACATION SPOT AND WHY? “I moved to Boulder, Colorado a year ago. There is so much to do and it is always nice to wake up in my own bed since I am on the road so much.”
IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY OTHER CAREER. WHAT WOULD IT BE? “Eco-handbag or eco-apparel designer. Have you tried to look for eco-clothes? I could see myself taking an interest in this industry.”

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by INDESIGN Magazine 

 

Wisteria: A Whimiscal New Collection By Nina Nguyen Designs

Depending on where you live, you may well know the magical beauty of Wisteria. — It has a sweetly intoxicating fragrance emanating from white, blue, purple or Lilac flowers with cascading petals. And vines that are strong enough to pull down buildings.

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Wisteria flower tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Garden in Kitakyushu, Japan.

Nina Nguyen discovered Wisteria while bicycling around Tokyo in 2005. She was immediately captivated by its vibrant color and delicate, whimsical flowers cascading down.

Nina’s memories of Japan deeply inspired Nina Nguyen Design’s coming Fall 2013 collection, has been she named Wisteria in homage to its wistful color and style.

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The pieces in the collection are both delicate and graceful in design, yet timeless in their beauty. Like the Wisteria vines, which wrap around trees and trellises, the pieces – dubbed ‘necklettes’ – can be wrapped as a bracelet or worn as one-strand or multiple-strand necklaces.

Recently Nina has also collaborated with renowned high-fashion photographer Joanna Kustra to capture the beauty of Wisteria and her other collections in photographs. Nina traveled to London to work with Joanna, and the result of their collaboration is simply mesmerizing.

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As Nina discovered in Tokyo, Wisteria grows plentifully in Japan, where it is seen as a symbol of love and victory over hardship. Wisteria is allowed to grow wild in many places in Japan and can be seen twining up and around through trees, especially in the mountains.

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For Nina, Wisteria symbolizes many of the qualities shared by women around the world – love, grace, honor, strength and passion. It also personifies her own creative expansion, as each of her collections grows organically from her own experiences and interests.

In coming weeks, she’ll share more of her 2014 Wisteria-inspired collection here on the Nina Nguyen Designs blog. Check back soon to see more of Wisteria’s wistful beauty!

MIRANDA LAMBERT ROCKS NINA NGUYEN DESIGNS

MIRANDA LAMBERT ROCKS NINA NGUYEN DESIGNS ON HOLLYWOOD RED CARPET
Earrings from Nina Nguyen Designs added sparkle to the outfit worn by country music star Miranda Lambert at the recent March 20, 2013 season 4 premiere of The Voice.
Lambert donned “Audrey” earrings from Nina Nguyen Design’s 2013 spring and summer line. Lambert paired them with a simple but elegant black dress when she joined her husband, Blake Shelton, at the event on March 20 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Shelton is a coach on The Voice.
Lambert is known for her fashion-forward style, which has been described as glamorous and girlish, but also edgy.
“Miranda is a style icon who is admired by women of all ages for her fashion sense and take-charge attitude,” said Nina. “We are excited that she chose to wear our Audrey earrings, which are fashion-forward in attitude, just like Miranda.”
The Audrey earrings retail for $295 and feature druzy suspended from an oxidized silver frame. Created naturally over millions of years, druzy stones are tiny quartz crystals that form when ground water carries natural minerals across an area of rock and rapidly cools.
Druzy and other earth-conscious materials are showcased in Nguyen’s spring and summer 2013 line. Many of the pieces include fossilized and mineralized stones that slowly develop through natural processes. Nguyen’s favorite raw materials are geodes, stalactites and fossilized ammonites.
Each piece is designed by Nina in her Colorado studio and expertly handcrafted at Nina Nguyen Studio, her women’s cooperative in Vietnam. Nguyen’s creations are sold at jewelry stores and boutiques in more than 30 states and internationally, and have been featured in Lucky, Shape and The Knot, and on ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today show.
For more information or to locate a Nina Nguyen Designs retailer, visit http://www.nina-nguyen.com. Earrings are available for purchase on line at Brownlee Jewelers, a Nina Nguyen Retailer. View images of Miranda wearing the earrings on wireimage.com.
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Apart from supporting her husband at his show’s season debut, Miranda has an impressive resume of her own. She gained famed when she became a finalist on Nashville Star and then signed to a major record company- where she immediately released three Top 20 hits. Since 2001 Miranda has release 5 albums and won multiple awards including most recently Country Music Association (CMA) 2012 Female Vocalist of the Year.

Recent Awards:
 “Over You”
2012 American Country Awards Music Video by a Female Artist / 2012 American Country Awards Single by a Female Artist / 2012 CMA Awards Song of the Year
2012 CMT Female Video of the Year / 2012 Academy of Country Music Female Video of the Year
2012 Academy of Country Album of the Year- Four the Record
2012 Academy of Country Album of the Year Female Vocalist of the Year

When she is not wowing the crowd with her relatable and powerful music, Miranda with her fashion forward style, is a fashion icon. On February 21 2013, Miranda appeared as a guest on Project Runaway; where competitors were challenged to design her both a show stopping performance look and a red carpet look. Her fashion forward style makes her the perfect match for Nina Nguyen! We love that our bold jewelry is perfect for her powerful and independent personality!

Blogger Spotlight: Featuring Afrobella

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Nina Nguyen Designs is shining the blogger spotlight this month on Afrobella

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 Since 2006 Afrobella has been one of the country’s leading fashion, beauty and lifestyle bloggers with a loyal readership and a fan base that includes celebrities and influencers. Afrobella®, also known as Patrice Grell Yursik is a reformed tomboy from Trinidad who now lives in downtown Chicago. When she was eight years old, she helped out behind the counter at a busy perfume and cosmetics store during the holiday season. That magical experience sparked a lifelong obsession with beauty products and fashion accessories and the women who buy them.

Known for representing ethnic beauty and encouraging individuality and unique, personal style,  Afrobella regularly showcases amazing fashion finds, tastemaker interviews, star-studded event coverage and much more. Her blog is a continual celebration of women all shades of beautiful and her readers are enlightening, entertaining, intelligent and glamorous, friendly, fabulous and fun. If you love the skin that you’re in, if you enjoy learning about different cultures, if you have an obsession with makeup and fashion and all things fabulous — then Afrobella is the blog for you.seafoam necklace2

Afrobella’s Fave: Seafoam Ammonite & Ruby Necklace ($395) 

Afrobella is a longtime fan of Nina Nguyen jewelry and has worn her pieces on the red carpet and all over the world.  We asked Afrobella to choose her favorite piece of jewelry from Nina’s current collection and to share why she loved it.  Here is what she said, “I’m fascinated by history and jewelry with meaning and I love the way Nina has used ammonite in her jewelry. The fossils of these extinct marine invertebrates, juxtaposed with rubies makes this necklace one worth treasuring. It’s a conversation piece, and it’s stunningly beautiful.”  Explore www.afrobella.com for the latest in beauty, fashion and fabulous living.

Celebrity Style Profile: Blake Lively

from Lively’s Marie Claire photoshoot

While Blake Lively is certainly no exception to the celebrity privilege of having designer clothing, her ability to take the pieces and style them in a unique, fashion-forward manner makes her a true style icon. Her refreshing take on wardrobe ensembles is also enhanced by her easy-going, confident persona, healthy-looking body, and her signature tousled blond beach waves. Here are some of our favorite street style and Red Carpet looks that Ms. Lively has sported as of late.

Diesel Jeans, Diesel Leather Jacket, Frye Boots, Theodora & Callum Scarf, Givenchy Bag

When not on set, Lively keeps it cool and urban-chic. Her thick scarf, oversized bag, and bomber jacket are a perfect complement to her fitted jeans and boots. Her nude make-up and barely-done hair complete this grunge-inspired city look. Once the scarf is off, Nina Nguyen’s Bella Necklace in brown druzy would be a perfect finishing touch.

Lanvin Suit, Lanvin Necklace

For her appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Blake chose this chic Lanvin suit and necklace. The boldness of the suit and necklace call for simple hair, make-up and shoes. Lively styled herself accordingly, looking stylish while casual enough for the late night comedy show. Nina Nguyen’s Perdita geode earrings would be a great way to finish this emsemble.

2009 Emmys. Versace dress.

For the 2009 Emmy Awards, Lively stunned everyone in this dramatic red Versace gown. With the plunging neckline and high-cut slit, Lively chose a simple diamond cuff, studs, nude shoes, and a neat braid. This look exemplifies Lively’s impeccable ability to wear sexy, eye-catching pieces without looking overtly sexual or tacky. The more dramatic the garment, the simpler the accessories and hair should be. A bold ring like Nina Nguyen’s Amelia white druzy ring would also work well with this Red Carpet look.

LA Savages premier. Zuhair Murad dress.

In one of her most exciting and memorable looks to date, Lively sported this glamorous Zuhair Murad dress. The black accents that match her curves play up the Old Hollywood glamour vibe she channeled with her red lips and voluminous curls. With few accessories and a neutral palette, Lively again struck the perfect balance between sexy, chic, classic and fashion-forward. If you plan on mimicking this glamorous look at home (maybe with a less dramatic dress), try Nina Nguyen’s subtle Nimbus studs in black druzy.

Which celebrities do you find the most inspiring?

Britt’s Pick: Nina Nguyen’s Nebula’s Eye

Welcome to Britt’s Pick, a weekly feature on my blog, On Your Market. Each Tuesday, I’ll select an eye-catching piece from JCK Marketplace and tell you a bit about it. Of course, with jewels this beautiful, the pictures do most of the talking.

Nina Nguyen Nebula Eye pendant

Nina Nguyen’s lively Nebula’s Eye necklace is just the thing we need to take us through the dog days of summer into fall. The deep purple of the stalactite centerpiece is an eye-catcher, along with its natural gradient pattern and designer-added golden border that hugs the stone in all the right places. And the detail doesn’t end there—the rock hangs from a 32-inch gold-dipped chain, decorated with beaded accents. The out-of-this-world detail—along with a reasonable price tag—makes this necklace an obvious choice for jewelry lovers and fashionistas all year long.

-Britt Siminitz
JCK Marketplace Manager 

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