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.

 

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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Wisteria Melody Necklette

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 is Blooming in Nina Nguyen’s Newest Collection

8424 Hi ResWhile winter snow is still falling, Nina Nguyen Designs is already in bloom with the new Spring 2014 collection “Wisteria”.

With its vibrant hues couples with delicate whites and earthy greens, the Wisteria Collection manages to capture the romance and whimsy of its namesake’s flowers.

Nina first experienced Wisteria’s allure as a tourist, traveling through Tokyo by bicycle. Pedaling through a path completely surrounded with Wisteria, Nina was immediately fascinated with the graceful purple blossoms cascading into view. In her Spring 2014 collection, Nina celebrates Wisteria’s enduring beauty and charm.

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Just six of the many ways to wear Wisteria

Inspired by the flower, Nina crafted a timeless hybrid between a necklace and a bracelet – called a Necklette – that can be worn to match the wearer’s style and mood. Nina’s Necklette is incredibly versatile, whether worn as one long strand, double wrapped as a necklace, or wound around the wrist as a bracelet. The beads in the strands are made of variety of natural stones, including Amethyst, Moonstone, Green Agate, Blue Lapis and Chrysoprase.

Like Wisteria vine, Nina’s Necklettes can be wound and woven for a formal look or casually draped for a completely different feel. In addition to the wistful climbing ‘vine’ Necklettes, Nina’s spectacular Druzy Enhancers drape like wisteria’s vivid blossoms.

The druzy stones used in Nina’s Enhancers are formed naturally, over millions of years, as quartz crystals inside or on top of other stones. Complimenting the varied colors of Wisteria, the Enhancers come in 4 shades with fun names like Kyoto Blush and Tokyo at Midnight. The Enhancers are designed to be paired with a Necklette, whether worn as a necklace or a bracelet.

The result is a collection that is timeless in its appeal, with pieces that can be worn season after season, and evolve to remain always fashion-forward.

Read the Press Release 

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!

Statement Bracelets

With every collection season, there is usually one theme running rampant on the catwalks.  For the fashion world, Spring / Summer 2013 was all about eccentricity – bold stripes, eclectic graphics and folksy tribal prints were called to front of the class.  And with those trends came the ultimate complementary statement pieces – crystal and gem jewelry.

Designers paired their runway looks with eye-catching bracelets. Armani‘s catwalk outfit was finished with a striking bold cuff, while Hermes accessorized with multiple stylish stackables. The result was a minimal, but refined elegance, a juxtaposition that embraced the charm of semi-precious stones and injected a much needed dose of sophistication into the jewelry collections.

While everything we spotted was glamorous and gorgeous, there are standout pieces in particular that we simply couldn’t take our eyes off – striking bold bracelets and cuffs, in a virtually every shape, color and size. Whether boldly oversized or stylishly understated, one thing is for certain, adding a chic bracelet will transform any look, especially for Spring.

These Bamboo cuff  and stackable bracelets from Nina Nguyen feature beautiful stones accented by 22k Gold or Silver.  They are incredibly trendy and offer loads of options on different ways to style them. Here’s a look at our favorite styles from the catwalks and tips on how to recreate these runway looks.

The Statement Cuff

Make a bold statement by wearing a bracelet on its own as a simple cuff or stack a few together to create a layered look.

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The Stackable Bracelet

These stackable bracelets are not only supremely stylish, but they are also extremely versatile. Wear them over gloves, a la Miu Miu, or pair them with more!

HEREMES SPRING 2013

 

Meet Nina… Nina’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

For our newest Meet Nina, we decided to choose a fitting topic for February.  Nina created the perfect gift list for your loved ones this Valentine’s Day. With these picks, love is in the air!
Top Three Picks To Buy Your Gal
Women love the simple things in life, and with Valentine’s Day what better way to say “I love you” than with a classic gift. Nina chose the perfect gifts for the lovely lady in your life.  
1. Flowers & Chocolate: With flowers, you can’t go wrong with Roses, but Hellebore and Lilies are original alternatives. And what are flowers without chocolate? But go for quality over quantity here – we love local, so Chocolove, made right here in Boulder is our choice.
2. Name A Star: Your lady is special, make her smile shine bright and name a star after your sweetie! You can check out how to do so through Star Namer.
3. Jewelry: You can never go wrong with a beautiful piece of jewelry.  Make the most out of this opportunity and get her something unique. What’s a better gift then the Nina Nguyen Divine Lotus Bracelet!  Available in 9 colors, this bracelet adds the perfect amount of sparkle to any day or night date.
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Top Three Picks To Buy Your Guy
When it comes to the man in your life, you want to make him feel special and loved.  Nina went to her husband for the best gifts for that prince charming in your life.
1. Music Man: Bose Quiet Comfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones are a perfect gift for the musician in your life. Whether it’s on a plane or in his office, these headphones are sure to give him his relaxation time.  Music makes the moment right!
2. Hard Working Man: Noah’s Mill Bourbon is a great gift for the man in your life who needs a little relaxing time. This award winning whiskey part of a distillery tradition started in Kentucky shortly after the civil war.
3. Kid at Heart: Surprise him with a trip to his own lesson in flying. Private airplane lessons are great for the man who enjoys adventure! Depending on your location, these lessons would run between $200-$300 at any municipal airport.
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55th Annual Grammy Awards Celebrity Remix

Last night marked the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, and we are excited to bring you the red carpet rundown.  Known as “music’s biggest night”, the greatest stars walked the red carpet before the ceremony to show off their Grammy style. 

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Taylor Swift is known for her girl next door attitude and always flawless look.  Dressed in a stunning J. Mendel gown, Swift brought a romantic grecian look to the Grammys.  Her go-to sparkly asthetic has resaulted in yet another stunning, sultry ensemble. With the high silver neckline and beautifully flowing white silk we chose the Nina Nguyen Cephied Earrings to compliment this goddess like style.
 
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Adding another goddess to our list is the always stunning Rhianna, making a show stopping appearance in a beautiful sheer Azzedine Alaia dress.  From the structured bodice to the dramatic train, her beautiful crimson gown was a highlight at the awards show.  The lovely color of her dress made our choice of the Nina Nguyen Divine Lotus Bracelet a simple one for gaining that red carpet rock star look.
 
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Jennifer Lopez showed some skin in her elegant Anthony Vaccarello gown, her one shoulder thigh-high gown made her look sexy and sophisticated.  Jennifer always makes an entrance with her bold fashion statements, so she would rock the Nina Nguyen Lennox Ring to compliment the dark sultry look.