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 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.




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.




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


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.”

Wisteria Melody Necklette

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.”

Inside Spread

by INDESIGN Magazine 


Haute Couture: Halloween Costumes or Pieces of Art?

For decades people have misconstrued and misused the term “Haute Couture.” At the mere mention of this fancy sounding French word, most think of anything bizarre or “high fashion,” including the Ready-To-Wear looks that frequent just about every runway show. In reality haute couture is a highly guarded, important part of French culture. Directly translated, the word pairing means “high sewing” or “high dress-making.” In more elaborate terms, it refers to the creation of exclusive, hand-made fashions commissioned as custom pieces in fashion capitals like Paris, Milan, New York, and London. To be considering a part of this coveted club, a fashion house must be approved by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris. The strict boundaries surrounding haute couture ensure that the pieces sauntering down runways under the coveted “haute couture” title maintain a high level of artistic integrity.

Try to think of those “weird” haute couture looks you see as museum pieces rather than judging them next to your favorite dress from Bloomindales. The intensity of labor that goes into them is astonishing, as is the architectural design that goes into every masterpiece. Strange as they might look, haute couture pieces just need a different perspective and an open mind, no matter how dramatic or edgy they might be. Below are some of the most incredible examples of haute couture from the past decade.

The late Alexander McQueen is still renowned for his breath-taking designs. The number of new shapes and feelings he can emote in a single garment have yet to be matched by most designers and may never will. The “Savage Beauty” exhibit pictured above now rests in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. After McQueen’s passing, Sarah Burton took over as lead designer.

Givenchy is another household name when it comes to haute couture. With a style all their own, Givenchy’s couture designs harbor tones reminiscent of the royal ages in Europe with ornate embellishments and rich tones. A number of Givenchy haute couture designs have made their way onto the red carpet; the gown to the left was chosen by Zoe Saldana for the Academy awards two years ago.

Perhaps one of the newest big names in haute couture is Iris van Herpen. With collections almost entirely in neutrals, van Herpen relies on the immensely intricate structures in her clothing. Many of her designs have a dark mood to them and are hauntingly beautiful.

And now for the edgiest of the edgy: Gareth Pugh. With inhuman shapes and faceless models, Pugh pushes the boundaries of what is conventional for the most unconventional facet of fashion. Many of his designs are reminiscent of Edward Scissor Hands, zombies, and the stuff of nightmares. Despite the frightening inspirations for his garments, he maintains an innately artistic touch. And, though he pushes every limit in fashion, he does so without looking like he is trying too hard.

Now that you have the scoop on haute couture, what is your verdict? Halloween-costume worthy? Or magnificent masterpieces?

Kelly Osbourne’s Incredible Style Evolution

While most can agree that they once had a rough styling phase (middle school, high school , those experimental college years), there are few who can say that they have come as far as Kelly Osbourne. The “Princess of Darkness” used to channel that in a much more literal sense, with grungy, “rock ‘n roll” outfits and a number of visible tattoos that were always paired with extreme hairdos and no smile. These days, that very same girl is a host on E!’s Fashion Police. While her styling, demeanor, and body have changed dramatically, she has maintained the characteristic sass with which she has always been associated. She now gravitates towards vintage, often pinup inspired looks that retain her personality, yet do so in a more sophisticated manner. Here is a small sampling of her style evolution over the years.

During her 2002 performance for “Top of the Pops” Kelly sported some self-decorated cargos and Vans slip-ons, a torn shirt, and equally disheveled hair.

For the 2003 MTV Music Awards, Kelly channeled her “Princess of Darkness” namesake by pairing a tiara with died black hair, severe red lips, a lingerie-inspired frock, and zip up jacket.

The 2005 Brit Awards brought out Osbourne’s girlier side as she donned a coral dress, pinup-style cardigan, and hot pink heels.

Kelly’s look for the 2006 Ray-Ban Wayfarer Uncut Sessions in London was a little more classic, with an all-black palette, Ray-Ban Wayfarer shades, timeless double-breasted coat, and statement leopard print bag.

In a lovely turn of events, Kelly sported this vintage-inspired dress and heels for the 2008 Pop Awards in London.

While out and about in Beverly Hills in 2009 Kelly kept it chic, classic, and characteristically British with a richly-colored trench, sheer tights, and Burberry scarf.

For this LA bash in 2010 Kelly found an appropriate balance between sexy, edgy, and fun, pairing a sleek leather mini dress with bubblegum pink lips, simple accessories, and a chic updo.

At the 2010 Emmy Awards, Ms. Osbourne chose a form-fitting Tony Ward dress, showcasing her amazing new body and taste in fashion.

This all-black, perfectly tailored garment was perfect for the 2011 pre-Grammy Gala.

For this year’s Emmys, Kelly chose this lavender Zac Posen gown. She paired it with black leather clutch, black diamond (literally) manicure, and bold berry-colored lips.

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?

Recap: The 64th Annual Emmy Awards

This year’s Primetime Emmy Awards boasted a stunning collection of red carpet looks, with bold colors and dazzling gems. Despite the cooler fall and winter months to come, many of the ladies at the 64th Emmy Awards chose hues more reminiscent of spring. Below are some of our favorite jewelry choices from the evening and their Nina Nguyen counterparts. Just add them to your favorite evening gown, heels and a glamorous updo, and you will be red carpet ready!

Ashley Judd + Marcy White Druzy Earrings

Ashley Judd chose to pair a dramatic fuschia dress with an equally dramatic updo. Her two-stone earrings were bold enough to stand out against her look, yet tame enough not to throw it off balance. Nina Nguyen’s Marcy Druzy earrings share similar features with this star’s chosen pieces and look chic with almost any dress.

Jessica Pare + Bombay White Druzy Earrings

Jessica Pare channeled old Hollywood glamour with her look. Her slender earrings remind us of the Nina Nguyen Bombay earring. Pair these dainty earrings with your favorite feminine garments and soft curls.

Julianna Marguiles + Bella Stalactite Earrings

Julianna Marguiles added a pop of color with the rich purple and gold shades of her accessories. Pair Nina Nguyen Bella Stalactite earrings with a sleek hairdo and few other accessories as Marguiles did.

Anna Chlumsky + Bella White Druzy Earrings

Anna Chlumsky kept it simple and glamorous with her drop earrings. To get this look at home try wearing Nina Nguyen’s  Bella White Druzy earrings with a relaxed bun.

The balance of accessories on this year’s red carpet was nearly flawless. Neither gem, nor dress, nor hairstyle seemed to completely overwhelm the other features of each celebrity look. Most starlets seemed to opt for ensembles that included earrings and a bare neck, showcasing the collarbone area and elongating the neck. We love this elegant, classic look. What do you think of this more understated trend in accessorizing? Is less really more?

To find out more about the nominees, the winners, and the red carpet, visit the Emmy’s official website.

SHAPE Magazine

Nina Nguyen Designs Delicacy Rings were featured in the June 2012 issue of SHAPE MAGAZINE.  Star of the new movie “Rock of Ages” Malin Akerman is seen wearing four Delicacy Rings in Peridot, Citrine, Moonstone, and Pink Topaz for her SHAPE cover photo shoot.