I love the post-Oscars analysis. Of course the winners and speeches element is fascinating, but the real drama happens out on the red carpet as starlets and grandes dames alike try to communicate their personalities and taste levels via the medium of fabric and stitching.
For obvious reasons, this year my attentions were drawn away from tulle, lace and tailoring to what dangled from earlobes, adorned wrists and sparkled on fingers.
Which meant I also noticed how little the jewellery and watches were spoken about in the press. Every year journalists and commentators rake over exactly what people are wearing down to the minutiae, but completely ignore the gobstopper ring or seriously complicated watch.
This year, for example, Robert Downey Jr was wearing a Midnight in Paris watch by Van Cleef & Arpels. This watch is set with 96 baguette diamonds and could be considered a rather interesting choice for a man who, albeit in his role as Tony Stark in Iron Man 2, asked his secretary to “pass [him] the Jaeger”.
Livia Firth, who was using the red carpet to make a statement about eco-fashion, was wearing jewellery designed by Anna Loucah in collaboration with Cred and made from the recently certified fairtrade, fairmined gold but that barely garnered three sentences. And those are just a few noteworthy examples. The little reporting that was done on the jewellery and watches
centred on which brand and how much.
As much effort, craftsmanship and design ethos goes into creating those pieces of jewellery and watches as into the clothes, so why are they relegated to second thoughts, mere accessories?
And I’m not even sure where to apportion blame in order to change this? Do designers and brands just give journalists what they want - price and basic description - because that’s what they ask for or do journos only ask for this because of their lack of understanding about what goes into some of these pieces and designers don’t volunteer that information because they
think the writers are not interested?
What is certain is jewellery and watches need to start taking more of a centre stage at these events. And not just because of how much it costs.