The red carpet is one of the hottest sources of inspiration in the fashion world, whether you’re planning on actually walking a red carpet yourself or merely adapting the looks to the street. Whatever the case, there are three major rules of red carpet dressing that we can learn from watching our favorite stars, especially as it pertains to jewelry!
First, you must balance your jewels with your dress. At the Cannes Film Festival in May, a bevy of actresses from Kristen Stewart to Freida Pinto chose jaw-droppingly ornate gowns for the red carpet—and paired them with very simple jewels in order to let the dresses take center stage. With any piece of statement clothing, it’s best to chose simple jewelry so your jewelry and clothes aren’t competing for attention. Try Zariin’s ‘The Spirited’ gold studs with carnelian, or their chic new gold and purple druzy cocktail ring, arriving just in time for fall.
If, on the other hand, you’re wearing a simple dress, then rule number two applies to you: don’t be afraid of statement jewelry! It’s easy to play it safe at a major event, but if you’re wearing a basic dress, let your jewelry become the focal point. Pop singer Lana del Rey could have benefited from this advice when she walked the red carpet in Cannes in a simple black strapless gown and little jewelry: a bold bib necklace or a killer pair of chandelier earrings would have turned her look from “meh” into “wow!”. Go bold with Zariin’s ‘The Story of the Agates’ gold necklaces, with green and pink agate; or if your prefer earrings, try their ‘Roman Arch’ double stone earrings, with carnelian and blue lapis lazuli set into gold.
The third rule is: if you’re wearing lots of jewelry, coordinate it well! Take inspiration from songbird Rihanna, who paired a simple black silk gown with loads of gold jewelry at the 2012 Grammy Awards back in February. A multitude of necklaces, cuffs and bracelets, rings, and bold earrings all coordinated perfectly because they were simple in design (no plethora of colors or jewels) and followed a theme (gold, gold, and more gold). Emulate her look with openwork gold hoop earrings, ‘A Touch of Stone’ gold and citrine necklace, ‘The Stunner’ gold and citrine cocktail ring, and your favorite gold statement cuff, all from Zariin.
Since debuting in 2010, Indian jewelry label Zariin has been a favorite of fashionistas everywhere, earning rave reviews from Harper’s Bazaar and gracing the red carpet on celebrities like Chitrangada Singh. Contemporary designs, bold colors, and semi-precious uncut stones make Zariin jewelry unique and instantly recognizable. Sisters and co-founders Mamta and Vidhi Gupta have continued to expand their label, opening a flagship boutique in Mumbai and partnering with famed Indian stylist Pernia Qureshi for Lakme Fashion Week, India’s most prestigious fashion event. You can find Zariin at high-end boutiques worldwide or online through zariin.com.