We’re in love with gold, especially around the holidays ― its warm glow is universally flattering, and just a touch of the metallic shade can take a look from drab to party-ready. We know it’s a solid choice for jewelry, but when it comes to clothes and other accessories, it can be difficult to know where to draw the line between festive and, well, overboard. Here are our best bets (including a few well-deserved splurges) for integrating a little bit of flash in our wardrobes this season …
My Jean-Paul Gaultier gold bar isn’t like the rest of my gold bars. It’s emblazoned with designer Jean-Paul Gaultier’s name and logo, for chrissakes. That means it cost a premium — like 10 percent more than the common gold bar, just because it has Gaultier’s name on it. So of course I can’t put it with the other gold bars. But also! I can’t just leave it out on the coffee table. Someone might mistake it for a very, very heavy coaster and accidentally put their glass of 1978 Montrachet on it. Embarrassing gaffe! The mantle? Then I’m afraid nobody will notice it and realize that I spent $1,826.33 on it (plus a $25 handling fee, duh). Won’t somebody come up with a Jean-Paul Gaultier Gold Bar Display Case? Come on, help me out here. [Telegraph UK]
Gaga in rainbows, Gaga in glitter, and now, Gaga envisioned as a gay butterfly and gothic gold-encrusted fairy on two special covers of V magazine. Is there anything fashion magazine stylists won’t do to this woman? [Racked] Keep reading »
This is the $190,000 Platinum iPad Supreme Edition designed by a British jeweler. It’s both platinum and supreme, you guys.
This bling-ed out iPad case is made of solid 22 carat gold and encrusted with 85.5 carats of diamonds. And if you’re at this level of conspicuous consumption, you are probably an a**hole. [The Sun UK] Keep reading »
Unsurprisingly, beauty products and treatments containing gold—whether in flake, powder, or liquid form—cost quite a bit. You can expect to pay about $400 for a fancy face lotion, and as much as a crazy $1,000 per ounce for certain La Prairie products. Consumers of luxury love these beauty aids both for their opulent nature and also for their purported benefits, which include the usual: anti-aging, firming, improved complexion. However, it looks like they might not be worth their weight in gold (har, har). After having a severe allergic reaction to a golden collagen facial mask, one New York Times writer investigated the story behind the metal’s use for personal care. Dermatologists, she found, tended to speak out against gold products, explaining that “gold cannot help you, but it absolutely can hurt you, causing inflammatory reactions like contact dermatitis (which may be what happened to me). In high doses, gold can be toxic, but these products probably don’t contain enough of it to make that happen, doctors say.” As one derm so bluntly put it: “I would tell people to put that money into gold that they can wear around their neck or on their fingers.” Just a heads-up for all those golden girls out there. [NY Times] Keep reading »