Gifts inspired by the Oscars: 'Black Swan'
In the week leading up to Sunday's Academy Awards, we're giving you some gift ideas inspired by Oscar nominees.
Controversy over costume designer Amy Westcott and local fashion label Rodarte’s design credits aside, any film that stars Natalie Portman as a goth-meets-glam prima ballerina and contains a Swan Lake number is sure to set the fashion flock’s collective heart aflutter.
Exhibit A: Chanel’s spring collection. Pointe taken. Plumes of all sorts have been capturing our fancy. While we’ll pass on painful toe shoes, we’ll gladly swap in these Manolo Blahnik Catalinasli sandals ($765 at Nordstrom.com).
And forget the tutu when you have a necklace that’s too-too! Yes, Anita Ko’s envy-inspiring Double Wing pave-encrusted pendant necklace, part of her Good vs. Evil collection, costs a whopping $15,000. (In 18-karat white gold with 3.5 carats of diamonds, also in yellow and rose gold, at Maxfields [(310) 274-8800]. Talk about earning your wings.
Or try feathering your nest with these high-low pens that could have been plucked straight from Portman’s "good swan" costume. Leave it to Martin Margiela to take the lowly ballpoint to a luxe new level with genuine ostrich and goose feathers. (Pens from $50 each, at Maison Martin Margiela, 310-284-8093, or at aplusrstore.com). One would make a perfect gift for writers or graduates set to take flight or to add flourish to family and friends’ forever-celebrated moments, such as signing guest books, wedding certificates, birth certificates … heck maybe even divorce papers. Exit stage right.
-- Ingrid Schmidt
Photo: Top, Natalie Portman in "Black Swan." Credit: Niko Tavernise / Fox Searchlight
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