Movie buffs aren't the only ones beaming about the return of James Bond. To commemorate the franchise's 50th anniversary and the latest film, "Skyfall," Swarovski has released two Bond-inspired jewelry collections.
One is an anniversary line styled after scenes and items in such movies as "Die Another Day," "Casino Royale," "Dr. No" and "The Man With the Golden Gun." The other celebrates "Skyfall" with accessories Swarovski created with designer Stephen Webster. Its black bamboo necklace and earrings, love knot ring and queen cobra double ring are worn in the movie.
For the past 35 years, Swarovski has collaborated with the franchise on set pieces and costumes. Now fans and fashionistas can purchase their own piece of Bond for $50 to $310 at Swarovski boutiques worldwide and at www.swarovski.com.
An evening with WPXI's Darieth Chisolm: The news anchor will discuss the keys to unlocking success for women at an event presented by EnVoi Boutique and EnVoi Wellness. It's 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at 394 Rodi Road, Penn Hills. Registration is $30 at www.envoiboutique.com. Five dollars of each ticket price will go to charity.
NCJW annual Designer Days event: Shop new and gently worn designer apparel at discounted prices Thursday through Sunday at the Monroeville Convention Center as part of the yearly fashion extravaganza held by the National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section.
The patron event is 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, with a preview sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and public sale 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. All merchandise will be 50 percent off the last day.
The patron event is $40 at ncjwpgh.org, and the preview sale is $20 at the door. Admission is free for the public sale days.
Magical Evening of Shopping event at The Mall at Robinson: Gear up for the arrival of Santa Claus Friday with an evening of shopping, music, crafts and more. Festivities will run from 4 to 9:30 p.m. and open with a performance from Gabby Barrett. More entertainment will follow, including seasonal songs from Holiday Bops and face painting. Santa will pull in from the North Pole at 6 p.m.
"Consignment Diva Day Out" bus tour: Calling all consignment shop queens! Spend a day browsing selections at Ambiance Boutique in Oakmont, Eco Chic in Robinson, Kindred Spirits in Pine and The Savvy Fox in Green Tree as part of a consignment bus tour. Board by 9 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Target on Freeport Road in Harmarville. The bus will drop shoppers off at the same spot at 5 p.m. In addition to shopping, enjoy morning pastries and coffee, chocolate, raffles, wine and more throughout the day.
Registration is $40 at both Ambiance Boutique locations, in Oakmont and Regent Square. More information at 412-828-1946 or 412-243-5523.
Symphony North fashion show fundraiser: Support the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and City Music Center at Duquesne University at a "Stars on the Runway"-themed style show Saturday featuring looks from Kindred Spirits and The Fur Vault at Macy's and a luncheon at The Chadwick in McCandless.
Doors will open at 10 a.m., with lunch served at noon. The afternoon also will include a Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle and an Argentine tango performance. It's $35 per ticket at 412-931-2619 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local jewelry designer honored by American Gem Trade Association: Jewelry designer Caesar Azzam, owner of Caesar's Designs Fine Jewelry Creations on Walnut Street in Shadyside, received an AGTA Spectrum award for an 18-karat rose gold ring with pink tourmaline stone surrounded by a ring of small cultured pearls.
The jewelry was judged last month in New York, and the winning pieces are now in Los Angeles for a photo shoot.
Esquire magazine names Larrimor's a "gold standard" store: The upscale men and women's wear retailer was named for a fourth year to the magazine's list of "best of class" stores, which recognizes the nation's top men's specialty stores. Selections are made based on the publication staff's research, store visits and feedback it receives from readers and industry professionals.
Larrimor's has locations at One PNC Plaza, Downtown, and The Galleria in Mt. Lebanon.
Diane von Furstenberg designs limited-edition Evian bottle: Quench your thirst for style with a teardrop-shaped bottle with a red heart bearing the designer's initials and the handwritten phrase "Water is life is love is ... " wrapped about it. The 750-milliliter bottle is $7.99 in stores and at shop.evian.us.
Ugh! Tough financial times for Uggs: Deckers Outdoor Corp., maker of the sheepskin boots, reported a three-year low for shares, according to the Huffington Post. The reason? Most likely price increases, the company said. To reverse the trend, it plans to lower costs in time for the holiday shopping season.
Coach awarded $257 million in counterfeit case: The handbag brand knocked out knockoffs when it won a case targeting websites that sell copies of the bag. More than 500 domain names that sell counterfeit Coach will now be shut down.
Earlier this year, Burberry and Hermes each raked in $100 million in damages for counterfeit cases.
Ralph Lauren to end Rugby label: The brand announced that come February it will discontinue its Rugby line of sporty and preppy apparel for young adults. Rugby stores across the U.S. and in London and Japan will close as a result, and the e-commerce site will go offline.fashion
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