Jewelry designer Kathy Rose won last season of Bravo’s "Launch My Line" on the power of her elegant rings, necklaces and earrings. Rose designs an eponymous line that is featured at her Los Angeles jewelry boutique Roseark. This West Hollywood shop carries an array of timeless pieces from designers around the world. Here, the style maven shares her tips on how to look hot and stay cool this summer.
Invest in pieces you connect with: “More and more, people are buying pieces for personal expression,” Rose says. “They’re talismans. These unique pieces stand out, so they’re perfect with a simple outfit like a tank top and sandals.”
Make it Bright: “Neon is big for summer. As a busy mom and store owner, I bring in that pop of color with tennis shoes, an electric ring or just a little bit in my bra. La Perla and Cosa Bella both do great neon.”
Day to Night: “Everything from Roseark is timeless, so the pieces work for both black tie and bikini. For summer, I’m seeing a lot of long, full gown-like skirts.” Rose recommends matching an outfit with her white arrowhead necklaces or eagle stud earrings. “They’re easy and casual,” she says.
Rose on Rose: Many of Rose’s designs are made from rose gold, which ranges in tone from peach to deep rose. “It looks pretty on any skin tone,” says Rose, “and it’s great to layer with platinum or white gold.”
Stack: Layering jewelry is a great way to add oomph to any look. “Simple rings and bracelets are stackable,” says Rose. “Wear one to the beach and then stack a whole bunch on for nighttime.”
Ankle bracelets: Wear these sexy pieces loose and low. Rose recommends a pair of tiny chains on both ankles. “When I won "Launch My Line" last year, I showed a lot of gowns with exposed ankles to display ankle bracelets and toe rings. It’s a great wedding day look for a barefoot bride.”
Body Chains: Rose loves long chains that wrap around the entire body. “They’re amazing. Wear one over your bikini or under a dress and so that it just peaks out.”
Summer Nails: “I love to keep my fingernails short, rounded and nude because I wear rings. It’s nice and elegant to have simple, clean hands. For an event, I love red fingernails with a 1940s half moon manicure. For feet, I live in a formaldehyde free Deborah Lippmann glittery nail polish called Happy Birthday. It’s like a carnival on your toes.”
Roseark, 1111 North Crescent Heights Boulevard, at Santa Monica Boulevard, (323-822-3600 or www.roseark.com)