VICE PRESIDENT Kamala Harris has a penchant for pearls—and sneakers. A not-so-likely pairing that’s become her uniform, even featured on the February cover of Vogue. We took a page from her playbook for this post.
LEFT: The freshwater pearls in different sizes that line this Madelyn Genuine Pearl Beaded Necklace ($105, Nordstrom) will shine even more brightly when stacked with your other favorite chains and strands.
RIGHT: VP Kamala Harris’ favorite pair of kicks is this Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ($50). She told Oprah magazine she owns white ones, black leather ones, a collection for cold and hot weather, and ones that lace up and ones that don’t.
ABOVE, TOP: Old is new again in sneakers. New Balance updated the design of its classic 996 ($89.99) with new details on the upper and improved stability and cushion of its midsole. The red “N” looks fresh and sassy, but it’s also available in sleek all black and in white with black trim.
ABOVE, BELOW: Cariuma makes old-school sneakers with new-school ethics. The company manufactures its footwear out of materials like Fairtrade cotton, so its shoes are sustainable while being comfy and stylish, too. We chose the OCA Low Stripe Burgundy Red Canvas Sneaker ($79) as a neutral that will go with most items in our wardrobe. Can’t make up your mind among the color options? Buy more than one.
LEFT: Why should necks have all the fun? Decorate your wrist with this Ben Amun Round Pearl Bracelet ($220, Kirna Zabete). From the brand’s Gold Link collection, it’s reminiscent of the chunky chain designs of the ’80s and ’90s. The links are 24-karat gold, accented by Czech glass pearls.
RIGHT: The mission of Alighieri jeweler Rosh Mahtani, who graduated from Oxford University in 2012, is to create modern heirlooms based on her literature studies. In the brand’s website description, Mahtani says Those Are Pearls That Were His Eyes necklace ($449, Farfetch) are inspired by T.S Eliot’s “The Waste Land.” Anyway, this unusual piece is made with freshwater pearls and 24-karat gold-plated bronze.
LEFT: I have been admiring Emma Villedrouin’s jewelry ever since I interviewed her prior to the Smithsonian’s 2016 Craft2Wear show. A staple of her collection, this Pinwheel Pendant ($340) will float freely on a chain (sold separately, or use your own) and go happily with a white T-shirt or a cashmere crew. You can have your pick of pearls for the pendant—say, multicolor fresh waters or baroque akoyas.
RIGHT: Nike’s ’70s running shoe gets reinvented, thanks to the texture of recycled canvas, springy foam cushioning and a sporty sole. The old-guard signature swoosh remains the same on this new Cortez Premium Sneaker ($90, Nordstrom).
LEFT: Leave it to jewelry designer Lizzie Fortunato to pair freshwater pearls and multicolored African glass beads on her Daydream Necklace ($295, Nordstrom)—a fresh tweak on a favorite silhouette. Double it up to wear close to the neck or wear it long as a single strand.
RIGHT: Not your expected pearl necklace, either. Five 9mm cultured pearls framed by 18-gold accents are the central attraction on Lagos’s sterling silver Luna Station Necklace ($695, Nordstrom).
LEFT: Céline’s Phoebe Philo came out for her bow at the end of her fall 2010 runway show wearing a moss-green turtleneck, black pants and crisp white tennis shoes. The designer’s five-second appearance turned that particular sneaker into a trend almost overnight. These Adidas Stan Smith Originals ($61.50, Zappos) come very close to what Phoebe wore. They might even improve your tennis game.
RIGHT: Pearl studs are a little bit, shall we say, on the dull side. These Harlequin Pearl Hoop Earrings (Catbird, $578) are anything but. The contrast of classic 4mm and 7mm cultured pearls with 14k gold hoops strikes just the right balance of traditional and original, like our new VP.
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