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Benedetta Barzini wearing two Bulgari necklaces in a 1968 fashion image and Zazie Beetz wearing two Bulgari necklaces at the 2020 Oscars. Photo Getty

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The Luxurious Throwback Look of Awards Season

The old idea of layer two Bulgari necklaces happened twice on the red carpets

by Marion Fasel

Award Season may have ended with the Oscars on Sunday night, but we are still looking back at the trends that went down the red carpets. Without a doubt the most luxurious was the concept of wearing two Bulgari High Jewelry necklaces. These moments were electric for jewelry enthusiasts who get excited when actresses wear just one necklace. While the style looked oh so, au courant, it can be traced back to a famous photograph from 1968. More on that in a moment.

Gwyneth Paltrow wearing two Bulgari necklaces at the Oscars. Photo Getty

Gwyneth Paltrow wearing two Bulgari necklaces at the Oscars. Photo Getty

The first double Bulgari necklace sighting of Awards Season was on Gwyneth Paltrow at the Golden Globes. The lifestyle guru caused a sensation, to put it mildly, when she sported two diamond necklaces from the Italian jeweler underneath her sheer Fendi gown. She also had on Bulgari earrings.

The two diamond necklaces seen in the photo and rendering worn by Gwyneth were from Bulgari’s High Jewelry Fiorever collection. Photo courtesy

The two diamond necklaces seen in the photo and rendering worn by Gwyneth were from Bulgari’s High Jewelry Fiorever collection. Photo courtesy

The accessories added megawatt glamour to the naked dress that showed off her abs and, well, just about everything else. Without the jewels, the look would have been more or less a display of the star’s bod. But Gwyneth is a red-carpet veteran who knows how to push a trend and make the daring red-carpet fashion her own. She did it with the jewels.

Zazie Beetz wearing two necklaces among other jewels from Bulgari at the 2020 Oscars. Photo courtesy

Zazie Beetz wearing two necklaces among other jewels from Bulgari at the 2020 Oscars. Photo courtesy

The second double Bulgari necklace moment happened at the Oscars on Zazie Beetz. The Joker actress wore a black sequined corset and skirt ensemble by Thom Browne with two Bulgari High Jewelry necklaces. In a sea of High Jewelry, the styling of this look stood out as something special. It’s the kind of eye-catching moment that catapults a rising star’s look to the coverage alongside superstars.

The two Bulgari necklaces worn by Zazie Beets at the 2020 Oscars. Photo courtesy

The two Bulgari necklaces worn by Zazie Beets at the 2020 Oscars. Photo courtesy

The High Jewelry Divas’ Dream necklace worn by Zazie at the Oscars was set with 74.91-carats of diamonds. The choker she paired with the fringed bib-style jewel was set with a 5.49-carat oval-cut emerald, 84 buff top emeralds totaling almost 2-carats, and 12-carats of pavé-set diamonds.

Benedetta Barzini posed wearing two Bulgari necklaces for famed Italian lensman Gian Paolo Barbieri in 1968. The image was published in the September issue of Vogue the same year.

Benedetta Barzini posed wearing two Bulgari necklaces for lensman Gian Paolo Barbieri in 1968. The image was published in the September issue of Vogue the same year. Photo Getty

Days after the Oscar red carpet was rolled up and the excitement died down, it occurred to me there was a historical precedent for the luxurious idea of wearing two Bulgari necklaces. Zazie’s elegant jewelry ensemble was clearly a throwback to the styling of model Benedetta Barzini in a famous 1968 photograph taken for Vogue by Milianese lensman Gian Paolo Barbieri. The image was published in the September issue of Vogue for a story title “From Italy: The Absolute Jewels.” While Gwyneth’s get-up was different, I am guessing the starting point for the jewels was most likely the Barbieri image as well.

Benedetta Barzini posed wearing Bulgari enamel bracelets and belts for a photo by famed Italian lensman Gian Paolo Barbieri in 1968.

Benedetta Barzini posed wearing Bulgari enamel bracelets and belts for a photo by famed Italian lensman Gian Paolo Barbieri in 1968.

The second Gian Paolo Barbieri photo in the 1968 spread was another landmark styling moment, Benedetta had Bulgari enamel snake bracelets and belts wrapped around her neck, arm and in her elaborate updo. I think it would be a great look to bring back for the 2021 Awards Season.

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