While the saying may go ‘fake it till you make it’, that was before legend costume-jewellery designer Kenneth Jay Lane’s faux baubles took New York by storm. Launching his eponymous label in 1963, Kenneth Jay Lane conquered New York society by wooing the rich and famous with his unique costume jewels. Lane’s designs have been sported by pretty much every glamorous woman of the past half-century, including Wallis Simpson, Diana Vreeland, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, and almost every First Lady. Jackie Kennedy was among his devoted clientele and a strand of Kenneth Jay Lane pearls that she owned were sold for $211,000 at Sotheby’s in 1996. And his appeal, much like his intoxicating charm, has not faded. Lane’s over the top concoctions are still the accessory of choice among stylish newbies like Nicole Richie, Sarah Jessica Parker and the Olsen sisters.
Holt Renfrew had the chance to sit down with the man who made costume jewellery cool in his New York showroom to chat about his illustrious career. When we commented on the volume of jewellery in the packed showroom, the always dapper Lane quipped, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and in this case we couldn’t agree more.
Watch our exclusive interview and visit Holt Renfrew to check out the stunning collection.