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Elegant Elsa

by habituallychic

02 . 26 . 13
I bet some people don’t even realize that Elsa Peretti is a real person and that she’s still designing her eponymous collection for Tiffany & Co. She began her career as a model before branching out into jewelry design.  There is a great new interview with the Italian designer in the new issue of Time Style & Design magazine on newsstands and online here. She’s been designing for Tiffany & Co. since 1974 and just signed a 20 year contract at the age of 72. I hope I’m still going strong at that age! 

Photographed by Helmut Newton November 1975. 

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  1. Lisa McGough February 26, 2013 | 2:47 am

    She is so chic! I love the photograph of her in the bunny outfit!

  2. Karen Albert February 26, 2013 | 5:07 am

    A classic. extremely talented woman.

    Art by Karena

  3. penelopebianchi February 26, 2013 | 8:44 am

    Oh thank you, thank you a million times!

    This is my 35th wedding anniversary! And from the time we were dating in 1976; my husband LOVED Elsa Perretti and her designs!

    so I have a beautiful collection; as do our daughters; of her beautiful designs!

    I have the “scorpion” (it does not look on me, as it does on her; (in the décolletage )!

    I have the “LARGE bone bracelets” (think Liza Minnelli; if you are younger , think “wonder-woman”!”

    She is a genius; and continues on!!

    I saw her when we attended Tiffany’s celebration of her 25th anniversary !!

    She suggested these silver “comma” earrings!

    she is a total genius!

    Isn’t it interesting how Tiffany knows to “make some things smaller”!! they are more “salable”!

    As in the “snake necklace”! (they do not ever lose the design….ever.)

    (they no longer carry the “large’ bone bracelets! My total favorites!!)

    Bravo! Thank God another 20 year contract!



    Genius wins!


  4. penelopebianchi February 26, 2013 | 8:48 am

    Yes. Indeed ! She was the penultimate “Playboy bunny”

    (Because she wasn’t. And would never be!)

    that is the genius of Helmut Newton.

    Oh , God, do I LOVE GENIUS!!!!!

    Especially two together!
    Stuff gets no better! (at least that I know of!!)


  5. Jane Kilpatrick Schott February 26, 2013 | 11:53 am

    Knowing Elsa, she will certainly be going strong at 94!
    Lucky us!

  6. The Buzz Blog @ Diane James Home February 26, 2013 | 3:29 pm

    I was so happy to read your post today and see the beautiful pictures of Elsa as I am wearing her bean necklace and have always loved her chic style!

  7. MJH Design Arts February 26, 2013 | 4:18 pm

    Elsa!! One of my favorite designers and style setters. She is fabulous at any age. Timeless chic.

  8. BRASWELL February 26, 2013 | 5:44 pm

    She is fabulous-20 year contract at age 72 + way to go Elsa! Timeless.
    Loved all the photos. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

  9. Natalie February 26, 2013 | 6:01 pm

    She was a stunning beauty in her days and is tres chic today. True elegance never fades. I own one of her silver drops Tiffany designs. Timeless. The form is a fluid perfection, my husband’s gift for 20th anniversary, love it. I’ll cherish that day in NY a couple of years ago.
    Elsa Peretti is probably the best thing that happened to Tiffany in decades.

  10. sandrajonas.com February 26, 2013 | 9:37 pm

    I was just talking about her to some younger women who had no idea who she was!
    I still cherish the beautiful heart containers she designed for Halston’s cosmetic line. The silver compact and lisptick case are genius!
    Wish I had some diamonds by the yard!

  11. simplequietmodern February 27, 2013 | 1:35 pm

    How funny to see this post. I was just having an a discussion with a friend about the new contractthe other day. Elsa is the best…she was one of the strongest design influences for me…her work is like no other. “diamonds by the yard”?Genius!