It's Oscar time: Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Renta and Van Cleef & Arpels!!

Jennifer Garner rocked the Oscars in beautiful Oscar de la Renta gown and Van Cleef & Arpels  jewelry. Here is the complete list: From Van Cleef & Arpels’ Private Collection:

Circa 1928 Art Deco necklace in platinum set with round, baguette and marquise diamonds totaling 61 carats

Circa 1925 Art Deco bracelet in platinum set with marquise, square and round diamonds totaling 30 carats

From the Estate Collection:

Circa 1925 bracelet in platinum set with 26 carats of diamonds, onyx and sapphires

Clelia ring – inspired by the Notre Dame in Paris, approximately 6 carats of diamond set in 18K white gold

Diamond drop earrings inspired by the ballet “Swan Lake.”  13 carats of diamonds set in 18K white gold taking nearly 150 working hours to craft.

The cost of being high def HOT.

penelope2.jpg OK, so we all know celebs spend a TON on looking good, but the amount they spend during Oscars increases by 1000% especially when they know the world is watching them on high definition TV.  Last year I wrote a piece about this phenomenon for Forbes.com.  Stylists like Jennifer Rade (Angelina Jolie's stylist) can make up to $7,000 a day. Zoom whitening can cost you $1,000 for one sitting and a laser facial (to make sure you GLOW) can cost up to $600. And that's just the basics!! For a custom exercise regimen at a place like Peak Performance in NYC  it can run you up to $1,000 a week for private training sessions and a customized diet by celebrity nutritionist Oz Garcia will run you close to $12,000.  Ah the joys getting gorgeous...

It's Oscar time!!

jennifer-hudson-avon.jpg And THANK GOD I am not in LA covering it. I did talk to my favorite celebrity jeweler Neil Lane about what to expect coming down the red carpet. This is what he had to say:

What we are going to see: "It's all about the 'power jewel' this season" says Lane. You are going to see people one really great, iconic piece as opposed to over layering."

On the value of having celebrities wear his jewels: "Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek and Drew Barrymore are the prettiest women in the world, so when they wear your jewels, you are going to see an increase in sales. One year Gwyneth Paltrow wore a McQueen dress with a black diamond necklace. The whole look was very dark and smoldering. Right after she was on the red carpet, I had a client from Indiana asking to buy that exact piece!"

Neil Lane will be adorning Jessica Alba, Jennifer Hudson, Julie Christie and Reese Witherspoon (for the parties) in his fabulous jewels!!