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Kenneth Jay Lane: A Toast to 50 Years of Glamour

All hail the celebrated king of couture costume jewelry! Here at Gilt.com, we are huge fans of Kenneth Jay Lane, so we are thrilled to be hosting an event in honor of his 50th Anniversary in business. And yes, we do have 50 of his most fabulous, iconic pieces, starting at 12 PM ET on October 17. In honor of the anniversary, we’re taking a look back at why “KJL” is a household name.

After an unprecedented 50 years in the biz, Kenneth Jay Lane’s signature brand of unapologetic glamour is still going strong. He made his start designing shoes for Dior and distinct jewelry for Hattie Carnegie, all the while crafting flashy baubles to suit his own fancy in his free time. Once Saks Fifth Avenue sold out of Lane’s debut confections in just one day, he was thrust into the spotlight.

Celebrities and fashion icons the world over have long cherished his statement jewelry (everyone loves a fab fake, right?). A fixture on the posh society scene ever since the ‘60s, Mr. Lane — affectionately known as “Kenny” — rubbed elbows with the likes of editor Diana Vreeland, Audrey Hepburn, and Elizabeth Taylor. He created countless unique designs for his many stylish friends, including the famed three-strand faux pearl necklaces worn by first ladies Jacquelyn Kennedy and Barbara Bush. It’s even said that Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor, is buried in a custom jeweled belt Lane gifted her.

In honor of his professional milestone, Gilt.com is proud to offer our members selected picks from Lane’s legendary collection including a Byzantine-inspired horse brooch, the famed enamel bangles, and an assortment of lavish statement necklaces that are sure to stand the test of time. There’s no shortage of sparkle in this parade of historic gems!

Lane chronicles his illustrious career in his book Faking It, which includes beautiful photographs of his most prestigious jewels along with equally charming anecdotes starring a crop of his famous pals. Jewelry devotees will be thrilled to snap up a coveted signed copy in our sale!

Shop Kenneth Jay Lane: The 50th Anniversary Celebration starting at noon ET on October 17.

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Label We Love: Milly

Feminine, distinctive, confident, and just a touch ladylike: Michelle Smith of Milly creates clothing we all love to wear with good reason. Smith tells Gilt StyleFile that “the Milly girl knows no boundaries!,” and who doesn’t want to be that girl? So we are thrilled to have a Milly event on Gilt.com, starting at noon ET on October 16.

Smith explains, “My designs always have a certain classicism, which transcend the trend of the moment.” And her line of handbags are a testament to that statement with timeless shapes in the most luxe leathers and fabrics, but always with a twist that keeps them interesting and unique.

Where would our work wardrobes be without Milly? Sheaths that make us feel sexy but are always still appropriate, wrap dresses that flatter, and all with the color and pattern that we’ve come to adore from the brand. Even Milly’s sweaters have enough delight and whimsy to keep us feeling fun when we need to be cozy.

Every piece is a lasting investment, thanks to Smith’s savvy design philosophy. The NYC-based designer tells us, “I guess one of the keys to my success is my ability to evolve with the trends while maintaining my signature look. The collection is built to last for years to come. I love pulling out some vintage Milly each season to mix with my new collection pieces!”

Shop Milly: Clothing, Jewelry, and Handbags on Gilt.com on October 16, starting at noon ET. And enjoy 15% off just for Gilt shoppers on millyny.com by clicking this link!

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