All that glitters is Lana Jewelry gold
Updated: January 21, 2013 2:32PM
“I hope my sparkle pants woke you up,” said Lana Bramlette.
A knock-out in glittering gold leggings and a pair of golden cascade earrings — her own design, naturally — Bramlette greeted friends and fans at a 9 a.m. breakfast celebrating the 10th anniversary of her Lana Jewelry line at Neiman Marcus, Northbrook Court.
Well-wishers sat on ruby red chairs around long banquet tables, sampling puff pastries and other morning goodies.
Gorgeous velvet red roses, low vases provided a touch of drama.
“You should always have a little sparkle on, every morning…” said Bramlette, preaching what she practiced. She was also wearing spiky gold pumps.
Raised in Deerfield, Bramlette attended Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire (Class of 1992). Now of Chicago, Lana and her husband Rob have a daughter, Blake, 3.
“This is my home, this is my home town,” Bramlette said. “My parents live 10 minutes away, I went to high school 15 minutes away, this is where I was dropped off as a mall rat, you know, and lived and breathed here since, I don’t know, eight years old?
“To walk in here, to see our cases, but also to see the business being one of our biggest in the country is monumental, it’s unbelievable. And I am humbled, and I am like, blessed, I know that, and it makes me work even harder.”
Celebrities such as Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez and Eva Longoria have worn her jewelry. Known especially for its hoops, Lana Jewelry has expanded the line, adding gemstones and more.
Bramlette suggests that wearing fine jewelry empowers women, helps them feel confident. “It’s about beautiful, easy, fun jewelry for women to buy themselves,” Bramlette said.
She believes you don’t need to be given jewelry. Want it? Just do it. Women can give themselves permission to indulge. Try out the necklace that reads “Boss,” like Bramlette was wearing.
“I have to tell you, this golden girl has earned the opportunity to wear golden pants at nine o’clock in the morning,” said Kirstie Lytwynec, Northbrook Neiman Marcus general manager. “Ten years ago, when I was the general manager at Oak Brook, we had the honor of being one of Lana’s very first trunk shows and even back then, knew this girl was going to be a star.
“I think that what’s most exciting is how Lana has really remained true to the DNA of what her brand vision was, simple, elegant, straight-forward.”
Top-selling cascade earrings, which feature embellished chains falling securely from a curved (or arched) horizontal bar just under the lobe come in white and rose gold, all 14k.
“I mean, how fun?” said Bramlette, as a toss set light dancing off her earrings.