Last night, Solange Azagury-Partridge celebrated its first year on Rodeo Drive with a rainbow-colored champagne reception in its Beverly Hills jewelry boutique. Guests were invited to raise a glass and gawk at the “Ruby Slippers” worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz before they are auctioned on December 16th by Profiles in History.
Attendees were also treated to a soaring rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by opera soprano Tracy Cox. The performance was expertly, or fortuitously, timed—as Cox sang, the Ruby Slippers made their first onscreen debut shimmering across a flat screen television at the back of the shop.
There is a synergy that seems to make perfect sense between those Ruby Slippers and the essence of Solange’s designs— rainbows are everywhere in her collection, even on the shop’s custom made carpet, and her favorite gemstones are emeralds. But we realized another connection as we drooled over exquisite pieces that are at once ancient and modern (her silver Mercury winged headband that could have been worn by a goddess), talismanic and irreverent (like the “one carrot” and “three carrot” rings which feature miniature enamel replicas of the vegetable). Her designs are anything but neutral they will stir some feeling, whether that’s purely admiration of beauty or nostalgia.
As a little girl, I wanted those ruby red slippers in a big way (what little girl didn’t?) and I have to admit that I am drawn to so many of Solange’s pieces for the same reasons I wanted those sparkly shoes, because so many of them are unlike anything I have ever seen before or had ever imagined, they are so pretty and shiny—and magical.
(side note: As part of the anniversary celebration, from now through Saturday, Solange Azagury-Partridge will donate 10% of every purchase to the LA Opera).