What makes Natalie Portman’s engagement ring so special isn’t just who gave it to her, but also who designed it and how it was made. Jeweler designer Jamie Wolf (inset), whose creations have also adorned Jessica Biel, Julia Roberts and Anne Hathaway, created the custom handmade ring with choreographer Benjamin Millepied, Portman’s now-fiancé. “Ben was exceptionally thoughtful and dedicated and patient to make sure we had everything right,” Wolf told InStyle, who as a former dancer for the New York City Ballet, has been friends with Millepied for over 15 years. (He even encouraged Wolf to audition as a company dancer for Black Swan, and she was cast film!) “We wanted everything about the ring to speak to things that are important to Natalie.” Therefore, in alignment with Portman’s ecofriendly and vegan ideals, the stone is an antique (round old mine cut diamond), the pave diamonds are certified as conflict-free, meaning no one was hurt or treated unfairly in the mining of the diamonds, and the platinum is recycled metal. “It was a lot of fun to work with him, he’s such a great guy and it’s such a great piece of jewelry,” Wolf said. “It speaks to my work and my taste on a personal level. I was really proud of how it turned out. It’s gorgeous.”
[tiImage width=”300″ height=”400″ url=”http://img2.timeinc.net/instyle/images/2011/wrn/012011-links-300.jpg” credit=”Getty Image (1); Courtesy Photo (5)” align=”right” border=”1″ alt=”Beyonce Britney Spears Rafael Nadal Venus Williams”]1. Watch Beyoncé test her new fragrance Heat Rush! The scent debuts next month. [CocoPerez]
2.Britney Spears chose Indian designers Shane and Falguni Peacock to create a look for her next music video. [WWD]
Though the Golden Globes are but a memory and the Oscars aren’t until February 27, there are plenty of red carpet events to look forward to in the meantime, including the BAFTA Awards in London. The nominations for the February 13 ceremony, considered by many to be the British equivalent of the Oscars, were announced this morning. Black Swan is a top contender; nominated for Best Film, Best Costume Design, and Best Hair and Makeup, while Golden Globe winner Natalie Portman garnered another Best Actress nod. We’re excited to see that Hailee Steinfeld also landed in the best leading actress category for True Grit, a first for the 14-year-old. And Easy A‘s Emma Stone is nominated for the Orange Wednesdays Rising Star Award, the only category decided on by a public online vote. (However, only U.K. residents are eligible.) For more, check out the full list of nominees.
[tiImage width=”300″ height=”400″ url=”http://img2.timeinc.net/instyle/images/2010/wrn/123010-portman-rodarte-400.jpg” credit=”Courtesy Everett Collection; Jill Johnson/JPI” align=”left” border=”1″ alt=””]Museums love Rodarte! After a successful exhibition at New York’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in 2010, the label—designed by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy—is getting another museum run at the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles starting March 4th. The exhibit will include Rodarte’s runway creations as well as the phenomenal custom costumes worn by Natalie Portman in Black Swan. So if you were wondering how those feathers look in person, you’ll get your chance to find out this spring. The exhibition will run through June.
Natalie Portman is ending her eventful year with a big announcement: Representatives for the 29-year-old confirmed to People.com today that the vegan actress is engaged to choreographer Benjamin Millepied and that she is pregnant with the couple’s first child. The couple met filming of Black Swan, where Millepied served as both the choreographer and dance partner to Portman and co-star Mila Kunis. Portman recently earned Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award Best Actress nominations for her role in the movie. Congrats to the couple! Plus: Check out Portman’s Black Swan red-carpet style in the gallery.
[tiImage width=”300″ height=”400″ url=”http://img2.timeinc.net/instyle/images/2010/wrn/121610-LTL-300.jpg” credit=”Courtesy of Celebuzz; Courtesy of DVF; Courtesy of the New York Times; Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic; Sylvain Gaboury/PatrickMcMullan.com/Sipa” align=”right” border=”1″ alt=””]1. The Kardashian-Jenner family’s annual, er, Khristmas card is over-the-top this year, just like them. [CNN]
2. Diane von Furstenberg says that Richard Nixon’s daughter, Julie, inspired her famous wrap dress. [Fashionista]
3. “Dry brushing” is the latest form of exfoliation used in spas everywhere. Sound soothing to you? [NY Times]
4. Mindy Kaling on liking fashion as a comedy writer: “If you wear shoes with a two-inch heel, people ask, ‘Where are you going?’” Hi-lar.[WWD]
5. This video shows everything about the costumes and makeup behind Black Swan. Gripping, we tell you! [Grazia]
6. Surprise! Martha Stewart and designer Vera Wang stopped by White Castle in New York. Yes, that White Castle. [Elle]
While Natalie Portman’s latest movie, Black Swan, opens nationwide tonight, the actress made the rounds in New York this week for something other than the buzzy ballerina film: Christian Dior named her the new face of its Miss Dior Cherie fragrance! And Portman didn’t have to sacrifice her strict vegan values for the gig. “One of the things that’s been so nice is that Dior made all of the shoes for me with no animals and no leather or anything, because I don’t wear any leather,” Portman told WWD of her wardrobe in the Sofia Coppola-directed fragrance commercials. “They remade all my shoes so I can wear Dior shoes without taking lives.” What a great way to be socially-conscious and stylish.
[tiImage width=”300″ height=”400″ url=”http://img2.timeinc.net/instyle/images/2010/wrn/072310-black-swan-300.jpg” credit=”Courtesy of Universal Studios” align=”right” border=”1″ alt=””]At long last—Black Swan starring Natalie Portman opens today! Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy told WWD they were inspired by modern art, Degas’s sculptures, and Japanese horror movies when creating their designs. “[Ballet] is perfect and beautiful and yet, terrifying inside,” Laura Mulleavy said. The sibling duo designed 40 looks for the film, including tutus, leotards, shawls and arm and leg warmers. We wonder: If they pair snag an Academy Award for costume design, would they be the first Oscar winners who also have a Target collection? Click on the gallery to check out their design sketches now!