March 2012

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Tilda Swinton shines for Pomellato—and shares the secrets of
her style  by BOOTH MOORE

Pomellato, the Milanese jewelry house founded in 1967, has arrived in Los Angeles, bringing along its stunning muse Tilda Swinton. With a TV campaign in full swing for the 10-year anniversary and updated designs of Nudo, its classic line of colored gemstone rings, the iconic company recently opened its largest store in the world on Rodeo Drive. We caught up with Swinton to talk beguiling baubles and fashion sense.

Pomellato's pieces have an almost talisman aspect. Do you think gemstones have magical qualities?
I believe they do. I feel about jewelry like a child would. I haven't had too much experience with it, but there is something about the simplicity and luxury of Pomellato that's just...completely supersonic. Ancient but modern at the same time, it's delicious, organic and looks like it just came out of the ground. I just want to eat it!

So much about accessories is sentimental. Are there jewels that you wear for luck or good tidings?
Yes, my daughter [14-year-old Honor] is always making me jewelry. The last thing she made me was a feather on a string. I have it with me in my hotel room.

Both onscreeen and off, your style is known for being unique. What is your favorite aspect of being looked to as a fashion icon?
My relationship with fashion is entirely about my relationship with the particular people who make it. I happen to have friends—Viktor & Rolf, Lanvin's Alber Elbaz, Haider Ackermann and Phoebe Philo—and if they didn't make me beautiful stuff and send and lend it to me, I would probably be in an old pair of corduroy trousers. I'm dressed by FedEx.

Is there a rule that guides your personal style?
For me, it has to feel as comfortable as a pair of pajamas. I would encourage people never to feel like they have to be uncomfortable. The pajama rule works well for me. (Indeed, on this particular evening, Swinton is in an ivory silk Lanvin tuxedo jacket and matching pants that do resemble a pair of luxe pajamas.)

What would you not be caught dead wearing?
I don't feel like ruling anything out. It's all about dressing up and playing. I'd like to see what Ackermann does with a feather boa—he'd do something big!