Real or fake, these accessories from the Fall 2009 Lanvin line are to die for! Literally. ‘Cause people don’t really dive for pearls anymore, after Mikimoto developed pearl oyster farms in the beginning of the 20th century.
Although these gems might be costume, they are far from cheap-looking. The necklaces mirror the noodle necklaces made in preschool, while the chic layers of thick bands remind me of the neck rings found historically in African and Asian cultures. The thick black necklace studded with crystals looks almost EXACTLY like the necklace and bracelet set that Barbie wore when she was a member of Barbie and the Rockers ‘round 1986. Babs’ version was fluorescent pink, but you know, that’s how Barbie rolled. My favorite piece is the bangle bracelet that looks almost like it is in a tension setting. The feather hair clips look like “fringe” borrowed from an exotic animal. I also like the handcuff ring a lot (shown at below retailer); this ring could serve as a modern day engagement ring! Throw these on the red carpet with a plain sheath and that would be all you would need. Would Rachel Zoe die? I think so, in a bananas way.
Some of the baubles (and more wearable versions of the baubles) are available at this Italian site. Otherwise, if you are a bizz with a budget, check Forever 21 in the near future…..who knows, they may even copy Lanvin!
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