With the current state of the economy stars didn't want to seem ostentatious. So who says you have to wear diamonds to be fabulous?! I wouldn't wear a diamond if you paid me. I don't want to support an industry that is built on violence and sorrow. You can tell me they're not blood diamonds, but I don't believe it. Besides, diamonds are so...predictable. Why not some lucite, semi-precious stone or lovely, sparkly CRYSTALLIZED-Swarovski Elements?! Lanvin, Tom Binns, YSL...there are so many fantastic creations out there at the moment. Where was the sparkle? Where was the glamour? It's the Oscars! You can damn well believe that if I went I'd be sparkling, baby.
I was recently contacted by a German manufacturer of the most exquisite clasps I have ever seen called Claspgarten. You simply HAVE TO visit their site and see their creations. Findings don't have to hide under your collar, the right ones can be focal elements in your designs and can take a ho hum ensemble to entirely new levels of fabulosity. These clasps are definitely the right ones! I can see anyone of these creating the foundation for a truly glamorous old Hollywood style necklace. I've been thinking about what I'd design to fill in the empty Oscar night necklines. These clasps are the perfect starting point...so here are a few thoughts...and if you'd like to win a stunning Claspgarten fantasy clasp, leave a comment with your own design ideas here. I'll announce two winners and share a finished design based on my concepts next Friday.
Cameron looks divine in this silver crystal encrusted gown by Oscar De La Renta...but I'm envisioning a simple 15mm crystal ab and 15mm pearl knotted choker using this clasp as the central focal element. I'd have it hit right beneath her collar bones and fill in that empty space with some vintage glamour.
This clasp will allow for six or more strands! I'd knot them and slide the clasp to the right side so it balanced the train on the gown.
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Nicole Richie looked gorgeous in this vintage 1960s Reem Acra beaded dress, but I keep seeing an opera length flapper style necklace here. This bold clasp in shades of grey would look lovely with delicate gun metal and silver chains and a rosary style strand of crystals in jet, black diamond and crystal. This clasp accomodates 9 or more strands! Talk about gorgeous! The clasp could be worn asymmetrically hitting mid-chest with a tangle of chains and crystals. And since this gown had a plunging back...perhaps the necklace could be worn backwards...Claspgarten clasp to fill in that empty neckline with fabulosity! Feel free to use the clasps I did! I'll announce the two winners next Friday! FYI: I can't send you the clasp you use, I will send it from the array they sent me.