Friday, August 21, 2009

Primark's £4 statement necklace

While I'd love to take credit for discovering this bargain bib necklace - a steal at just £4.00 - I can't. I spotted it on a colleague this week, who let me in on the secret of its source: Primarni (aka Primark)! So the least I can do is share this bargain find with you all.

Now, as I may have already mentioned, statement necklaces are set to, well, make a statement next season. And wow, what a statement: the paste stones place this necklace in costume jewellery territory, while the felt bib and beading prevent it from becoming too ostentatious.

This is the perfect day accessory to give your look a sophisticated finish. If you wear it with a plain black round-necked dress or top, the necklace looks like actual embellishment to the garment rather than a piece of jewellery - which I like. After all, in all regards it is quite bling, yet it has the ability to offer understated style, too. While for full-on glamour at night, just bare your shoulders with a strapless LBD and this necklace will get all the attention it deserves.

Btw, if you're liking the fabric, it's from The Art Collection at Liberty. The store has collaborated with six British artists (Grayson Perry, Paul Morrison, Mike McInnerney, Michael Angove, Anj Smith and Simon Hart) to give its Liberty Art Fabric range an injection of contemporary creativity.

So my fabric of choice? It's the Cranford print, £19.95 per m, by Turner Prize-winner Grayson Perry (best know for his studio ceramics - and his alter ego, Claire), so-named after the TV series it was inspired by. I'd hazard a guess that his design is influenced by the bonnets in this Elizabeth Gaskell period drama, set in the 1840s.

I'm loving Perry's silk Cranford scarf for Liberty (below), too, where he's used the colour scheme to fuse pairs of ghoulish faces together to create heart motifs. But alas, it's £110!

A little less expensive (well, free in fact!) is Liberty's Print Charming exhibition - on until 2nd September. A room full of Liberty prints? Heaven. Plus, the store exterior is dressed in Betsy print. So cute!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Susie,
    I'm chuffed to have inspired you to feature the Primarni necklace! You've photographed it beautifully. I think I'll wear it tomorrow with a plain black dress...
    Claire x



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