President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama met with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his wife Svetlana outside of Moscow yesterday. Fashion’s First Lady wore a simple white twin set paired with black trousers. The understated ensemble was punctuated by a statement necklace: the large cluster of baubles by was designed byFenton Dana Lorenz and made of crystal, silver and glass with vintage coin detail.
I am all for statement jewelry and know a piece like this packs a punch that you cannot get with a basic twinset. Investing in a fashionable statement necklace can take your basic wardrobe items and dress them up for very little cost. Take a cue from Obama and update your basics with a bold, edgy accessory such as a statement necklace for an unforgettable look. Although Michelle’s necklace is a one-of-a-kind design by Fenton but due to high demand, Fenton has created a similar version available by special order for $600 at Ikram Chicago at 312-587-1000.
Glamour magazine tracked down the designer of Michelle Obama’s Fenton necklace: Dana Lorenz dishes about the First Lady’s baubles
While in Russia this week, fashions first lady has packed her usual dose of signature glamour for her trip. Dana Lorenz designs the bold and edgy baubles for Fenton and its sister line, Fallon, and her can’t miss pieces have been spotted everywhere. But seeing her statement necklace on the First Lady of Fashion was definitely one of her biggest coups to date. Glamour magazine spoke to Dana about Mrs. O and her inimitable style.
Did you know Michelle Obama had bought a piece of your jewelry? Were you surprised when you saw her wearing it?
DL: No, I didn’t. We sent Ikram Goldman of Ikram Chicago (who carries the FENTON collection) a selection of our new resort collection but had no idea one of the pieces would end up on Mrs. Obama. I was shocked and elated! She always looks impeccable and is so confident in her style.
Tell us a little about the piece she was wearing, what inspired it.
DL: Her piece is one-of-a-kind but there is a whole series in that group from resort 2009/2010. It’s a tribal/deco mix of bib rhinestones and vintage coins with mixed metal chains. I loved the idea of mixing very refined elements with bohemian tribal details.
How would you sum up the first lady’s style?
DL: Michelle Obama always looks perfectly composed yet playfully surprising. Women all over America and the world are saying, “I can wear that!” and changing the way they think about fashion. She has a sensibility and fashion visibility that no First Lady has had since Jackie Kennedy Onassis.
Is she the typical Fenton customer?
DL: Yes, she seems very certain about her style and isn’t afraid to go big with jewelry. That is the Fenton customer.
It seems like the statement necklace isnt going away any time soon…true? Do you think big necklaces will continue to be important for fall 09 and spring10
DL: I don’t think it’s a flash trend, no. I think it’s more about how the customer now wants to express their personality through accessories and jewelry and how easily you can dramatically change a look with a statement necklace. I think we will see more color and experimentation with materials.
How can the average girl pull off wearing major jewelry?
DL: I think she should focus on one large piece or area to accessorize. A large stack of bangles, a huge pair of earrings, or a large statement necklace.
What’s the best thing to wear a statement necklace with?
DL: I love when women wear dramatic and statement jewelry with a really casual street look. It’s obvious to pair a gorgeous necklace with a LBD, but I would throw on a huge crystal, draped necklace with ripped jeans and your boyfriend’s T-shirt.
What kinds of style cues can we take form Mrs. Obama?
DL: Keep shapes simple, play with pattern and color, and take risks with accessories. The way she wears belts and jewelry accentuate angles and put focus on her beautiful face.