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Pearls of the World

And to close our jewelry case at Counterfeit Chic, below are a few photos of Alber Elbaz's signature tulle-veiled pearls for Lanvin -- introduced in Spring 2005, declared an instant classic by the fashion powers-that-be, and exhibited downtown at the Museum at FIT while still for sale uptown -- along with the Urban Outfitters' version.

The Lanvin advertisement:

Lanvin ad Spring 2005

One of the coveted Lanvin necklaces, top, and the Urban Outfitters version:

And a closeup of the faux pearls themselves.  Urban Outfitters must keep its legal department working overtime -- note the tranformation of Lanvin's black tulle over white pearls into Urban Outfitters' black lace over white pearls.  Who says that copyright law doesn't spur innovation?

That's a wrap!

For more on the history of costume jewelry, check out Carole Tanenbaum's beautifully illustrated and informative Fabulous Fakes.  Or, if you prefer something a bit more literary, a true gem never goes out of style -- or out of print. 


That Lanvin ad is so ridiculously gorgeous.

Ever tend to like a knockoff better than the real one?

Since aesthetically- I seem to like the Urban one better.

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