Tom Binns' costume jewelry: trash and treasure
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Tom Binns' Pretty Vacant Tiara( Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times )
By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times fashion critic
Tom Binns has pioneered the junk-jewelry genre, making treasures out of trash and trashing treasures silver collars etched with the words statement piece, triple strands of mismatched pearls the size of gum balls, asymmetrical crystal chokers with neon-paint graffiti, forks bent into cuff bracelets.
Before there were outsized, tangled chain necklaces at Target and jumbled pearls at J.Crew, Binns was giving new meaning to the term statement jewelry with a wink and sometimes a middle finger. The influential (and devilishly profane) designer is the father of the irreverent, more-is-more trend that has spawned a generation of like-minded labels, including Subversive, Bing Bang and Fallon, and made costume jewelry one of the few bright spots in retail.
Pretty Vacant Tiara with rhodium and crystal.
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