Following the mantra 'better late than never' I can finally present you kids with the lovely contestants for the first ever clyde's rebirth 'who wore it best' style showdown! To refresh your goldfish memory's, while in Texas for the Style Conference the sponors of were invited to sell their wares pop up shop style at the sleek Bo Concept show room. Since this was my very first time selling my goods in person, I was understandably nervous. To the point of speechlessness. Though I'm sure my travel buddies relished the sudden silence, they were also quick to offer words of encouragement. Thank the cat gods I was setting up on the same table as Lisa and had Amanda there to help me organize the jewels. Ok so she did most of the work while I adjusted my skirt 50 times and tried to speak without shaking. Luckily my nerves had abated by the time the first rush of fashionistas descended upon the venue and I could pimp my shit. Using my [sadly few] business savvy brain cells I concocted a plan to lure in the ladies. By using my newest harness design [which I'm currently wearing.. and stroking.] in combination with a sign offering the chance to win 75$ by merely trying on said jewelry as well as lingering glances and profuse compliments, I got a whopping 20 gals to try it on! I had some variations already photographed on Silvie [my mannequin.. or 'friend' as my father likes to jest] but I was pleasantly surprised by some of the new ways some of the women chose to wear it. Already since arriving home, I've discovered a few more previously undiscovered wears. The possibilities literally are endless! Alright already- enough yapping!
Without further adieu I present the brave style mavens all vying for that 75$ voucher
[in order of appearance]
The trailblazer for this contest is the darling Penney. She decided to rock the chains along her hips since the front of her dress had a lot going on with the collar and open neck.
Next we have the adorable Bailey wearing it in the long 'tribal' necklace variation [which coincidentally is how I also wore it today!]
Her beautiful sister Ashley is wearing the shortened version of the previous incarnation, which is just the main chain wrapped twice around the neck, then attaching the duo of cascading chains.
Confession: when the beautiful Sara said she'd like to try it around her waist, I had mixed feelings. Luckily I know when to keep my big mouth shut, because I'm a loyal believer after seeing it on her!
This lovely lady is actually the store manager! Dillar is wearing the harness on the shoulders [just so happens to be one of my favorite variations] which is both unexpected and sexy.
This color blocking queen is Tanvi also rocking the harness in the longer tribal fashion. This version is the perfect style for someone looking to dip their toes into the body chain phenomenon.
Luckily I had learned my lesson earlier with Sara, so when Kara suggested the belt idea, I was definitely on board. I love how the chains cascade down the ruffles from her shirt to skirt!
Ladies take note: if you are ever interested in perfecting your 'come hither' eyes, look no further than the master- Jess! Homegirl is WORKING those peepers. The off the shoulder look with the harness only intensifies the smolder.
The delightful Laura is wearing the harness in one of it's original variations with a slight twist-both cascading chains are attached in the front, providing the most drama, with the delicate gold providing a subtle interest in the back.
What's that? You haven't met my model friend magically transported from the 70's? Allow me to introduce her sass a frass self.. Miss Amanda played a crucial part in the look of my pop up shop as well as constant support when I was shaking with nerves. She also stood nearby and glared at women who came up with inventive ways to wear the harness. All's far in love and jewelry right?
The incredibly kind Jen was brave enough to rock the full harness with the chains attached in the front and back. Not only did it toughen up her adorable black dress, but highlighted the unique collar!
My sista from another mista [hair not body.. I wish!] Magen was FIERCE with a capital "tyra eat-your-heart-out F" She was lucky there was no way I'd fit into those leather pants or else I'd have ripped them off and run far away. She came up with this unique and sexy variation by looping part of the base chain around her neck [with the other around her little waist and tucked into her pants in the back] and attaching the cascading chains in the front.
After we got the very sweet Sangu's boyfriend out of the way she could concentrate on modeling the shit out of the harness, also worn the traditional way in the front and back. It brought an edgy quality to her simple and chic ensemble.
Rachel, if I'm not mistaken was the style council's half creator Indiana's intern and adorable to boot! Can you believe she's only 15?? I would never have guessed that young after meeting her. She was another creative gal, wearing the harness as a belt around her natural waist, playing with the high rise on the trousers.
Ms Edit herself. When Yen finally approached my table, she wasn't given a choice on how she'd like to wear the harness. I basically spun her around and attached it myself. Though I would've liked this version better had the base chain been under her dress, she wasn't yet drunk enough to let me undress her in front of everyone. Some people and their standards right?
The stupidly beautiful Rachel was also a huge help with the pop up shop by snapping some candids of the set up process and yours truly yapping her mouth. She put a spin on the traditional variation by wearing the simple crossover in the front, and the chains in the back. Just like the saying.. Business in the front, Party in the back.
Ms Sass A Frass! Erin was another fabulous lady I was introduced to in Texas. Her long dangly earrings, instead of posing as a distraction as I might've thought turned out to compliment the harness beautifully with Erin's chic ensemble of pink and black.
I believe my first sentence upon meeting Jessie contained several swearwords, but luckily for me she's as easy going and friendly as she is stupidly beautiful. Color blocking her little heart out, the long tribal variation on the necklace perfectly complimented her eclectic jewelry and outfit.
Jennifer was not only stunningly beautiful, but smart in bringing her man to see just how good she looked in the harness. Take note ladies- once the guys [or gals!] see how good you look in these jewels, they'll be beating down my door to snatch them up!
The power is now in your hands kids.. vote for her YOU think wore it best! Feel free to leave some comments in addition to the the poll voicing your support, but remember to keep it kind. I don't want to have to bust any internet chops.
**poll fixed thanks to Linda's (from Auspicious Life and Everybody Everywhere!!) suggestion to use poll daddy. You can vote as many times as you like for one full week. Poll will close next Monday and I'll announce the winner Tuesday. Good luck kids!