Prada used long bugle beads, opaque "cosmic" stones, smaller rosemonte crystals sewn on top of the holes along with round cabochons and ring shaped stones. The final effect is a chunky, but contemporary organic look. The fall 2012 collection itself had a futuristic, Blade Runner effect while they projected "digital princesses" on the runway.
My seasonal dinner with the Glam Network is like New Year's Eve for me during NY Fashion Week. I wanted to make sure I had something fabulous and on trend to wear to look good for my fellow Glam bloggers. I drew upon my embroidery design and crafting skills to make a necklace that would be on-trend, but totally my own.
Materials :-large "cosmic" shaped crystal stones in a a black diamond color. Swarovski Elements are stunning, but if you can't swing it, you can also substitute similar glass versions. (I like Beads World , Harman or Ebay)
-leatherette covered cabochons at M and J trimming
-extra long silver bugle beads in different lengths
-small sew on crystal stones (I like Beads World or Ebay)
- purple leather (Leather Impact)
-black silk satin
-embroidery frame (Any craft store)
-black grosgrain ribbon (I buy ribbons from Paper Mart)
You can begin by embroidering the basic motifs with your bigger stones on satin. Start with the large leather cabochon, then the side 'cosmic' stones. Top the holes of the cosmic stones with the smaller crystal sew-on stones. Then use your long bugle beads with stones or beads in between. I like to make things asymmetrical, so I fill in jewels or beads in odd places for a richer, dimensional look. Freestyle it!
Prada runway photo by Monica Feudi of feudiguenari.com