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Look for Less: Lanvin Insect Brooch vs. Martine Wester Insect Brooch

We’ve been bugging out over Lanvin’s Spring 2011 insect accessories, not only because of how gorgeous the chunky glass crystal and metal pieces are but also because the price tag of the ornate pieces is far from our reach.  Enter Martine Wester, a British designer with an insatiable instinct to create runway ready looks for the babe on a budget.  He has designed a equally stunning insect necklace for a fraction of the cost of Alber Elbaz’s ’70s inspired insect brooch.

Retailing for $189, the colorful Martine Wester Swarovski crystal insect brooch is an equally stunning piece that channels the Lanvin Spring 2011 look.  As babes on budgets, we like our jewelry to multi-task, a goal that the Martine Wester insect brooch accomplishes.  It can be worn as a necklace, with the removable chain that comes with it or as a brooch.

Blake Lively wore the Lanvin Insect Brooch, complete with the leather harness from the Spring 2011 collection in October to the 2010 Scream Awards and we dug the bondage yet retro feel.  It’s easy to recreate that look with the Martine Wester insect brooch, especially if you are a do-it-yourselfer.  Three pieces of leather strips, clips and a ribbon to tie the harness around the neck and back are all that you need to create this look. So get crafty and stop bugging out.