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Bling Makes a Big Splash During Fashion Week

By  Della Hasselle and Janet Upadhye | September 8, 2012 11:05am 

LINCOLN SQUARE — Sparkly bling made a big splash under the tents at Lincoln Center during the first few days of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week this season.

Hot-white diamonds, rhinestones and bright yellow-gold were hot items for both men and women, according to fashionable sources who wore the bling in the forms of accessories, studded clothing and high-heeled shoes.

"It makes you feel like a superstar," said freelance writer Kori Fields, who wore a sequined jacket from H&M.

"You feel like you're the life of the party, like you have your own little soundtrack in your head when you're walking around because you're that good."

For Pearl Runningdeer, a model who has been attending Fashion Week since 1991, the sparkly accessories made her feel more feminine.

"Women like sparkly things, such as diamonds, rubies, emeralds — you know," Runningdeer said, sporting a bright silver sparkly shirt with animal print on it.

"It's all about the bling."

Fashion consultant Haya Maraka agreed.

"Sparkles make you feel fabulous, and who doesn't like to feel fabulous?"

But the head-turning items weren't just for women. Kris Lloyd Enriquez, who was attending Fashion Week with a friend, said he was proud to sport his handmade, bejeweled sunglasses.

"Everybody needs a little sparkle in their life," he said, pointing to the gold diamonds he glued onto the lacey frames.

"I always like to have a little bling."