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KENNETH JAY LANE FOR AVON

A few weeks ago I went to the opening of the Plaza Retail Collection which is what the iconic hotel/condo is calling their new underground mall. The first thing to catch my eye was their huge Kenneth Jay Lane counter which had both new and old pieces including — in what I consider an ode to how timeless KJL costume pieces are — many that I myself not only own, but had purchased years ago. That said what struck me most when browsing the gorgeous baubles is that so many of the pieces Lane sells in his namesake line are near-identical to the ones he sells exclusively through Avon Independent Sales Representatives and QVC. The only difference – the Avon and QVC pieces go for substantially less.  

In fact, I’ve been wearing pieces from both the Avon and the American designer’s main line (I have yet to get some QVC KJL pieces), and can vouch that when it comes to quality, there is very little difference between the two – both are not the most sturdy and are likely to break after less than a dozen or so wears (with the exception of the rings). However, when a pair of earring that retails for $15 breaks after wearing them a dozen times I don’t mind – it’s to be expected, but when a bracelet that costs $200-plus breaks after that amount of time, which has happened to me before with two of the designer’s Crystal Chunky Cuffs, I am nothing short of disappointed. 

So, while the options are more scant, and while I love the KJL namesake line too much to ever abandon it, I think it’s wonderful that the designer has partnered-up with the likes of Avon for truly bold, fun, and affordable finds. 

I absolutely love the new Holiday Kenneth Jay Lane for Avon pieces which include a Jeweltone Statement Necklace made with richly colored faux stones and crystal pavé domes in a burnished gold-tone setting. The necklace retails for $40 and you can get the matching earring for $15.