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Diamonds Fit for the Trailer Park

April 14, 2002|VICTORA NAMKUNG

Blame it on Quentin Tarantino if you will, but white trash chic is here to stay. Eminem flaunts his lowdown roots in interviews, Bubba Sparxxx revels in Georgia pig wrestling and, thanks to White Trash Charms, you can own a gold vermeil belly chain that reads "Rock Chick."

For Newport Beach-reared fashion stylist Brooke Dulien, starting a funky jewelry line was a bit of a fluke. In 1998, Dulien was styling music videos and magazine covers for musicians such as Janet Jackson and No Doubt. "Fashion and music is my entire existence," she says. "It's where I get my inspiration."

Dulien was designing charms as a hobby when her lightning bolt necklace ended up in the hands of "Sex and the City" stylist Patricia Field; after Sarah Jessica Parker wore the bolt in a few episodes, Dulien's phone was ringing off the hook. "People asked me what my company was called and it just fell out of my mouth," she says. "I was thinking to myself, 'These pieces are like white trash.' "

White Trash items are made of 14-karat gold, diamonds and precious stones, and come in styles apropos for the trailer park or a Hollywood premiere, including gold cherries, '70s retro unicorns and name-drop earrings bearing phrases such as "Lady Luck," "Punk Rock," "West Side" and "AC/DC." The trashiest charm may be Dulien's mud flap girl, based on the lowbrow image celebrated by truck drivers across America.

Most pieces retail for $100 to $425, though White Trash Charms recently took an $8,500 order from Jennifer Lopez for a replica of the Puerto Rican flag set with rubies and sapphires. "You could wear my stuff with faded Levis or Christian Dior," says Dulien, 31, who has made custom pieces for Christina Aguilera and Madonna. "People like my line because it's fun."

So why is white trash culture so fashionable these days? "Isn't it always?" asks Dulien innocently.


White Trash Charms is available at Jennifer Kaufman and Fred Segal in Los Angeles.

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