A glit­ter­ing ca­reer

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Vic­to­ria Ri­fici

SUBIACO’S The Glit­ter Co owner Chris­tine Wal­ton has seen Mel­bourne Cup trends – from jewellery t0 head­pieces – change over the past 32 years.

Chris­tine and her hus­band Stu­art opened their first store in Perth in 1986 and launched their Subiaco store in 1991.

The Ma­hogany Creek cou­ple at­tract busi­ness for school balls, wed­dings and spring racing events.

Mr Wal­ton de­signs and cre­ates be­spoke jewellery us­ing Swarovski crys­tals, rang­ing from ear­rings to neck­laces.

The pair also sells cu­bic zir­co­nia and pearl jewellery and a large range of bridal hair combs and fas­ci­na­tors, as well as jewellery for lux­ury evening wear.

Mrs Wal­ton said through­out her years in busi­ness she had seen a change in Mel­bourne Cup wear, with more peo­ple choosing millinery wear and head­bands over fas­ci­na­tors.

“Head­pieces have changed and it’s not the same look any­more, where the fas­ci­na­tor matches the dress,” she said.

“We don’t sell as many fas­ci­na­tors any­more, rather un­usual crys­tal hair­pieces, as more peo­ple have their own style now and they don’t want to be like any­one else.”

“There is so much avail­able in dresses and dif­fer- ent out­fits that it’s much more ex­cit­ing now.”

Mrs Wal­ton said this Mel­bourne Cup sea­son, event­go­ers were opt­ing for dresses with em­bel­lish­ments or de­signs with macro or solid colours.

“Some peo­ple are quite ex­trav­a­gant when it comes to jewellery, but gen­er­ally the colour of the ear­ring is a colour picked out from a colour in the dress,” she said.

“Event­go­ers are also wear­ing head­bands with flow­ers, head­bands in gen­eral and colour­ful head­pieces too.

“Of­ten they ditch the neck­lace and take the ear­rings up a notch to make the state­ment.”

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