Rodrigo Otazu is an Argentinian jewelry designer who iss elf-taught and has a very personal stlye. Traveling the world as a model for Calvin Klein, Rodrigo was so inspired by the city of Sydney, that he created his first necklace with a handful of pearls. This piece caught the eye of a fashion editor from Australian Vogue and this proved be the launch pad for his illustrious career and was the realisation of a life-long dream.

Since then, after settling in Amsterdam, he has dedicated his life to pursuing his passion for design, going on to become a household name in his adopted homeland. Initially Otazu concentrated on building his success with

pret-a-porter ranges of the most deluxe costume jewellery, with the addition of refined silver collections and unique one-off diamond pieces; he soon began to discover other avenues for his imagination to explore. His work symbolises his passion for life and his all consuming desire to enhance the natural beauty of men and women.

Rodrigo's collections became an instant success with buyers and press. The glamour and dramatic appeal of Otazu's designs attracted support from celebrities.

In September 2002, Britney Spears commissioned Rodrigo to design pieces for her "White Snake" performance at the MTV Awards. The Britney jewelry was so successful Spears requested many further pieces for her European tour.

Otazu also greatly enjoys the collaborative process, revelling in the challenge of adding another dimension to an established designers’ collection as seen in his sought after work for Christian Lacroix, or by embellishing something as pedestrian as a Vespa Scooter or Nissan Car and turning it into something spectacular. Behind the scenes Otazu has also teamed up with Clements Ribeiro, Ungaro, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Viktor & Rolf to great success.

November 2005 marked one of Rodrigo's most recent successes; the launch of the 5th 'Haute Joallerie' diamond collection in cooperation with Gassan Diamonds. Aside from Otazu's exclusive diamond creations, Rodrigo has branched into a 'pret-a-porter' collection of diamonds and gold, and a collection of sterling silver for men and women. The result: an even greater customer base and another international success.

Despite all Rodrigo's achievements, he is still looking for new challenges.

The Look

His work encompasses myriad influences from architecture, music, travel, fashion and the arts, thus creating an essential vital energy from where Rodrigo clearly draws his passions and inspiration to craft highly original creations of stunning style. With a natural understanding of the woman he enjoys dressing, Otazu reflects and enhances their natural style and personality, from the drama and elegance of chic Parisian women, the classic style of the American girl, to edgy and experimental London girls and the sexy allure of the Italian beauty, he creates innovative and imaginative jewellery and accessories that transcend trends and become timeless pieces to cherish.

Who Wears It

Nicole Kidman, Kelis, Lauren Hill, Aretha Franklin, Destiny's Child, Lil'Kim, Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, Madonna, Tony Braxton, Tyra Banks, Jessica Biel,

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