Summer's barely here, and the trend setters in the fashion industry are already making forecasts for Fall, 2008. Smooth, rounded shapes pair with matte metallics in the coming season. Personal style takes a warm, rich turn as the holiday season approaches. So before you even retire your favorite summer swimsuit, trendsetters are already talking about softer stylings, coupled with mixed materials and deep, rich colors. Here are 5 of the hottest trend ideas (complete with coloring advice), straight from the leading edge of fashion jewelry:
- Rounded shaped like discs, rings, and hoops. Like a 3-ring circus, many of Fall's hottest designs are taking a circular shape. Look for designed inspired by retro looks of the 1960's: think British Invasion, West End geometrics. Medallions - the bigger the better - are also a popular look, reminiscent of the love-fest 70's.
- For warmer tones: Try rich oranges and warm reds like Carnelian, Cinnabar, and Red Aventurine. Olive makes a great secondary color to mix things up. For cooler tones: watery, icy pastels in pink and blue set a relaxed but classy tone, while deep royal purples combined with matte gray add a touch of higher class.
- Mix it up: Layers, textures and materials are all being interchanged this season. Silk cords with textured metals, suede with wood or metallics.
- Go Natural: Wood, shell, natural stones are all hot commodities this Fall. The “go green" concept has hit the jewelry world with full force, and mother of pearl (dyed in a rainbow of colors), abalone and freshwater pearls are making a big “splash", as well as turquoise, agate and jade (also in a rainbow of colors).
- Bold or Understated, the choice is yours: Big, bold dramatic pieces as a fashion focal point are the statement of the season. The peasant styles of the 70's, as well as the dynamic, two-toned geometrics of the 60's are playing nicely this Fall. Black and White (or silver and black) are hot properties. For the understated look, consider smaller crystals with lightweight metallics, pewter or graphite toned, for a great daytime/office look.
Fashion jewelry this fall is full of possibilities for once in a long time. It can be almost anything that you make of it. These 5 tips are a great starting point to put your jewelry wardrobe in high style. With layering continuing to be a trend, consider coupling a few more understated necklaces at various lengths with one larger, “chunky" bracelet, to create a wardrobe worth talking about all season long.
Lisa M. Robbin Young is a beauty and fashion consultant for two of the most recognized brands in the US today. Sign up for her free newsletter, “Beauty ReMarks" and get a free copy of her book, “Saving Face" at http://www.lisamrobbin.com/savingface.aspx