Professional Insider:Trend Spotting
Hazy Shades of Winter
Long is strong this season, and jewelry is needed to soften an austere
No matter where you live, it's going to be a long, dark winter. Don't
blame El Niño or greenhouse gases it's a fashion thing.
Skirts are long, jackets have grown to the length of lab coats and the
only relief from all the shades of gray verging into black is the occasional
foray into brown and camel.
Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to help your customers
leaven the severity of long dark clothing with a shot of interest from jewelry.
Bold looks work well at the neckline with such an expanse of monochromatic
fabric, something has "to pull the eye up" to the face, as designer
Susan Lazar told Harper's Bazaar.
Ways to Wear 'Em
The proportions and silhouettes for winter are so new that even your most
fashion-forward customers may be at a loss when it comes to accessorizing.
As you can see, the darker shades of pearls can't go wrong this year they
play into the tonal attitude while adding polish.
Harper's Bazaarshows blackish gray pearls with an Alberta Ferreti
suit and a black beaded choker with a gray fuzzy sweater. Other smart choices
to accentuate grays include the white metals in earrings, necklaces and
Bold gold pieces also look right. The long brown St. John suit featured
in the Lord & Taylor ad is saved from unrelenting simplicity by the gold
necklace and earrings, which indeed draw attention to the wearer's face.
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