|Professional Insider:Trend Spotting
Millennial Melting Pot
Apparel and jewelry styles take their cues from an array of eras
Every time period has a signature look the Roaring '20s had flappers;
the France of Louis XIV suffered men mincing about in heeled pumps while
wearing wigs, face powder and rouge; even the Cro Magnons had a certain
primitive je ne sais quoi. As our century careens to a close, however, style
cues from eras past are popping up anew, creating a melange of styles to
decipher and no one clear trend to follow, sell or accessorize so
keep your eyes open.
Go for Baroque
La Nouvelle Bague's latest catalog proclaims the ornate curlicues and symmetrical
ornamentation of the Baroque period are back in something it dubs Neo-Baroque.
There's certainly evidence in the company's jewelry, but also in fashion and
interior design from Christian La Croix's multihued suit to the timeless
appeal of Murano glass (which, by the way, looks just as fabulous accenting
Modernist interiors a popular motif among the leading edge of Generation
X as they settle into homes of their own).
Ode to a Grecian Dress
Toga-like drapes are found on evening dresses from designers such as Calvin
Klein, Cynthia Rowley and Armani. Customers can wear ancient-inspired
jewels with this style, but guide them toward a light touch they
don't want to create the casino-girl-at-Caesars-Palace effect. Other foils
for these dresses are classic diamond and pearl jewels to play up the classic
lines of the garment.
Not since the heyday of "The Dating Game" has so much velvet
been worn so many ways. Velvet apparel is worn with equal aplomb by women
and men, creating a plush, shimmery backdrop for jewelry and watches across
all price points. To play off the light-diffusing luster of velvet, recommend
that your customers look at shiny metals creating a hard counterpoint
to the fabric's cushioning softness.
by Liz Smutko
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