Professional Insider:Trend Spotting
Influences from around the globe show up across the U.S.
The global village is thriving. While other nations decry the pollution
of their cultures with American influence, the storied domestic melting
pot continues to simmer with a pastiche of global trends. Style notes from
different cultures show up in clothing, jewelry, accessories and home furnishings.
Far and Near Eastern influences are felt most keenly. Vogue featured
interpretations of kimonos on socialites and supermodels and predicts the
trend will intensify following the release of Steven Spielberg's upcoming
film treatment of the best-selling novel Memoirs of a Geisha.
Cutting-edge lifestyle retailer Anthropologie exemplifies the embrace
of Eastern styles for spring and summer. Intricate beading and stitching
accent women's clothing and home furnishings. You can set your table with
placemats made of Indian sari fabric backed with cotton and trimmed with
silk. That table might be handcarved and come from Thailand.
Pottery Barn, which demonstrates a canny knack for mainstreaming designs
from other cultures, mixes a riot of rattan and wallop of wicker into its
more traditional French and English influences.
This is not a formal or overly precise fashion movement, so jewelry for
women following this trend should be steered away from shiny statement jewelry.
Because of the Asian influences, pearls are a no-brainer, but maybe not
the conservative round graduated strand. Baroque and potato pearls will
create a more harmonious palette. Precious metals will look best on a smaller
scale, in hammered, brushed and matte finishes. Pieces featuring ruby and
its lookalikes, jade and other green gems, as well as purple and yellow
gems play off the Indonesian fabrics and feel. Because of the intricate
stitching and high collars on some tops and dresses, small earrings and
gemstone bracelets and rings will complement these pieces.
by Liz Smutko
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