Beads continue to turn fashion editors' heads, and April's InStyle joins the clamor. Accessories editors Penny Proddow and Marion Fasel declare pastel beads are the "coolest." Among the designers' necklaces featured are aquamarine and diamonds by Loree Rodkin, citrine by Judith Ripka, a six strands of aquamarine by M+J Savitt and emeralds by Aaron Basha. Beads look "primitive and hedonistic on the neck" says Rodkin. Even if your customers aren't ready for this bold a look, more "ladylike" beads are on the market right now. Check them out at this summer's shows.
- by Peggy Jo Donahue