We’ve all been there…you’re looking through your closet and can’t seem to find anything to wear. Your mind begins to daydream about that fabulous Diane von Furstenberg dress or that divine pair of Christian Louboutin shoes that you just have to have. Then reality sinks in…you can’t afford to buy anything new clothing to wear. For many fashion lovers, this current economic situation has forced us to reign in our spending. One of the easiest and most affordable ways to revamp your look is to update your jewelry arsenal. This spring season, designers have made it easy for you by taking some of the current trends and unveiling them in an invigorating new way.
For Spring 2011, a myriad of design houses such as Louis Vuitton and Chanel have taken statement jewelry and brightened the tones a bit to fit this effervescent season. The motifs themselves are lighter with curvy lines and delicate chains that evoke an air of whimsical beauty. Gone are the rich red and olive green gemstones used so lavishly in fall and winter jewelry. Silky pearls, titillating citrine and delicate chains are resurfacing with a vengeance. BCBG Max Azria has a beautiful bevy of statement rings that boast titillating cubic zirconia whose pristine shimmer possesses enough panache to add that wow factor to your ensemble.
Louis Vuitton Spring 2011 Jewelry
Make room in your jewelry arsenal for metals this season. Emporio Armani, Amritah Singh and are among the designers who are using the metal as their muse when it comes to jewelry. Look for extremely structured bangles and necklaces that boast exquisite, in-your-face, motifs…eliminating the need for too many gemstone embellishments. Don’t be afraid to be indulgent when it comes to bracelets. As you may know when it comes to thin bangles…the more the better. Some runways showcased a combination of dozens of sleek bangles with a chunkier version mixed in. Tres chic.
Ylang 23 Oxidized Sterling Silver Sea Fan Hoop Earrings / Amritah Singh Bangle Set
Layered necklaces are still gracing the runways. Although many designs are still flaunting ornate motifs, there is a charming sense of beauty that is evoked when looking at them. Design houses such as Proenza Schouler are incorporating light-hearted hues in their version of the popular accessory. Mainstream jewelry store Francesca’s Collections has a plethora of exquisite takes on the sexy layered necklaces…and at their budget-friendly prices, there’s no reason not to incorporate this alluring trend into your look.
Proenza Schouler Necklace / Francesca’s Collections Necklace
Speaking of plunging neck lines, the fringe has proven to be a sleeper trend that may have a presence on the fashion scene much longer than expected. The fringe has moved past the obligatory feathers…now, delicate metals and sumptuous gemstones are used to add flair to the elongated earrings and bib-style necklaces that are staple pieces appearing in many of this season’s jewelry lines.
Christian Dior Fringe Necklace / Anne Sheffield Bespoke Teardrop Fringe Earrings
It’s all about bold motifs this season. Gone are the days of subtle patterns…many jewelry lines are pushing the boundaries of design. Unconventional inspirations such as snakes, abstract flowers, shells and coins are just a few of the images that are still surfacing on the Byzantine designs that are embellishing jewelry.
Roberto Cavalli Snake Bangle / Malandrino Bangle
Consider the words of Christian Dior…”Zest is the secret of all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest.” Nowhere is that phrase more apparent than when the subject of fashion jewelry is brought up. The latest designs to emerge are proof that you can still add a touch of quirkiness to your look without sacrificing sophistication. Even if you can’t afford a new wardrobe…make room in your budget for a few of the key pieces that have the power to transform your familiar ensembles into a look that captures the essence of spring…beautiful, fresh and undeniably fierce.