Spring 2009 is in the air.
So for all of you who are extremely busy with your own home jewellery businesses I thought some hints on the key trends might be helpful.
As always we must begin with color. There are three important color stories for the season.
The first is black and white.
The new take for this graphic combo is floral. Pretty all over large flowers. What’s really fresh for black and white is taking it in a less slick direction and adding a more textural attitude.
I believe using fabric wrapped beads, printed ceramic, and glass beads from India that are imperfect is a great way to achieve a crisp but natural look for this palette.
Coral and yellow is the warm palette this spring/summer. Look to the continent of India for inspiration.
Use patterned beaded and etched metals to complement your colors. Antique finished on metal, and rose gold platings can really make this theme a bit more directional.
Amazonite greens and translucent turquoise look great for a cool spring palette.
Try mixing matte and shiny beads for a beachy feeling. Touches of raffia for texture make a nice contrast, and using a brown or natural material to ground the colors is a new way to do blue.
Silhouettes that are the newest are Indian inspired frontal necks with cord to the back, and chunky frontal bead necks inspired by Dries Van Noten’s runway show.
Great earrings are going to be the key item for spring. Casual, light weight, colourful chandelier earrings will definitely take the spotlight.
Some of my favorite designers to be inspired by for spring are Ralph Lauren, Donna Karen, and Vera Wang. See their runway shows on www.style.com.
Some key materials that are on the rise are
- seed beads
- chunky wooden beads
- mixed color threads
- printed and painted shell
- worn finished metals.