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The history of pink

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Before peachy-pink “Living Coral” was named the Pantone Color of the year, pink has been in the fashion spotlight for years. It seems like only yesterday that women in pink pussy cat hats marched in mass in Washington, DC (and cities big and small all over the world), the color earning both praise for its modern political message and criticism for being a wimpy symbol of a bygone definition of femininity. The beauty of pink is that it can signal all sorts of meanings—from sweet and girly pale pink to pinky-beige—the-color-of-skin erotic, […]

How a fashion insider accessorizes

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Fashion insider Karen Giberson (shown above), President of The Accessories Council , which represents over 300 of the biggest brands in the industry, has the perfect perch from which to track style trends. Karen knows before anyone else what shoes, sneakers, handbags, jewelry and even sunglasses frames we’ll be coveting in 2019. She knows what colors and patterns will be hot. And her crystal ball even gazes into our makeup bags to see what nail and lipstick hues will be on trend.  So how does a guru of style and taste accessorize […]

Jewelry you’ll drool over

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Jewelry is meant to be worn—to add the finishing panache to a look. And it says so much about the wearer, revealing sparkly, gleaming clues about her personality. Big showy pieces announce a certain self-confidence. Thin, delicate pieces reflect our inner glow. Personally, I welcome both styles to my jewelry wardrobe, which is why when I walk the big jewelry shows I end up coveting just about everything. And this year was no exception. There were so many drool-worthy pieces that stopped me in my tracks, inviting me to talk to the […]

Jewelry as wearable art

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What is jewelry? Why do we wear it? What meaning does it carry? These are just some of the questions answered in a lavish new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York entitled: Jewelry: The Body Transformed. As I walked through this dazzling display of necklaces, rings, bracelets, ear ornaments and more, I was struck by how little jewelry styles have changed from ancient to modern times. The tiny gold hair rings adorning an Egyptian-style wig looked as if they would be quite at home […]

Pearl power! Everyone’s favorite basic goes edgy

Tara Pearls ECPL36Strands and studs will never go out of style, but this timeless accessory has taken a fashion-forward leap into the spotlight, inspiring the edgier designs we got to see— and try on—at the Cultured Pearl Association of America’s booth at a recent press event. Think eye-catching pearl cuffs and bangles, show-stopping statement rings and hardly demure pearl studs exploding with hidden gemstones. Creative designers are highlighting rare and exceptional pearls, such as the golden orbs that come only from South Sea oysters and embracing the unique character of irregular fresh water […]