Fall Brights

For those of you actually following my blog posts over the past year, you've probably noticed that I've become a bit fascinated with "fashion."  This interest of mine in observing the ebb and flow of seasonal as well as annual trends really revved up for me once I started managing our Twitter account.  A Twitter skeptic to begin with-I had to have my arm twisted to want to create our account- I found the site to be a fabulous treasure trove of information.  As members of the jewelry industry, we are also member of the greater fashion industry.  Twitter thus provides us an incredible platform to both stay updated on our industry happenings, and add our own developments to the great mixing bowl of updates.  It's truly so much cooler than I ever thought it could be.

Right now, New York Fashion Week has just kicked off, and I am reminded again of how interesting the fashion industry is, having to debut seasonal clothing/shoes/accesories so far ahead of when you actually wear them.  Case in point: the shows right now are featuring Spring/Summer 2012 collections.  It may seem a bit kooky, but it's necessary to make sure that stores are stocked at the right time with the right goods.  How else would stores now be carrying Fall goods if they weren't able to purchase them in advance, giving companies enough time to manufacture them?  They wouldn't be, exactly right!  Glad you're playing along.

Now onto that gorgeous palette of colors below, already discussed at length in the fashionable realms of social media, but perhaps something you've yet to see.  These were the colors determined by Pantone's Fashion Color Report to be the cat's me-ow for women's Fall 2011 fashion. The palette is described in the accompanying article as follows...

“Designers take a painterly approach to fall 2011 by artfully combining bright colors with staple neutrals, reminiscent of how an artist would construct a stunning work of art,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Much like a painter's masterpiece, there is a certain romance to this season's palette.”

What's wonderful about jewelry is that it can play either the role of the bright color, or the staple neutral. Colored stone jewelry can be a bright accent against neutral apparel, or jewelry comprised of mostly metal with optional white stones (diamonds, crystals, sapphires, etc) can act a neutral to accompany a bright ensemble. In both instances the jewelry is a vital accessory, but the roles played are like two different sounding songs produced by the same instrument.

Either way you wear your jewelry, bright colors are definitely big for Fall this year, so try to find a fun way to incorporate them into your routine. Not only will you feel chic, but you'll feel the cheery effects of your own outfit!