Top 5 Jewelry Trends for 2012

Looking to sport the hottest look this New Year? Here are some of the up-and-coming trends in the jewelry industry that are sure to make waves in the following months.

Warm Up the Winter

Sunny yellow gold is making a comeback this year! Heat up what remains of these winter months with pieces that pop with pretty colour, accentuated with huge, bright gemstones like topaz and amethyst. Another popular metal is rose-gold. The exotic, girlish colour of the metal fits spring perfectly.


Cool Blue

Accessorize with a great blue jewel. Choose from vivid coloured gems like aquamarine and topaz, or go with a classic royal blue sapphire. There’s a shade to match every skin tone and every spring outfit you can get your hands on.


Make a Bold Statement

2012 is the year for breaking out the huge bling. Recent trends tended towards conservatism, but all of that’s changing. Big, chunky pieces that stand out are all the rage even on the runways. Mixing stones is okay, too! Don’t be afraid of going over the top. Big cocktail rings, dangling chandelier earrings, a huge statement necklace – you’ll be seeing a lot of these on the red carpet come Oscar season, so why not be a step ahead of the crowd?


Bring Back the 20s!

The upcoming re-adaptation of The Great Gatsby seems to have inspired trendsetters, so expect to see a lot of jewelry that’s a throwback to that time period. Floral motifs abound, designed with an Art Deco feel. Long pearl strands lend a classic, ladylike look. Tassels and fringe were seen all over the Chanel and Louis Vuitton shows, too.


Don’t Mess with the Classics

Indulgence and luxury may be back on the rise, but ‘less is more’ has always been a good adage to follow. Perhaps as a backlash to all the excess, some designers opted for clean, architectural lines to convey understated glamour, even with as little as solitaire diamonds and small hoops. Jewels are an investment after all – may as well acquire pieces that you can wear for a lifetime, not just for right now.


How Do You Know What Fits You?

Fashion trends are determined by those who are not afraid to stand out, but if you are someone who goes with the little black at every party, chances are you also like to play it safe with your accessories. It’s totally okay to play it low, but make sure that your jewelry still gets the attention they deserve. That’s the whole idea after all. Not sure how loud you should go or what goes with which? Take a few minutes to absorb some accessorizing ideas on FTV. Do a quick search on Google for the clothes you like to wear and look at the accessories which usually accompany them. Ask for opinion on style blogs. Most importantly however, you should always listen to yourself! Look in the mirror, if you feel good wearing it then go ahead and do so!



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Fashion Week Lip Trend: Bare!

So, I have been perusing various photo galleries from New York Fashion Week, paying particular attention to the makeup. Something that jumped out at me was a trend toward bareness for spring 2010. I have seen a number of faces with a dramatic eye and bare lips. I have also seen plenty of looks that included a pretty eye and blush, but again, bare, or nearly bare lips. Take, for example, this look from Davidelfin (which I happen to like quite a bit). It has more lip color (which I suspect is natural for the model), than many looks that I have seen:

And then there is this look done by MAC Cosmetics for BCGB. Bareness at its finest!

BCBG face chart MAC Cosmetics

I can’t really complain when it looks as good as it does on these BCBG models:

So what if you don’t want to be completely bare this spring? Well, you can still follow the trend by applying a nude or natural lip look—something that will never go out of style for either your lip look or your entire face.

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