I love fashion. I know this might surprise some of you as you are most likely to find me in flip-flops or Ugg boots, a t-shirt, and jeans. But I do hold great respect for fashion designers of all sorts and I truly believe that many designs from other industries follow in fashion’s footsteps. For instance, I look at fabric and I see someone’s brooch used as inspiration for a pattern or I take a glimpse at a piece of carpet and see a chain design on a grand scale made for a hotel corridor.
So to get my fashion juices flowing, I was so excited when I got the chance this morning to preview some of the hottest new trends in jewelry, handbags, and footwear. The pieces, for a fall and holiday preview, highlighted details like chains, stars, and a mix of metals along with zippers, studs, and clean lines. Why wouldn’t other designs take cues from fashion?
For something different, I want to show you what jewelry, handbag, and footwear designers use as inspiration–which turns out to be everything from 70s and 80s glam to feminine sophistication–and the final product. Here are some examples of the fabulous detailing work from Jules Smith Designs, Treesje, and UES (Upper Echelon Shoes):
The Jules Smith Designs’ showcase featuring the Marsha Night Out necklace, rings including the Five Point and Tough Love pieces, and nautical-inspired earrings. Gina Nigrelli mixes vintage with timeless style and honors powerful women from past decades.
Trendsetter handbag company Treesje’s bucket bag (detailed close-up), belts with studded accents, and cuffs. Designers Sheila Nazarian and Laura Darrah use their different styles (Nazarian is all for street-chic looks and Darrah is the free-spirited one) to come up with a contemporary collection filled with hardware detailing.
UES’s Fall 2010 collection shows off a new take on footwear with chains, studs, and bold color statements for the feet. Designer Seth Campbell uses the term “shoewlery” to describe his jewelry hardware used for his edgy yet dressed up creations.