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Summer and Fall 2005 accessories trends
When it comes to trends, nobody seems to be as on it as Accessories Magazine.* If you don't subscribe to this useful publication, you are missing out on a valuable resource. They have access to the top accessories manufacturers worldwide, so their forecasts are reports on actual production, not just rumors and speculation.

You could spend thousands of dollars on trend reports from consultants, or you can keep your finger on the pulse by poring over and dog-earing each issue. What I like are their semiannual direction reports where they show actual examples of upcoming styles as created by names like Nine West, Liz Claiborne, Hollie Yashi and more. They list key concepts, palettes, materials, and fabrics using photos and sketches.

What follows in this article is a distillation of their reporting from the last six months. I like the fact that they give directions about six months ahead of time, but for retailers this is probably a little too much lead. Most of the boutique retailers I speak to don't buy that far in advance. It is good to know where things are headed so that when one of your suppliers comes to you with something in the trend, you can order it and have confidence it will sell through.

For Summer we are looking at several key trends that tie into one another. Retro continues with Summer's focus on Bohemian and Hippie type looks. Organic materials and designs fit in with this direction. For jewelry this means an emphasis on stones like coral and turquoise, as well as shell, pearl and wood. Rich browns, deep reds and pale blues are strong, as are longer length necklaces that can be doubled up or worn as a long single strand. You may already have noticed women in your area accenting with these themes. Chunky is big (no pun intended!), as is layering several necklaces or necklaces with multiple strands. Linear chandeliers continue in clean designs, especially with the colors mentioned previously and organic materials.

Charm bracelets and necklaces, while strong for the last several seasons, make a big statement in Summer and Fall. Feel good themes that recall the past are popular, with special emphasis going into Fall on vintage circa 1940. These items will include photo pendants and charms with old magazine, fashion, photo and postcard images from pre and post WWII. Cameos and brooch pendants will also gain prominence in Fall, and shell will continue to be a major trend.

Textile are hippified to a certain extent as well this Summer and Fall, with macramÈ and loosely woven fabric that feel good in the hands being popular. This Summer look for pastels and jewel tones in turquoise, pink or green, and anything that lends itself to an ethnic, gypsy type look. Yarn and meshy looks are important. Heading into Fall,velvet, satin, appliquÈ and embroidery (again the 1940's theme) will claim the spotlight as it starts to get cooler.

*We are not affiliated with Accessories Magazine, we make no commission or profit from the sale of their magazine. They probably have no idea who we are!

(This article written and published originally on indiasilver.com. We allow republication provided the piece is copied in its entirety with links and attribution.)

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