Flash. You know what that’s all about. The play you get when a real or faux diamond catches the light and sends it with electric brilliance zing-zing-zing-ing across a room. Flash. Like the sudden blaze of a night camera bringing darkness to life. It’s hot, but it’s momentary; strong, but never too much.
Well, that’s the message of the new embellishment. Crystals sprinkled across everything. Crystal jewelry invigorating with elegantly restrained fire. Crystal patches giving a calm but trendy update to classy little handbags. Crystal rims on sexy black Italian sunglasses. Whatever crystal touches these days, it makes it sharper, fresher, more alluring. It comes on to you. Flash. Then, it’s toned down until the next light wave passes through. Like: What was that?
–Absolute design magic!
The crystal effect in earrings is one of the most thrilling looks now. Used most dramatically in long thin drops, the clear, linear crystal drop reminds you of a spectacular waterfall, something you might expect to see cascading down a mountainside on Maui. There it is! But then, as your car swings around another curve on your mountain road journey into Hana, the waterfall is gone. That’s the idea. Swing-y, sparkly earrings flashing, then going silent.
YOU CAN GET SOME OF THE BEST CRYSTAL WATERFALL DROPS AROUND WITHOUT SPENDING A FORTUNE. HERE ARE JUST A FEW:
- 3-row dangling Swarovski crystal earrings. Stunning!
- Crystal drop earrings in choice of colors.
The Milan Effect
Nowhere was the crystal look more evident than in Milan this past week, where one more fashion international week made dramatic impressions on the Industry. Throughout the Showings, this message came through clearly: If you want to update something, strip it down to its essentials (i.e., get rid of yesterday’s glitz and turmoil) and then sprinkle it with embellishment. Especially crystal embellishment. Easy. Vibrant. Wow power.
Overall, of course, the idea is to get that serene sparkle going. That flash. Miuccia Prada was exciting with long chandelier crystal earrings, worn with everything from evening dresses to shorts. Little sleeveless tops were at once casual and dressy, jazzed up with crystal details that gave them an updated, directional appeal. Medium-sized leather handbags — even those in cow-pasture brown — took on new significance with crystal embellishments.
Armani, the wonder boy of fashion for decades now, used wonderful, high shine materials to support the look of flash. He also played masterfully with lightly encrusted crystal-looking bangle bracelets as well as little bags and lady-like belts with crystal adornment.
–In all, the look is one of sparkle. When it gets too strong, the sparkle turns into flash. Play with it, you’ll get the idea!
Not all flash is clear, although its biggest (and often best) use this season is colorless. Still, a lot of drama comes through in black or dark gray crystal, too.
–Don’t forget, the dark jewelry look is simmering on the design platform for fall and winter, getting hotter as the days get cooler. Black is especially important, as in Swarovski’s wild Black Diamond crystal. Sophisticated and sexy!
All Day, Every Day
A particularly good thing about the new flash experience is that it works remarkably well with present-day style trends. For example, it is not that long ago that clear crystal jewelry (or crystal embellished clothing) was used mainly for the most formal occasions, such as weddings, proms, and the like.
–Now, crystal is perfect for all day, everyday wear. Notice how Prada parades the most elegant crystal dotted top with shorts, and designers from Calvin Klein to Dolce & Gabbana mix super-formal wear with everyday wear with ease.
Still, heavy, self-conscious glitz just doesn’t make for tasteful casual wear. Ahhh, but enter flash! This is an entirely new experience for formal and casual, balancing light against serenity. It is like gazing across a long, exquisitely quiet India-Indian landscape just before a storm. Almost silent. Just as intense.
YOU CAN GET A NEW FASHION EXPERIENCE WITH CRYSTAL BY MIXING FORMAL WITH INFORMAL AND GOING FOR FLASH. HERE ARE A COUPLE OF GOOD PLACES TO START:
- Dyed crystal quartz bracelet. Color dynamic!
- Swarovski crystal bangle bracelet. Dazzling in multiples!