The last blog detailed the rise of fleur-de-lis jewelry and accessories to prominence. Hurricane Katrina was the catalyst. Citizens of New Orleans rallied around their City’s symbol as they struggled to rebuild. The symbol caught on nationwide with other designers incorporating the emblem into fashion accessories. Hurricane Katrina happened five years ago, so what is keeping fleur-de-lis jewelry and accessories in the limelight today?
INNOVATION IS THE LIFE-BLOOD OF A TREND
Henrik Vejlgaard in his excellent book, Anatomy of a Trend, states that innovation is the life-blood of a trend. Well, fleur-de-lis jewelry and accessories have certainly seen plenty of innovation and it continues to this day. All the latest innovations in fashion are matched by fresh designs in fleur-de-lis themes.
Large fleur-de-lis rings with stretch bands are a prime example. Accessories Magazine’s last census report declared that large cocktail rings with stretch bands were the sleeper item of the year. It didn’t take long for fleur-de-lis jewelry to get onboard with designs of their own—not just one design, but many looks to satisfy a variety of tastes.
Fleur-de-lis jewelry has also followed fashion’s lead into the statement necklace—high on today’s trend list. Bold necklace sets displaying fleur-de-lis emblems have the up-to-date design that looks like it just stepped out of a fashion magazine. Innovation is introducing a steady parade of designs with silver plating most popular, but also gold plating is doing well.
BRACELETS, BRACELETS, BRACELETS
Today’s fashion landscape just can’t seem to get enough bracelets. If you follow Accessories Magazine’s census reports, you see bracelets either number one or number two in recent years for the big box stores. Fashion magazines are showing them up and down both arms and cuffs and bangles are at the forefront.
Fleur-de-lis jewelry hasn’t missed a beat when it comes to bracelets—toggles, cuffs, bangles, and charm bracelets—they’re all there. Lately exciting styles have been coming out in bold cuffs. Fleur-de-lis jewelry is right in step with fashion with wide cuffs in silver plating, gold plating, and two-tone plating.
Accessories are also onboard with fleur-de-lis men’s ties, ladies scarves, sunglasses, handbags, and hats. The men’s ties are a sleeper. These hard-to-find items let guys go to work in a suit announcing support for New Orleans in a subtle way. Five designs are available and most have more than one color. Gold on black is the most popular combination.
MORE THAN NEW ORLEANS
Fleur-de-lis jewelry and accessories is not limited to New Orleans. Other cities, like Saint Louis, also have the fleur-de-lis as a city symbol. The French Canadians use it and Acadiana, the area of South Louisiana famous for their Cajun culture, has the fleur-de-lis on the Acadian flag. Also, many high schools use the fleur-de-lis as their logo.
France dropped the fleur-de-lis from their flag during the French Revolution, but the French that came to North America before the Revolution have clung to the emblem and have never given it up. More meaningful than ever, add some fleur-de-lis jewelry and accessories to your shop, especially if you have clientele that call New Orleans home.