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THE FIRST HALF OF 2011 promises to be an exciting time as a bevy of trade shows, including Premiere Classe and Eclat de Mode-Bijorhca, open in and around Paris! A review of a few of the exhibitors at the famed international expositions throws a brilliant light on new trends and repeat traditions certain to surface for the New Year.

FEIDT, A RELATIVELY NEW jewelry house established by sisters Muriel and Nathalie Feidt less than four years ago will present some interesting themes to retailers at the show such as yin and yang symbols, life trees and butterflies.  A not-so-small amount of western religious symbols will also be on hand.  The company produces small-scale gold jewelry designed to be worn all the time and not squirreled away in a safety drawer. 

Most of the pieces feature diamonds and semi-precious stones set into metal bases of rose, white, and yellow gold.  Expected to make waves at the shows this year is a new collection of angel wings with rock and roll notes. Retail prices on the 2011 Feidt jewelry are expected to run from about $240 to $600.

ROSEANNA IS ALSO a relatively new, four-year old firm established by Anne-Fleur Broudehoux and Roxane Thiery.  The company produces a full clothing line including pieces for the beach.  The interesting thing about this firm is its emphasis on directional fabrics, giving jewelry and other accessory makers a good idea of the moods and styles coming their way this year.  For example, the company has a new collection inspired by South Dakota and the region’s vast natural landscapes.  There are also nomadic looks and patchwork outfits in distressed cotton or silk, many expressing a masculine mystique.

 

NOTHING EVER QUITE COMPETES WITH PARIS.  BUT YOU CAN ENJOY THE FLAVOR OF THE FRENCH CAPITAL WITH THESE EXCEPTIONAL ACCESSORIES:

 

 

 

NADIA DAFRI BEGAN PRODUCING textile jewelry “with a social twist” just last year and has moved rapidly up the success ladder.  Individuals enrolled in rehabilitation centers in suburban Paris produce the line. Most of the pieces are made from new textiles but there are a number of items also produced using old fabric stock in order to make each piece “look different.”

   Large jewelry pieces like breastplates (which are hot this year!) are based on the idea of creating sculptural pieces that express a design somewhere between jewelry and accessories. An important new collection features African cotton and Indonesian folkloric prints.  These are then embellished with passementerie and tassels embroidered with glass beads, quartz, amethyst or tourmaline.  A collection of precious metallic pieces can also be clipped into the firm’s fabric ropes.  Prices overall run from $65 to $500, retail.

ANTON HEUNIS IS A SOUTH AFRICAN-BORN resident of Madrid where he creates what he calls “new vintage” jewelry. This year, the designer is showing two collections.  One is a modern grouping of jewelry pieces made up of mixed metal pendants and charms.  The other is a more elaborate grouping inspired by Seventies-era Bulgari jewelry. Heunis uses Swarovski crystals and semiprecious stones in traditional gemstone colors:  soft ruby, along with opalescent greens and violets.   Heunis’ jewelry, which sells particularly well in the United States, will be on display at Paris’ Premiere Classe.

YARNZ offers New Yorkers and others around the globe a new way of looking at silk scarves.  As expressed by the firm’s designer Larry Wolfe, “We wanted to take the idea of the most popular trends and make them a little more literal.”  The result of this intent is impressive:  a collection that evokes a Seventies-feel, working with earthy neutrals with graffiti-inspired brights. 

Moving into the Fall of 2011, Yarnz will collaborate with W Hotels on a capsule Global Glam collection inspired by the cities of Austin, Texas and Taipei.  The collection will be one of several designer scarf collections on display for New York Fashion Week.

PERLE DE LUNE, a recent graduate of Gem-A in London, set out to create precious yet affordable jewelry. Her feminine and luminous pieces feature small diamonds in a range of natural and opaque colors from smoky to icy gray.  For fall, the designer is introducing a group of frosted pieces with miniature textured yellow and gray gold beads and rare shades of stone, all inspired by the artist Gustav Klimt.  Another collection, called Maharani, is homage to the city of Jaipur, India.  It includes finely engraved and perforated metals dangling on chain bracelets and necklaces.  Prices run from $265 to over $5,000, retail.

WE HAVE A LARGE NUMBER OF JEWELRY PIECES WITH STRONG GLOBAL DESIGN REFERENCES. HERE ARE SOME ITEMS YOU MIGHT WANT TO INCLUDE IN YOUR OWN COLLECTION:

 

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