Ethnic beads get a style overhaul
If the last month’s Christmas blow-out has left your bank balance looking rather deprived but you’re still in need of a new fashion fix, why not compromise by splashing out just a little bit of cash on a new piece of jewellery.
Ethnic beads may conjure up images of earth mothers and students ‘finding themselves’ in India, but they have actually had a major style overhaul recently.
At the Spring/Summer 11 shows the catwalks were swarming with models draped in chic ethic jewels, with labels including American Perez, Matthew Ames, Montserrat Bassons and Laura Biagiotti all favouring the earthy trend.
Chunky necklaces, opulent earrings and exotic-looking bangles spiced up an array of outfits, adding a much-needed splash of colour and excitement.
Models at the American Perez show didn’t just wear one set of beads, they showed this trend is about excess, and there is no harm in adding up to three different necklaces to achieve a truly kooky look. Beads were set against loud motifs such as leopard-print, although the look works just as well with a simple white T-shirt and jeans or a little black dress.
Although the catwalk has proved an excellent source of inspiration, you may not be keen to splurge on a high-end designer piece, and there is indeed no reason to, since many of the best ethnic pieces can be found in craft markets across the globe for a fraction of the price. Plus, the trend works even better when items and colours are mismatched, so don’t worry about limiting yourself to only one colour or style.