Diamante buttons on cardigans, jewelled
charms, plastic robot dolls and plastic charms hanging from belts and bags,
fruit earrings and rows of rainbow coloured thick plastic bangles are all
fads for 2005. Ornamented clothes for special occasions will have
jewel studded cuff areas and necklines.
One big fashion which has already taken off
is the trend for tribal beads whether wooden or bone or plastic. The look is
chunky crafts inspired, ethnic arts and crafts and almost what one might
imagine a cannibal might don.
In addition to tribal beads look out for
Middle eastern and Indian art and crafts inspired coin jewellery where
strings of coins create an ethnic Boho look. Snake bracelets, gladiator
cuffs and narrow wrist bangles worn by the dozen are all fashions you can
wear now and keep wearing this summer. One of the best takes on this
tribal/ethnic jewellery look is of chunky turquoise bead rope necklaces
wrapped around and around the neck. Ropes of pearls worn twenties style are
also in vogue.
In Hollywood there
was a decline in
huge chandelier style earrings in favour of larger diamond studs. Yet in
the UK Chandelier style earrings are more popular than
ever and the tribal/boho look is set to create even more dangling styles of
strings, ropes and tiers of decorative units from metal discs to jelly bean
It seems like only yesterday that we abandoned those
diamond studs.Coloured gems like Aquamarine, Peridot, Amethyst, Citrine
and stones like green Beryl, Jade and Turquoise have gained fresh followers.
2005 sees the return of enormous cocktail or
dress rings, chunky gothic poison rings and rings known as gobstopper rings.
These fun rings are jewellery pieces
you wear on the right hand to match or highlight the colours of an outfit and bring attention
to a beautifully manicured hand. Dress rings are also perfect on hands
that show the wrist zones of the new cropped jackets with shorter sleeves.
With three quarter and elbow cropped sleeves
gaining momentum the time is ripe for the wonderful art deco Estate styled
bracelets on offer. The Boho version is of semi precious carved stones
or plastics in cuff wide bangles with black, amber, rusty coral and deep
yellow gold being the colours that look right. Big statement jewellery is back in fashion.
Rappers made bling fashionable. But sometimes less is more.
It's worth mentioning that brooches have
dived as fast as they rose. The problem seems to have been overkill.
Everyone who already had a brooch or acquired one from grandma was happy to
instantly pin them to lapel the minute they heard brooches were ok and
suddenly brooches were everywhere. They became a normal fashion before
we even had chance to buy new ones in boutiques. Just as suddenly they
were nowhere to be seen. What a pity - they can be cute and my
research suggests individuals like them. So let's put them back on.
day chunky handbags with straps and hardware almost like hold alls will be
the fashion bag many adopt. Anya Hindmarch and Jimmy Choo produce a
workable bag capacious enough to hold a book or small bottle of water whilst
remaining stylish. Affordable bags in real leather that are large and
capacious include the bags by Joe Floto. Read more about my
Floto Venezia mini bag review here
in image planning.
Ruched leather sack size bags which have a squashy appearance and appear
oversized make an appearance against bum bags set to return amid sporty
night streamlined animal skin clutch bags with real or mock croc or python
effects will vie with small beaded bags.
Whilst underarm bags have held stage for some years there is evidence of
longer small neat shoulder bags with strap to the hip and worn across the
body making a slow return. Tula and Radley make great leather body
bags in an attractive range of colours.
Flats, wedges and platforms and stack heels are the next
footwear that we
lust after. Wearing flat shoes is a trend that has been growing fast.
But keep them for day and wear your heels at night to feel grown up and
Sensible looking flat peep toe natural
leather sandals worn with knitted tank tops that scream I made it myself,
but produced for the high street give new options to those who don't want to
opt for the metallic stiletto sandals also on offer. Many natural
earthy coloured flat thong Gladiator sandals have an African/Egyptian feel with
embedded large cabochon beads atop a flat leather disc.
black and white footwear and platinum flats vie for attention besides rounded T-bar shoes, Mary
Jane styled crossbar strap shoes and printed platform sole shoes. Tea
dance shoes are high heeled and have straps and round toes.
Two tone, three tone and multi tone shoes
bring new colour to the foot not seen since the 1980s. Round toed shoes
and sturdy heels will
compliment cropped pants, knee length trousers and shorts as well as
Bloomsbury style floral dresses in sprigged prints.
Flat boots are quite flat and wrinkle. Some
have highwayman style cuffs.
Lets not forget patterned Wellington boots
which should be arriving in the shops now. Whether or not you will
want a pair I have no idea - I know I don't and that's another matter though!
Cloche hats of felt with visible saddle
stitching or chunky bead embellishment make for easy to wear hats that are not obtrusive.
Floppy wide brimmed Biba style 1970s hats or flowerpot hats set the style.
Matching narrow fabric covered skinny tailored belts and
buckles are used to emphasise the 50's feel to clothes, whilst deep wide
belts in soft leathers, sometimes jewelled, studded, woven or ethnic coined will be worn set
mostly at hip level and make the body appear longer. Alternatives
include obis sash belts cord belts and purses that dangle off belts.
Hairstyles for 2005 include wavy ruffled,
fluffed up hair much like the styles worn by Cate Blanchett in The Aviator
and by way of contrast pared down sharp, chic streamlined bobs as well as
a return to updos in the form of high
Edwardian Pompadour teapot style chignons. Austrian style
plaits, ragged hair, teased pre Raphaelite tendrils and Rastafarian braiding
pulled into tight updos are all some of the hair possibilities.
Red hair from
strawberry blonde, amber, saffron, copper, through to flame to the plum of Kelly Osbourne will emerge
as a favourite hair colour to sit beside blonde. Julianne Moore the Revlon girl
has red hair, so does
Nicole Kidman the official face of Chanel in the 2004 Film style advert designed
to put Chanel no 5 back on course since it slipped from it’s no 1 slot to
around 4 or 5 in USA. The ad was so expensive to make that Chanel is
likely to use it for some years as it did the last time it made a big
advertisement for No. 5 perfume.
Supermodel Erin O'Connor's hairstyle in the
mode of Louise Brooks is a dramatically different look from the red hair and
waves that will suit those opting for the skinny sharp chic look. More
importantly it's very wearable, easy to manage and working women like that.
In the film The Aviator in the 'it's a wrap party' scene look
out for the use of orchids everywhere. You'll be hard pressed
not to notice the Orchids women wear in their hair as accessories and as
corsages. Are these the new brooches? They are simply
everywhere as are pearls, fur warps and art deco diamond earrings.
It's truly a visual feast for the senses for fashion lovers. Read more
about costume in
The Aviator here.
Fashion will favour pencil thin eyebrows and
that's a look that means eyebrows will need real attention. Waxing and
plucking of brows is for the confident, so 2005 may be the year to check out
a beauty salon and get eyebrows professionally shaped. The sheer
indulgence of the experience will reward you with the correct look in a
fraction of the time it would you to achieve yourself.
in case you missed the other pages....more looks worth mentioning include:-
Beaded and jewel encrusted sandals, charm bracelets, sashes on garments
especially coats with sashes, mink
boleros and shrugs, bucket bags, gunmetal leather and bronze silk, seventies
fringing, crochet and macramé, coin
and metal disc or heavy stone rope decoration, reptilian effects, military and
safari chic, delicate crystals on fabrics and leathers all making for witty
quirky styling that looks fresh and inspired.
Following on from the BBC's
Strictly Ballroom competitive celebrity dance series, one of the new
fascinations UK society is the revival of contact dancing, where a man holds
a woman and leads her across the dance floor, swirling her left and right as
if she Ginger Rogers and he Fred Astaire.
This trend is back big time in
Britain. People everywhere are signing up for dance classes to learn to
samba, salsa, do the merengue, the paso doble, the lambada, the tango or cha
cha. For dancing, clutch or fan style evening bags are chic, flesh toned
tights, gold or other glittering metallic shoes with plenty of straps to
secure them are also a must, as is a great updo hairstyle and a dress that
shimmers and gives leg room for sways and fall backs. These women who dance
really want clothes to dance in.
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