Cultural Jewelry Inspiration: Japan
As a cutting-edge society, Japan has taken to the global stage for exciting fashion creativity. Japan's influence on jewelry and accessories has come to appeal to modern trend setters and the always fashion-forward younger market, providing you with fresh inspiration or a way to draw in new customers.
||According to style-savvy Accessories magazine, Japan--especially Tokyo--has inspired bold creations on the runway. Influential designers including Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Dior and others are combining tactile materials in shocking pops of candy colors like neon lemon, lime green and bubblegum pink. These colors are prominent in street fashion (including hair) and have been found in rainbow, confetti or patchwork patterns with asymmetrical or seemingly unstructured lines. Brand names and their logos, cartoons or consumer-based interests are found on kitschy handbags and jewelry.
To achieve this youthful expression of fashion, think bright, over the top and mismatched. Patterns can clash--in fact, it seems to be preferred. Layer different prints and colors in unexpected ways for high-value wow factor. Food-inspired colors, especially vibrant primary hues, are your go-to palette. Not just the colors, but sweet food itself, candy, ice cream cones, cupcakes and fruit (think cherries and strawberries) are popular in jewelry. The packaging isn't off limits either. Fast food takeout boxes, milk cartons and other shapes are favorite oversized pendants and charms.
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