Incredible Ippolita

Ippolita's Rose collection

If you asked an average American woman to name five fine jewelry brands she would probably say Tiffany’s, David Yurman, Harry Winston and after that would probably be left scratching her head for more. Even though the fine jewelry industry is in the “fashion business”, somehow fine jewelry brands don’t seem to bubble up in the public consciousness. I think the industry has billed themselves as sellers of boring commodities versus being  “must-have”  fashion brands in their own right. It is an industry asleep at the wheel, still dominated by small local retailers and dull-as-dust mall stores. Most style icons pine for the bolder statements created  by the so-called “fashion jewelry”  (costume) companies, currently dominated  by Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, J Crew, BCBG and others.

Then there is Ippolita. This Tuscan-born, Italian-American designer of contemporary fine jewelry is soon-to-be a bigger household name. Ippolita is coming on strong with her marketing of modern precious jewelry for the fashion obsessed. Her online and traditional media is sexy and compelling in a trendsetting, casual style. This multi-disciplinary sculptress, glass artist and acclaimed jewelry designer started in private label costume jewelry in the 90’s and then introduced her first fine jewelry collection in 2000.

Her  modern risk-taking designs and casually layered style is destined for brand greatness in a sea of solitaires and yawn-inducing tennis bracelets. She layers bold, handcrafted pieces encrusted with gems in a modern melange.  Wake up and smell the espresso, this quiet little Ferrari is passing everyone on the right! Ippolita is poised to take advantage of the sturdy luxury market; as she doesn’t dish up the same safe, traditional styling found in most fine jewelry.

I have particularly fallen for her Riviera Sky (multi-colored stones set in 18K gold), Glamazon (bold silver and gold classic statement pieces like 3″ hoops and chains), Rock Candy (gemstones set in contemporary gold and silver settings) and Rose (rose gold collection of solid metals).

The sexy, modern Wicked collection.

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Copper Market

Sexy soft, metallic and deep copper tones continue for spring 2012.

Color for Spring 2012 women’s apparel and accessories seem divided in two diametrically opposed camps…sizzling hot, over-the-top brights and barely there nudes. These copper-toned, blushing beauties have been around for a few seasons, but seem to be driving the vice of copper even higher!

These “catch me if you can” colors are tender and taunting at the same time. They can be found all over the market from the dainty sequined top and skirt  from BCBG (lower right), Vince’s kitten soft sweater and dress (lower left). the caged Prada heel (upper right) and sporty items like red-hot Sperry’s metallic copper Top-Sider in the middle. They are hugely popular in rose gold toned jewelry and watches (I love  Ippolita’s Rose collection!) and are prevalent in nail colors and beauty, too.

If you are Geisha-pale, a true blond, red-head or rich dark-skinned you can rock these sexy shades. If you are somewhere in the middle, try wearing them on the bottom or on top over a pop of white or black to supply contrasting support. There is something magic about this color family. It is so feminine and seductively suggestive that it has transformational effects on the wearer.

Copper tones are the perfect expression of the mega-watt, lady-like trend in fashion. It is the counter punch to the active-inspired sporty styles that also dominate this spring.

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