Life can be a drab at times but at least you can live it up or dress it up whenever you please. Whether you live it up through world travel or dress it up with the latest trends, wherever you go, accessories are sure to follow. Last week, the Coeur (French for “heart”) Tradeshow ran simultaneously with Fashion Market Week in Downtown Los Angeles and the event was more body candy than eye candy. The atmosphere of the show was intimate and had a “less is more” feel with its fine choice of accessory designers but the pieces that these designers offered embodied the “more is better” attitude, which is exactly what accessorizing oftentimes is all about.
Gilda Grey’s jewelry has been worn by Tyra Banks, Lauren Graham, and many others mostly because Gilda Grey’s pieces can make a statement from afar and make you swoon up-close. The most jaw-dropping piece is the “La Nouvelle Vague” necklace which is inspired by the French New Wave, and the “Lily of the Valley” necklace will compliment any outfit from day to night. Roarke New York creates the most deliciously sparkly necklaces ever seen. Luxurious embellishments are intricately applied to beautiful fabrics creating a mini-scarf or bib type of necklace that is out of this world.
Fannie Schiavoni is a Swedish jewelry designer whose body jewelry is best described as masterful art than mere jewelry. Handcrafted with her own hands, it comes as no surprise that her pieces have worked their way onto Lady Gaga, Dakota Fanning, and countless others. Every piece is made of stainless steel or oxidized stainless steel and is a feminine interpretation of the masculine armor of knights in past centuries. Remarkable craftsmanship. Bliss Lau’s combination of stringed leather and metal in her pieces make for the best exclamation point to any fashion statement. Her collection screams rock-and-roll chic with an elegant flair. Pair any of her pieces with your favorite item of clothing and you’ll have the ideal balance of refined lady and hardcore rebel.
Best Bracelets and Earrings – Bare
Never has bare metal been refined to near perfection. Most of Bare’s pieces are made of brass- and bronze-based metal with some 14k gold and satin-plated pieces. The Bare Bones Collection is the epitome of the beauty of simplicity and is so exquisite that one would actually consider being bare naked and just wearing Bare jewelry. Simply gorgeous.
Barbara Briones’ shoes have an earthy artisan aura to them and the “Vicky” and “Rebeca” pumps will be great with any day look come spring and summer. Spartvs is a brand based in Miami that specializes in espadrilles. Every pair is handmade in Spain and made of natural textiles such as cotton and cow leather. The best picks are the “Monsul” low platform espadrille and the “Saona” leather flat espadrille. These Mediterranean shoes are delightfully comfortable and come in a wide variety colors for every outfit of every day.
Best Crafting Technique – MAL Jewelry
MAL Jewelry had one of the most memorable collections in the entire show. With handmade pieces made of recycled bronze and sterling silver and the castings of various parts from leather garments, this line of jewelry is a breath of fresh air. Many of the pieces drape and rest on the body without the hassle of closures. The “Leather Collar”, “Braided Bronze Cuff Bracelet”, and “Hornback Cuff Bracelet” are the go-to pieces that will add the right amount of uniqueness to your pile of accessories.
Best Vintage – A Current Affair
A Current Affair is a marketplace that will satisfy all your vintage wants and needs. You can shop over thirty vendors offering vintage or re-worked vintage items from clothing to handbags and jewelry and so much more.
The Coeur Tradeshow showcased a phenomenal selection of accessory designers and was a pleasant success. Every designer/brand offered a unique and aesthetically beautiful guide to accessorize your wardrobe, better yet, your life this coming spring, so live it up and dress yourself up with the best accessories you can find.
Article Written By: Juliet Uata