Month: May 2016

‘Every rose seems to have a thorn’ go the lyrics of the well know song, and the same seems to hold true for current jewelry trends as well. Inspired by the Punk and Grundge fashion movements, spikes have embedded themselves deep into the jewelry styles of today. Quite simply put, a spike element is a pointy detail added to an accessory to give it a dramatic and on-trend feel. These elements can add a hint of toughness to your accessories and also look poetic at the same time

The edginess added to jewelry by adding studs and spikes is derived historically from the middle ages. Roman and Celtic soldiers often wore uniforms and amours decorated by spikes to add a protective element to their military clothing. Leather strips adorned with spikes were also worn around wrists and waists in a manner that is also known to be fashionable today.

Going on the 1970s, spikes saw a resurgence in Punk and rock cultures and began to be used as decorative elements. Associated with crazy haircuts and rebellious behavior, the use of spikes came to represent a sub culture based on anarchy and the breaking of stereotypes. Rock and punk music fans would also wear a lot of spikes in their clothing and jewelry to denote association with the kind of look they associated their music to. By the 1980s this look had reached its peak and began to make an appearance in pop culture as well as worn by singers such a Madonna and Paula Abdul. From the 1990s to now, spikes have completely lost their rebellious edge and have now been incorporated into mainstream fashion as a form of detailing and on trend fashion statement used by designer labels.

From precious jewelry to designers, a costume and high street label, everyone one is incorporating spikes into their accessory collections. Paired with tassels, another popular trend for spring summer 2016, spikes are literally popping up everywhere you turn. French precious jewelry designer Aurelie Bidermann worked little spike points denoting thorns into an 18k gold ring for her rose bud collection. Famous shoe designer Christian Louboutin has used spikes all over his shoes, bags and accessory collections. Studs and spikes as a grunge look has been updated by fashion labels such as Vivienne Westwood, Chanel, Rodarte and Jeremy Scott.

At Pookaari we have a wide range of designer necklaces and earrings which incorporate spike detailing. Shop necklaces at BBling, Spike chandelier earrings by Ragini Mittal and Studs by Jewelry Box. Designer Felix Bendish also provides us with punk necklaces with interesting spike details to update our accessory style and incorporate spikes into our collection this season.

Body harness jewelry

The fashion world has found another unique way to make a statement, this time with body harness jewelry. The jewels of 2016 don’t just decorate your ears, fingers and wrists but delve into the realm of ankle and torso coverage.

A great way to experiment with your personal style is to join the body chain fashion tribe. Once the style of the island hopping celebrity set posing languidly on their Yachts, this trend has become popular with designers and high street brands this summer of 2016. An unconventional form of a chain, a body harness goes beyond the neck and clings itself to the body around the waist and towards the back.

As the Indian summer moves towards its peak, we are encouraged by the weather and fashion trends to opt for clothing that bares our shoulders, arms and torsos. Body jewelry provides the perfect compliment to these easy, breezy fashion trends.

Though a body chain may be referred to as the new-age jewelry, it is anything but that. Fashionistas attribute the style to two influences — India and the Middle East. In India, the style is believed to have originated from classical dancers, who supposedly wore chain-like trinkets around the waist. As for the Arabic influence, the style takes its influence from the belly chain that the belly dancers wore during their performances. However, the modern day body chain resembles jewelries originating from Britain, when it was under the Roman rule.

Many tribal cultures also use body harness jewelry as a way to adorn themselves, especially during rituals and celebrations. Amongst the celebrity set, Rhinana, Kendel Jenner and Beyonce have all been spotted wearing this style of jewelry. International fashion designers such as Valentino and Rodarte have also showcased it in their SS2016 collections.

Models sashayed down the runway at Alexander Mcqueen wearing industrial looking body harnesses, where as Calvin Klein showcased delicate gold body chains. There is no need to restrict this trend strictly to the beach, as it works in versatile ways with many summer outfits. Given bellow are six ways to wear the body harness trend.

1. Shimmering under a transparent lace or chiffon top or maxi dress: The subtle glint of a body chain perfectly accentuates sheer summer clothing.

2. Over swimwear: The perfectly way to look edgy and glamorous while wearing a sexy bikini.

3.Around the midriff: This can look especially appealing and accentuate the waistline, working well with the current crop top trend.

4. Shoulder chains: This style of body jewelry can look fabulously trendy and dressy. It looks perfect when teamed with a tube style outfit.

5.Over a body con dress: A neutral body con dress provides the perfect background to body jewelry.

6. Over a day outfit: The perfect look for brunching or going out and about town, these body chains look cool and effortless over plain t-shirts teamed with jeans or shorts.

At Pookaari we provide you with carefully curated and on trend options of body jewelry. Shop from our collection of hand harnesses and torso covering necklaces by designers such as B’bling, Closet Queen, Raya, Glam Diva and Desi Panache. 

Bib Necklaces

A perfect way to accessorize any summer outfit is by adding a bib necklace. Named a bib due to its resemblance of the clothing item, this necklace is usually a U shaped piece of jewelry worn in proximity to the neck. It can take your outfit from ordinary to outstanding, in a second .It is a sure fire way to add glamour and interesting style elements to your fashion choices. Every simple look can turn into awesome, just by adding a cute bib necklace.

The best to update your wardrobe this summer and look gorgeous, is buying one (or more) bib necklaces for your jewelry collection. You are likely to find lots of cute, cheap necklaces in lots of stores and in almost every color (and also in metallic colors). A bib necklace can be a little intimidating especially if it’s too big. But don’t let that stop you. Start by wearing a bib necklace with a white or black loose t-shirt (or other plain top) and some jeans. Avoid wearing them with bold patterns and let it be the focus of the outfit. Don’t team it with big earrings or excessive rings and bracelets as it can create an overbearing and over the top look. Let it fall over the fabric you are wearing or also on bare skin for a more casual bib necklaces can be made of cotton, fabric, beads and stones. Gold and silver metallic pieces accentuated with gems and crystals make for a more chic and formal look, which can work perfectly with your evening wear. They can even be added as interesting elements of embellishment to dress up an other wise plain traditional Indian outfit.

For SS2016 most designers have showcased cascading, gem drenched pieces dripping g with jewels and embellishments. Oscar de La Renta , Lanvin and Viktroria Haymen amongst many others have multiple bib necklaces in their collections. High street options are also available by the dozen, and many interesting pieces can be curated of street vendors and craftsmen as well. Given bellow are six different options to team your bib necklace with.

1. With a neutral top or dress to let the necklace be the center of attention.

2. With a contrast colored outfit to create a bright summer look that pops.

3. Over stripes for a nautical feel.

4. With a printed top or dress for a more busy and vintage style.

5. With a buttoned up and collared shirt to create an interesting, peep

6. Over bare skin for a sexy and more glamorous look.

At Pookari, designers provide you with multiple options of bib necklaces in a range of materials. Desi Panache provides a variety of options with chains, stones and funky neon colors. Malleka had glamorous metallic pieces perfectly suited for an evening look while Closet Queen delights with its stone studded jewels. Choose one or many of these styles to update your summer wardrobe and look on trend and glamorous this season, no matter what you are wearing!