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Dazzle and shine with Mirror work Accessories

Nothing attracts as much attention and
has playful appeal like the glint of a mirror work embroidery and
jewelry. This traditional craft has been seen re-invented in various
forms season after season and is a timeless classic that proves to be
in fashion no matter what the changing trends are. The sparkle and
mesmerizing shine of mirrors reflecting the sunlight brightens up any
summer look, be it traditional or western and
instantly adds appeal and glamour to your outfits and accessories.
Even jewelry embedded with cutout mirror patterns has transited from
folk pieces into modern designer styles and can be seen glinting on
the ears, wrists and neckpieces of the fashion elite.

Mirror work has been in vogue for centuries and is popularly known as
“Sheesha” or “Abhala Bharat” embroidery. This is an art form
in which mirrors of various shapes are fixed on to the fabric through
embroidery. In recent times however, mirrors have been replaced by
reflective luminescent metal pieces of different shapes and sizes,
particularly on apparel. Mirror work is used on various fabrics such
as georgette, crepe, cotton, silk, chiffon and many more which are
then turned into attractive apparel and accessories ranging from
sarees, to cushion covers and belts.

Usually having folk origins, this
technique has been popular in clothing and jewelry in hot and dessert
cultures such as Rajasthan and Gujrat in India as well Morroco and
other Arabic regions as well. In fact, mirror-embedding techniques
were also popular in other forms of artistic expression and
decoration such as palace decorations, furniture, artifacts and

Indian designers such as Abu Jani and
Sandeep Khosla, Manish Arora, Anita Dogre as well as countless others
have played around with mirror work techniques to provide us with
stylish and beautifully crafted garments and accessories season after
season. International designers like Jean Paul Gaultier and Alexander
McQueen have also used mirrors as style accents repeatedly in their
clothing and accessory collections.

Our accessories
at Pookaari have many pieces that extensively use mirror work ranging
from jewelry to bags and other accessories. Designers Fooljhadi and
Raagini Mittal have used mirror detailing in their earrings to create
a dazzling and understated bling look.  Clutch bags by Prachi Gwalini
are also embellished with mirror work details. Aiyana has designed an
entire collection of Potli bags with intricate mirror embroidery to
compliment all your Indian outfits and look pretty at any occasion.
Most unique are Pookaari’s own collection of I pad sleeves and
laptop bags which are embellished with intricate and colorful Kutch
embroidery and mirror work detailing. A far cry from your run of the
mill electronic cases, these covers are a great way to express
personal taste and individuality and stand out in a crowd. So be
bedazzled, and buy mirrored accessories this summer to a add shine
and sparkle to your look.

‘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!

Flowering with fashion: Flora and Fauna inspired jewelry

Floral, fruity and animal motifs have always made their way onto garment pieces, but now fashion has gone one step further and find them gracefully decorating a woman’s neck or wrist or even ears. Being ultra feminine, this art deco inspired look is easy to wear and adds a different element of style and delicate grace to our run of the mill jewelry pieces. This fresh look is perfect for spring summer as well, and flower and leaf motifs are popping up all over from precious jewelry to street style fashion.

Floral inspired jewelry is a major accessories trend for spring summer 2016.On the international fashion scene, designer Anna Sui is head over heels in love with flowers this year. Showcasing her collection, she has incorporated them into garment pieces covered with floral patterns or appliques, an array of floral accessories styling the models’ hair, realistic floral festoons stretching across the whole bodies of the models. Also mind-blowing are her charming chokers with one single statement flower attached to them or bangles with one single flower anchored on them. At Dolce and Gabbana earrings come to imitate a bunch of flowers, while a couple of them bring into play realistic oranges and lemons as well. At Calvin Klein the flower on a bracelet is no way fragile but is standing quite solidly with its golden petals, while Carolina Herrera presents arch like earrings with floral details.

Historically, man has always been prone to be inspired by nature, which he saw all around him, and this is a trend that was constant through the ages. In Europe, Naturalistic jewelry, decorated with clearly recognizable flowers and fruit, became hugely popular during the 19 th century. Large spray of assorted flowers would often be worn as earrings, necklaces or body ornaments. Some of the diamond flowers are set on springs, which would increase their sparkle considerably as the wearer moved By the 1850s the delicate early designs had given way to more extravagant and complex compositions of flowers and foliage.

At the same time, flowers were used to express love and friendship. The colors in nature were matched by colored gemstones to create intricate and ultra- feminine pieces of jewelry. In modern times, From Chanel’s camellia to Christian Dior’s lily of the valley, flowers have been a constant source of inspiration to jewelers.

In Indian jewelry, floral motifs have often been a predominant theme and many traditional jewelry pieces are stylized with repetitive patterns inspired by flowers, leaves or other natural elements.

At Pookaari, we have curated an exquisite collection of floral inspired designer jewelry pieces, to add a delicate and on trend touch of style to your collection this summer. Designers Vibha,Mirror White, Preeti Mohan and Divya Chugh provide floral motif jewelry options for a more formal and evening look. Desi Panache and Fooljhari have more fun and casual style jewelry. For hair accessories with floral influences, shop from our collection of hair drama products.

Swinging with style: The Chandelier Earrings

As any fashionista can tell you, your jewelry collection is not considered complete unless it contains at least one dazzling and fashionable pair of chandelier earrings. By definition, a chandelier style earring means a long elaborate dangling earring, typically consisting of various tiers of gemstones, crystals, beads etc. From red carpet events to a night out on town, these long dangling earrings enamor everyone. These attention grabbing pieces dangle and sway from your ears, adding that extra drama and glamour to your look.

Made from a variety of materials, they can range from highly expensive and exclusive precious jewelry styles to affordable costume pieces for a trendy and current look. All age groups, making them an extremely versatile addition to your wardrobe, can also wear these earrings.

Historically, chandelier earrings closely resemble mini-chandeliers with a series of embellishments that drop down, sometimes cascading to different lengths, creating tiers. These tiers create movement and in many cases, create additional sparkle and shine.

These earrings have enjoyed a long history of being used as adornment, cultural identification and a sign of wealth and prosperity for thousands of years, dating back to 2500 B.C. According to legend, evil spirits were thought to be able to enter the body through any of its openings and take control. The first earrings were probably worn to bar away these spirits. Even though earring styles and popularity have fluctuated throughout time based on economic conditions, fashion and style influences and societal factors, they have always remained an important part of fashion.

Originating in Asia and the Middle East, Earrings were used as a simple way to determine the wearer's religious, political or tribal identity. Earrings were also an indicator of the individual's social status in the community and were considered a sign of wealth and prosperity. Among sailors, a pierced earlobe was a symbol that the wearer had sailed around the world or had crossed the equator. Earrings were also worn for acupuncture purposes, commonly believed to aid eyesight and hearing.

During the Roman Empire, wealthy women used earrings to show off their rich status. By the 2nd century A.D., gemstones such as sapphires, emeralds and aquamarines were used regularly in earring designs. By the middle of the 20th century, earrings of all shapes and sizes were popular, though there was a clear distinction between more conservative earrings worn during the day, and more glamorous earrings worn in the evenings. In the 1970′s, pierced earrings gained popularity and at the same time, styles merged and were no longer limited to either day or night wear.

Looking at the trends in 2016, many designers such as Alexander Mcqueen Dolce and Gabbana, Gucci and Celine have showcased massive chandelier earrings, some of them almost grazing the shoulder.

At Pookaari, we showcase a large collection of Chandelier earrings, by designers such as Raagini Mittal, Preeti Mohan, Vijayshree Sovani , Valliyan and Bbling to name a few. 

Made in a wide variety or colors, materials, our carefully curated chandelier earrings make the perfect addition to any outfit and can be shopped in styles to fit any occasion. Take advantage of their multifunctional character by wearing them on special occasions for a more luxurious and chic look, or wear them in everyday life to bring some bohemian free-spirited touches to your outfit.

Hanging on to the top trend this summer: Tassels

You have to have been living under a rock not to have noticed the fact that tassel jewelry and accessories are trending hard right now .You can literally find these fun and flirty trims hanging from the wrist, neck and ears of fashion bloggers, street style stars and celebrities every where you look. Apart from making you feel stylish and super trendy, these swingy little adornments also inspire you to feel strong, smart and statuesque. They are literally appearing all over the place, dripping of the ends of handbags, scarves, shoes and every other accessory

The word tassel originated from the Latin word ”tassau”, which refers to a clasp at the neck of a garment. Historically, this trendy little fringe you wear has a lot of significance. Between Roman emperors and contemporary fashion designers, tassels have had a long history of ornamental power. They have always been used as a symbol of power and prestige. In the beginning, tassels served as a weaving knot in garments to stop them from unraveling. Ancient priests and military officers began to wear them to denote superior rank and as talismans to ward of evil spirits. Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun was unearthed from his tomb wearing a tassel around his neck.

In more recent history, we have the French to thank to turn the humble tassel into a trendsetter and giving it a luxe legacy. The sixteenth century art of Passementerie turned tassels into a royal embellishment, commissioned by the  likes of Napoleon and King Louie the XIV. In India, traditional ‘Jhaalars’ were tassels used in decorative elements of clothing, décor and jewelry.

For Spring Summer 2016, the international range of accessories with tassel embellishments is as extensive as it is varied. You can choose from investment pieces like dainty tassel bracelets by jewelry designer Aurelie Bidermann, which are perfect for wearing alone or stacking up with others. Oscar De La Renta’s chunky beaded tassel earrings are also a fun way to wear this trend. For the more budget conscious, fun and affordable options from retailers such as ASOS and Nasty Girl are also available.

We at Pookaarii provide a wide variety of tassel jewelry as an option for everyone, young and old. Our BBling collection tassel necklace is an eye-catching option for how to wear this trend. As an everyday look, we have tassel pendant necklaces by Masaya trimmed with gold chains to add a glam edge. For a night out, Valliyan by Nitya has a more formal gold and emerald necklace with chain tassels. Our personally curated Pookaari collection has the Infinity necklace and Veer lapel pin with pearl tassels. Potli bags by Seetam and scarves by Bon Vivant also showcase this trend with their tasseled trimmings.

Needless to say, tasseled jewelry and accessories are the way to go to update your style quotient and stay on trend this summer. So don’t wait, add these pieces to your wardrobe right away and be fashion forward and forever stylish.

Charming us this summer: the Charm accessory trend

While going through various styles of designer jewelry, you are sure to have come across  the charm jewelry trend. These accessories are often tiny and delicate, but they sure do pack a punch. Charms are by definition an attractive or alluring feature that is added to accessories or jewelry. They are usually stones or baubles or even small trinkets of a specific shape that dangle off bracelets, earrings and necklaces. These are usually added to pieces individually or in multiple quantities and styles.  The purpose of these is to be pleasing to the eye and also add femininity and individuality to your look. These jewelry pieces are often personal, and provide an intricate and enduring peak in to the wearer’s inner world. Charm jewelry is also highly attractive as it dances and tinkles together with every step the wearer takes.

Historically speaking, the wearing of charms began in the way of an amulet or talisman to ward of evil sprits and bad luck. During pre-historic times, jewelry charms would be made of shells, animal bones and clay. Later on as civilization evolved, jewelry had charms made out of gems, rocks and sometimes wood.

Evidence of charms being used as ornaments in Germany and Africa was found up to 30,000 years ago. Ancient Egyptians, who were extremely evolved in their jewelry, used charms for identification and as symbols of faith and luck. They were even used to identify individuals to the Gods in their afterlife. Charms themselves have been the subject of several waves of trends and were worn by Assyrians, Babylonians and Persian civilizations from 600-400 BC. In Europe, Queen Victoria started the fashion of wearing charm bracelets amongst the noble classes.

In modern times, the jewelers Tiffany and Co. introduced their first charm bracelets in 1889. This look has gone on to become iconic and identified with the brand, and is now used in all their jewelry. Today, designers such as Juicy Couture, Dolce and Gabbana, Fendi and Valentino use charms in their earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Alexander McQueens spooky skeletons and Moschino’s retro tapes are also an example of on-trend charm accessories. In 2015 bag charms became all the rage, and were showcased by high street and high-end designers in a variety of different styles.

At Pookaari, we have curated a collection of charm necklaces by designer label Quirkbox. These one of a kind charm pieces are adorned with dangling accents in metal and natural stones and are a great way for the wearer to flaunt their individuality. They can be worn with all kinds of outfits, from a little black dress in the evening to a white t-shirt and jeans to update your daytime look. Invest in these pieces to add to your wardrobe, and you are guaranteed to stand out and grab attention in any crowd.

En’wrap’tured by scarves

A scarf, also known as a Kremer, muffler or neck-wrap, is a piece of fabric worn around the neck, near the head or around the waist for warmth, cleanliness, fashion or for religious reasons. They can come in a variety of different colors, fabrics and styles. Historically, it is said that scarves were invented as early as 230 BC. Chinese warriors wore cloth scarves to mark their military rank. Romans in 10AD were also known to wear a linen kerchief or ‘sudarium’ knotted around their waist or neck. Croatian soldiers also wore scarves in the 17th century.

Practically speaking, scarves were worn for a variety of reasons. They can be worn to cover the head or neck, as part of a military uniform, for religious reasons or to support a sports team.

During the early 19th century the scarf became a real fashion accessory for both men and women. American politician Helen Gahgar popularized the look in the 1920’s. This versatile piece of cloth became iconic with brands such as Hermes, Pucci and Etro. Turban style scarves were also popular as a chic way to cover up a bad hair day. Scarves have also played an iconic role in many Hollywood movies such as Bridget Jones Diary, Funny Face and Confessions or a Shopaholic.

Scarves are made in a wide range of fabric, silk chiffon, organza, voile, cambric, linen and lace to name a few. Synthetic scarves are also popular as they are easier to maintain and don’t crumple. They can be worn in plain printed or embroidered styles, as a matching color or contrast to your look.

In 2016 if there was one accessory trend that was seen during New York fashion week over and over again, it was that of the skinny scarf. On the runway and around the necks of street style fashionistas, these 70’s inspired trend put a fresh spin on any and every outfit. These artful, long and one-sided drapes were spotted at Rodarte amongst other collections. Lanvin and Pucci were other designers who also showcased scarves in their collections. At Giambattisa Valli , models were spotted wearing plain white scarves around their necks held in place by large metallic brooches.

In India, dupattas and shawls have long been used as wraps with traditional outfits. Bandhini or Bandhej style woolen scarves are also popular in the Kutch district of Gujrat. Tribal women are often depicted with colorful scarves trimmed with coins wrapped around their heads. In modern times, women wearing Indian outfits have also started using skinny scarves and stoles instead of dupattas for a more convenient and fuss free look.

At Pookaari, we have a special section of handpicked and curated scarves to update you look and add to your wardrobe this summer. Masaya offers a range of reasonably priced cotton scarves in attractive digital prints, while Boho Rhapsody provides silk scarves in color-graded stripes. For a more fun and trendy look, shop white linen scarves by Bon Vivant embellished with fun multi- colored tassels.  Wrap one of these trendy scarves around your neck to update your outfit and add an extra pizzazz to your ensemble and stand out this Spring!

A reinvention of the humble bracelet, wrist cuffs are a fashionable and exciting way to jazz up any outfit. A Cuff style is typically characterized as a rigid and open bracelet that slips over the wrist or arm and is usually of a significant width. These pieces are can be worn in a large number of very different ways and with any array of outfits. They can be sported on one or both wrists or upper arms, layered with other jewelry pieces or just as a single point of focus.

Historically, It is no accident that cuff bracelets have adorned the wrists of some of the most compelling and beautiful women . They can be traced back thousands of years, making appearances in ancient cultures worldwide from Asia, Africa, and Europe to America. The Egyptians fancied the cuff, adorning it with stones and Hieroglyphs. Queens Nefretiti and Cleopatra were often depicted wearing cuff bracelets. Greek goddesses such as Athena also adorned themselves with cuffs on both the lower and upper arms. Ancient Roman and Mayan royalty wore decorative cuffs, while soldiers wore leather cuffs for protective purposes.

Fictional characters such as Wonder Women and Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones are both known to wear cuffs that symbolize their strength, power and position.

The good news is that you don’t have to be royalty these days to be wearing this trend. Various different versions of the cuff are available with designers both internationally as we as in India. Materials such as gold, silver, metal, stones, plastic, crystals, leather and beads are all combined together in numerous interesting and innovative ways to creates looks that are stylish, glamorous and fashion forward.

For spring summer 2016, more delicate and intricately woven filigreed pieces have been making an appearance.  These are layered or worn by themselves on the wrists or upper arms to bring a fresh new edge to any outfit. International designers such as Giambattista Valli, Ellie Saab and Emporio Armani have all showcased collections where models sashayed down the runways sporting intricate and embellished cuffs in various shapes, colors and textures.

A cuff bracelet can also be worn to add a trendy and modern edge to a traditional Indian outfit. Gold metal cuffs worn instead of bangles are a stunning way to update a chiffon sari. On the flipside, these same pieces can be worn with casual outfits and western dresses to add an instant glamour to your look.

At Pookaari, designers Divya Chugh, Valliyan , Malleka and Golden Window provide a fabulous and varied collection of designer cuffs, all of which are a must have for any fashionista. Shop our specially curated collection of cuff jewelry to  reinvent your look as a modern day goddess and make heads turn this Spring Summer 2016.