Tribal has been one of the buzzwords of recent times, as ethnic chic with a twist of modern has taken the fashion world by storm. The strong ethnic vibe has been a common theme on the catwalks in New York, Paris, London and Milan and it’s a trend that’s gathering momentum.
And when the likes of John Galliano, Diane von Furstenberg and Oscar de la Renta are dabbling in the tribal chic look, you know it has hit the big-time.
So how does the tribal-inspired look play out in the latest jewellery trends? And what works and doesn’t when it comes to tribal jewellery?
o This season’s jewellery has a sense of humour. It’s fun and refreshing, daring you to take some risks with bold statement pieces. One of the best (and cheapest) ways to make a statement is with your accessories. And what better way to be bold than with tribal accents?
o So what kind of things are we talking about? Huge wooden beads, feathers, natural seeds, bright colours and organic-looking metalwork all make great tribal jewellery. But really anything that’s a little bohemian or gipsy will do the trick. This is a genuinely flexible jewellery trend where you can be creative.
o But don’t go over the top with the tribal jewellery look. It’s all about tribal accents made modern, traditional materials given a contemporary twist. You’re not suppsed to look like an ancient warrior. You want to be wearing exciting, conversation-piece jewellery that’s in harmony with the global village. For example, a cool blend of beads and metal is a winner.
o If you’re going for big statement pieces, it’s best not to go top-heavy. Shoulder-scraping earrings may not work with a massive oversized chunky necklace at the same time. Having said that, these pieces may work well on their own, so don’t be afraid of size, or even over-sized!
o Another word of warning: feathers can look tacky. And you should definitely avoid feathers caught from some rare bird – that’s not cool, especially as the ethical jewellery movement, which takes into account where jewellery comes from and how it’s made, is becoming one of those huge, defining jewellery trends that definitely isn’t forgotten next season.
o Bracelets: there are many ways to get the tribal look with your bracelets. There are some awesome tribal-themed charms out there, or big cuffs are a definite yes this season. Alternatively, pile on some bangles to create a stack with a tribal edge. For example, metal, woods or resin bangles can work really well together. Tribal jewellery is about your freedom to choose.
o Drop earrings with an ethnic twist are making a huge comeback. Big glamourous pendants and tribal-themed drops are the big story of this year’s jewellery trends.
The best tribal jewellery combines style and fashion with that twist of modern chic. It’s all about accents of wood, seeds, beads, feathers and ethnic features made modern, for styles that work in the Here and Now.