by Lead Product Designer Stephanie Kheder
A fresh spring season is here, and it’s time to break out and embrace the next evolution of art and poetry that surrounds us in a new bloom of abundance. After a softer and more romantic nostalgic wash of past colors and vibes, trends are now rejoicing in bolder lines and colors, and plays on iconography paired with exaggerated natural elements.
Themes of geometrics and repeating patterns contrast with florals and foliage that can be either very precious, like rough crystallized or striated stones, or graphic like a faceted cut stone. Stone trends are currently focused on iridescent and metallic tones, like pyrite, labradorite, opals, moonstones, quartz, and layered doublets that bring dreamy natural colors to read bright and fresh. It’s like mixing materials and tones to create a new painting.
Pantone’s Spring 2015 colors, En Plein Air, show us a scenic and painterly direction for next trends leading into fall. Colors are already becoming more grounded and saturated, covering a wider spectrum of nature that feels more tangible. The look is a sunset gradation with cooler blues; ombre and rainbow effects are colorized, but not too boldly or saturated.
The boldest elements of spring trends are through novelty patterns and icons. We will see lots of classic symbols oversized and repeated with an over emphasis in an illustrated way in fashion.
This year we can look forward to an innovative vibe of growth and stepping out with a new tone through an artful form. Expression is held in more outward proportions that are softened with natural elements that evoke a feeling within.
Personal Vocabulary – Novelty iconography
Hearts Content – Metallic contrast
28” The Answer Chains – Longer look with natural stones
Freedom and Everlasting Faith Cross Pendants – Large symbol
Anchora – Bold asymmetry
Stellare & Melange – Nature next to geometry, painterly stones with Spring colors
In Season, Natural Beauties, Bees, Hummingbird, Dragonfly – For their stones, nature and floral references, warm tones, and symbols of growth
Pippin Chains – Metallic and natural vibe