Fashion

Top 4 luxury jewelry brands of the year

Not just for adding that extra bling to an ensemble, a piece of jewelry is primarily an expression of one’s individuality and personal style. Over the years, jewelry designs have evolved remarkably to fit the changing needs of every generation. Luxury jewelry, particularly, has made its mark by being high-customizable, lending uniqueness and extravagance to every piece created.

Read further to know about the top 4 luxury jewelry brands of the year.

Cartier
Instituted by a French jewelry designer Louis-François Cartier in 1847, Société Cartier is one of the most prominent luxury jewelry brands in the world. They have customized jewelry for state events and royalty, including King Edward VII of England, Wallis Simpson, Princess Grace of Monaco, and the Maharaja of Patiala. At the moment, Cartier’s jewelry line offers necklaces, rings (wedding and engagement), bracelets, earrings, and brooches.

Mikimoto
A luxury pearl jewelry maker, Mikimoto’s history dates back to 1889 when Mikimoto Kokichi designed the first cultured pearl. Its first store was established in Tokyo, and the brand gradually made its way into major fashion capitals, including New York, London, Paris, and Los Angeles. Mikimoto is the first luxury Japanese jewelry to have gained international recognition. Apart from the exquisite pearls, Mikimoto is celebrated for its simple yet elegant designs. Mikimoto has an incredible collection of pearl and diamond necklaces, pendants, earrings, rings, brooches, bracelets, and men’s jewelry.

Bulgari (Bvlgari)
A renowned Italian luxury brand, Bulgari was founded in Rome by a Greek jeweler Sotirios Bulgaris in 1881. It wasn’t until the 20th century that this brand garnered attention across international markets for its creations. The brand’s rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings are fancied by some legendary Hollywood stars like Elizabeth Taylor and Ingrid Bergman. Some of their popular luxury jewelry collections are Serpenti, Monete, and Parentesi. Apart from designer jewelry, Bulgari also makes leather goods, watches, and fragrances.

Harry Winston
Referred as the King of Diamonds, Harry Winston had a talent to effortlessly spot the best gemstones. He is credited for introducing the method of clustering, a signature technique where different cuts of diamonds are pieced together in an arresting detail so that it can seize light from every direction. Such was the aura of this jewelry, that every Hollywood starlet wished to don only his designs. At the moment, Harry Winston has an extensive luxury jewelry collection which includes pendants, necklaces, rings, earrings, charms, bangles, engagement rings, wedding bands, and men’s jewelry.

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Top 3 plus size outfits ideas for fall

It should come as no surprise that seasons often influence popular fashion choices. However, one should not be hesitant to wear what they like just because of insecurity and the afterthought of how something would look on them. Questions like will it be possible to carry the dress in style or whether one’s physical appearance does justice to the dress or outfit should not hinder one’s fashion and style choices.

Keeping this in mind, here are some of the popular and trending plus size dress styles this year:

Jumpsuits
These dresses are back in style and are one of the popular choices for the fall, especially jumpsuits that sport a floral pattern or any color pattern. Florals are trending during the fall season and a colorful jumpsuit with the right floral pattern can look extremely stylish.

Jackets
One can easily maintain a monochrome look with a simple black denim and a plain white shirt and add a colorful jacket. The colorful jacket will do the job of accentuating the entire outfit. The unexpected color shift and contrast with the monochrome denim and shirt choice make it one of the popular plus-size outfit ideas for the fall season. You can also team up a denim jacket over a floral or geometric print top.

Denim
A fall look is incomplete without denim dresses, which are trending during the last few months of the seasonal transition. A bright-colored denim dress goes well with a light-colored sweater that will not only provide protection from the upcoming cold winter months but also look great with a pair of matching boots to complete the look.

Knee-length dresses
Before the end of December, find the right knee-length dress and sport it in style during the fall season. Knee-length dresses come in great patterns and a variety of color choices that are well suited for the fall look.

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Tips for choosing the perfect wedding gown

Wedding is a special occasion for every woman. It is something she has dreamt about since she was a little girl. Thus, it is obvious that every bride wants to look her very best on her wedding day. A big part of which involves finding the perfect wedding gown.

Before buying the elegant and unique wedding dress for your D-day, it is important to be aware of certain basic elements like the style, the look, and the material. The market is brimming with wedding gowns and being aware of these basics can help you in narrowing down your options.

Not every bride-to-be can be or even tries to be size 0 for her wedding day. For those women who not only celebrate but also like to flaunt their beautiful real-girl curves, choosing the perfect designer plus-size wedding dress can be a little difficult. Below are some tips to help you find the perfect wedding gown for your special day.

Dress styles
Choosing the right dress style is essential for any dress that one chooses to buy. Its importance goes a notch higher when it comes to a wedding dress. Following are some of the most popular plus size wedding dress styles you should try:

  • Ball gown– With wide flowing skirts, these are well-fitted in the waist area and flow out into an elegant-looking skirt. Ball gowns are timeless and a perfect choice for pear-shaped brides. They can work wonders by accentuating your smaller upper half. And, a ball gown is bound to make any woman feel like a princess.
  • Sheath gown– The sheath gown helps in creating an illusion of height. They do not have a separation between the skirt and the torso. Sheath bridal dresses are made of multiple vertical fabric panels. They offer the much-needed support and a generous structure.
  • A-line wedding dress– An A-line wedding dress has a narrow neckline that widens into a full skirt. This type of a wedding dress is ideal for a bride who is looking for ample coverage.
  • Dropped waistline wedding gown– Any plus-size bride wanting to flaunt her curves, a dropped waist corset gown is perfect as it emphasizes on the curves. It can also work to create fullness at the bottom of the dress.

The fabric
Once you are sure about the style, the next important step is choosing the correct fabric. A fabric largely determines how the dress would appear on the body. Some ideal fabrics for wedding dress include:

  • Chiffon– A lightweight fabric, chiffon is perfect for spring and summer weddings.
  • Satin– A high-sheen material, satin wedding dresses not only look stylish and classy but are also extremely comfortable.
  • Polyester– Wedding dresses made from polyester are comfortable and perfect for most wedding dress styles. However, polyester wedding dresses are ideal for winter weddings.

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Top 4 stylish jewelry brands for men

When it comes to men’s fashion, men’s jewelry has often been underrated. However, thanks to social media influencers on apps like Instagram and Snapchat, men’s jewelry now occupies a prime spot when it comes to fashion. The best thing is that there are now brands that create designs that range from classic and traditional to quirky and fun fashion accessories for men.

Read on to know some of the popular makers of men’s jewelry. Although men’s jewelry trends do often include earring, chains or necklaces, bracelets or bangle watches, this list is more for the understated and minimalistic category.

Dolan Bullock
Dolan Bullock has been one of the oldest brands specializing in men’s accessories and jewelry. Crafted using unique techniques and interesting materials, each piece of jewelry symbolizes tradition and class. The range of products include cufflinks, tie accessories, pendants, money clips, and bracelets. Made using stainless steel, sterling silver, gemstones, and 14 karats and 18 karats gold, each of the product symbolizes impeccable and refined taste. Dolan Bullock collections are exclusively available at Bloomingdale’s, Ben Bridge, and other luxury and fine retailers.

GTO London
A fairly new jewelry brand in the market, GTO London was founded in 2010 by Victoria Lyon. The jewelry line takes its design inspiration from classic cars, especially, the Ferrari. The cufflinks, key fobs, lapel pins, and money clips in each of the collections of GTO London are inspired by the distinctive design of the components and interiors of classical motor cars. This jewelry brand also creates bespoke pieces customized according to the personal styles and preferences of any client. The collections include only limited-edition pieces; therefore, clients are assured of exclusivity.

John Hardy
One of the leading brands in artisanal jewelry, this jewelry brand from Hong Kong takes its design inspiration from nature and Asian art. The bold and exotic designs combine the techniques of classical European and traditional Balinese schools of jewelry making. They specialize in hand-crafted men’s jewelry, including bracelets, cufflinks, rings, and chains. Each piece of jewelry is sleek, stylish and elegantly adds to a dapper look without going over-the-top.

Jan Leslie
For those looking for something quirky, Jan Leslie’s collection of hand-painted enamel and semi-precious stone jewelry can be a great choice. The collection includes accessories like cufflinks, stud sets, bracelets, tie bars, lapel pins, and collar stays made of vibrant and fresh designs. The motifs are inspired by symbols ranging from animals to sports.

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Four things to avoid while selecting wedding clothing

Weddings have become more fun than what they used to be a few decades ago with some strict dos and don’ts. Today, everyone including the couple getting married is progressive in their thoughts and don’t really shun you for what you choose to wear, unless until they had specifically specified on the invite for a dress code. However, out of respect for the couple, there are some basic pointers that you can keep in mind when picking the clothing you would like to wear for a wedding.

  • Try to avoid colors such as white, pale white, or any shade of white and light blue. The reason is quite simple, the brides mostly pick within these colors, and when you try to wear a similar color, your wedding clothing loses its allure and so does the bride’s dress. Even if you are family, it’s still better to avoid these common wedding dress colors so that you really don’t upset anyone. Go for a neutral pick of wedding clothing so that you get to wear your style without worrying about looking similar to someone at a wedding.
  • Don’t choose the wrong fabric and end up sweating profusely. Consider the time of the wedding. If you are planning to attend a wedding in the summer season, you can pick decent wedding clothing in comfortable fabric like linen or cotton.
  • Leave that denim at home. The worst wedding wear is dressing down with a casual pair of jeans. It’s a special day, why would you pick something that is just too plain casual. If you really want to dazzle in some denim clothing, then why not wear a trendy jumpsuit in a different fabric like linen. They are gorgeous and a show stopper.
  • Don’t dress like a boy next door. Dress up like a gentleman, not a boy in shorts. If women can perk up for a day, so can you. You may not like to wear a suit, but you definitely can wear some formal pants with a good shirt and a jacket. Don’t dress up like you are crashing at your friend’s house, that shows disrespect to the couple who invited you.

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Tips to pick the best clothing for your wedding

A wedding is a celebration to anyone who is a part of it, but it is all the more important to the bride as that is the day when her dream wedding is about to come true. The most important aspect for a bride is the wedding dress, the one piece of wedding clothing that stands out from all of the crowd on that special day. Here are a few crucial tips that can help you pick the right wedding clothing.

Research extensively before shopping
Instead of mindlessly trying to find a dress for your wedding, get some tips from friends and family about the best dressmakers they know. Study a little about them, and make a prior appointment, so that you get some professional help when picking your wedding clothing. This is not a dress that you want to buy off the rack. Try to make your appointments on a weekday and when the store is less crowded so that you get the best attention when you shop. If your salesperson is preoccupied, you might miss out on some crucial design needs. Most importantly, don’t compromise, get inputs from everyone but just don’t give up on what you want at the end of the day.

Start early on your shopping
The ideal time to start planning your wedding dress would be at least six to nine months prior to your wedding date. The making of a dress can take at least four months, and therefore, it is essential to give yourself at least a two-month buffer for alterations. Trying to get a good dress that fits you perfectly and complements your style will be mind-boggling at the last minute.

Pick your clothing based on the destination of your wedding
From the destination to the time of your wedding, everything should be considered in order to pick the right wedding dress. If you are organizing a beach wedding, then you might have to pick your wedding dress which is not a ball dress or has trails. Similarly, you cannot get married in the church in an informal cocktail dress. You also have to factor in the season because you cannot wear some heavy fabric in the summer and end up sweating badly. Location is a key component to deciding what kind of dress you have to pick for your wedding ceremony.

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