Miami Fashion Week has come to a close, ending seven days of shows, shopping and parties. The collections of the local and international designers reflected the glamor and diversity of Miami, with many designers drawing inspiration from the city’s vibrant colors and culture.
No outfit is complete without accessories; a stroll through the jewelry and accessories marketplace completed the fashion week experience. From the simple to the sophisticated, to the over the top and flashy, there was something for everyone.
One trend with the jewelry was the bigger, the better. Oversized rings and pendants by Cleo & Cat caught my eye right away. South Florida-based sisters Claudia and Catalina mold the chunky and funky designs by hand. The rings and pendants are surprisingly light-weight, made from polymer clay that’s painted and decorated with semi-precious stones. Cleo & Cat’s rings and pendants may not be the best jewelry choice if you’re shy; these pieces will definitely get you noticed in a crowd.
Another trend was the use of rare and unusual materials to create jewelry. Venezuelan designer Amaloa Bonvecchio showcased some truly wild pieces that are made with reptile skins, feathers, bones, tusks and horns. The materials are strung together with leather, creating elaborate works of art. Wear one of her pieces and it’s sure to be a conversation starter.
Other jewelry designers drew their inspiration from nature. The pieces by Maleku are influenced by the colors of Costa Rica’s rainforest. Inspired by her native country and its people, artist Ileana Maria Rojas-Bennett donates a portion of her sales to the Maleku people in northern Costa Rica. The Amazon forest is the inspiration — and provides the materials — for Amazon Fashion Seeds. The jewelry is made with seeds, bark, leaves and gems from the Amazon forest.
One of my favorite collections in the fashion week jewelry & accessories marketplace was by Sikara. Founder Mousumi Shaw draws on her Indian heritage to create what she calls “Modern Fusion Jewelry,” a mix of the culture and history of countries she’s visited. Her sophisticated and still affordable designs appeal to a variety of tastes. I liked her colorful gemstone rings so much I bought one for myself!
Bold and bright are the best terms to describe the handbags at the jewelry & accessories marketplace. My favorite bags were the colorful clutches from LaLucca. Appropriately named “Art Bags,” each clutch is painted by artist Aleksandar Kirilov, creating a one of a kind design. The clutches start at $450.
A less expensive but still bright alternative are the bags from iCool. These super light bags are made from recycled bamboo fibers that are printed and laminated with the designs. The totes and shoulder bags cost around $30. If you like the designs they also come on wallets, pens, and card carrying cases.