Month: April 2016

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.

Ringing in a new trend: Statement Rings

When it comes to any kind of jewelry in 2016, bigger is definitely considered better. This holds true especially in the case of statement rings. Gone are the days of small delicate looking barely noticeable bands around your fingers. These days, the fashion forward brigade can be seen sporting huge finger adornments in various shapes, sizes and designs. These attention-grabbing styles attract attention and compliments, adding flair to your traditional Indian outfit. They also draw attention to your perfect manicure and slender digits. Statement jewelry can be tough to pull off, especially when it comes to making it vibe with your other accessories. However, rings can be easy to wear and usually go well with almost any of your other jewelry pieces without creating a look that is over the top.

Internationally, designers Roberto Cavalli and Elie Saab showcased single statement rings in their fall winter 2016 collections, using them as a focal point of interest. Gucci designers had their models sporting multiple art deco inspired pieces together for a richer and more opulent look.

Historically these rings were called cocktail rings and were worn during the prohibition period of the 1920’s in America, which was a time of breaking barriers and setting new trends and society. In traditional Indian jewelry, Mughal kings and queens were both known to wear large rings adorning one or many of their fingers. Tribal Indian jewelry also has many examples of large statement rings, some of which have a mirror embedded in the center.

These days the styles and designs of statement rings are extremely varied. Some are traditional Indian pieces embedded with stones, pearls and other ornaments.

Traditional gold pieces are also popular, and many have ghungroos or tassels hanging from them. On the more modern side there are many styles with eighties influences, animal faces , flowers and large ornate stones. Knuckle-dusters, originally a part of punk and Goth jewelry, have also gained popularity. Many rings cover the entire length of a finger, and some are even spread over the entire width of your hand or more then one of your fingers. The versatility of statement rings makes them easy to reuse. You can wear the same piece casually to work or lunch, in the evening for dinner, to a party and even to a wedding. This makes it a good investment and value for money.

At Pookaari we have beautiful Kundaan statement rings, pearl adornments and larger then life funky wheel designed pieces by designer Preeti Mohan, Ragini Mittal and Sneha Rateria. Each of these pieces has received a great response and would make a fabulous addition to your jewelry box.  So go ahead and buy yourself a few statement rings, and revel in the stylish and fashion forward look they add to your outfit.

Potli Bags: little bundles of embellishment.

From the viewpoint of convenience, every Indian outfit should be complimented with a small bag in which to carry your necessities such as your money, lipstick,mobile phone etc. From the bride herself to others, one such bag which is used very frequently is the much talked about Potli bag.  Usually small in size, these little pouches can be made to match a particular outfit and have the same colors and embroidery or contrasting pieces can be matched and teamed up with your Indian wear for a more varied effect. Rather then carrying a standard designer bag, such pieces also express a certain amount of individuality and sophistication in fashion sensibility. They speak of a woman who has moved beyond labels and is able to marry tradition with style.

Historically, Potli bags have been around in India since the Vedic civilization.  Mentions of these bags have been found in ancient literature and references are to be found in many paintings and artworks as well. Such bags were also used in the Ramayana and Mahabharata period. When Lord Rama went in forest on his exile for fourteen years, his brother Lakshman accompanied him along with a potli bag containing clothes, medicinal leaves, fruits, water and mud of Ayodhya.

In the Mahabharat, Arjuna used a potli bag to hide his weapons in a tree, and the Pandavas carried their personal weapons in such bags during their exile. Sudama was also known to carry a Potli of rice when he went to meet lord Krishna. Massages given with Potlis filled with herbs were famous during the Vedic period, a tradition that continues to be popular even today.

For the modern Indian women, these bags have increased their span of use from merely being a utility to a stylish fashion accessory. Many designer bags can be found made of various materials such as silk, brocade linen, velvet etc. 

The embellishments can range from Gujarat embroideries from Kutch, sequins, Zari, mirror work, beadwork, stonework, Chickankari and Phulkari to and endless list of traditional and modern embroideries. Adornment to the strings in the form of tassels, fringes, shells, pom poms and ghongroo bells further add a look of attention grabbing style to the Potlis. The closure for these bags is traditionally a drawstring, but for the sake of convenience in modern times zips and buttons are added to increase the utility .In Australia and New Zealand, large potli bags are being used as money swag bags.

These swag bags are also used by foot travelers or swagmen for carrying personal belongings especially bedroll.

In some countries, Santa Claus is also portrayed carrying a potli bag (instead of other type of bags) on his shoulder filled with toys and sweets to distribute on Christmas festival.

At Pookaari we have a special section of Potli style bags from various designers such as Aiyana, Karmic Kabira, Plumeria and Seetam. These bags are available in a varied variety of styles and colors to match your ethnic wedding outfits and can later be used with indo-western dresses or beach wear as well.

However you choose to use them, Potli bags are effective was to marry style and convenience in a stylish and memorable fashion.

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