Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Aesthetic Accessories

As promised, here is the next installment of "Fashion is Architecture." If fashion is to architecture, then surely jewelry is to furnishings. The furnishings of a room can make or break it, just as jewelry can make or break an outfit. The best accessories, whether in a building or with an outfit, are those that enhance the presentation of whatever it is they are decorating, not solely how gorgeous the accessory is in and of itself. Regardless of whether the furnishing or piece of jewelry is a statement piece or an unobtrusive punctuation for a roving eye, the overall aesthetic should improve and they should contribute to the feel of the look. Too many accessories, not enough accessories, clashing accessories (different from contrasting), or accessories wrongly placed will detract from the overall aesthetic. You can't just throw on jewelry or haphazardly furnish a room and expect it to work. Don't make the mistake of relying on your outfit's garments or the architecture of a room to compensate for wretched accessories. Take some time, give it some thought, and make sure those additions are truly adding something!

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drusy earrings in sterling at Ross-Simons $150

Here are two of my favorite accessory pieces that I've seen during the past couple of months. I chose these earrings for their sparkle, must-have style, affordability, and versatility. Below is the limited edition, $18,000 Stellar Console table by Jake Phipps. The detailed facets of the range table refract light from 900 individually sized mirrors, mimicking the natural crystals of the above drusy earrings, delivering a unique texture and incredible sparkle.

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Stellar Console table by Jake Phipps $18,000

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