Primitive Motifs in Jewelry & Fashion

As perennially popular as animal prints, lavish amounts of chunky jewelry are a key element of this season’s tribal-influenced fashions. The March 2012 issue of Marie Claire describes this trend in the introduction to an eight-page fashion spread: “Michael Kors calls the trend Afriluxe, we call it an adventure: Span the globe in spring’s earthy swimwear, artisanal jewelry, and slightly savage extras.”  Each of the editorial stylings is worth studying for inspiration, especially with regard to the layering and combinations of jewelry. Among them:

A dress and belt by Lanvin are accessorized with a chain-link necklace from David Yurman, a shark-tooth necklace from Maniamania, a giraffe cuff from Roberto Coin, and a snake bracelet with ring from Anna Hu. The sandals are from Oscar de la Renta.

A swimsuit from DSquared2 and bag from Michael Kors are accompanied by a necklace, brown armband and stone cuff from Stephen Dweck; a gold cutout cuff from Robert Lee Morris; a wooden bangle from Sticks & Stones; a silver cuff from Misha Nicole, and a ring from Maniamania. The earrings are described as the model’s own.

In this third image from the March 2012 Marie Claire fashion spread, the model wears a vest and bodysuit from Donna Karan; a pendant necklace from Bulgari, a fringe necklace from Misha Nicole; a shark-tooth necklace from Maniamania, an arm band from R.J. Graziano, and a pair of cuffs from Adina Reyter.

Among the accessories featured in the March 2012 issue of Marie Claire are an arrowhead-shaped ring from Charles Albert; a bracelet from Tous; a necklace from Freedom for Topshop; a cuff from Vince Camuto; a hand chain from Fallon Jewelry, and a ring from Monserat De Lucca. The claw necklace pictured center far right is from Dior.

Here’s yet another page focusing on tribal-inspired looks in the March 2012 issue of Marie Claire.  The cuff is from Tom Ford and the necklace from de Grisogono.

Among the accessories featured in the March 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar are a spiky necklace from Aurelie Bidermann and a pair of bangles from Tom Ford.

The March 2012 issue of Allure presents a swimsuit, leather and resin necklace, embossed leather bracelet, and footwear, all from the Michael Kors Collection.

The February 2012 issue of Lucky considers how to tone down Michael Kors’  bold, African-inspired pieces: “Defang jungle-ready clothes with slouchy silhouettes, warm colors and layered chunky necklaces (the bigger, the better).” The model at right wears a beaded necklace and a “Tribal spike necklace” from plus a horn cuff bracelet from Kora. Her dress is from 10 Crosby by Derek Lam, her cardigan is from Uniqlo, her tote is from Katrin Reifeiss, and her sandals are from Michael Kors. Along the bottom of the page, Lucky features a stack of plastic bangles from (“The hands-down easiest way to tap into the tribal trend.”); and an African glass, wood and clay necklace from (“Makes your preppiest button-down safari-ready.”)

In the February 2012 issue of InStyle, singer Solange Knowles wearing a dress from Carven and from Holst + Lee, “cotton, magnet, semi-precious stone, onyx, rope, and brass necklaces.” Her shoes are from Aldo.


Among the accessories featured in the February 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar are a two-layer necklace from Aurelie Bidermann, linear earrings from Vhernier, and a mixture of bangles from Lizzie Fortunato Jewels.

The January 2012 issue of InStyle features an eight-page spread on exotic combinations of prints and colors modeled by actress Shailene Woodley. Among the stylings is this look, a cropped top from Salvatore Ferragamo and shorts from Zero + Maria Cornejo, worn with an elaborate combination of necklaces. From the top, they are: Noir Jewelry glass seed bead and gold plate. Chan Luu glass seed bead. Elk Accessories wood. Stephen Dweck bronze bead and chain. The glass bead bracelet is from Cocobelle.

The December 2011/January 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, the spring preview issue, features tribal looks and notes that Michael Kors was inspired by Africa’s golden savannas, while Donna Karan  took her cues from a Haitian artist. A chunky necklace from Michael Kors is pictured at upper right. The white and orange bangles are from Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere.

Also in the spring preview issue of Harper’s Bazaar, actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley models a tribal-influenced dress and necklace from Donna Karan New York with large hoop earrings from Roxanne Assoulin for Lee Angel and a pair of unmatched bangles from Alexis Bittar.

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