Basel Fair Revisits Vicenza Trends

Although the Basel Fair's watch area was its usual bustling madhouse, and jewelry exhibitors from the Far East were extremely busy, the jewelry design hall left much to be desired in terms of emerging trends and foot-traffic. Chalk it up to either the problematic slip in dollar value this year or the fact that the fair is just two and half months after the January Vicenza show, where so many new trends are first seen. Either way, most of the new collections shown at Basel lacked oomph. There were, as always, exceptions to the rule, with several fashion leaders trying interesting design. Most of those, however, weren't new concepts but rather new takes on already growing trends. The strongest fashion trends confirmed at Basel were versatility and the use of alternative materials. Leather, silk, and wood have become nearly commonplace among jewelers who just a few years ago would've

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