Fashion Gets in Line

A sure sign of fashion's farewell to the romantic and sometimes ornate motifs of the past several seasons is the linear look, which is coming on strong for spring and summer, especially line-style bracelets and vertical-bar-like motifs. Bars in gold, platinum, or silver-in finished metal or gem-intensive, on the end of a lariat chain or hanging as a pendant-are the trend of the moment. At the same time, the look of the line (thanks, undoubtedly, to De Beers' touting of the line bracelet) is hot not only in bracelets but also in earrings, necklaces, and rings. The appeal of this motif isn't difficult to trace. Like all fashion trends, it ties neatly into the socioeconomic state of the world at the moment. With consumers and businesspeople alike feeling the pinch after years of boom, it's time for a paring down. But note: Trimming doesn't mean eliminating. The idea isn't minimalism, but

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