Italian Design Cautious, but With Flair

A decrease in the number of international buyers along with a marked sense of caution in design characterized VicenzaOro I, the jewelry industry's earliest barometer of the year's trends. Italian designers rose to the financial and emotional challenges, however, and introduced collections that met the demand for lower price points while remaining infused with creativity. Unoaerre's new spring/ summer line is a good example. The company has gone much lighter in design, moving away from its large, bold, gold collections of the past few seasons while maintaining high style. "We decided to not go too much into luxury and stay away from high prices this season," says Anna Toso, Unoaerre's retail division director. Negative space. Perhaps the strongest trend to emerge from Italian designers this year is the use of negative space. The effect is lighter, with pieces that show a little sk

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