The 1920’s Roaring Again?

Every fashion season has its share of historical influences on the newest designs. For 2003, the era of choice may be the 1920s. Though the '20s and the 2000s reveal surprising social and economic contradictions, they display several fashion parallels. The emphasis, however, is less on the partying aesthetic associated with Flapper Girls, their beaded bags, or sartoires. Instead, designers have rediscovered the femininity of florals, the distinctive feel of sheer fabrics, and the grand statements of soft color prints. While not all fashion designers embrace this ideal (Calvin Klein, for example, remains true to his minimalist mantra), there is a general design trend away from severe simplicity and toward more ornate looks. For jewelry, it translates into more carved stones and a continued taste for enamel and opaque stones—especially opal and mother-of-pearl, both 1920s favorites.

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