European Design Trends

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Beaded Peter Pan Collars
Big collars, heavily adorned with beads seemed to be making a splash everywhere Bonita looked.

Beaded Peter Pan collars are all the rage in Europe.

Beaded Peter Pan collars are all the rage in Europe.

These so-called Peter Pan collars borrow from a 1970s aesthetic but add a modern twist. Many of these collars are actually bib-style necklaces and not even attached to the blouse underneath (this makes washing much simpler and allows you to mix and match!).

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Bib necklaces have made a comeback in the US recently. Will these collar-style necklaces be the next big thing?

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With their versatility, you can go simple or you can go bold, all signs point to yes! Adorn them with seed beads like our lovely Charlottes or Farfalles, go for a sophisticated look with some Swarovski pearls or bring out your inner punk rocker with Czech glass Spikes and Czech Glass Daggers galore. Your options to look fabulous are endless!

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Soutache

Soutache Ribbon Embroidery Jewelry

Soutache Ribbon Embroidery Jewelry

Soutache (rhymes with mustache) is a recently revived style of embroidery to make beautiful, opulent jewelry incorporating fabric ribbons and beads which was propagated by Israeli artist Dori Csengeri beginning over ten years ago.

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The memorizing designs, abundance of colors and ease of use have made soutache a big hit in Europe lately. Do you think this look will translate in the US?

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We love the bright and the bold! I think we can safely say the soutache is going to be bigger here than anywhere! We are totally in love with this trend so keep a look out for more about soutache in the future. In the meantime, check out our Pinterest Soutache board for more delectable designs! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook!

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