How to style jewelry this spring: 3 trends from the 2022 catwalk – Beyond Fashion Magazine | Directory Mayhem

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Jewelery designer Ayça Özbank Taşkan of Mara Paris shares her tips for wearing pearls, silver and statement earrings this season.

To paraphrase Marilyn Monroe, jewelry has always been a girl’s (or really anyone’s) best friend. Made even clearer by the pandemic, a versatile pair of earrings or a collection of gold chains can instantly elevate an outfit, and many have rediscovered the power of a well-placed upper-body accessory thanks to two years of Zoom meetings. But what separates a Well jewel of a Great gem? Mara Paris designer Ayça Özbank Taşkan says it is in the process and in the details. “It’s difficult to make pieces that look effortlessly simple,” she shares via video chat. “It’s really all about the little details.” And that was the secret of her and her brand’s success.

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No stranger to design challenges, Özbank Taşkan started her creative career as an architect. Looking for a different way to express yourself, Mara Paris was born as a side project. “It wasn’t just about designing jewelry per se, I wanted to create objects with aesthetic value.” Although the two fields might seem quite different in theory, she adapted her approach to architecture and applied it to jewelry design.

“Whether you are designing a room or an earring, there is always a starting point,” explains Özbank Taşkan. “In the beginning I try to define what the main inspiration is and where the boundaries of each collection are. After collecting the conceptual ideas, you need to think about the function and production, and then test what you have designed. Both of them always try to improve every aspect, no matter how small.”

This precision can be seen in every Mara Paris design, from avant-garde ear cuffs to easy-to-wear rings. But what really sets the brand’s pieces apart is their global perspective. The definition of a nomad, Özbank Taşkan was born in Istanbul but has lived in Venice, Padua, Milan, Berlin, Helsinki and of course Paris. Though she cites Picasso as a constant inspiration, she incorporates elements from all of these diverse cultures into her crafted aesthetic. “I learned so much and gained so many new experiences in every city,” she recalls. “So when I design, each collection has its own theme, but Mara Paris as a whole is a mix of all these different parts of the world.”

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For her latest collection Haven, Özbank Taşkan has embraced her nomadic name and taken inspiration from finding and cherishing your safe space. More of an idea than a physical location, their new offering features a plethora of pearls, silver accents and statement earrings, all among the biggest jewelry trends to come off the Spring 2022 catwalks.

With that in mind, we asked the designer at Mara Paris how to style the top jewelry trends of the spring season.

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Pinterest named Pearlcore one of its top trends for 2022. And while these dazzling accents are often associated with classic Hollywood glamor à la Grace Kelly or a rude rich woman in a skirt suit like the fictional Lucille Bluth, dazzling jewelry is gaining popularity in this spring’s big streetwear makeover. To achieve the look, Özbank Taşkan recommends investing in a baroque pearl necklace. “It goes perfectly with almost any outfit,” she says, explaining that this jewelry variant has a more organic shape than the typical round ones we often see. “Each gemstone has its own individual and unique shape, which makes it incredibly modern.” Take inspiration from this influencer and dress the accessory down with a denim jumpsuit and a simple sweater.

Silver

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Two years ago, silver seemed to disappear almost overnight. No longer “in fashion” (at least according to the content creators), the metal hid and its golden sister took its place in the fashion sun. However, this spring we are in for a renaissance in silver jewelry, and the key to this trend is in the tones. “You have a lot of freedom with silver,” says the Mara Paris designer. “It works really well with cooler colors and minimalist styles.” This monochromatic trio shows that white, cream, ivory and light gray tones are the perfect pairing for this accessory. But if you want to make a bolder statement, experiment with different combinations of blue, green, and purple.

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When it comes to statement jewelry, there are two schools of thought on how to style earrings: either give in to chaos and adopt a more is more mentality, or break up the boujee accessory and embrace a more minimalist aesthetic. Özbank Taşkan supports the latter. “It’s just more elegant,” she notes, alluding to the Scandinavian style. “With a minimalist look, the statement piece has more interest and room to breathe.” The key to this bold jewelry trend is to buy pieces with architectural designs or unique textures. Apply the same rules to your favorite outfit, and you’re guaranteed to avoid cheesy terrain.

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