There is no denying that technology has always had an impact on fashion. But these days, that impact is being experienced on a global scale. Because of the connectedness of continents, trends and products are more easily traded than ever before. You can spot an outfit on a Malaysian blogger’s Instagram and shop it immediately, either online from the same stores the blogger did or by finding local retailers near you. All of this happens right from your phone.
The fast part of fashion can feel like a faceless blur. With this increase in globalism, the disconnect between producers and consumers is a growing cause for concern.
Soko means marketplace in Swahili. It is the name that founders Gwendolyn Floyd, Catherine Mahugu and Ella Peinovich chose for their jewelry line. Originated when the three women had a “meeting of the minds” while working in Nairobi, the collection was inspired not as much by jewelry, however, as by the puzzling question, “How can we create a business and supply chain model where everyone wins?”
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Each year there are two things that help ensure our New Year’s Eve is a success: the perfect bottle of Champagne to pop at midnight and a pretty pair of earrings to make our party outfit shine.
For the first we spoke with Bryan Maletis, the owner of Fat Cork, a Champagne club, and an expert importer. He recommended these six special bottles for the big night. We then paired each delicious description with our favorite festive earrings that hit similar notes. Enjoy them separately or match them up for an extra-special entrée to 2016.
Alexandre Lenique Cuvée Excellence Brut
“Young Alexandre is a perfectionist in the vineyard and in his cellar. His Champagnes are very fresh and clean, perfect for an apéritif and great for long-term aging. The aromas are delicate, citrusy and floral. The taste is light on the palate but still complex. This is what I will be drinking on New Year’s Eve,” says Maletis.
Pair it with Nadri linear stud earrings (pictured above). The glittery crawler is elegant but fun and perfect with a crisp updo.
Pascal Redon Cuvée Brut Rosé
“A beautiful salmon color that is perfect for holiday meals and entertaining. It goes with a very diverse range of foods and is great by itself, too. It’s mostly Chardonnay with a little bit of Pinot Noir added for color and texture; this will make both Champagne aficionados and novices swoon.”
Pair it with the versatile and rosy Monica Vinader Riva diamond hoop drop earrings. This pretty pair can be worn at both casual and formal occasions. Like the bottle of rosé, you’ll undoubtedly find yourself reaching for them again and again.
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Add a pop of color to your look with these Kendra Scott 14k gold-plated earrings that boast a bold and beautiful array of stones.
Two styles, one fierce color statement: Kendra Scott ‘Elle’ Small Oval Earrings & ‘Skylar Spear’ Statement Earrings
For over 10 years, Texas native Kendra Scott has been creating jewelry for fashion-forward women who know that accessories can personalize and enhance any ensemble. Up your chic factor and check out the great necklaces, bangles and rings also in Kendra’s collection.
The exotic flare and rich ruby tones of these beaded teardrop earrings have us craving the sweet, tart bite of pomegranate.
Our Inspiration: Perfect timing—September marks the beginning of pomegranate season. We can satisfy both our cravings with these NuNu Designs earrings and a trip to the market. Now, a delicious endive salad or refreshing cocktail?