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Fashion 2006: Holiday Buying Guide

What are the trends that will drive consumer desires this holiday season and beyond? In this issue, we bring you the most important product directions and new collections for 2006. There's a new naturalism inspiring design this season. The floral motifs of seasons past have evolved into a more abstract and elegant biomorphism. These refined organics are the strongest new direction of the year. Silhouettes and proportions are evolving too.

Necklaces and bracelets are much more important than in past years. Long necklaces add versatility to women's wardrobes, wrapping and layering to add individuality to every look. Strong cuffs are back, most in abstract or organic shapes. Texture is very important, making craftsmanship as important as design this season. Even simple shapes become rich with hammered, crushed, crumpled, and hand-worked surfaces.

The palette is warm, with the rise of rose gold and brown gemstones. Marquise and pear shapes appear in gemstones, links, earrings, and pendants. New rough and rose cut inspired gemstone shapes add an organic flavor to gem-set pieces as well.
We also bring you the most important collection launches of the year. Primary among them: "Journey" diamond jewelry, now appearing in a surprisingly diverse selection of styles at every price point. We show you all the must-have categories to help you merchandise your Journey case to take advantage of the consumer advertising launching this month. And there's more: new men's, children's, licensed jewelry, and even some clever new display solutions.

Last but never least, in our monthly "Buyer's Choice" feature, we ask top retailers from across the country to choose the best new designs from the shows. It's the best of Vegas all in one issue! Use it as the ultimate cheat sheet to finalize your holiday shopping list. — Cheryl Kremkow

“Narissa” by Alex Woo
“Narissa” 14k gold cuff with diamonds by Alex Woo, suggested retail $7,875, (212) 726-5533.