Modern Big Loop Ear Wires: A Wirework Basics Tutorial

Are you looking for a unique ear wire to complement your minimalist earring designs? These elegant and versatile Modern Big Loop ear wires are the perfect finishing touch for your handmade earrings. Leave them unadorned for a sleek minimalist look. Embellish them with beaded dangles to add a pop of color. Or even add some beaded fringe for a bold graphic statement.

Circles are a popular shape right now, and brass is really having a moment in fashion and in home décor. So, I chose to use jeweler’s brass wire (also known as rich low brass, red brass, or 230 brass) for my own Modern Big Loop ear wires. I’ve never been a fan of yellow metals, but I find myself drawn to the graphic brass jewelry designs that we’re seeing lately.

You can make the loops on your ear wires virtually any size. I’ve used three different sizes for

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Matches Fashion Has Curated the Ultimate Summer Wardrobe Inspired by Italian Style

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Global travel is back—and so are the jet-setters who do it in the utmost style. In that spirit, British retailer Matches Fashion is setting off on its Grand Tour Italy, a series of immersive parties and shopping events putting this season’s best vacation attire in situ in il bel paese. With stops in Rome, Florence, Naples and the Mediterranean island of Ischia, the itinerary and attendant wardrobe is enough to make any connoisseur of fine hotels and fine fashions want to hop the next flight to la dolce vita.

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This outing is actually part two of the Grand Tour Italy initiative Matches launched in 2019 in collaboration with Marie-Louise Sciò, CEO and creative director of the Pellicano Hotels Group (which includes

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The Standout Accessories of Spring/Summer 2022, According to the World’s Top Buyers

“This season’s collections had a feeling of optimism and fun,” says British Vogue’s commerce director, Naomi Smart. “With a return to IRL meetings, events, and celebrations, accessories designers have flexed their imaginations to the max and delivered slick, surreal, and poppy investments that will last (and bring joy) for years to come.”

From Y2K-inspired bags to mega-platforms and surrealist heels, let the world’s top buyers inform your next purchase. Scroll on to shop the best accessories available now. 

All that glitters

Tiffany Hsu, vice president of womenswear and kidswear fashion buying at Mytheresa.com, sees the sparkle craze as a “symbol for hope.” The retail platform has bet big on embellished bags and shoes this season.

It’s a similar story at Matchesfashion.com. Head of womenswear Cassie Smart believes that embellished accessories offer customers a “sense of joy and escapism”—feelings that we yearned for during the pandemic. At Browns, the steady

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Fashion trends are costing the environment

Fashion faux pas: Fashion trends are costing the environment
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From balaclavas to cowgirl hats—and even the return of low-rise jeans—whatever the latest trends, they’re sure to fly from catwalks to consumers the moment that models leave the stage at the Australian Fashion Week next week.

But before fashionistas spend up big, University of South Australia researchers are encouraging buyers to reconsider flighty purchases and take a moment to better understand trending of “fast” fashion and its impact on the environment.

In a new study led by UniSA Ph.D. candidate Erin Skinner, researchers explored Australians’ knowledge of fast and slow fashion, finding that general consumers not only lacked an understanding of the issues, but were also averse or unable to change their buying habits to support more sustainable options.

With Australians overrepresented as one of the largest consumers of textiles globally, UniSA researchers say government and the fashion industry have an obligation to better educate consumers about the

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