ACCESORIES REPORT: Where The Wild Things Are

While New York’s concrete jungle may pale in comparison to the African brush, tribal inspired jewelry is nevertheless sweeping the city streets. From BCBG’s Spring Collection to Dolce & Gabanna’s Fall 2012, the days of delicate and dainty are long gone— all things Aztec are here to stay.

With chunky statement necklaces, shield rings, stacked bangles and angular edges, tribal accessories add a cool, ethnic element to any ensemble. Mixed-metal barred collars like this Fashionista’s create a fierce yet feminine look. If vintage YSL exceeds your budget, RJ Graziano’s statement necklace also exudes confidence. When experimenting with a louder piece, stick to a simple canvas. Textured whites or crèmes, like this by Topshop, compliment a bulky bib beautifully. 

From fabric to wood to plastic (and all things in between), tribal jewelry experiments with a wide range of materials; no item is “cookie-cutter” or conventional. With its shield frame and intricate geode center, this Fashionista’s ring is nothing short of mesmerizing. Though raw and rough, tribal accessories blend nicely with brights. This Fashionista’s rich, mahogany middle has an earthy grit that balances the neon Torn by Ronny Kobo skirt and Zara heels. To take the look from day to night, throw on an animal cocktail ring or a pair of fringe earrings.

Although spikes, edges and horns aren’t often used to describe high-fashion, the tribal trend is ideal for embracing your inner Amazonian — no war paint necessary.

Spotted: Leighton Meester added tribal flare to her LBD with this Chanel necklace. Vanessa Hudgens, Paris Hilton, and Beyonce all rock armor style rings.

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