Signature Style

Design your ownNo one knows better how important having a signature style is than award-winning costume designer and stylist Cate Adair. She creates the costumes for all the characters on the popular TV show Desperate Housewives. Now she has teamed up with Chamilia to help launch this new collection exclusively for Be The Match. It makes it possible to support saving lives in a way that celebrates your own style and individuality.  The Be The Match collection includes two bracelets with Be The Match hang tags, as well as nine handcrafted beads made from Italian Murano glass, colored stones, and sterling silver that work beautifully together to create a personalized expression of your style.

For those of you who like to make personal holiday gifts , these bracelets are a fabulous idea. And you have plenty of time to make several for special people if you start now!  

How important is it to have a “signature style”?
In my career in the fashion and styling industry, I always accessorize my clients by incorporating their personal style into every look.  Women today are many things, including working as professionals, parents, and friends which keeps them very busy. Accessories are always important to add personal style since we often wear what could be considered a uniform of jeans and a t-shirt, or the same all-black outfit.  A few of the top trends I’m seeing right now for accessories are fine beaded jewelry, which is totally customizable, scarves, animal prints, the color aubergine or eggplant and belts.   

Cate AdairHow did you develop different “signature styles” for each of the characters on Desperate Housewives?
Every character on the show definitely has his or her own distinct personality and style that fans know.  As a costume designer, it’s my job to let the character’s clothes and accessories tell a story.  Bree is traditional with a twist, while Lynette is frazzled and constantly putting others before herself.  It’s important not to lose sight of your own personal style and what works best for you too.  Just because skinny jeans and voluminous tops are a trend, it doesn’t always mean that everyone should wear it.  

How can women use jewelry to define personal style?
Jewelry has and always will be a favorite accessory for women. The Chamilia fine-beaded jewelry collection allows women everywhere to add their own personal style to their look with unique customized beads.  I like it because women can create their own one-of-a-kind bracelets, necklaces, and earrings to really add their own trademark accessory to any outfit.  Since you can mix and match to truly customize your own look, the collection is adaptable for a variety of occasions and styles.  I enjoy skiing and the seasons so the snowflake bead is naturally one of my favorites!
Are there any tips you can give our readers to help them when working with the “Be the Match” collection?
There are different ways to assemble your jewelry to create different looks. A few tips on how to go about designing your own Chamilia bracelet include repeating a pattern with a series of three to four beads for a well-structured and balanced look, creating a focal point with one bead like the Be The Match hang tag, or using spacer beads as a way to add to your bead collection and bring interest into your pattern.