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For spring '14, Lizzie Fortunato has taken our fondest memories of strolling through a local Japanese garden on a perfect spring day and turned it into pure gold. Specifically, chunky gold necklaces, detailed with feathers, crystals, and gemstones. In fact, the entire lineup of new Lizzie Fortunato designs pulls influence from the country of Japan and its natural (and man-made) beauty.
The Shibuya pieces reflect the neon lights of fashion capital Tokyo, while the Naoshima pieces, with their wooden and painted-porcelain beads, honor their namesake old fishing town. But, perhaps some of the most obvious nods to the small country's culture and style are new clutches covered with beautiful Japanese flowers and — a personal favorite — embroidered pieces of sushi and sashimi. Salmon roe has never looked so lovely.
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