hen Sarah Jessica Parker walked the red carpet at the New York City Ballet Gala last year, many eyebrows shot up over one piece of jewellerya��what looked like a bracelet that didna��t quite make it all the way to Parkera��s wrist. Today, the very same band is fast becoming a global trend. Call it what you willa��handlet, palmlet, palm cuff or palm braceleta��ita��s got the support of designers everywhere: from Dana Lorenz and Ana Khouri in the west to Manish Arora and Bansri Mehta in the country.
a�?Not everyone I know likes it. But Ia��d say the palm cuff is for a very fashion forward person, who is spunky and very out there,a�? says Mumbai-based Mehta who recently designed a series for her line, Bansri, one of which was picked up by actress Jacqueline Fernandez for her next film. a�?Though it may be a little inconvenient to wear, it is a statement piece and will be perfect for an after hour event,a�? she adds.
Designer Nitya Arora, of Valliyan in Mumbai, is not a big fan of handletsa��she prefers the more comfortable haathphool. But that doesna��t mean shea��s letting the trend pass her by. a�?Ia��m designing a line that includes a lot of geometric patterns, some whimsical pieces and some animal motifs. Ia��m especially fond of an art-deco piece that features a big gold rama��s head,a�? she says, adding that celebs like Sonam Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra can carry them off best.
There are plenty of options out therea��from Aroraa��s colourful handlets with fruit danglers to Mehtaa��s slender ones with Swarovski crystals. a�?Cuffs are very person-centric. A bold, fashion savvy person can carry off a chunky piece, while someone who loves elegance should try the slender ones,a�? says Mehta, who loves the serpent palm cuff from her collection because it is a�?vamp, vixen and diva all rolled into onea�?.
Fit is also key, adds Arora. a�?They shouldna��t be too tight or too loose. You dona��t want them flying off mid-gesture,a�? she laughs. And just because you have something on your palm, dona��t let it stop you from adding on more accessories. a�?You can wear rings and bracelets with them. I love teaming midi rings with my cuffs,a�? concludes Mehta.
a��Surya Praphulla Kumar