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Flesh-Adorned Accessories

I-Ting Ho Skin Secret Skin Secret Turns Jewelry into a Second Epidermis

— October 10, 2012 — Fashion
The I-Ting Ho Skin Secret line of jewelry and accessories is a curious experiment that uses the epidermis as a distorting ornamental pattern.

I-Ting Ho uses cut-outs of belly buttons to decorate artful tie necklaces. Dimpled folding flesh becomes the focal point for drooping chains and stitched skin is the eye-catching image for an index finger ring. I-Ting Ho describes her fashion line as being able to "conflict with the audience." Instead of gleaming, perfect skin that every individual strives to achieve, she uses flesh that blemished, bruised and pock-mocked.

The I-Ting Ho Skin Secret line was inspired by the idea of people dressing themselves up with embellished purses, rings and other accessories that become a second skin to them. She wanted to make a line of taboo adornments that capitalize on the phrase "second skin."
Trend Themes
1. Distorted Adornments - Experimenting with using distorted images of the epidermis as decorative patterns in jewelry and accessories.
2. Taboo Adornments - Creating accessories that deliberately conflict with societal norms by using blemished, bruised, and pockmarked flesh as a design element.
3. Second Skin Accessories - Exploring the concept of accessories becoming a second skin by using embellished purses, rings, and other adornments that mimic the texture and appearance of skin.
Industry Implications
1. Fashion - Opportunities for designers to push boundaries and challenge traditional norms by incorporating unconventional materials and designs in jewelry and accessories.
2. Cosmetics - Innovations in makeup and skincare products that embrace and highlight natural imperfections, celebrating individuality and self-expression.
3. Art - Artists creating thought-provoking pieces that explore the perception and acceptance of unconventional beauty standards through the use of unconventional materials and forms.
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