The hottest Summer 2011 accessory trend according to Elle? Fabric jewelry. Woven, threaded, braided, plaited, tied, knotted...anything that's soft, supple and colorful. I'm on board with this, and have already been experimenting braiding leather cord and attaching a single focal bead. It looks super chic and very biker-esque.
Not to mention the fact that using fabric opens the door to a male clientele that might not have been so fond of silver chain and lots of pearls. The looks can be made into rugged, basic colors that men like. Add a small focal bead with gunmetal and silver, maybe throw in a geometric design, and you have an androgynous piece that will appeal to both genders.
Back to Elle- here's a few of the looks that they have on their fabulous website (all images copyrighted to Elle).