Jewelry to Complement the Season’s Rich Burgundy Hues

The June–July 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar identified one of the six biggest trends to look forward to this fall as the color bordeaux: “Also known (somewhat objectionably) as oxblood, this deep crimson is being touted as the color of the season, giving last year’s primary red a run for its money.” Another name for this rich, deep red is burgundy.

A sampling of the bordeaux runway looks from Bazaar is pictured above. The looks pictured are nearly devoid of jewelry, although the Yves Saint Laurent ensemble appears to include a chunky black wristwatch.

The September 17, 2012 issue of People identifies the color oxblood as one of the fall’s top trends, “Or call it deep red, burgundy or wine,” adding, “This sophisticated color works beautifully with black, winter white, camel or heather gray.” Designer Peter Som is quoted: “Oxblood is a great way to introduce color into a wardrobe. After so many seasons of brights, this rich, deep color takes on a nuanced edge.” Among the offerings featured in the hue is a burgundy faux leather and goldtone metal necklace from Gemma Simone.

The September 2012 issue of InStyle provides an entire “color crash course” in burgundy: “A fall runway favorite, this rich, intense color is as sexy as red yet as versatile and chic as basic black.” Designer Alexander Wang is quoted: “Burgundy is neither a brown nor a red, but it has the best qualities of both.” He suggests thinking of the color as a new neutral, to be worn in place of beige, navy, gray or black. Although there is scant little jewelry seen in the two-page spread, Emmy Rossum is pictured wearing a gold necklace with a burgundy-hued Boss Black pantsuit, and InStyle notes that gold in the form of gold metallic stilettos enhances burgundy’s warm undertones.

The October 2012 issue of Family Circle shows a pair of looks in fall’s “hot hue”—”deep red with chocolate undertones” that some might call oxblood or burgundy. A jacket and skirt by H&M, to the right, is accented with huge disc earrings in what appears to be two-tone metal from Kenneth Cole. The model also wears Echo gloves, Hue tights, and a bag form White House–Black Market. To her left, an ensemble by Kenneth Cole is accented with earrings from Catherine Stein and Hue tights.

The August 2012 issue of Real Simple suggests fall-friendly jewel shades, earth tones and metallics to replace rainbow-bright jeans once the leaves start to turn. Along with Sold brown tribal-pattern jeans, James Jeans red coated jeans, Forever 21 red floral jeans, and Paige red leaf-print jeans, Real Simple pictures necklaces from Coldwater Creek and Banana Republic in similar hues. The shoes are from Tila March.

The August 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar highlights a necklace of chunky deep red stones set in yellow gold from Stella McCartney.

The September 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar features a necklace of burgundy-hued faceted stones and glass intaglios set in yellow gold from Salvatore Ferragamo.

If you choose not to use a tone-on-tone approach to accessorizing with jewelry, yellow gold is the ideal complement to rich burgundy hues, serving, as noted by InStyle, to enhance these colors’ warm undertones.