Break out your cowrie shell necklaces!
Fashion Month continues across the pond this week—and though we’re not even on to Paris yet (the Milan shows are happening as we speak), already there’s plenty to write about on the Interesting Jewelry front.
Here are some of the buzziest, most memorable jewelry looks from the European runways so far…
Mixed-shell necklaces at the Prada show (photo courtesy of Instagram/@corathomasdesign)
When’s the last time you wore—or, more pressingly—sold a seashell necklace? Prada’s use of the kind of necklaces we picked up on the boardwalk as kids for its fall runway was likely not signaling the return of cowrie shell to high fashion (but, you know, don’t count it out). Still, the whimsical, mixed-shell pieces were undeniably charming.
Supermodel Julia Nobis in a seashell necklace at Prada (photo courtesy of Vogue Runway)
Designer Jeremy Scott is a lover of oversize, say-something jewelry and accessories—his aesthetics have always been steeped in street culture. He outfitted models for his fall collection for Italian maison Moschino in typically jumbo-size baubles, including logo disc earrings and chunky gold Missoni bangles. My favorite accoutrement from the show: a navel-grazing, hip-hop-ready silver chain necklace swinging a logo-emblazoned disc (Marc Jacobs showed similar styles at his New York Fall show last week).
Thick chains and disc earrings at Moschino (photo courtesy of Instagram/@moschino)
Hip-hop-inspired jewelry at Moschino (photo courtesy of Vogue Runway)
The Italian designer’s bohemian-esque fall collection embraced maximalism and included this incredible sun-motif necklace. Yowza.
Sunray necklaces at Fausto Puglisi (photo courtesy of Instagram/@faustopuglisi_wow)
Bally, the designer Italian shoe brand–turned–fashion collection, mixed elegant drop ball earrings with more irreverent accessories—including gold-rim aviator glasses and a black beret bearing a peeled banana patch, among other embellishments. I love the mix of hard-edged glamour with pop-culture frothiness.
Gold ball drop earrings were a constant at the Bally presentation (photo courtesy of Bally).
Creative jewelry-accessory styling resulted in memorable looks at Bally (photo courtesy of Bally).
Designer Alessandro Michele is the fashion world’s darling du jour. And for obvious reason: He embraces fun, irony, and beauty in equal measure. He’s a wild card designer who also deeply influences the fashion tides (all the cartoony patches you see in stores now? You can credit him with that trend). For Gucci’s playful fall collection, Michele put models in a number of off-the-wall jewelry looks: shoulder-grazing earrings made of gold scarabs, jumbo pearl drop earrings, and silver tusks jutting from models’ nostrils—a don’t-try-this-at-home look if there ever was one.
Gucci’s madcap mash-up included nostril jewelry (photo courtesy of Vogue Runway).
(Photo at top courtesy of Bally)