Fashion Trend Report 3 of 10: Safety Pins, Locks, and Hardware

Know the styles and necklines of clothes in the season ahead to offer the right jewelry in store

Key fall ready-to-wear clothing shows in four cities—New York, London, Milan, and Paris—took place Feb. 2–March 9, resulting in a fresh crop of clothing trends that will affect the jewelry we wear. Jewelers need to note these trends (see the entire report here) in order to stock cases with the right pieces to complement the necklines and silhouettes of the season ahead. Safety pins, locks, and hardware are the third trend to consider stocking; here are six new pieces to coordinate with the season’s most important styles.

Safety pins, locks, and hardware. Buckles, pins, and locks are having a moment. Mother of Pearl dressed models in padlock earrings dangling from hoops, and Mulberry’s pretties had little lockesque styles dangling from their lobes (even the brand’s creative director Johnny Coca appeared at the end of the show wearing a chain belt and key-ring-like attachment with a would-be lock fob). Then there were the Dolce & Gabbana buckle necklaces, massive safety pin earrings at Balenciaga and Christian Dior, and padlock chain necklaces at Isabel Marant. Offer the trend in store with safety pin motifs and lock jewels.



Safety Pin necklace in stainless steel, $70; Prime Art and Jewel

JCK Las Vegas PC-220


Safety Pin ear cuff in 10k gold, $195; Ileana Makri

Couture 1006 at Rainbowwave


Tiny Padlock earrings in 14k gold with diamond accents, $220; Lauren Klassen



Necklace in 14k gold with lock and key charms and 0.12 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,026; Alex Woo


Safety Pin bracelet in 14k gold and black rhodium with 0.13 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,215; Sydney Evan

Couture 407


Barleycorn platinum chain with a platinum lock and 0.75 ct. t.w. reverse-set baguettes, $5,226; Marla Aaron

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