Before New York Fashion Week kicks off and we get wrapped up in analyzing those trends (stay tuned to @jckmagazine on Instagram for a look at the biggest jewelry looks coming down the runway), I wanted to make note of the one design house from the Paris spring 2019 couture show that absolutely dominated my Instagram feed: Viktor & Rolf.
The design duo of Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren sent models down the runway clad in epic dresses that would have been pretty statement-making on their own, but instead were emblazoned with a touch of something literal: words.
With statements like “Give a Damn,” “Leave Me Alone,” and my two personal favorites, “F* This I’m Going to Paris,” and “Sorry I’m Late I Didn’t Want to Come,” the larger-than-life walking announcements were a sight to behold and definitely had everyone talking. The designers insisted that the statements were open to interpretation, but reading between the lines, you have to wonder if the current political climate provided the backbone for the collection (and since this feels at least partially influenced by the Melania jacket debacle, I think the answer is yes).
Since it’s couture, you won’t see people walking down the street in these gowns—but you will the collection’s influence.
While I’ve been hearing that the ’90s nameplate necklace is making a comeback (where is it? Have I been missing it?), I can say with the closest thing to certainty that word jewelry is going places this year.
As proven here, wearing your thoughts and declarations on your sleeve (or neck, or ear, or finger), is in vogue.
It doesn’t have to be politically motivated—though words like Resist continue to please. Seek jewelry with sentiments like love, hope, and calm, affirmations that feel good to see and hear. Come to think of it, if you look at it the right way, it can all be tinged political. But, just as the designers of the hottest collection so far this year have said, it’s all open to interpretation.
Top: Boss Babe signet ring in sterling silver, $180; Nora Kogan