More on the Brooch Bonanza

In recent posts, I’ve focused on the affinity of lapels for brooches and the alternate style of wearing a brooch front and center. But there’s more—much more. The brooch bonanza continues in the fashion press with this mélange of ideas how to wear brooches.

At the waist:


The September 2012 issue of Real Simple accents a peplum jacket from Verlaine with a sparkly crystal brooch from Carolee to further accent the waist. The necklace is from Rebekah Price. The model also wears a Loft skirt and CH Caroline Herrera heels.


The August 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar adds further drama to an elaborate dress from Gucci by pinning an eye-catching brooch from Chanel Fine Jewelry to the waistband. The model also wears drop earrings from Boucheron and a ring from Lydia Courteille. The model to her left accents a gown from Bottega Veneta with earrings from Karry’O and stacks of bracelets from Lynn Ban.

On a bodice:


The August 2012 issue of Lucky starts with a crystal-detail brocade top from Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and adds crystal brooches from Kenneth Jay Lane and Sequin to punch up the wow factor even more to suit Australian singer Kimbra. She also wears a silver double-wire chain ring from and a rhodium ring by Alexis Bittar, J Brand jeans, a red patent belt from Kate Spade New York and pony-hair boots from Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet.

In an ensemble created entirely of elements designed by Lanvin, the August 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar utilizes eye-shape brooches on the bodice and a lips-accented belt for a bit of high-fashion whimsy.

On a collar:


Italian photographer Micol Sabbadini is pictured in the September 2012 issue of Lucky charmingly wearing a diamond-detail gold and metal bee pin from Sabbadini Jewelry on the collar of her velvet shirt from Emporio Armani. Sabbadini Jewelry is also credited for the stainless steel and enamel snake bracelet and the crocodile and white gold cuff; the other jewelry is her own. (The magazine does not mention whether the name is coincidental.) The skirt is from Jill Stuart.


Another example of a brooch pinned to a collar appears in this photo from the September 2012 issue of Elle. The silver brooch is from Patricia von Musulin and the silver hoop earrings are from Tiffany & Co. The model also wears a top, pants and belt from Proenza Schouler and a blouse from Stella McCartney and carries a blue clutch from Victoria Beckham and a leather iPad case from Valextra.

Yet more ideas:

A collaboration between style icon Dita Von Teese and the vintage shop Decades in Los Angeles includes a full-skirted trench coat, as highlighted in the September 2012 issue of InStyle. Von Teese suggests: “Throw it on with a scarf or a jeweled pin” or with scant little else to use it “as a tool of seduction.”

The September 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar employs a couple of long dangling brooches from Ben-Amun as an accent to a coat, blouse, and shorts ensemble from Max Mara. The specific location at which the brooches are placed is indeterminable from the photograph.

An ad for Coach appearing in multiple magazines includes this styling incorporating a what looks to be a brooch (or pin/pendant) at the base of a turtleneck top.


A current ad for the Ralph Lauren Collection uses a brooch to fasten a furry scarf around one model’s neck. The ad also showcases an elaborate collar-style necklace worn with a pair of large stud earrings.

Brooches are showing up in men’s fashion too. An ad for Louis Vuitton in the September issue of Details pictures an arrow brooch piercing the huge collar of a winter jacket.

Brooches, with their versatility and ability to add a targeted bit of style, have earned their place in every jewelry lover’s wardrobe.

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