Bold baubles from Tom Ford, Tory Burch, and more
Spring 2017 New York Fashion Week has officially wrapped—and the big story for most media outlets was the see-now-buy-now experiment. (In the Instagram age, does it still make sense to show fashion that’s not available for six months?)
But at JCK, our eyes are always trained on the jewelry. And this season, top designers opted—once again!— to go big and bold with their baubles.
Which is good news for our industry. With runway shows live-streamed around the world and apps such as Vogue Runway feeding fashion consumers coverage of industry-only events in near real time, what’s shown on the runways impacts fashion and jewelry trends as profoundly as it ever has—and with greater velocity.
There were scads of standout jewelry looks shown in New York—earrings are still huge (and literally huge) on the runways. Here are my five favorite looks from the shows.
The white (coated metal? plastic?) shoulder-grazing earrings at Proenza Schouler were a focal point of the collection—and married organic, almost Incan, forms with a pop sensibility.
This earring—the only jewelry embellishment at the Dion Lee show—manages to be simple and complicated at once. It looks like something you would buy at Staples, but it’s also superchic.
Lucite! Crystal clear and also rutilated—in various bangles, rings, and earrings. I was overjoyed to see it done so well—and so thoroughly—for Area’s spring 2017 presentation. The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist went for pure fun, and it worked.
Tasteful overstatement is Tom Ford’s forte and legacy. And the designer certainly didn’t disappoint in the jewelry department for his Autumn 2016 collection (a see-now-buy-now affair). The lineup of big brass necklaces were made for women who prefer fashion that roars.
Pasta-style swirls in candy colors complimented the playful looks at Altuzarra. Earrings with swirls and coils showed up at several shows, including Prabal Gurung—a subsconscious play on the incredible swirled earrings designer Rosie Assoulin showed last season?
There was a lot to love, jewelry-wise, at Tory Burch’s spring 2017 show. But the deconstructed fish necklaces (top two photos) were particularly delightful. And who doesn’t love a bejeweled frog choker?
(Photos courtesy of Vogue Runway)