Eccentric styling is back in a big way
The fashion industry’s fall 2016 runway shows wrap up in Paris on March 9—but between New York, London, and Milan, there have already been a barrage of showstopping jewelry moments this season.
We’ve all been watching the return of statement earrings as a huge trend that will undoubtedly trickle down to every tier of retail within the next year or two. The look’s momentum continued on this season’s runways—brands in every city showcased shoulder-grazing varieties.
But my guess is that biggie earrings are just the start—I think we’ll see the return of even more eccentric-feeling baubles to the fashion jewelry market in the coming years, fueled by a larger trend for wearing such pieces in a casually-piled-on, grandma-at-the-gala way.
Oversize jewelry with a vintage ’50s and ’60s vibe has been especially ubiquitous this season, layered heavily on necks, wrists, and lobes with reckless (but chic!) abandon.
Call it jewelry maximalism—or an ode to eccentric style in the vein of octogenarian style maven Iris Apfel.
So what about those gold stud earrings and neat little stacking rings that have been flying off your store’s shelves? My guess is they will be hot sellers for a while yet. But when buying for the holidays and beyond, keep an eye on the horizon—some seriously joyful jewelry this way comes.
Gucci’s new designer, Alessandro Michele, does irony-laced whimsy so wonderfully—and the jewelry juxtapositions styled onto (and with) his striking fall looks meander down that same path. There were some major ooooh moments here.
Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce & Gabbana showed pearl-encrusted headphones last season, and for fall its designers took their penchant for the hyper-bejeweled a few steps forward—showcasing exquisite jeweled hair accessories, intricate bib necklaces shaped like shirt collars, and a bevy of one-off pieces that looked like they’d been plucked from the velvet jewel boxes of royals.
There was so much jewelry piled onto models at the Alexander McQueen show (amost all of it wrought in white metal), they often looked like they were wearing body armor. The effect was very moody and daring—two adjectives that have long been used to describe the British brand.
Italian brand Marni often channels graphic,1960s-feeling aesthetics—and the chunky statement earrings it paired with its flashback fashion for fall felt like they had sprung straight out of a mid-’60s Vogue spread.
Swinging chandelier earrings were the jewelry focal point at Ralph Lauren, complementing the designer’s signature cowgirl-cum-equestrian aesthetics. Very cool and classic.
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