Take a look at what has come down the runways at the recent fashion week events (Paris and New York, namely), and you’ll notice more than a few trends. One common thread that has stood out to yours truly is the sheer amount of fabric present in so many collections.
Yes, for fall 2018, it appears that full coverage is the way to go. Could this be the end of those sheer, leaves-nothing-to-the-imagination dresses? (No, the runways had those to spare, too.) But for those ready to move on, this not a departure from the nearly naked—it’s quite the opposite. Designers such as Elie Saab, Valentino, Armani, and Moncler demonstrated going full-coverage to varying degrees, from dresses to ponchos to full-on puffy jacket–style gowns.
This isn’t your everyday, maxi-length dress here. We’re talking full coverage: from the neck, all the way down. A look like that can completely overwhelm someone if not styled properly, which is why you probably wouldn’t want to add a necklace (this is one of the only times I’ll say that, I hope). Rings would do the trick, yes, but at first glance, earrings would be best, since you notice them more immediately, in most cases.
This works particularly well when the dress is a solid color. Maya Rudolph is the perfect example of how a powerful earring can transform the full-coverage look: She paired her red Valentino dress with sensational turquoise, pink opal, and diamond earrings by Irene Neuwirth at the 2018 Academy Awards. Some weren’t a big fan of her choice (my favorite critics compared her look to that of a cult leader), but it stood out to me personally, and the jewelry had a lot to do with it. I thought she looked like a goddess.
So this fall, grab your turtleneck muumuus, flowing ponchos, and enveloping evening gowns—just don’t forget the earrings.
Isabella teardrop earrings in 22k gold leaf, $178; Évocateur
Moon Climber earrings in 18k yellow and white gold with 1.8 cts. t.w. sapphire briolettes and 0.09 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,265; K. Mita Design
Joyce earrings in 18k yellow gold with pink tourmaline, $6,840; Lauren K
Earrings with Tahitian pearls and emeralds, $2,700; Little h
Geometria collection earrings in 14k rose and white gold with coral and diamonds, $1,875; Melis Goral
Earrings in 14k gold-plated sterling silver with amethyst and chrysoprase, $462; Bounkit
Pictured at top: Fusion drop earrings in 18k rose gold with pink opal, clear topaz, and 1.5 cts. t.w. diamonds, price on request; Fernando Jorge