You weren’t seeing things: Pearls were ubiquitous during the fall-winter 2018 runway shows
As Jackie Kennedy once said, “Pearls are always appropriate.” Who knew that decades later fashion designers would still be following that maxim? From New York to Paris to London, the fall 2018 runways were practically awash in pearls: Michael Kors’ girls sported double strands—some with cheeky rhinestone bows—under chunky (faux) fur coats and atop preppy Argyle sweaters. Prabal Gurung, artistic director at pearl-heavy jewelry brand Tasaki, accessorized his models with gumball-size pearl ear cuffs and studs, as well as sweeping single-earring shoulder-dusters. At Erdem, caged pearl earrings and pearl-and-gemstone drops complemented the ’20s-esque eveningwear (pearls even dangled from some of the dresses). Valentino accented its oh-so-’80s oversize floral prints and flowing tunics with mismatched pearl ear jackets and climbers. And at Emilia Wickstead, dainty pearl drops—and delicate pearl details atop her ladylike designs—were the thing. Always appropriate.
Top: Backstage at Emilia Wickstead’s fall 2018 London show (photo: Morgan O’Donovan)