Lorraine DePasque is a contributing writer for INSTORE and INDESIGN. She is also a freelance journalist who has covered the fine jewelry industry for more than two decades. Having seen thousands of collections, met thousands of artisans, schlepped through hundreds of trade shows, judged hundreds of design competitions, and writtten several thousand jewelry articles, she has one simple request: “Please don’t tell me something is innovative when it isn’t.”
Earlier this week, at the annual JA New York Winter Show, I got a pretty good idea of the direction designers will go forward with this year (as they continue to consider their holiday sales and best-sellers). During the recent three-day jewelry fair, in fact, there were three trends that stood out: words ‘n phrases pieces, fringe/tassel-everything, and small, designer-y stack rings.
If, like me, you were watching Sunday night’s 72nd annual Golden Globes Awards and not just applauding the fact that many celebrities wore show-stopping earrings and necklaces, you noticed the jewelry mistakes. Jewelers are often resources of fashion direction for their customers as well as sources of the product itself. And because of that, being aware of faux pas at such high-profile events is equally important as high-fiving each other over the hits.
Since last month, when Pantone announced Marsala as its 2015 Color of the Year, I haven’t been able to get images of agates out of my head. And fossilized materials, too, though to a lesser extent. Truthfully, I’d been thinking about both since summer, when I began seeing some of the best new jewelry collections being built around them. Opaque patterns of successive color . . . each one of a kind . . . natural brown earthy undertones to more vibrant reds . . . crimson “melting” into blues or oranges—yes, this is Marsala, isn’t it?
When someone lives his life out loud — passionately, fearlessly, open to its possibilities — often, the silence following his death is oddly deafening. Since last week, when I learned of Scott Kay’s heart attack and sudden passing, I’ve been thinking a lot about that. And I suspect many of Scott’s business colleagues have as well—particularly those who knew or worked with him the entire 30 years his company’s been in existence.
Maybe the idea of Sixties Mod makes you wince and think of love beads, plastic bangles, and ball-drop earrings. But, in fashion next year, you can expect to see more of it—something I’ve realized as I’m watching the pre-fall collections. The whole Twiggy/Carnaby Street vibe, which designers are channeling, may have you wondering: how will fine jewelry make that work? But the thing is, it was also the decade when Jackie O. and Julie Christie were style icons. Hmmm . . . better already, right?