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.”
Despite Milan’s obsession with Seventies style during its Spring 2015 Fashion Week—and, yes, that means super-huge hoops likely on their way in—I want to emphasize the continuing importance of big studs. Even if we see hoop earrings the size worn by Cher during that decade, large studs will co-exist. And quite comfortably, may I add. (FYI, for anyone unfamiliar with those Cher ϋber-hoops, take a look at the photo here. How cool was (is) she, right?)
Casual observers of London Fashion Week, which comes to a close today, may not have noticed the strong Eastern inspired aesthetic weaving through some collections—Marchesa, particularly, was outstanding. But those who watched closely (as I did, of course), may also have thought about the Asian themes and styling that continues to escalate in fine jewelry. Truly, I can’t remember a year when I’ve seen so many Buddhas, plum blossoms, and lace-like carved jades. But then, as if to put an exclamation point on the all-things-Eastern trend, several days ago, the big announcement came about “Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East in Art, Film and Fashion.”
As New York Fashion Week continues, mesh and lace both have been making a notable appearance in spring 2015 ready-to-wear. Given that the same openwork messages are weaving through many of the latest fine jewelry collections, this duo of runway trends has been a bright spot. Because, realistically speaking, more often than not, when fashion’s focus is on light ‘n airy, the customer’s preference for such jewelry is the same.
It’s unlikely you’ll see them much during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, which begins today, but not because they aren’t hot. It’s just that small jewelry on the catwalks isn’t very visible—no, not even to Anna Wintour who’ll, naturally, be seated in every front row.
There was no escaping the riot of red dresses on the red carpet of this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards. But as I watched what celebrities wore to the week’s pre- and post-Emmy events as well as to the annual MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) on Sunday night and its parties, I realized there was no shortage of black diamond jewelry either.