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.”
Sometimes a trend is just a trend. And, while it may be interesting, it’s one of those fashion directions that jewelers should mostly ignore. On Wednesday, that’s what immediately came to mind, as I listened to yet another fashion reporter, during a regional broadcast, drone on (almost drooling) about “the in-vogue idea” of wearing matching cuffs—identical wide bracelets on both wrists. Yes, it’s a Xena, Warrior Princess or Wonder Woman look. But, no, it’s not a trend worth keeping an eye on, even though some celebrities are, admittedly, wearing it. This fall, Kim K. was spotted at Balmain’s runway show accessorized in what I suppose she considered “same-cuff chic”—but I doubt that many other than she and Kanye thought so.
Blue. A cool blue. With less than a month until the Pantone Color Institute’s announcement of its 2015 Color of the Year, that’s my prediction. More specifically, although I want it to be Aquamarine (Pantone #14-4313), my gut tells me it’ll be Scuba Blue (Pantone #16-4725). Scuba Blue is a stronger hue than the color of March’s traditional birthstone. Nonetheless, both blues are soothing and calming and, of course, nature inspired.
With trunk show season well under way, it’s safe to say that consumers are continuing to give a thumbs-up to the multi-finger thing--and, at the same time, they’re still loving full-finger rings. Retailers are telling me that, although fashion rings aren’t an easy gift purchase, women have made sure they’re near the top of their “Wish Lists.”
On Monday, when I checked my Instagram, I saw this post from fine jewelry designer Simon Alcantara: “Rest in peace. You will be missed. Our Dominican Treasure who inspired us every day. I’m grateful and honored to have known him. Oscar de la Renta.”
This fall, in my blogs, I’ve pointed to three key jewelry trends taking shape at this time, which are sure to be big for spring: big hoop earrings, modern tribal designs, and seventies inspired styles—pretty much in that order, too. Well . . . thank you, Angelina—this morning, in my e-mail inbox, I saw a photo of Ms. Jolie, at an event several weeks ago, wearing a gigantic pair of thin gold hoops, which really epitomizes all three trends.