Lorraine DePasque

Lorraine DePasque

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.”

Write on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 Published in Designers/Jewelry

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.”

Write on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 Published in Designers/Jewelry

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.

Write on Thursday, 04 September 2014 Published in Designers/Jewelry

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.

Write on Thursday, 28 August 2014 Published in Designers/Jewelry

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.

Write on Thursday, 21 August 2014 Published in Designers/Jewelry

This isn’t really a left-field surprise, is it? Considering the growing popularity of cool pearl jewelry over the past year, my prediction for black pearls, specifically, seems hardly startling. But to tell you the truth, after attending a “Fall 2015 Trend Fashion Forecast” last week, I have been wondering why I hadn’t figured it out sooner. On Thursday, I was at a presentation by Roseanne Morrison, fashion director of the Tobe Report—Tobe’s been around since 1927, providing retailers and brands with in-depth research focused on consumer issues it sees as affecting short- and long-term buying.