As fashion editors scout the Fall/Winter 2013-2014 collections in Paris, London, Milan and New York, we turn our attention to high-end jewelry looks for the coming season. What new pieces are the top designers debuting in their runway shows? Which styles will the professional catwalk-watchers feature in their magazine pages? And how can you adapt these designer jewelry trends on a real-life budget?
It promises to be a season of high contrast – masculine/feminine, delicate/edgy, elegance/grunge, historic/futuristic – it’s all out there, all at the same time. This ambiguity allows for maximum expression of your personal jewelry style, so have a ball this fall and indulge in something new and different. To help get you started, here are five of our favorite haute couture looks and some tips on how to achieve them for less:
The Chain Gang. At Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld added a wide, low-slung belt to nearly every number he sent down the runway. It worked on power suits and gossamer dresses, making the art of contrast look like a cinch. Expect Chanel’s double chain-link bracelet to be widely copied at every price point. Macy’s has a classic single-strand version for under $40 – just buy two!
Swing from the Chandeliers. Bejeweled pendant earrings illuminated the runways at Balmain and Ralph Lauren, among others, proving this opulent trend is here to stay — even for daytime. If you can’t afford Ralph’s Anna Karenina–inspired dazzlers, try a versatile pair in black from White House/Black Market for $34.99.
The Byzantine Cross – A cousin of the Maltese cross, the Byzantine cross graced rings, brooches and golden crowns at Dolce & Gabbana. Look for these eight-pointed religious symbols to be studded with some very worldly jewels this fall. The Cloisters Museum and Gardens Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gift Shop has a Late Byzantine Cross Pendant for just $125.
Evil Eyes. Valentino explored tapestries embroidered in Chinese dragons — ancient symbols of power — and ancient talismans guarded the runway at Kenzo. The designer collaborated with red-hot jewelry star Delfina Delettrez on a capsule collection celebrating the protective eye symbol. Check out LoveandLucky.com for a bracelet with the same mysterious motif, available for just $39.99.
Graffiti and Grunge. Offbeat accessories ruled at Lanvin, while ‘90s grunge was the order of the day at Saint Laurent. But beware…this quirky pile-it-on technique takes some practice to pull off. Alber Elbaz of Lanvin begins his signature look with a key word like “Happy,” “Cool” or “Love” scripted in gold; then he layers on his wackiest pins and chains with abandon. Go ahead, try it!
Tell us which designer style you plan to adapt for fall…and please share your favorite looks-for-less resources with all your friends at Obsessed by Jewelry.