While there may not be a great deal of jewelry at New York Fashion Week, the clothes will leave you speechless. In a classic “Three’s-a-Trend” moment we spotted a trio of top Ready-to-Wear brands using graphic words and declarative statements as major motifs in their Fall 2016 collections. Look for jewelry designers to follow suit in the coming months with necklaces, bracelets and brooches that spell out exactly what’s on their minds.
“Sloganeering is rampant across all categories of fashion at the moment,” said Vogue’s Nicole Phelps. “Who knows, maybe the election year has something to do with it? One step more sophisticated than straight-up logos, they serve the same essential purpose of brand identifying in our Instagram-obsessed world,” she observed.
Perhaps the most vocal proponent of this sloganista trend is Alexander Wang, who splayed the words “girls,” “strict” and “tender” across the chests of his sweaters and around thighs of his tights. Wang also featured leather chokers with dangling earrings — hardly newsworthy statement pieces but effective nonetheless.
Presenting her Sonia by Sonia Rykiel collection near Valentine’s Day, the designer mixed heart-shaped brooches, a pin spelling the word “love,” and a single rhinestone earring with tweed jackets for fall. Talk about wearing your heart on your sleeve!
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli’s Red Valentino collection for Valentino turned to social media-friendly messages sewn on coats and dresses. Their whimsical words “heart,” “happiness” and “joy” almost guarantee word-of-mouth success for the savvy designers (as did their participation in the film Zoolander 2!).
Christian Siriano of Project Runway fame showed luscious fabrics and peekaboo shoulders for evening. These looks cry out for shoulder-dusting earrings!
Polo by Ralph Lauren stuck to the classics (surprise, surprise) with rich-girl camel coats, thigh-high boots, and ‘70s fringed bags…all of which will look great with gold chain-link chokers come fall.
Jason Wu and Victoria Beckham opted for lots of windowpane checks and deconstructed plaids…promising that graphic jewelry styles will be here through next winter.
To see Vogue’s full coverage of the Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear Collections from New York Fashion Week, click here and scroll alphabetically to the designers of your choice.