Jewelry at New York Fashion Week: Bare Shoulders and Big Earrings Rule

Proenza Schouler Sculptural Earrings, Spring-Summer 2017
Proenza Schouler Sculptural Earrings, Spring-Summer 2017. Photo courtesy of elle.com.

As New York Fashion Week draws to a close, there seems to be some confusion about what we’ll be wearing next spring. That’s because several big-name designers, most notably Tommy Hilfiger, Alexander Wang and Tom Ford, offered up see-now, buy-now collections immediately for sale this fall.

However, many more designers embraced tradition by showing clothes that won’t be ready until next season: Spring/Summer 2017. One big trend that dominated these ready-to-wear collections was an obsession with bare shoulder, off-the-shoulder and peekaboo shoulder designs.

Let’s take a look at the jewelry at New York Fashion Week, where big earrings and bare shoulders ruled the runways.

Single Earrings (and a Nose Ring) Starred with Shoulder-baring Styles at Monse
Single Earrings (and a Nose Ring) Starred with Shoulder-baring Styles at Monse. Photos courtesy of vogue.co.uk

Show Your Clavicle

Elle magazine is calling spring’s off-the-shoulder look the Flash Dance shoulder, a 1980s name that somehow renders this retro style new again. Bare shoulder designs have been growing in popularity for several seasons now, and it looks like they’re here to stay through Spring/Summer 2017.

The Flash Dance shoulder is a great way to show some summer skin without going overboard; you can cover your upper arms while exposing your clavicle and shoulder blades. This look works best with dramatic, sculptural earrings like those seen at the Altuzarra show, worn as a pair, or amusingly mismatched.

Diane Von Furstenberg. Spring 2017 Show. Photo courtesy of KOKO-TV-23.<br />Colorful Spiral Earrings at Altuzarra. Photo courtesy of elle.com<br />Diane Von Furstenberg, Spring 2017. Photo courtesy of KOKO-TV-6
L to R: Diane Von Furstenberg. Spring 2017 Show. Photo courtesy of KOKO-TV-23.
Colorful Spiral Earrings at Altuzarra. Photo courtesy of elle.com
Diane Von Furstenberg, Spring 2017. Photo courtesy of KOKO-TV-6

Cut It Out

Deconstructed shirts, which slip casually off one shoulder, appeared at the Monse, Oscar de la Renta, and Carolina Herrera shows. This peekaboo style and its more formal cousin, the cut-out shoulder, were often paired on the catwalk with oversized single earrings.

At Proenza Schouler, which British Vogue called “one of the best shows of the week,” Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez took the cut-out idea a step further with provocative peepholes at the chest and waist.

“With earrings swaying like Alexander Calder mobiles and the pleated skirts swinging high-low, there seemed to be permanent sense of movement,” said Vogue’s international editor, Suzy Menkes.

Tell us what you think of the bare shoulders/big earrings look for spring. Or, better yet, get a head start by making it part of your holiday wardrobe!

Sources: elle.com; vogue.co.uk

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