London Calling: Jewelry News from the UK

Several key jewelry trends emerged from London Fashion Week, the September runway shows for the Spring/Summer 2016 Ready-to-Wear collections. Here are three styles to invest in for spring:

Flower Power at Markus Lupfer. Flower Power at Topshop
Left: Floral earrings and choker at Markus Lupfer. Right: Petal drops at the Topshop show

Flower Power continues its reign on both sides of the pond, with Boho floral fabrics and jewelry in evidence at Markus Lupfer, Mary Katrantzou and Topshop Unique.

Gold Jewelry by from Left: JW Anderson, Jasper Conran,Barbara Casasola
L to R: Golden statement pieces at J.W. Anderson, Jasper Conran, and Barbara Casasola

Bold Gold dominated at Jasper Conran, Barbra Casasola and J.W. Anderson, whose curvy bangles and cuffs played well with linear-looking rings.

Crystal Jewelry from Simone. Crystal Jewelry from Vivienne Westwood
L to R: Crystal and acrylic jewelry at Simone Rocha and Vivienne Westwood

Crystal Clear earrings and chokers starred at both Simone Rocha and Vivienne Westwood. In the spirit of complete transparency, they offer a lighter look for the warm weather months.

Up-and-Coming Jewelry Designers

Rock Vault is a jewelry initiative to support and promote Britain’s most innovative Fine Jewelry talent. Curated by superstar designer Stephen Webster, this unique showcase was developed by the British Fashion Council to nurture up-and-coming jewelry designers based in London.

Selected designers receive business support, mentoring, and were awarded a space within the dedicated Rock Vault area at the Designer Showrooms during London Fashion Week.

Congratulations to 2015 winners COMPLETEDWORKS, Lily Kamper, Rachel Boston, Ruifier, and The House of Ana de Costa, which join former recipients Beth Gilmour, Jacqueline Cullen, Ornella Iannuzzi, Shimell & Madden and Yunus & Eliza.

Coco Chanel Designs and a photo of Coco herself.
Left and Center: Images of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. Right: Invitation to “Mademoiselle Privé”

Chanel Exhibition at Saatchi Gallery

The History of Chanel will be on display next month at a new exhibition at London’s Saatchi Gallery. Covering three floors of gallery space, “Mademoiselle Privé” will celebrate the inspiration behind the designs of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel and the brand’s development under Karl Lagerfeld.

In addition to designs from Chanel’s haute couture collection, the show will spotlight the re-edition of Chanel’s High Jewelry collection “Bijoux de Diamants,” created in 1932.

“Mademoiselle Privé” will be open from October 13 through November 1, 2015 at the Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Rd, London SW3 4RY, United Kingdom.

September’s birthstone is Sapphire. Here’s a cleaning tip, just in time to dazzle your sapphire jewelry.

Photo Sources: BritishFashionCouncil.com; Elle.com; Vogue.com; Pinterest

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