This is one of my favorite weeks of the year. The annual Fall Collections during Paris Haute Couture Week always feature lavish presentations, celebrity-studded front rows, and of course the most sumptuous clothes – lovingly made by hand and rich in embellishment. This year has been no exception. At Chanel, Valentino, Versace, Elie Saab, Fendi, Dior and more, models walked in couture gowns and daywear turnouts each more luscious than the last. But what struck me most was the array of original and outré jewelry the designers chose to complete each look. Here are some trends from Fall 2015 Paris Haute Couture Week:
Bejeweled headpieces and hair accessories reigned at Versace, Valentino, Elie Saab, and Schiaparelli. Crowns and laurel wreaths have been trending for several seasons (see Dolce & Gabbana), but this fall it seems you’re not really dressed up until you add something golden and glittering in your tresses.
Earrings took the form of feathers and chandeliers, pompoms and paddles. Designer Giambattista Valli employed coordinating prints from dresses, or tunic-and-pants ensembles, and fashioned them into ping-pong paddle shapes, secured with diamond studs. Don’t try this at home.
Necklaces included pearls at Chanel, of course, and bold gold medallions at Valentino. At Christian Dior, off-center pendants provided an unexpected counterpoint to Raf Simons’ New Look-inspired dresses and diaphanous tunics. This is a trend we can adapt with jewelry we already own — just secure a long chain tight at the neck and let the loose end dangle down the side of your outfit. Very modern.
Bracelets of gold held center stage at many designers’ Fall ’15 collections. The popular gladiator look called for fierce above-the-elbow armbands. And hand-bracelets drew the audience’s attention as models swished their flowing chiffon skirts.
Brooches were bigger than ever, at least at Schiaparelli. Oversized jeweled flowers graced “Le Smoking” lapels. And in homage to Elsa Schiaparelli, who dabbled in Surrealism, a shoulder-pinned evil eye cast its spell down the catwalk.
Honorable Mention goes to my favorite jewelry look of the week — the casually knotted baguette necklace at Valli. This intriguing bit of throwaway-chic works with any style – whether tucked in the collar of a day suit or sparkling with a strapless dress. Be on the lookout for copies at your price point…this one is a winner that is definitely here to stay.
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Click here for the Haute Couture Cheat Sheet, courtesy of The Telegraph in the U.K.