At the high end we love the Phoenix Collection by New York-based fine jewelry designer Mimi So. Her sculptural feathers in gold and diamonds transcend the trends, achieving classic status. Prices are available on request at Dorfman Jewelers on Newbury Street in Boston.
Blame it on the Roaring ‘20s. Many fashion trends of the past few seasons have been inspired by the flamboyant embellishments of the 1920s, including tassels, feathers and fringe jewelry styles. These motifs conjure up the Flapper era: Think of tassels swinging from ropes of pearls…fringe that takes its cue from slinky dance dresses…and feathery boas fluttering in the night.
These vintage-like designs started turning up on 2014 runways and were front-and-center at the Fall 2015 Paris Haute Couture collections. Fashion and jewelry designers have invested heavily in these motifs, so expect to see more of them at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week in September.
In a recent interview with National Jeweler magazine, Jewelers of America spokesperson Amanda Gizzi cited a trend toward “Graphic illusions, or pieces with curves, waves and fluidity that offer lots of flowy lines and movement….”
She called another burgeoning jewelry trend “Dark Glamour,” including designs with vintage appeal, shaped as wings and feathers, often in dark metals and stones.
How can you adapt these tassels, feathers and fringe jewelry styles into your own jewelry wardrobe? It won’t be difficult. Many of your favorite designers and jewelry brands – at every price point – have worked these looks into their current collections.
Here are just three:
The late American fashion designer Oscar de la Renta perfected the tassel earring for everyday glamour. Available in a wide array of colors and beads, this timeless design works with everything from jumpsuits to ball gowns. $325, at NeimanMarcus.com.
J. Crew’s Stone Statement Fringe Necklace offers maximum impact at an affordable price – only $128 at JCrew.com.