A NEW MINIMALISM IS INVADING the fashion runways, but this one is anything but negative to accessories! The new look is an architectural take on clothing design, with carefully crafted lines and an overall smaller silhouette. Some of the designs have a space age character as well, staying close to the body with little or no excess anywhere. No small amount of the excitement comes from accessories: bracelets, earrings, rings, little clutches.
One very handsome minimalist-design was recently presented in Paris by designer Rick Owens, a long grey top with an almost buttress-like neckline stretching quite a distance out from the model’s right shoulder. That was shown with small tan shorts. Major interest, however, came from the shoes — black toeless booties with big wide ribbon like flaps above the ankle – and from wild-looking metallic bracelets wrapped around both wrists, looking like voluminous silver gift wrapping ribbon.
Gemstone Rings at Balenciaga
Another look, this from Balenciaga, featured a tight to the body grey striped mini dress with panels of black and white and gold. It, too, was shown with above the ankle booties in green and white stripes with laces and toe cut outs. A big gemstone ring gave this outfit real class!
Fendi wasn’t about to be missed in the minimalist game, either. The design house showed several great looking simple dresses, several of them belted. One was shown with a medium-sized tote bag and, again, dramatically involved shoes. Max Mara’s take on the new minimalism came through in a loosely-tied trench-type dress with tan booties and a simple long beaded necklace. Very handsome!
HERE ARE SOME EXCITING JEWELRY DESIGNS THAT CAN STAND ON THEIR OWN IN THE NEW MINIMALIST ENVIRONMENT:
- Wholesale choker in antique design. Rich!
- Fashion jewelry with handcrafted appearance. Trendy.
TIE-DYE COLORS ARE VIVID, SPARKLING
IT ISN’T EXACTLY PSYCHEDELIC, and it isn’t exactly not. The new tie-dye designs for Spring bring back the Sixties with verve. The colors are fabulous, you might say from another dimension. Dramatic. Sophisticated. Mind-blasting. The Hippie Movement never got this far out! Many of the orange, purple, red, blue and pop! Yellow designs (all mixed up!) are more surrealist than abstract. They come through in charming patterns and floral remembrances, a tie-dye profusion of nature tones and almost Victorian-garden images.
Accessories for this fashion story also call into play the Sixties mystique. Try going with beads, and a bit of India-Indian style in earrings and necklaces. Trendy silver bracelets also work well here, as do rings (but make them more delicate than glitzy).
THE SPIRIT OF BEAUTY
A FABULOUS RETROSPECTIVE HONORING 100 YEARS OF Van Cleef & Arpels’ exclusive jewelry history has opened to rave reviews in Tokyo, where it will stay until mid-January before traveling on to New York, Beijing, and Paris. Titled “The Spirit of Beauty,” the exposition is replete with dazzling gemstones and spectacular jewelry designs such as a 1937 Mystery Set Peony Clip with 239 diamonds and 706 rubies set in gold and platinum.
A necklace made in 1971 for Princess Salimah Aga Khan features fabulous carved emeralds and diamonds. A number of delicate butterfly clips designed by Japanese artist and lacquer master Hakose San are also on display.
THE MIRACLE OF COSTUME JEWELRY IS THE REFINED WAY IT CAN MIMIC THE FINEST GEMSTONE AND GOLD PIECES. HERE ARE SOME DYNAMIC “ART” PIECES:
- Amethyst drop earrings with cube beads.
People Need Poetry
THE SPIRIT OF BEAUTY IS REALLY A STAR-STUDDED review, both in terms of the jewelry and the owners. Grace Kelly, Marlene Dietrich, Maria Callas and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis are just a small handful of the outstanding personalities who have worn and reveled in pieces from this famed jewelry maker. Not that the show is all yesteryear, either. The exposition also features, among other things, a turquoise diamond and gold necklace worn to the Golden Globe Awards by Eva Mendes earlier this year.
Discussing the present economic downturn and its effect on fine jewelry, Van Cleef & Arpels’ president Stanislas De Quercize pointed out that his company has survived its share of disasters, including two world wars.
—“We know the market will come back, so what we have to do is focus and be very creative,” he said, adding, “The market being the way it is, people need poetry.”