Get ahead for autumn and winter 2019 with our run-down of the biggest trends from London Fashion Week. If you’ve not got your eye on statement earrings, yellow gold and hoops, you may want to think again!
Top 10 Trends: Jewellery AW19
Hosted from February 15 to February 19, London Fashion Week (along with Milan Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week) showcases the accessories trends that will trickle down to the High Street in 2019. Continue reading to discover what will adorn ears, wrists, fingers and necks in the coming months.
1. The Year of Earrings (Again)
When it comes to creativity, colour and character, earrings continue to be the jewellery winners. At London Fashion Week, Peter Pilotto continued his partnership with Italian jeweller, Marco Panconesi, balancing a 1970s colour palette with lovely agate gemstones. Elsewhere, pearls were a strong focus, especially flat-back pearls crafted into unusual floral shapes – perfect for larger, but lightweight designs.
Tap into the trend with unusual and statement gemstones, from banded agates and jaspers to malachite (as seen at Milan Fashion Week), charoite, included quartzes and lapis lazuli… ideally swinging from the ears!
2. A Hoop Earrings Era
If one style of earring dominated London Fashion Week AW19 it was the hoop earring. Huishan Zhang showcased oversized and statement options with flat-back pearls, while Simone Rocha presented ruby-red and sparkling versions that seemed to orbit the ear.
At Preen, hoops were adorned with monochrome black and white flowers or set with dangling charms that moved with the models. This sense of freedom with jewellery that is free to move, rattle, swing and spin is definitely a trend to watch. For something a little more ‘every-day’, look to the likes of Rejina Pyo and its chunky ‘huggy’ earring that skim the earlobe, and Burberry for hoops that sit flush to the ear in shades of gold and white (perhaps time to reflect on opal, howlite, moonstone and rock crystal gemstones).
3. Shoulder Grazers
Earrings are getting longer… and longer and longer! Long white tendrils skimmed the shoulders at Port 1961 and Roksanda, while House of Holland sent models strutting down the catwalk with slinky lines of silver chains emerging past hairlines.
4. Party of One
If shoulder grazing earrings aren’t enough, at Roksanda these statement pieces were presented asymmetrically with the other ear completely bare. The single earring trend has been making its mark for the past 12 months but expect to see more experimentation as Christmas party dressing takes hold from November.
5. Chunky Chains
Traditional chains were given a makeover at JW Anderson with exceptionally large proportions in (what appeared to be) a vice-like grip around the neck. At Halpern, chokers were presented adorned with hundreds of fat faceted crystals – a cross between Studio 54 and 1980s excess.
6. Sunshine Yellow Gold
Whether it was chokers, earrings, brooches, bracelets or hoops, the precious metal colour of choice was yellow gold. It is safe to say yellow gold is enjoying a fashion comeback, especially when partnered with jewel-toned crystals and this season’s most surprising colour, stark white. Look to Victoria Beckham for a slice of realistic, wearable yellow gold in action.
7. Unusual Combinations
At Molly Goddard, crystal chains with a strong 1990s vibe were fastened with safety pins, strung with memento-like wedding bands and charms.
There’s a storytelling emphasis to this season’s jewellery, so expect to see quirky, buildable charm neckwear on the High Street later this year. Customers will be asking themselves: what does this jewellery say about me and how does it tell my story.
8. Florals, Feathers and Sequins
Like dancers from a contemporary Moulin Rouge, models dazzled in feathers, sequins, ruffles and layers in London. Look to Erdem, with its strong combination of pinks and red, clashing patterns and bows, as well as Roksanda with its incredible display of feathers. Of course, the presence of yellow gold goes without saying!
For brooch inspiration there’s Wales Bonner. Think pheasant feathers perking-up shoulders and lapels in eccentric, old-English meets new-English style.
9. Big and Bold or Nothing at All
With so much drama on the catwalk, others took a different approach. At Christopher Kane, there was a notable lack of jewellery, highlighted by a slicked back hairstyle at the ears. Perhaps we are seeing a hint of Duchess of Sussex fever, with a hyper-pared back aesthetic on the horizon? While some may find themselves pulled in this direction, there’s always those of the Kiko Kostadinov school of thought… basically the bigger the better!
10. Clips, Barrettes and Veils
Although somewhat achievable in the fine jewellery sphere, hair adornments will be big in the fashion realm. Look to Ashish for some of the most creative examples, including geometric rows of crystals worn as close to the forehead as possible.
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