Costume jewellery rides the maximalist wave


I t can’t have left anyone’s notice that a maximalist pattern has actually been gathering rate for a few seasons now. Just as clothes have actually ended up being brasher and bolder, so too have jewels, with 2017 set to be the year we fell for larger-than-life costume jewellery again.

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” > Balenciaga SS17 Credit: Sean Cunningham t Balenciaga’s spring 2017 catwalk show, it was difficult to disregard the unfastened metal and crystal necklaces swinging across the models’ chests. There were mismatched disc-shaped earrings upholstered to match the pieces they were worn with, and huge brooches in diamanté. I do not think I was alone in finding my look drawn as much to the gems as the clothing.

The upcoming season is a feast for fans of costume jewellery, even if not everything on the table is readily available for the feasting. These are pieces produced specifically to improve a clothing, or costume– for this reason the name. Balenciaga’s broken, scarf-like pendant, in aged-gold-look metal and diamanté, will be offered in shop, as will the fabric-wrapped earrings, however the brooch was for our seeing pleasure just, having been borrowed from the business’s archives from 1964.

Ermanno Scervino SS17 Credit: Sean Cunningham nd while the products that made up the jewels in that program were extremely disparate, there was something that unified them: a boldness of scale that updated them from simple device to major declaration.

Proenza Schouler sent out its ladies wearing hammered-metal earrings that evoked Matisse’s paper cut-outs, in white, black, and crayon-bright main colours. Alexander Calder was the source of motivation at Armani, with modernist mobiles of mottled resin hanging from lobes, relatively knocking against the models’ shoulders.

Proenza Schouler SS17 Credit: Sean Cunningham imone Rocha’s earrings were all translucent, limpid crystal and pearl– jellyfish-like blobs and seaweedy squiggles; Céline made a nod to ladylike style through fat drop earrings of baroque pearls; while Saint Laurent’s traditional monogram was deconstructed, crystal-encrusted and strewn loudly throughout one ear.

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house that spearheaded the return to maximalism, more was undoubtedly more. Aside from the hats, sunglasses and extra-large crystal-beaded earrings, hands were filled up with rings on every finger, strung with chains and strapped with rainbow-hued mottos makinged as much of a declaration as the