As with accessories, the trend in Fall jewelry is of the go big or go home variety. It should be noted, however, that impact is as important as dimensions. Designers achieved the wow factor via different approaches, whether by referencing art, nature, or the most referenced decade of the season, the decadent 1980s. There will be rhinestones in your future. Also lots of silver, as well as pieces to pin and strap on. Here, seven jewelry trends from the runways.
Go Your Own Way Earrings
Alexander Calder was a skillful jewelry designer, but his kinetic sculptures, which were exhibited last summer at the Whitney, seemed to inspire the mobile-like earrings that artfully dangled from single lobes—asymmetry in the form of an individual statement earring is trending. Adding another off-kilter touch was the prevalence of mismatched ear bobs, seen everywhere from Chanel to Toga, an idea that might have risen from the ground up. (Think Céline’s two-step shoes of Spring 2017.)
Fall 2018 Jewelry Trends: Go Your Own Way Earrings
Round Like a Record, Baby
Chokers are an excellent way to draw attention to the face, as Alexis Colby and Krystle Carrington (of Dynasty fame) well knew. The blingy versions shown at Louis Vuitton and Saint Laurent were big on drama, while the silver tubes models sported at Marni and Alexander McQueen were minimalistic. Junya Watanabe brought back Goth chokers for his hard-boiled collection, while Dior’s hippie circlets channeled the ’60s via the ’90s.
Fall 2018 Jewelry Trends: Round Like a Record, Baby
Beloved by chorus and festival girls alike, body jewelry made a return for Fall. While Jacquemus proposed dainty bead-studded chains, Gucci went for full-on glitz, Moulin Rouge-style. At Simone Rocha and 3.1 Phillip Lim, the deb’s satiny sash was rethought for a modern mover and shaker in the form of embellished cross-body necklaces.
Fall 2018 Jewelry Trends: Material Girls
Pin One On
The reemergence of the brooch should come as no surprise in a season of ’80s nostalgia. While there are some polite pins of the ladies who lunch variety out there, the pieces that stick in the mind are the larger, more dramatic ones, like the mineral slabs at Toga and Roksanda, or the kilt-like pins at Pringle and Alexander McQueen.
Fall 2018 Jewelry Trends: Pin One On
The jewelry world isn’t immune to logomania: Name charms hung from chain belts at Moschino and Nicopanda, recalling a 1990s favorite from Chanel, where, this season, Karl Lagerfeld used the letters at the neck rather than the waist. At Balenciaga, Spring’s Paris belt charms were replaced by quotidian plastic key fobs.
Fall 2018 Jewelry Trends: Linked In
Flotsam and Jetsam
The DIY, high/low aesthetic popularized by Judy Blame, who died in February, was present at many shows this season. Humble objects like ball chains, keys, locks, and even skateboard wheels were used in place of gems and precious metals. If adornments at Faith Connexion and Matty Bovan were created in the punk ethos, Prada went corporate, elevating the utilitarian and ever present office ID card into a personalized fashion accessory.
Fall 2018 Jewelry Trends: Flotsam & Jetsam
Your Fall wardrobe might not be all that earthy, but chances are high that it was presented on a set that incorporated flowers, greenery, or some other simulacrum of nature. Jewelry designs at Valentino, Tory Burch, and Giambattista Valli incorporated shells, feathers, leaves, bones, and flowers, perhaps in an attempt to keep all of us grounded in these head-spinning times.