If your accessorising attempts this summer have been limited to a throw-on tribal necklace and a pair of colour-block wedges, then get ready to go high-maintenance. The jewellery trends that premiered at London Fashion Week this autumn dominated models’ outfits, with jewel tones, intricate designs and flamboyant headdresses adding up to a ‘more is more’ philosophy across the catwalk.
While some designers chose to show their collections with no embellishments at all, those who did add jewellery weren’t afraid to go over the top. At Karl Lagerfeld’s show for Chanel, jewels were everywhere – adorning handbags, spicing up slicked-back up dos and even adding glitter to the models’ eyebrows. Crystal and amethyst were top choices, while other popular precious stones included azurite, amethyst, moonstone and quartz.
Other designers continued the uber-bling theme, adding sparkle to outfits with the addition of chokers, tiara headbands and pendants. Chandelier earrings were very much in evidence, and the savviest high street stores have already picked up on the style – check out these Limited Gold Gastby Chandelier earrings from New Look (pictured), a snip at just £6.99.
If you prefer to stay minimalist with your accessorising then take inspiration from the catwalk at Alexander McQueen. Sarah Burton opted for metallic accessories to complement her white and pastel collection – including neck bows and elaborate floral cuffs.
Elsewhere, jewellery trends mimicked popular culture, with clear references to fictional phenomena Twlight and Fifty Shades of Grey. Black accessories worn with sombre outfits were everywhere, with a Gothic vibe in evidence at Tom Ford, Pucci and Prada. Haider Ackermann worked the theme most explicitly, showcasing batwing peplums and vampire collars, while Gaultier referenced the Gothic trend with a selection of ornate chains and crosses.
Perhaps as a nod to Keira Knightley’s Anna Karenina, a Russian theme ran throughout several of the shows. Cossack motifs at Temperley London crossed over into a more overtly equestrian theme at Givenchy and Aquascatum – think rosette motifs, military braid accessories and gold buttons. Leather gloves worn with cuffs and bracelets were also popular.
Finally, if you only invest in one accessory this autumn then make it the humble brooch. This retro item of jewellery made a comeback in several shows, including Rodarte, Oscar de la Renta and Marc Jacobs.