Monday, 28 September 2009

Trend report: Women's Geometric and Crystalline Jewellery

Above: Irregular crystalline wrist pieces and oversized earings still managed to make a big impression despite the extreme prints and shapes on the Belle Sauvage catwalk.

Women fighting back: the story so far...

As I've mentioned here before, a lot of people have spent the last 9 months complaining that womenswear is not as exciting as menswear this year. Now it seems people designing women's clothes are coming to a consensus that the best way to fight back and create interest is through exciting accessories.

As men borrow more and more from womenswear - the long dress-shape knits form many designers but best executed by Rick Owens this season, Topman's long-awaited expansion which has allowed them to begin to appeal to the more experimental among us, the creatives behind women's fashion and the girls themselves are grabbing extreme accessories as totem protectors of the femininity. This is the last in a series of three posts, from material shot during London Fashion Week and before, focusing on specific women's accessories trends which I'm excited about right now.

Above: I've been shooting these geometric necklaces for a while now but this is a particularly nice example from designer Lucy Huchings, represented by Robinson Pfeffer and modelled by one of their agents in 180 The Strand last week.
Below: This fashion journalist's bright clothes and explosive neckpiece was a welcome respite to all the dark uniforms most people at LFW were wearing.

Take it in the neck...or on the wrist

Elsewhere the trend will be for anything as long as it's large but with a further increase of the geometric trend and plastic jewellery. At first glance this clean, techno look goes completely in contrast to the post-apocalyptic trend I've written about previously. In many ways it's everything the earthbound look isn't: colourful, untextured, synthetic and often symmetrical. But what is really fascinating for me is that they actually converge in their loose referencing of tribal motifs and shapes, particularly on the neckpieces.

Above and below: a jewellery tutor from Edinburgh School of Art shows of one of her own geometric designs incorporating plastic and crystals. Shot at Graduate fashion week at Earl's Court in June.

Above: Sister of St Martin's shoe design student Nina shows that, when it comes to accessories this season, for her, more is more.
Below: These colourful designs combine the trend for bright, geometric jewellery with the tribal fashions which are also coming through strong.

Above: Flat, pressed metal pendants are the more wearable way of hitting the geo trend. These were on display during LFW at 180 The Strand but cheaper similars are already on the high street.
Below: If in doubt, put it on your shoulders: a designer at On/Off shows that any trend these days can convert into shoulder details...

On the slate...


  1. I agree, interesting that looks can be techno and tribal at the same time.

  2. Great! A next-season alt to all the dark and morbid cave man stuff!

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