#1. Choker Competitions: Rigidness vs. Fragility
Choker mania kick-started earlier in the spring/summer 2014 season and we came up with clear understanding even then that this trend is really happening and will happen for a long time yet. How could we be so sure? History repeats itself. In not-too-distant Nineties when we were all pumped about that black pendant choker on Leon’s Mathilda or those plastic tattoo chokers on cool schoolgirls, these tricky pieces were already up to assume new disguises for the future. We see the result on the fall 2016 jewelry trends running over with thongs of choker necklaces.
What else to call it if not a real competition when a fashion-conscious girl is literally caught between two stools – namely, between Balmain’s chunky metallic-glassy chokers and Dries Van Noten’s fragile feathered ones, between Loewe’s rigid golden chokers and Fendi’s furry sweet nothings, between Lanvin’s gemstone neck-jailing chokers and Luisa Beccaria’s tender velvet stunners? Dilemmas do not end in here but drag on and on from Oscar de la Renta and Saint Laurent to Antonio Marras and Chanel.
#5. Multilayering Your Jewelry Is On!
What is the best jewelry piece to glam up any plain look in a flash? Layers over layers, in a nutshell, multilayers. They always cut the mustard in dolling up whether warm winter outfits or summer lightweight slip-ons coming in different materials and styles.
The forthcoming multilayered necklaces are mainly metallic with two, three or four tiers cascading down and full of some knick-knack charms like we see at Valentino and Etro or showing off some disheveled chain layers dropping down from chokers like at Alexander McQueen. For the most exquisite multilayered necklaces, lay a bet on those pearly intricate ones at Chanel.
#6. Raw Stones A-Going
How else should raw stones play for the upcoming cold seasons if not hardball? This is one of the biggest fall 2016 jewelry trends popped up quite unexpectedly on the runways in a pop of colors, begetting pendants or bracelets, rings or earrings. If at Elie Saab a range of raw stone pendants and earrings is playing in 50 shades of purple, at Alexis Mabille all eyes are on those gigantic dodger blue necklaces and rings blowing away all the cobwebs instantly. Check out Proenza Schouler, Dries Van Noten or Calvin Klein Collection as well to garner even more enlivening raw-stony impressions.
#8. Twin Bracelets
We are not sure about the fashion designers’ motives to churn out so many twin bracelets worn on the wrist as alike as two peas in a pod, but it seems there has been a stealthy glance at prisoners. The fall/ winter 2016-2017 jewelry trends are running over with twin bracelets evocative of handcuffs only without the linking chain, and truth be told, if ever to live through hand jailing moments, then with these twin bracelets all in vogue now.
No matter if they are chunky like we see at Dsquared2 (twin brothers standing behind twin bracelets) or delicately thin as at Anthony Vaccarello and Alexander Wang, they easily pull off to sweep us off feet. To cap it off Chanel’s cuff versions are fiercely attacking, all bejeweled, in the shape of hearts and worn over sleeves or knit gloves. Among other attackers are Marchesa, Zimmermann, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Trina Turk and many other fashion houses in between.
#10. Pearly Avalanche
There is one and only guaranteed method to become pearl of beauty – to fling yourself into pearly avalanche. Pearls have always read elegance and chic, befitting mature women more than young ladies. But when it comes to the fall/ winter 2016-2017 jewelry trends, nothing is left but to break up all the clichés. How not to do it if those pearl strings come into view at Miu Miu or Moschino so provocatively matched with those ripped and slovenly denim pieces?
Is it possible not to blank out the elegance factor of pearls and not to get enamored with those pearl necklaces + sportive outfit combos at Rag & Bone or those intriguing thread earrings spotted at Gucci and Marni? And if you crave for touching the eccentric side of pearls, there is no better venue for that than Dries Van Noten’s runway, where Marchesa Luisa Casati was flaunting demonstrating multiple pearly rings, single pearl brooches attached on the neckties or pearl-topped pins pierced into chokers. However, the thongs of multilayered pearly necklaces at Chanel have pulled off to keep elegant traditions yet adding some playfulness throughout.