Curves and organic forms are a priority for wardrobe makers in the last couple of seasons, and a trend that abides with the Scandinavian design philosophy. On the one hand, ‘granny chic’ is coming back thanks to Gucci’s new Creative Director Alessandro Michele and, on the other, jewellery designers explore the unconventional, minimalist, grungy and even artsy side of pearls. Both developments make pearls more relevant than ever before, seen everywhere and adopted by all ages. Let’s unfold the story of reinvented pearl fantasy as seen through catwalks, street style, red carpet and black-tie looks!
ON THE CATWALKS
Ricardo Tisci for Givenchy used pearls as fake facial piercing in the form of surreal luxe mask. Dolce & Gabbana added pearls on their Sicilian tiaras, headbands and hairclips in an explosion of baroque aesthetics. Victoria Beckham brought pearls to her cool bracelet styles and Jason Wu to his minimalist lady-like drop earrings. Balenciaga made edgy ear cuffs with pearls for FW15 and Stella McCartney a sculptural pearl choker. Last season in New York, Erin Fetherston reinterpreted the tiara with a young and cool pearl-encrusted thin golden headband. Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel naturally epitomises the trend alternating multiple signature strands of pearls with other decorative elements. At the Bridal Week, Marchesa accessorised the richly embellished gowns with pearl-adorned sparkly earrings to create the total look of the delicate snow princess!
ON THE STREET
Catwalk trends will rapidly be transformed into daring street style, including giant pearl nail art, chunky pearl-adorned cuffs and a statement mix of hard & soft, such as pearls framed with a safety-pin net. In London, fashionistas got extremely experimental with pearls and there is an edgy attitude through the fashion capitals across the world. Since spring 2014, when Chanel presented their new oversized pearl chokers, cuffs and rings, it seems that every girl out there adopted the original, or a version of it, as an indisputable stunner in their looks. Givenchy’s fake-piercing pearl mask for SS16 might be over-the-top and challenging to the eye, yet jewellery blogger Liz Urla from Gemologue.com rocked a version of it during the London Fashion Week. Now girls are absolutely craving headpieces and ear-cuffs adorned with pearls, incorporating them into mannish and sporty looks, to bring forth a major statement regarding blurred gender lines. They are also wearing strands of pearls as body costume jewellery mixing several shades.
ON THE RED CARPET
Who can forget the intricate necklace Sandra Bullock rocked back in 2010, made of freshwater pearls, wooden beads and chains? Equally eye-catching was the full-on pearl-covered Calvin Klein gown Lupita Nyong'o wore to the Oscars 2015, which was stolen and later returned in a much discussed incident. Recently, the Duchess of Cambridge showcased the diamond and pearl fan-motif Lotus Flower or Papyrus tiara, once owned by the Queen Mother and a favourite of Princess Margaret, for her first state banquet at Buckingham Palace. Combined with a scarlet embellished Jenny Packham gown, it looked fresh, dazzling and relevant, ideal for a modern royal look! Lately, Lady Gaga accessorized her metallic frock with simple pearl drop earrings (aka Kate Middleton) for her appearance at Tonight with Jimmy Fallon. It seems that pearls have an ever-lasting allure!
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