Introducing the jewellery trend of the season and your new ‘It’ accessory.
For the past few seasons, ladylike brooches have been quietly infiltrating the catwalks. Although they never really left the realms of formal dress – they’ve always maintained a loyal royal audience – for autumn winter 2019 they’ve gone forth and multiplied.
These fashionable new iterations of the traditional jewellery pin up are being seen in hair, on scarves, at the defining point of a deep-v-back and neck, as well as on lapels.
They have made purely decorative appearances everywhere possible. The good news is the new aesthetic of brooches still packs plenty of nostalgic charm, but while they are prim and proper in concept, the way to wear them is entirely modern.
They are the simplest way to personalise an outfit and they offer an accessible AW19 update, too. Add a colourful jewelled number to a simple silk tee for office-to-evening glam, or recycle last year’s blazer and just pin on a brooch to add a touch of fashion currency.
If you bought the same black Prada dress, or Saint Laurent blazer as everyone else – then adding a brooch adds a point of difference. Similarly, they can up the ante and opulence of a simple white shirt or a knitted jumper in a nanosecond.
Wear one statement piece, add a military-style row or form a cluster – like all accessories, they offer an opportunity for you to assert your individuality and get creative.
The high jewellery collections of the likes of Chanel and Van Cleef & Arpels are home to some truly exquisite brooches, laden with dazzling diamonds and iridescent pearls.
The fashion collections are awash with pretty jewels, too. At Chanel, large pearl and diamond brooches were pinned on black silk neck scarves and paired with matching earrings, giving a new and modern meaning to the idea of a twin set.
At Gucci gold brooches were pinned on the lapels on a blazer casually slung over a models shoulder. While the interlocking Gs were surrounded by gold and colourful jewels and pinned on a shawl-collar cardigan. There wasn’t a hint of heritage about them.
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- Words by Elaine Lloyd-Jones
- Images: GoRunway.com, supplied