While clothing trends are what most of us pay heed to, we usually tend to forget that accessories, especially jewellery, can help amp up a look. Think about it, you can be wearing something basic no matter what the occasion.
But if you team it up with the right baubles, the entire look can be elevated without it seeming that you tried too hard. Mamta and Vidhi Gupta, co-founders of jewellery label Zariin state, “Jewellery is as big a form of expression as clothes.” Yes, that’s a major reason why Life&Style decided to scour the runways to list out the best jewellery trends for 2019. Read on…
Tortoise Shell Pieces
If, like us, you’re constantly checking luxury as well highstreet brands to give you a glimpse of what’s trending, you’ll know that faux tortoise shell is a huge trend globally (topping Pinterest’s list as number one accessory trend). From belts with faux tortoise-shell buckles, hair accessories, and even jewellery, this is one material that will be stealing the limelight this year.
Gauri Tandon, co-founder of jewellery brand Isharya says, “Tortoise shell is a trend, and it keeps popping up from time to time.” Will it be a trend that’s here to stay? Jewellery designer Eina Ahluwalia mentions, “Fashion is cyclical and trends keep coming back every few decades in a big way. Tortoise shell will have a smaller trend cycle, and will fade out to return again after a few decades.”
If you’ve been waiting to inherit your grandmother’s heirloom, you’re bound to be eyeing on some of her pearl pieces. Pearl has dominated the spring summer 2019 runways. From Oscar de la Renta to Chanel as well as Prabal Gurung, among others, many designers added modern pearly renditions to accessorise their runway designs.
Talking about it as a classic piece in the bauble box, Nitya Arora, founder of the jewellery label Valliyan mentions, “Pearls are evergreen; it doesn’t matter where you wear it to – a cocktail party or just as an everyday piece.” Mamta and Vidhi Gupta opine, “Pearls are only going to get bigger and better this season. In fact, we think bigger pearls will be huge this time around.
We’ve incorporated baroque pearls (uncut pearls) in many of our pieces. Even mismatched hoops with pearls are going to be quite the trend.”
Hoops of Style
Hoops are yet another item in jewellery that’s been around from time immemorial. This season though it’s chunkier and statement-making. For instance, the stylish cut hoops as seen at Christian Dior; or statement pieces noticed in Ulla Johnson’s collection. Tandon says, “We’ve played with big dramatic statement hoops in our collection. The bigger, the better… that’s the trend right now, and we love it.”
Is maximalism back? We think so; the OTT pieces as seen on Alexandre Vauthier and Miu Miu’s runway are proof. As far as the Indian consumer is concerned, Ahluwalia says, “The modernisation or contemporary use of our ethnic motifs makes them more relevant to the audience of today, and is the only way to carry our heritage forward and keep it alive.”
According to Paco Rabanne and Oscar de la Renta, coins will move from your purse and find space, as neckpieces, in your jewellery box. Arora informs, “Coins have been around for centuries; it is a primitive form of jewellery ever since industrialisation.” Mamta and Vidhi agree that the trend will catch on, “Whether it’s a vintage style or using different materials depending on the design language, coins will manifest in medallion necklaces.”