We are almost ready to step into summer and with the taste of freedom at our fingertips, we need to ensure that all those last-minute summer outfits are finished off with the hottest luxury accessories for the SS21 season.
Today we are talking jewellery and which items you won’t be able to live without this summer.
First up we have chains, mostly oversized, chunky designs like we saw from Victoria Beckham and Hermès, though some statement pieces have featured smaller, chain designs like the Saint Laurent’s Tassel Necklace in Metal.
Chunky chains have been doing the rounds for a while now and were a big hit during A/W and it’s not only been a statement jewellery trend, it’s also popped up on other luxury accessories too. The Versace La Medusa shoulder bag is a testament to this summer’s hottest new trend offering various sizes and colours of interchangeable chains that you can switch out in a flash.
Bold, chainlink designs were also big for necklaces, and it’s clear to see that bigger is better especially when we look at the catwalks from Louis Vuitton, Jenny Bird and Fendi which also opted to add another statement piece for the season, A large pendant. Saint Laurent went for a longer slinkier piece that still boasted a statement tassel pendant.
After the last year, we all need a bit of colour in our lives, and all the major fashion houses seem to agree on this one. There’s been a vibrant injection of colour on many catwalks including Versace, Chanel and Bottega Veneta, all of whom added their unique touch. Veneta opting for large, vibrant blocks of colour from top to toe, whilst Versace focused on adding vibrant colours into their signature designs. Chanel also went down the ‘colour pop’ route adding a touch of pink crystal to their classic interlocking C’s pieces.
Pearl accessories have been showing up on catwalks everywhere, especially since Harry Styles donned a singular pearl for the Met Gala back in 2019. But this season, pearls have evolved and are far more than something that belongs in your grandma’s jewellery collection. Pearls have now taken on a modern twist and have become the staple part of statement pieces. They’re asymmetrical, all new shapes and they’re also not too heavy or too brash which makes them the perfect complement to the other styles we featured today.
Oversized earrings are back, specifically those that are shoulder-grazing and will make your out. Put simply, the bigger the better is the way forward with this trend. While some designs are a little more modest like Isabel Marant’s Linear Stone Drop Earrings, most statement pieces from the likes of Ola Johnson, JW Anderson, and Simone Rocha are extremely loud and proud. The latter even incorporating the new Pearl trend. For those of you who can’t bear the weight of large earrings, there’s also a way to (slightly) alleviate this too with our next trend.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever lost one of your favourite earrings! Good news, this season is all about mismatched styles and even singular statement earrings. Featured on the Miu Miu, Stella McCartney and Fendi catwalks. Combine with the huge earing trend and chainlink accessories for a contemporary statement. They’ve also been used in asymmetrical looks, a large, oversized earring teamed with an elegant stud helps this look to really pop, a la Valentino who teamed one of their more statement earrings with the more classic rockstud in the other ear.
Last but not least is beading. So take out your old DIY beaded bracelets you made in for your mum in school because they’re back and incorporating a lot of the other fashion trends we featured in this post. Many of the designs we saw on the catwalk focusing on bright and energetic colours, varying textures and asymmetrical designs. Beaded necklaces were mixed with pearls and sometimes even chain links too. For example, the Èliou Manaus Genuine Pearl and Bead necklace is a perfect collaboration of all this season’s trends.
If you already have some statement pieces that you don’t wear anymore and you’re looking to have a clearout, you could consider selling them to fund some of this seasons pieces. And please, share what are your thoughts on this season’s latest jewellery trends? Will any of them be making it into your lookbook?