Fashion Week Jewelry Makes A Statement

New York, Milan and Paris were the triumvirate of taste as Fashion Week took these stylish hotspots by storm.

While the economic downturn focused designers on black and the basics, the latest jewelry looks are still making a big statement.

New York: Metallics, Marc Jacobs and 80s Glam

Three words could sum up New York’s Fall Ready-to-Wear collections: Black is back. That said, many designers chose to turn the bleak economic outlook on its head and return to happier times – an era of lacy leggings, Dynasty-sized shoulder pads and elbow-high bangles to be exact.

Yes, fashion fans, we’re talking the 80s, and designers like Marc Jacobs and Betsy Johnson created a retro line for Fall 2009 that harkened back to the days of dance clubs, Duran Duran and Deborah Harry.

Bangles, day-glo and geometric shapes careened off the catwalks, and Ziggy Stardust
metallic fabrics littered the lines. And good news: the statement necklace is still going strong, as designers like Reem Acra and Donna Karan used large layered gold looks to make their collections shine.

Milan: Turquoise, Dolce and Gabbana and Yellow Gold

While Donatella Versace is always the go-to girl in Milan, Dolce and Gabbana are the city’s true trend-setters. The econimic crisis was nowhere to be found, as their collection lit up the runways with extravagant fabrics, over-sized silhouettes, and layers upon layers of gold.

The celebrities came out in droves to take in the Fall RTW stylings, from Scarlett Johannson and Kate Hudson to Naomi Watts and Eva Mendes.

But it was the jaw-dropping fashion that took center stage, as daring prints and the trend du jour – big puffy Minnie Mouse-ear sleeves ruled the day. Hot pink, black & white, and midnight
rounded out the Dolce & Gabbana color wheel; and statement necklaces, turquoise jewelry, chunky rings, and watch-faced jewels accented the luxurious line.

Paris: Industrial Glam, Galliano for Dior and Asian Chic

The Paris runways were more subdued than usual, with designers opting for muted colors and bias cuts over the huge headdresses and hoop skirts of seasons past.

Statement necklaces inspired by industrial elements made a big impression on the Lanvin catwalk, but it was John Galliano’s collection for Dior that had the most tongues wagging.

Harem pants, rich gilded brocades, and Asian influences were all on display; and jeweled necklaces were layered on for full effect. The gorgeous makeup was all smoky eyes and big lashes, and the awe-inspiring hair styles gave the term ‘pin head’ new meaning.

While we understand that many women today don’t have the budget for these trendy runway styles, is dedicated to finding all the latest looks for you at prices you can afford. Be sure to visit our Top Ten Deals section, where we highlight our favorites each and every week.

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