A Heavy Metal Jewelry Showing in Paris

Paris Fashion Week is nearing an end, and the city of lights is giving fashion fans a much more subdued celebration this time around. With the economy forcing many designers to forgo their usual theatrics, this well-timed return to basics is allowing the large statement jewelry piece a secure place at the fashion table.

While designers like Stella McCartney opted out of jewelry altogether, there were those who used our economic woe as an opportunity to bring big jewelry looks back into our lives. Christian Lacroix featured layers of yellow gold chains with his bubble-backed black peacoats, and the Lanvin catwalk featured stoic models with anchor-sized necklaces made out of chunky metals and eye-catching industrial elements.

Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel kept his palettes neutral, with futuristic statement earrings in swirls of silver and gold, and John Galliano for Dior seemlessly merged the timeliness of restraint with our reactionary need for color and shine. Harem pants, gilded brocades, and Asian influences inspired the Dior line and layers of goldsilver and bronze necklaces accented many of his signature pieces. The lesson we mere mortals can take from all of this is that making a jewelry statement is easier now that basic black is back. One signature piece – a diamond pendant – a cocktail ring – oversized earrings – can make any outfit shine just a little brighter. And Jewelry.com has a slew of signature styles for your browsing pleasure.

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