Sunday, 29 January 2012

Building a Gold Mine

For decades the double cuff trend has been popular, Chanel in the 1930s, Diane Vreeland in the 1960s, in Spring 2011: Celine. The Céline Gold Metal Cuff Bracelets were simple but exemplified Céline's minimalist chic. Teamed with a ready to wear collection with simple lines and neutral colours, they gave a glamorous colour pop. I'm convinced Phoebe Philo believes that lifes too short to go completely minimalistic. Fans included Victoria Beckham who wore one against a classic black & white ensemble. 



The cuff was one of the prominent jewellery pieces on the Spring 2011 runway. Chanel showed jewelled double cuffs for both cruise and spring whilst Stella McCartney created tuxedo-like cuffs. Yet at the four fashion weeks the cuffs were mostly embellished. The look has arrived again at several Resort 2012 collections. This time around, the cuffs are a simplistic silver or gold.

On the high street, H&M and ASOS have many cuffs that are right on trend for spring. Both have the smooth metal "Celine" look that I appreciate more. The bolder the better. I bought double cuffs for Hong Kong. Wahoo!! They will complicate some of the pastel colours that are popular this spring and I plan to wear them to death with every black piece going. On my wrists and even on my ankles. Very Wonderwoman.
 They can update the most basic heel to look even more expensive. Jewellery around my ankles is a new one for me. I found a hippy twist with strings of beads on the Burberry Prorsum SS12 London catwalk show. I like the idea of wearing cuffs with a vintage cable knit jumper or a casual white tee. It's even an ideal counterpart to lingerie or a bodycon Herve Leger swimsuit. Or simply copy Gucci and pair with a suit. Or how about gold cuffs a la Kate Moss.

Michael Kors 


Burberry Prorsum 

Any gold accessory is timeless investment and will lift any overly worn outfit. Whilst fashion this summer seems a little busy...paisley, graphic, baroque and  botanical prints from the likes of Versace, Mccartney and Katrantzou. The jewellery trends show simpler designs and clean modern finishes. Metal chokers, cuffs, big brass collars were big in fall 2011 (Michael Kors and Elie Saab runways) and it will continue in 2012. 

Metal Chokers are the perfect power accessory. My favourite was Versace for H&M. The flower choker-not for me but the diamond encrusted panther and plate versions were incredible.
H&M's version of the Dries Van Noten Fall 2011 hair cuffs also caught my eye. The practical polished look adds a bit of luxe to a ponytail. It looks far more rich than the price tag suggests. ASOS have their own take with gold sleek cones and ponytailers. This is hands down my favourite accessory trend for spring/summer.

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