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From contemporary pearls to tribal talismans, spring/summer 2016 fashion brought new and exciting jewelry design trends. This will be your Milan Fashion Shopping guide for this season. The new mood of romance that took over all 4 principal fashion weeks, mainly Milan Spring Summer 2016 fashion week, called for a revival of some of timeless fashion diamond jewelry trends, including pearls, tiaras and brooches. Designers’ interest in the past for SS16 revived these traditional pieces and gave them a modern reworking.
*New age tiaras
For Spring Summer 2016 (SS16) designers subverted the feminity of the tiara, using silver headpieces to add an extra edge to their collections. At Louis Vuitton, the SS16 collection was inspired by video-game heroines, with urbanwarrior style models in space-age headgear. Saint Laurent produced a grunge-inspired collection of with slip dresses and festival-themed designs, finished with diamante tiaras. In another lavish collection, Dolce & Gabbana’s signature embroidery and embellishments appeared on all ready-to-wear looks, topped off beautifully adorned crowns.
-Yves Saint Laurent
While pearls are usually reserved for formal occasions, Chanel’s modern new take overthrew any prim and proper associations. Model’s sported heavy chainmail-style necklaces that made a statement with multiple layers of pearls. Both Salvatore Ferragamo and Gucci own spin on the pearl with single drop earrings, a simple but effective reinvention.
Dries van Noten, Rochas and Gucci all produced quirky collections filled with colours, textures and patterns and prints. Buttoned-up satin shirts were adorned with large, striking coloured brooches – a perfect addition to these eclectic mixes.
-Dries van Noten
The new mood of romance that appeared across all four host cities during the recent main fashion weeks looked to history for inspiration, particularly when it came to jewelry, Rodarte, Alexander McQueen and Calvin Klein all used chains to add whimsy and romance to their collections – to different effect. Rodarte looked to the bohemian vibes of the 70s and 80s to produce delicate hand chains, while Alexander McQueen and Calvin Klein adorned satin dresses with layers of talisman-inspired chains, reflecting the 17th century feel of their collections.
Heavy, oversized necklaces featured in numerous collections this season, with designers looking to new ways to create the choker. Olivier Rousteing kitted out his Balmain army with huge, warrior-style metallic necklaces while Christian Dior showed a softer side to the jewellery trend with romantic scarf-chokers. Chanel, also influenced by African-inspired chokers, added a decidedly French twist with layers of pearls wrapped around the models’ necks.
There was an air of adventure ands mistery at the SS16 shows, with many ready-to-wear collections inspired by African influences, Giambattista Valli presented talismanic jewels, including large hanging pendants, with heavy stones featuring on necklaces and bracelets. Hermes accompanied beautifully cut tailored pieces with heavy natural stone necklaces, while Valentino travelled to the wild plains of Africa with necklines and cuffs embellished with tribal jewelry, including white terracotta pieces in collaboration with artist and jeweller Alessandro Gaggio.
Oversized accessories dominated many of the collections this spring summer 2016, with one -of-a-kind statement, maximalist pieces coming to the fore. Marni presented a collection with giant acrylic earrings inspired by the graphic art-deco designs of the 60s. Emporio Armani’s oversized earrings were a welcome contrast to the feminine, pink-themed collection.