L-R: Emporio Armani, Chanel (top), Nina Ricci (bottom) AF Vandevorst
Big is beautiful seemed to be the mantra inspiring a host of OTT looks on the SS2014 catwalks. At Emporio Armani we saw oversized earrings fashioned from giant blue discs whilst at Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld turned the maison’s iconic pearl motif on its head, sending out all manner of interpretations ranging from gobstopper-sized pearl finials on slender silver metal chokers, to fistfuls of geometric rings set with clusters of pearls.
Nina Ricci and Balmain both used bangles to play with proportion, the former with exaggerated bezels set with large malachite slices, the latter with blown up curb links.
But for sheer drama it was AF Vandevorst who really stole the show with upper body pieces comprising cascades of golden charms and chains covering head, ear and upper torso. Safe to say, this is a trend for which retiring wallflowers need not apply.
Interpret the look: Think out of the box and seek out solutions that strike a balance between big impact and price point expectations.