Runway Trend: Clear Ideas
The strongest accessories trend on the Spring 2010 runways is perfectly clear. Transparent jewelry, shoes and handbags are just as directional as the see-through clothing styles everywhere this season and a whole lot more wearable.
Consider the cuff bracelets and jumbo beads at Michael Kors: the bold scale and simple lines are light, even ethereal, in clear resin. (And, yes, they go with everything!)
Other evidence of clear thinking: transparent bags, shoes and a crystal netted dress at Prada, a cool ice-cube of a baguette bag at Fendi, clear cuffs and bangles dotted with colorful motifs at both Chanel and Anna Sui, layered collar necklaces in stained glass colors at Emporio Armani, strange clear arm and hand coverings at Isaac Mizrahi and Chado Ralph Rucci, and smoky to clear large bangle bracelets at Burberry.
How does this translate to real world dressing? Faceted rock crystal has the futuristic look of the oversized acrylic looks on the runway with more sparkle and staying power. Best of all, it’s less than five dollars a carat and available in large sizes so you can satisfy your jumbo jewel cravings without breaking the bank.
Bold scale jewelry in rock crystal quartz is already appearing on the red carpet. At the Emmys, Gennifer Goodwin’s striking rock crystal necklace from the Ivanka Trump collection reflected a hint of color from her purple dress. Blake Lively matched a rock crystal bracelet dotted with diamonds by Lorraine Schwartz to a red dress.
These stylish jewels, while of the moment, will look great for decades to come. After all, rock crystal was also a favorite in Art Deco jewels still coveted today.