Todd Reed cuff bracelets presented at Couture Show 2015
Yossi Harari gold cuff with diamonds, Alishan 18K yellow gold cuff with oxidized and textured sterling silver
Fashion trends vanish and return again with renewed vigour as the years go by. So it is and so it will always be. Following the boom in popularity of cuff bracelets in the 2011-12 seasons, the fashion waned again to bangles – finer interpretations of the style and then changed altogether to rings and earrings. But this spring the cuff bracelet was suddenly back in fashion again and does not appear to be going anywhere soon!
The idea of writing about bracelets came to me after I saw the huge range of different variations on display at Couture jewellery exhibition in May. Pretty much every single brand had one on show in some form or another. American designers Todd Reed and Jorge Adeler opted for simple bracelets with minimal detail, while Octium, Yossi Harari and Etho Maria exhibited more complex, ornamental models (Etho Maria is actually famed for the wide-style bracelets).
Interestingly, in spite of the relative bulkiness of this jewellery style, the fashion designers at the spring-summer 2015 show adorned their models with a number of pieces stacked at once, as Chanel did with their metallic cuffs and Fendi with their leather pieces. The celebrities did not let this go unnoticed, and it was not long before they were doing the same: Rihanna wearing four gold bracelets altogether on one arm at the Chicago Bulls vs Brooklyn Nets basketball game. But then with her unusual beauty she can get away with it.
From left to right: Etho Maria rose gold and diamonds cuff; Jorge Adeler gold cuff with a raw tourmaline and diamonds; Octium 18k yellow gold Interlocking cuff with light blue topaz, chrome diopside and diamonds
Cuff bracelets from catwalk Spring – Summer 2015
Chanel, Dior, Victoria Beckham Autumn-Winter 2016
The trend is continuing through autumn-winter 2015/16, with the aesthetic of the cuff bracelet evolving to include Romantic influences expressed through intricate detailing. Chanel have gone for an art-deco style pattern made up of multiple miniature elements, while Dior have chosen a design featuring autumn branches weaving together. Roberto Cavalli went for a similar theme, only theirs features flowers. Of course, not all of the popular designers are as enamoured with the romantic cuff bracelet as they are with the other emerging trend for the new season: geometric designs.
Also, if you love pearl jewellery then this autumn and winter they are going to be all the rage, and if you don’t believe me, check out the whole bunches of them on the jewellery at Victoria Beckham’s show, or the metal bracelet featuring a large pearl from (insert name). When you select a piece of jewellery, you might actually want to leave your rope of opera pearls, your classic pearl necklace or your pearl earrings in the jewellery box: pearls have recently had a new lease of life as a feature in more alternative jewellery styles. But I am going to tell you about that another time…KP
Catwalk photos are collected from the Internet resources. Jewellery photos are courtesy of brands. Top photo is by Lordale Benosa for katerinaperez.com
1. Temple St.Clair yellow gold and diamonds cuff; 2. Amrapali pink sapphire and diamond bracelet; 3. DOME carbon fiber set in white gold and diamond cuff; 4. NUUN Dragonfly bracelet with carved opal and diamonds set in rose gold; 5. Dori Mouzannar for A&W Mouzannar diamond bracelet set in rose gold; 6. Verdura Theodora cuffs in 18k gold with enamel and multi-coloured gemstones; 7. Hammerman Brothers cuffs with frosted quartz, onyx and diamonds set in white gold; 8. Ralph Masri 18K yellow gold Arabesque Deco cuff