Last month we explored the first in a series of four parts about fall 2014 jewelry trends, which we’ve brought you thanks to a partnership with Juliet Hutton-Squire, co-founder and director of Adorn Insight, the leading global jewelry trends and market intelligence consultancy.
The first look was built around lady-like pearls, the epitome of classic elegance. This month, we’re switching gears and exploring the pearl’s counterpoint, an edgier, darker look that was just as popular on the fall runways. We’re calling it “Underworld,” and we think you’re going to like it.
“Sub-culture, Victorian and fairy tale (the dark side) references prevailed on the fall catwalks,” says Juliet.
Embrace a sense of wicked drama to achieve this look. Think blackened metals, contrasting colors, and shapes that drip and drape with dark romance. There is a hint of the subversive here, so don’t be afraid to design outside of your traditional lines. This is a look you should have a little fun with.
“To support these themes, it was no surprise that when it came to accessories, blackened metal gained serious ground on yellow and white metals,” says Juliet. “We are expecting a surge in consumer demand for this finish as we head into Fall 2014.”
Oxidized chain, black e-coated components, and black beads are simple ways to start working within this trend. Choose packaging for these pieces that reflects the same sense of drama and intrigue. Metallic bags and boxes, tissues embellished with lavish patterns and contrasting details such as a gold bow on a black box are a few ideas to get you started.
Not sure how to get started? Below are a few techniques that will help you achieve the Underworld look.
As easy as plating but with colors that rival enamels, nano-ceramic e-coating gives designers the look and feel of metal but with a range of color incorporated. You can use it on any conductive metal, including precious and base metals. Kliar’s Extreme Black e-coating offers a velvety rich tone that marries beautifully with the blackened styles of the Underworld look.
Oxidized silver has the perfect mix of contrasting dark and light for the Underworld look. Try layering different shapes, sizes and patterns of oxidized chain in one piece.
In an almost endless array of shapes and textures, black beads are the simplest way to work within the Underworld style. Below are a few of our favorite bead choices for the look.
What do you think of the Underworld look? How do you incorporate trends analysis into your work? Please leave a comment and share your thoughts and images of your trendsetting pieces!