The one accessory you need now!
Pearls, the perfect gems from the depths of the sea, are never really out of fashion, but right now, they are trendier than ever!
Although some might think of them as too conservative or classic, you can actually wear pearls with a modern twist, as we've been seeing it since last year, and no sign of slowing down. Just remember Gucci when Alessandro Michele had his models on the catwalk with pearls woven into their tresses or with a cluster of the beautiful sea gem forming a kind of helmet that covered not only the head but also part of the model’s face. And this year, designers as Dolce&Gabbana, Prada, and again Gucci are still investing their creativity in pearls.
Pearls have been worn in jewellery since Ancient Greece and they have always been one of the most treasured gems, not only for its rarity but also because it symbolised in many ancient cultures, the Moon, the purity, generosity and femininity, Ancient Chinese believed that pearls would protect its wearer from dragons and fire. But leaving aside all these symbolisms, the white beads are incredibly flattering, they lighten up any look and go well with all styles.
You can wear them now with romantic flower prints or mix them with your old jeans and a crisp white shirt for an elegant but casual look. Pearl maxi earrings that are so "now" can glam up any outfit, wear big brooches with pearls or pearl barrettes on your hair (the more, the better) like seen in Simone Rocha’s Spring 2018, and the streets of the most fashionable cities around the world.
We are used to Karl Lagerfeld using pearls and more pearls in all Chanel's collections, not only in necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings but also to embellish bags, shoes, headbands and lapels. But lately, they have become a must; everyone will be wearing them this season and the next one too.
In Milan Fashion Week, Dolce & Gabbana presented maxi-tiaras with pearls, Gucci used multi-string pearl necklaces and several pearl rings worn together to complete the outfits while Oscar de la Renta prefered one string-chokers.
We also saw pearls at Céline, Alexandre McQueen, Valentino, Mulberry, Y/Project with Tahitian pearls and Sonia Rykiel, who chose the Baroque pearl with its irregular organic shape instead of the perfectly round shaped beads.
So before buying any new accessory, be it sneakers, bags or jewellery, make sure it has plenty of pearls! The trend will continue strong during fall-winter 19/20.
This article was written originally in July 2018 and updated in August 2019 - images: WGSN