Professional Jeweler Archive: All That's Glitzy

April 2000

Professional Insider: Trend Spotting

All That's Glitzy

There’s a time and place for understatement. This isn’t it

The fashion pendulum swings wildly this spring and summer, veering toward anything flashy, shiny and showy. The minimalist movement was crushed beneath a leopard print spike-heeled boot last winter and shows no sign of returning – at least to the fashion world. In its place is a veritable ode to ostentation.

Gold Strikes it Rich

News reports from the fall and winter trade shows said gold jewelry was making a comeback. Gold is everywhere and in everything this season.

For spring, Vogue trumpets the trend, showing shoes, big bad aviator sunglasses, bags and even a chain-link top from the fashion house Chloé, calling it the “ultimate gold necklace.” Chloé also adorns a pair of pants with a grid of glittering crystals where one would normally expect, well, fabric. J.P. Tod’s, known for flat, comfortable moccasins, attaches gold to a flashy pair of heeled sandals.

Other metallic tones are also in evidence – such as Armani’s glittery silver skirt. Another trend to watch for is animal skins for summer – often embossed with a gold or silver tone. Leather, pony skin and faux reptile skins are used in shoes, boots, bags, jackets and even swimwear.

Married to the Mob

Flash isn’t strictly for women this season – Armani shows shimmering pants for men. The New York Times credits HBO’s “The Sopranos” for a renewed interest in pinky rings for men. The Times explains the pinky ring appeals to mobsters and rap stars as an identification with old-world aristocracy. Pinky ring wearers include De Beers’ Nicholas Oppenheimer and Prince Charles. An august group no doubt charmed by rapper Sean “Puffy” Combs’ pinky ring.

– by Liz Smutko

Jeweled apparel, glimmering shoes and gold-toned accessories make a splash in women’s fashion this season, while Nicholas Oppenheimer, chairman of De Beers, shows off the must-have accessory for men this season – the pinky ring.

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