DIC Highlights Diamond Trends in Fashion

September 20, 2004

DIC Highlights Diamond Trends in Fashion

The Diamond Information Center notes right hand rings and diamond riviere necklaces were the most popular diamond jewelry seen on models during New York's recently ended Spring 2005 fashion shows. Also popular were nature themes and stacked diamond bracelets. Many designers focused on wearability for their apparel creations, and diamonds were paired with everything from bathing suits to ball gowns. "At Gottex , we saw models wearing oversized right hand rings with swimsuits," says Sally Morrison, Director of the Diamond Information Center. "At Halston, red carpet-ready designs featured everything from stackable diamond bracelets to long diamond chains."

Amidst a sea of pastels and party dresses, New York designers were inspired by nature and illustrated this trend through a mˇlange of animal, insect, and garden references in their collections and the accompanying diamond accoutrement. With the exception of major bling statements at the Gottex and Chris Aire shows, diamonds offered subtle glamour to the organic silhouettes of designers like Thakoon and Palmer Jones. Similarly, Tracy Reese accented her "Garden of Earthly Delights" collection with classic diamond riviere necklaces, sure to be a major red carpet trend during Hollywood 's award season, which kicked off with the Emmys Sunday night.

Here's a DIC recap of diamonds on the runways for spring 2005.

Right Hand Rings: From the huge rocks of Graff at Palmer Jones and Vivid at Gottex, to delicate rose cut bands at Thakoon, to Fred Leighton pave styles at Halston, diamond right hand rings proved once again to be the ultimate diamond accessory and versatile enough to wear with the many moods of spring 2005.

Diamond Riviere Necklaces: Fred Leighton graced the Halston runway with long diamond chains and also made a statement at Thakoon with exquisite vintage rivieres.

Diamond L' Animale: Animal instinct abounded at the shows with fierce diamond animal brooches. Graff provided koala bears in yellow diamond brooches for tailored jackets by Palmer Jones. Fred Leighton outfitted Halston's presentation with diamond lizard and cricket brooches adorning his iconic Hollywood dresses.

Stackable Diamond Bracelets: Designers stacked bracelets in refreshing new ways. This look was achieved at Thakoon by wrapping a diamond necklace from Fred Leighton around the wrist and at Behnaz Sarafpour by showcasing a diamond cuff from Tiffany with a multitude of diamond rows.

All Diamonds All The Time

Jeweler Chris Aire made diamond history when he presented the first all diamond fashion show this week. Models Naomi Campbell and May Anderson joined basketball players Vince Carter and Damon Stoudamire on the runway as Wyclef Jean and Nelly performed. Aire piled diamond pieces on each model including right hand rings, diamond riviere necklace, stackable diamond bracelets, diamond encrusted watches, and dangling diamond earrings. Notable was the abundance of diamond jewelry for men.

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