The Inside Scoop on Fall Jewelry
Jewelry is one of the easier style categories to transition from one season to the next. Sentimental staples — a simple gold pendant found on vacation, for example — will rest elegantly around your neck no matter the weather outside. But the fun in jewelry comes with the transformative power of new styles and new ways to wear.
With fall right around the corner, we went straight to the designers behind some of our favorite jewelry lines to hear what they’ve got in store for fall, and why they’re so psyched on these pieces.
Get ready for versatile pieces bold enough to stand up to heavy winter clothes, the return of the brooch, and plenty of ideas of what to wear with all those turtlenecks.
Toronto-based BFFs and designers Eve Tobolka and Alynne Lavigne founded their line out of a shared love for thrifting jewelry. Inspired by Medieval-era chainmail, Art Deco, and the ‘80s and ‘90s, their pieces take on geometric shapes and exaggerated proportions that are both statement-making and versatile.
HOW DOES YOUR DESIGN MINDSET CHANGE FROM SS TO FW? In the summer I find that I wear big earrings and layered pendant necklaces, where in the winter I wear chunky necklaces and smaller earrings. Our collections shift slightly along those lines, but honestly not much. We design pieces we want to wear, so if we’re really feeling it we couldn’t care less what season it’s for. - Alynne Lavigne
ANY BIG SEASONAL STYLE CHANGES TO PREPARE FOR? Our FW17 lookbook is a little bit freaky, so get ready for that in a few weeks! - Alynne Lavigne
FALL'S "IT" PIECE? Versatile statement necklaces for us this fall. The ‘Runner’ necklace is going to get a lot of play by me: You can triple wrap it or wear it long with the drop down the back or the front. We’re actually really looking forward to breaking out our FW17 necklaces in turtleneck weather. - Alynne Lavigne
MING YU WANG
After studying fashion design at FIT and graduating into a career in eveningwear, Jennifer Wang shifted her love of draping and making structural silhouettes into jewelry. Thriving on sculpting that perfect shape that looks great from every angle, her collection focuses on the connection between wearable art and the human form.
HOW DOES YOUR DESIGN MINDSET CHANGE FROM SS TO FW? The brand has always been very edgy and cool. For the new FW17 campaign we have created a dreamy and romantic world for our audience.
ANY BIG SEASONAL STYLE CHANGES TO PREPARE FOR? For FW17 we are focusing on more fluid and organic shapes.
FALL'S "IT" PIECE? The ‘Cronian’ pendant: It’s adjustable, playful and versatile.
Image by Leeor Wild
With a fascination with color, mixing the use of eclectic materials and a passion for foreign art, through films, paintings and music, designer and Parsons alum Caroline Pham launched her collection of wearable artworks in May 2015. She makes every piece in her Montreal studio incorporating methods like beading and weaving alongside materials like bronze and tassels to form an aesthetic that's both delicate and bold.
HOW DOES YOUR DESIGN MINDSET CHANGE FROM SS TO FW? The mindset does not change so much for me. I have made the strategic decision to only design one collection a year. As a small designer it gives me more time to focus on producing a thoughtful and cohesive ensemble of new styles each year.
ANY BIG SEASONAL STYLE CHANGES TO PREPARE FOR? As I value the pace of slow fashion, minimum waste, and local production, I make everything by hand and to order. That way I can offer my buyers and clients custom modifications, such as pick and choosing their own tassel/fringe colors for each style. Working this way allows me to keep a single collection throughout the year, while still providing new looks based on palette tastes and seasons.
FALL'S "IT" PIECE? The ‘Tessa’ hoops are definitely a style not to miss. They are currently photographed in cream and forest green, but they have been available in red on Garmentory lately, and frankly can be done in any colors available in my palette repertoire. The ‘Malin’ necklace will also be a great style to layer with your fall outfits. Pick a color that suits your mood. This is a fun and easy piece to customize.
Image by LM Chabot
Created by sister duo Morgan and Jaclyn Solomon, AGMES is a jewelry line that focuses on geometric shapes, clean lines and modern silhouettes. With inspiration from urban landscapes, architecture and modern art, the collection features feminine geometry and sculptural silhouettes. Each and every step in the design process is dedicated to creating pieces that will become modern heirlooms and embody a sense of timelessness.
HOW DOES YOUR DESIGN MINDSET CHANGE FROM SS TO FW? We really feel jewelry is seasonless, so it’s more about what we feel inspired by each season.
ANY BIG SEASONAL STYLE CHANGES TO PREPARE FOR? We’re very excited to be introducing pearls this season. It feels like a fresh new element to add into the collection.
FALL'S "IT" PIECE? The ‘Stella’ earrings really represent the strong yet organic elements that we’ve brought into the new collection.
Image by Thomas Slack
After nearly a decade of designing apparel for fashion heavyweights like Calvin Klein, Leigh Miller Newman began to experiment in the jewelry realm and found home. Inspired by naturally-found patterns and forms, the Brooklyn-based designer uses melted wax to cast and hammer a full spectrum of metals into seriously lust-worthy pieces.
HOW DOES YOUR DESIGN MINDSET CHANGE FROM SS TO FW? For spring I generally design lighter, airy-er pieces, the kind of pieces you might like to wear with a sundress. For fall I lean more toward stronger, heavier pieces, items that would look great with a turtleneck or wool coat.
ANY BIG SEASONAL STYLE CHANGES TO PREPARE FOR? I will be pulling out more bold jewelry to wear with my fall wardrobe.
FALL'S "IT" PIECE? I can't believe I am saying this, as I shunned them for a long time but I think brooches are going to be important. They have slowly been coming back for a bit, but they are feeling new again. And, of course, even more statement earrings!
Image by Kacie Tomita
Gittit Szwarc is the designer behind Knobbly, a multidisciplinary studio focusing on jewelry and artist collaborations. Her interest in jewelry focuses on the way it interacts with the human form: the way it will look on the wearer from an angle, how it’ll move when they move, how it relates to the natural lines of their face, collarbone and torso. The outcome: beautiful, one-of-a-kind art.
HOW DOES YOUR DESIGN MINDSET CHANGE FROM SS TO FW? In summer, I think of bare necks — and a large earring that fills that space from chin to shoulder. Winter is about turtlenecks for me, so I would be designing pieces that have more going on near the face and draw the eyes up.
FALL'S "IT" PIECE? I feel like earrings that interface with the ears in new ways are going to be strong in the coming seasons! Think pieces that wrap around in unexpected ways or extend past their expected canvas. They're sort of teetering on the brink between weird and cool right now, which is always a fun and exciting moment.