Accessories really can make or break your look — so when it comes to shopping for a new season's worth of baubles, the amount of options can be overwhelming. We're hoping to help you out by breaking down the biggest Fall 2012 jewelry trends from the runway, and showing you how to get the look for yourself — no matter what your budget is. Click through now to see and shop this season's hottest jewelry, handpicked by our editors.
Use astronomy to accessorize and add a little space style to your wardrobe with this moon locket. Featuring a unique pendant with a sleeping crescent moon, this piece is delicate enough to layer among other necklaces but will stand out among the stars if you choose to wear it alone.
The hand-applied illustration by Lee May Foster-Wilson adds feminine charm, while the brass locket opens up and has room for two pictures . . . maybe for your special moon man? Details like the hand-carved half-moon charm and the brass star dangling from the clasp make it a steal at $31. We can't wait to layer it with our other space-inspired jewelry this Fall!
India Hicks leads a fabulous life. The daughter of famed interior designer David Nightingale Hicks and British aristocrat Lady Pamela Mountbatten grew up in London around a family that valued culture, art, and everything design-related. Fun fact: India was a bridesmaid in Princess Diana's wedding. Amazing, right?
At 17 years old, she became a model for Emilio Pucci in Italy and shortly thereafter moved to New York to model for Ralph Lauren, among other designers. But what really defines her is her life in the Bahamas with her five children and longtime partner.
India told us, "Obviously we have the royalty, heritage side of my family, we have my father and his geometrics and his great, extraordinary use of color, and then we have my island life, which is my life that I’ve done, and I’m not the daughter or goddaughter of anybody. In saying that, it would be ridiculous not to refer back to my father and his work if I was doing design in some way."
We were so excited to sit down with India to talk about her newly debuted fine-jewelry collections called Love Letters, Hicks on Hicks, and Island Life.
With our Fall investment bag wish list all set, we're zeroing in on the season's other big accessory trends — starting with jewelry (and how to get it for less). First up is Fall's hard-to-ignore natural world trend. We saw a bevy of gorgeous baubles that seemed to draw inspiration from Mother Nature, and each had its own exquisite touch. Whether it was Chanel's rough-cut mineral bangles, Gucci's flirty butterfly chokers, or Giambattista Valli's over-the-top gold leaf necklace, designers were undoubtedly inspired by the great outdoors. Flora and fauna themes crept into necklaces and rings, and insects also played a big part in the trend, with Oscar de la Renta and Prabal Gurung incorporating buggy bits into their collections. We've rounded up 23 of the prettiest pieces for Fall that are giving Mother Nature a run for her money — but all happen to clock in at under 50 bucks. Click through below to shop them now.
Mark your calendars. The Dannijo team (that's sisters Danielle and Jodie Snyder) are giving their statement baubles a luxe, perfect-for-the-beach (or yacht) twist for their latest collaboration with Calypso St. Barth — and it's shoppable this Friday. We're no strangers to Dannijo's statement necklaces and cuffs (they're the coveted kind of eye-popping jewels usually topping our shopping lists), but coupled with Calypso's feminine, easy chic, the collaboration ($325-$625) gives way to lots of sparkle, cool turquoise hues, and bold pops of coral — just the thing for glamming up your bikini, for starters. Before you shop the goodies Aug. 10, we caught up with the Dannijo duo for a little more insight into their Calypso Loves Dannijo collab, their ever-awesome baubles, and their own Summer style. Read on for more from Jodie and Danielle, then click through to get a glimpse of the collection.
FabSugar: What was the inspiration behind this collaboration and how is it different from your other collections?
Jodie Snyder: Our customers really respond to the Dannijo lifestyle, and we have always admired Calypso St. Barth as a lifestyle brand as well. The Calypso team gave us their color palette for Fall and really let us do our thing, combining colors and materials in unexpected ways that fit the Calypso St. Barth customer.
FS: What are each of your favorite pieces in the collection?
JS: We're known for our bib necklaces, and we love the turquoise big bib necklace we did for [this] collection.
Danielle Snyder: The Valerija earrings from our Calypso St. Barth x Dannijo collaboration are a must have! These earrings transform any look from day to night flawlessly!
FS: What's the one Summer piece every girl should have in her wardrobe?
JS: Bib necklaces are a classic Dannijo style and a favorite of ours. Right now we're loving the gold, Calypso St. Barth x Dannijo coral bib with tassels.
FS: How is your style different from your sister's?
JS: Danielle is a bit more bohemian, rock 'n' roll inspired, and I'm a bit more classic.
FS: What's in your beach bag?
JS: Tons of magazines, a great book, sunscreen (Lancaster, Lierac), Burt's Bees wax chapstick, sunglasses, big beach towels.
Rachel Zoe continues to wow with her many talents — she already has a full ready-to-wear line, a roster of A-list clients to style, a book, and an adorable family — and now she can add jewelry designer to her ever-growing résumé. Rachel debuted her first-ever jewelry line today, and the collection is just what you might expect from the designer, with inspiration from '20s, '60s, and '70s fashion. Rachel infused art-deco aesthetics into statement-making pieces, like long pendant necklaces, oversized cuff bracelets, and a bevy of rings just begging to be worn to your next cocktail party. Watch today's Fab Flash to hear Rachel Zoe's take on her new jewels. On Allison McNamara: H&M top, H&M pants.
Though the debate over the right age to pierce a baby's ears rages on, there's no denying lil girls' attraction to all things sparkly. Along with adding a bit of twinkle to any outfit, jewelry is a fun way for tots to express themselves, but no mama wants to spend a fortune on pieces that are easily lost on the playground. Start lil trinket-wearing girls out right with pieces that are classy and stand the test of time — without breaking the bank! Your sweet girl will love these sparkly and chic pieces of trendy jewelry made especially for lil kids.
With the release of the new Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises we found jewelry across the web that makes us fan girl chic for in honor of our favorite superhero. Lucky for us, the simple aesthetic of the Caped Crusader makes for some surprisingly pretty designs. Since we were often caught channeling Batgirl on the playground, you can bet we'll take any excuse to get in the bat spirit, whether or not there's a movie in theaters. Check out the irresistible bat jewels.
Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.
When it comes to your jewelry collection, it can be tempting to overload it with billions of baubles (most of which you never end up wearing), but in the grand scheme of things, you really only need the essentials. Focus on a mix of understated pieces in your favorite metals, then add a few standout items that incorporate color and texture — and voilà! You've got a fully formed, fantastic collection of accessories. Click through to see and shop the 10 baubles that every woman should have in her life, then watch our extremely helpful video on how to organize your jewelry collection!
Photo courtesy of Phil Oh
A trip to Jennifer Fisher's Soho studio is like a trip to Candy Land — and the designer, herself, is like your fairy godmother, albeit the kind that wields amazingly edgy and awesome studded gold cuffs and jeweled skull cocktail rings instead of sweets. If you haven't yet heard of the insanely talented jewelry designer — whose celebrity clientele reads like a who's who of Hollywood and includes A-listers like Jennifer Aniston, Charlize Theron, Miranda Kerr, and Sheryl Crow (who just sported Fisher's jewels at the Tonys) — consider this your formal introduction. Fisher welcomed us into her studio with open arms – then opened up the jewelry cases, giving us free reign to try on her cool-girl collection and revealing just how she began her career as one of the hottest up-and-coming designers in her field. Read on to get to know our latest designer crush and her gorgeous collection of baubles.
FabSugar: How did you get started designing jewelry?
Jennifer Fisher: I was a wardrobe stylist for film and TV before I made my first piece. I ended up being diagnosed with a really rare sarcoma in 1998, and I was dating my husband here in NY and flying back and forth from NY to LA, working on jobs and going through chemotherapy at the same time for this tumor. Work saved me. After we got married, we wanted to have a child, but my oncologist didn't want me to . . . Long story short, it was a really long journey to get to have my son.
When he was born, I wanted something cool to wear with his name on it, and there was nothing out there. It was all very generic, and I didn't want to look like everybody else. I wanted something that felt heavier and edgier and had some grit to it and some substance.
So I went out and sourced how to make these tags and started making them, just with his full name on a long chain, and people started stopping me on the street and asking me to make them, and that's sort of how it started. And then other pieces, oh, you know, 'Will you make me this?' And it just started growing into 1,000 different options of charms now.
FS: Do you have a specific girl in mind when you're designing?
JF: No, it's funny — I don't design seasonally, although I'm starting to sort of have to, now that I'm in stores. I started designing wanting something sort of different, so in designing pieces, I sort of go for what I feel like wearing. I think trying to worry about what everyone else is doing sets you up for failure. It's not really designing for someone in mind so much, but more what I want to wear that week or that day.
Someone always says to me, 'What season is this from?' But I wanted pieces you would wear in Fall and Summer, and pieces you don't get sick of after a year. I try not to be too trendy, and that's why I don't work with stones too much or with color. I really like the metal base because I feel like it's timeless.
FS: What's up next for Jennifer Fisher?
JF: I'm working on these larger statement things and working toward more earrings — I'm really into earrings right now! – more heavy necklaces, because that's the one thing that's lacking. I was so into bracelets when I started the line that now I want to go into earrings more. It was really bracelets and rings to begin with, and now I want to do big necklaces, charm bracelets on a really heavy level. It's fun! I'm also working on a collaboration, but it's not finalized yet.
It's fun to grow and to see what this has turned into from this little thing. It's fun to create what you want to create and to have people on the street that I don't know wearing it — that's the most amazing thing in the world.
FS: If you weren't a jewelry designer, what would you be?
JF: Growing up I always wanted to be a plastic surgeon. I have such a crazy, type-A, detail-oriented personality that that's something that I would love to do.