For the past few years of Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer fashion week runways, one thing has been abundantly clear for jewellery - go big or go home. Whether that’s oversized bracelets, statement earrings or crown headbands, the runway has been covered with unforgettable jewellery moments.
Our theme of the week is Industrial Influence, a hot trend for both men and women that gives a strong and urban distinctive sense of style. The industrial trend has burst onto the fashion scene, and is especially seen in jewellery.
What is the industrial trend?
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The industrial theme is inspired by architecture, urban landscapes and lifestyles and materials in their purest form. Minimal yet bold, industrial is contemporary and modern and has been seen up and down the runways at most fashion weeks. Main factors of the industrial trend is architectural designs, chunky chains and organic and unusual materials.
Industrial focuses on urban architecture and raw sculpted designs, with sharp strong lines and innovative shapes. Chains are a huge part of the industrial trend. Chains are so versatile and have been seen in countless designer collections. Whether its a chunky oversized necklace or bold chain belts which has recently seen a resurgence, chains are statement pieces that incorporate the rough and unique industrial trend into mainstream fashion collections. The industrial trend is inspired by materials in their organic purest form, and uses them in jewellery to create dark, edgy and raw pieces.
Industrial is a great way to add more texture, edge and darkness into your jewellery repertoire. Let’s take a look at how the experts do it....
Industrial on the runway
Alexander McQueen A/W 2019 & Monse S/S 2019
The industrial trend is increasingly popular and versatile, and can be injected into any fashion look or collection. Cuff bracelets, chain necklaces, multiple earrings and unisex pieces are all regularly seen storming down the runway. Chanel, Viktor & Rolf, Louis Vuitton and Off White have had countless shows where industrial has been featured. Off White and Louis Vuitton debuted their Spring/Summer 2019 collections, featuring XXL chains in their menswear and womenswear shows. The industrial look lends itself to layering or can be worn as a statement piece, which can be seen in these shows.
Monse’s Spring/Summer 2019 show saw large link chains in every aspect, including oversized necklaces and as a fabric print. Alexander McQueen is bold and dramatic and the industrial theme fits perfectly with this aesthetic. For the Autumn/Winter 2019 fashion show, multiple dark and spiky earrings reached all the way up the ear and dark, shiny chokers enveloped the models.
Jewellery brands that specialise in industrial
Designer Jacques-Elie Ribeyron & A/W 2016 shoot
Jacques-Elie Ribeyron started his brand in 2015, inspired by minimalism and industrial aesthetics. Ribeyron uses unconventional methods, like 3D printing and unusual materials to create his collections. In an interview with The New York Times, Ribeyron revealed how he makes refined jewellery from industrial and repurposed materials.
The brand’s fall 2016 collection, features a deconstructed take on familiar, everyday objects. Earrings are made from strips of leather and perforated with rings; hardware-store plumbing clamps are reinterpreted as 18k-gold and rhodium screw bracelets; helmet bags are remade with industrial mesh into clutches. - Brand To Know: Fine Jewelry, Made From Industrial Materials, The New York Times, 2016
In 2015, French designer Elie Top began his jewellery company, inspired by the industrial environment in the north of France, where he grew up. His collections are influenced by industrial landscapes, mechanics and Baroque architecture.
Designer Elie Top
Here are the top industrial jewellery picks from JewelStreet that you can incorporate into your accessories and everyday outfits.