My best from the Resort 2014 collections

The fashion world has been in a frenzy of late as all the big name designers have come out with their Resort 2014 collections. Resort collections are for those who are taking their holidays in sunnier climates (here’s looking at you in a disapproving manner, London). So it’s not a Spring/Summer or Fall/Winter collection but rather an in betweener if that makes sense? Silhouettes from previous seasons are often used with sneak peeks of what is to come in the next seasons collection.

Anywhoodle, now that you feeling super clever with this knowledge, let me show you my favourite jewellery looks from the collections.

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This is from Balenciaga. The whole ‘wearing the same cuffs on both arms’ is a thing. Trust me on this. But make sure they are big and bold enough so as to make a statement.

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Of course this is Chanel. And of course I would love it as I am a BIG fan of pearls draped all over one.

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MaxMara showing that chunky bangles are back, only if worn identically on each arm.

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Michael Kors did something funny with his jewellery and I know the title of the blog said ‘my best’ but this isn’t my best. It’s just weird. If you look closely it’s a lock on a perspex cuff. I suppose ‘dare to be different’ and all that..

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Oscar de la Renta brings out the statement necklaces to add some oomph to his collection.

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This chick looks like someone just cut the line for a McDonalds burger. But the pendant vibe is alive and well in the Proenza Schouler resort collection.

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And I love this combination of a choker and a pendant as seen on the Ralph Lauren runway.

What is your favourite? Let me know below or tweet me @LaurenMcMinn.

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The Jewellery Show 2013

For those of you who follow me on Twitter and Instagram you will know that I attended The Jewellery Show at Somerset House in London this week. It was a trade show so there were many buyers milling about (I could only wish to buy some of the gorgeous items on display!) as well as people just fanatical about jewellery (like yours truly).

I was so stupidly excited of my name tag that I continued to wear long after the show. Nerd I know.

I was so stupidly excited of my name tag that I continued to wear it long after the show. So mature.

One of the big attractions was the catwalk show where models were wearing jewellery that highlighted the current trends and designers making a splash. Now you have to excuse the quality of these images. I tried to get the official images with no success and because we were told no camera’s were allowed, all I had was an iPhone. But you’ll get the idea.

Pearls:

Pearls are a must for Spring/Summer but are also making an appearance on Fall 2013 runways. Not just one string mind you, layer layer layer or get the biggest ‘pearls’ you can find to make an impact!

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Jewellery by The Real Pearl Co. Not only draped around the neck but cuffs, rings and earrings too. See how big the pearls in the earrings are? If you find a necklace with oversized pearls like that you’ll be bang on trend.

Jewellery from La Perle Blanche

Jewellery from La Perle Blanche, another example of many strands of pearls but worn pendant style.

Pendants:

I love pendant necklaces because it reminds me of my childhood wearing my dolphin pendant necklace! Obviously there were no dolphins to be seen on the runway but pendants are coming back in a big way. Longer length seems to be more popular but wear it according to your preference.

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Jewellery by Lucet Mundi. This photo was taken professionally (as you can see) and the layering trend also manages to sneak in here. Different lengths make for an unusual take on the ‘statement necklace’ trend.

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I was so in love with this dress that I didn’t even take note of who the designer was but my guess would be Quoins. Again, the more pendants, the merrier.

Cuffs:

Girls, cuffs have not gone out of trend and look set to hang around for a while..

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Jewellery by Jessica Flinn. Not content with just one cuff, this model is wearing three!

Statement Pieces:

The bigger the better. As seen above and below, if it’s the same design and colours, go overboard! If it’s different designers, I might recommend just going with one big piece so that it doesn’t look like you’re trying too hard.

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Making a statement is not complete without a cuff. Just FYI. Also, I have no idea who the designer is for this piece, apologies!

Jewellery by Lucy Q Designs. Gorgeous silver statement necklace.

Jewellery by Lucy Q Designs. Gorgeous silver statement necklace.

So there you have it! I was able to interview the most awesome designers and saw some gorgeous designs so be sure to keep an eye on my blog as I will be putting them up over the course of the next few weeks. Have a great weekend everyone!

The Oscars 2013 Jewellery

By now you have seen the dresses, seen the speeches and seen Jennifer Lawrence’s fall on her way to accept her award.. (Awkies – but so well handled!). Now is the time to have a look at the jewellery and wow – there were some amazing pieces! Not surprisingly, diamonds seemed to be the rock of choice and cuffs were big this year. Small drop earrings or studs with big necklaces or statement earrings seemed to be the next bet but cuffs definitely ruled this Oscars.

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Jennifer Aniston work diamond bracelets and a ring that I would die for!

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Reese Witherspoon also whipped out the diamond cuff..

Jennifer Garner was bang on trend.

Jennifer Garner was bang on trend.

Amy Adams' diamond cuff was by Moa.

Amy Adams’ diamond cuff was by Moa.

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Renee Zellwegger piled the cuffs on in a gorgeous maroon.

And then the rings. Now you all know I have a soft spot for rings, but these were amazing.

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Jennifer Hudson wore a ring with a circular design, very original. Called a Halo Ring, it was by Sutra. I’ll take two thanks,

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Ok now normally I am not a matchy matchy type. But the ring just works with these amazing earrings. It is from the Murder She Wrote collection by Stephen Webster (how cool is that collections name?)

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And Zoe Saldana? She wins the ring off hands down! I LOVE the fact that she is wearing more than one ring on one hand and that ring sitting above her knuckle proves that she is a rockstar. A jewellery rockstar. Top marks.

And the snake ring is also a trend at the mo (see my post about it here).

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Now I must be honest, I have no idea who Samantha Barks is but this necklace was too lovely to leave out. Attention grabbing to the max.

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Ditto the above with this chicky boo who arrived with Steven Spielberg. Kate Capshaw stole the show with her diamond collar, I even spotted it when the camera zoomed out during the show. Nice.

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If you look carefully at Amanda Seyfried’s ears, you’ll see that these are actually cute little ear cuffs.

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I know Jane Fonda looks deep in thought, don’t let that fool you – it’s all the botox. She rocked (excuse the pun) 8ct yellow diamond chandelier earrings set in 18ct yellow gold by Chopard.

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Catherine Zeta Jones took my breath away. Not because she barely looks her age, but because of those earrings by Lorraine Schwartz. I want.

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Jessica Chastain always brings an elemant of old Hollywood glamour in my opinion and her earrings did her justice.

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Nicole Kidman wore black and gold earrings from Fred Leighton. Not too sure about these, I must be honest.

And that’s that folks! There were many other baubles on display but I chose my favourite to show you. Think I missed any out? Let me know!

Off the Cuff

Right girls, the big thing to have around your wrist at the moment is a cuff! From the runway to the shops, the chunkier the better it seems. Dressing bare arms up for summer, these are great alternatives to bracelets.

Cuffs were big on the catwalk as seen at the Spring/Summer 2013 collections from London Fashion Week:

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Marios Schwab

Marios Schwab

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But not only in London, designers at New York Fashion Week showed their erm.. ‘metal’ in their Spring/Summer 2013 collections too..

Oscar De La Renta

Oscar De La Renta

Michael Kors

Michael Kors

Donna Karan

Donna Karan

Norisol Ferrari - definitely one of my favourites and love the nails!

Norisol Ferrari – definitely one of my favourites and love the nails!

Want your own cuff? There are a few gorgeous one’s in the SA shops and not too badly priced either!

Ms Match Cuff, R345.00 from 36Boutiques.com

Ms Match Cuff, R345.00 from 36Boutiques.com

Embellished Perspex Delicious Monster Cuff with Gold Details by Phillipa Green. R750.00 from 36Boutiques.com

Embellished Perspex Delicious Monster Cuff with Gold Details by Phillipa Green. R750.00 from 36Boutiques.com

Pyramid cuff R39.99 Mr Price

Pyramid cuff R39.99 Mr Price

Cuff by Raphaella Booz. R499.99 at 36 Boutiques.com

Cuff by Raphaella Booz. R499.99 at 36 Boutiques.com

Cut out cuff R39.99 at Mr Price

Cut out cuff R39.99 at Mr Price

Woolworths Hammered Burnished Metal Studio W R69.95

Woolworths Hammered Burnished Metal Studio W R69.95

Which is your favourite? Will you be wearing cuffs this summer? Let me know!