With Milan Fashion Week wrapped up and Paris Fashion Week just getting started, it seems the pearl is without doubt the de rigueur accessory of the autumn/winter 2016 season. Pearl accents, pearl-inspired fabrics, pearl jewelry, and pearl details are taking the runways by storm. It all started in Milan: Prada wove pearl strands into chunky charm necklaces, as Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini paired each model with a single pearl stud on the ear. Moschino dripped models in pearls to lend a feminine touch to weathered denim and “biker gang” leather. Gucci added pearl touches to shoes and Italian royalty-inspired necklaces, even giving the classic men’s signet ring the luster of pearl. There was nothing it seemed the pearl could not do.
As fashionistas and the jet set turned their collective eye to Paris, the pearl followed suit. Dries van Noten kicked things off with decadence in leopard: masculine pajama-dressing in a palette of seductive jade and plum, then embroidered pearls on knitwear and layered pearl mesh over soft, silky fabrics. The pearl even inspired the designer’s fabrics and patterns, with the finishing touch of pearl pins on ties and neckwear. Maison Margiela went military and piled on layers of texture – flooding the runway with oversize belts, flashes of fur and pearls, of course. With just two days under Paris Fashion Week’s stylish belt, the pearl is sure to continue cropping up in collections across the city.
The Fashion Week audience is not immune to pearl fever, either. Most notably Kanya West, with Kris Jenner at his side to cheer on fashion-muse Kendall Jenner, donned a heavy pearl-encrusted jacket to sit first row at the Balmain show. Street style in the City of Light, with bloggers and the fashionable lurking outside every stylish venue, has certainly embraced the spirit of pearl. Want to get in on the frenzy? Shop the Spey collection for timeless designs of exceptional beauty. Then turn the sidewalks of DC or wherever you may be into your own fierce runway!