Ranging from the wild, to the wonderful, to the downright wacky; out-there fashion jewelry really made its mark on the 2009 Spring/Summer runways, but don't be dissuaded from wearing this fashion trend for Fall/Winter 2009 either!
Jewelry in the 2009 collections took many and various forms. There were a few common threads amoung them, however, including:
Exotic and ethnic inspirations
Rich colors; prominent stones and gems
Geometric shapes in bold colours saw Cavalli extend upon last year's Art Deco trend; while the likes of Ralph Lauren and Anna Sui embraced the exotic, the former with imperial-esque jewels and the latter with ethnic inspired beading.
Others such as Giambattista Valli and Christian Lacroix showed modern, avant garde designs.
Bracelets took various forms on the runways - from simple chains to chunky bangles. It was the ornate cuff that really took trend status, however, worn on the upper arm or the wrist.
How to wear this Jewelry Trend
The core difference between the previous season of bold jewelry and the 2009 trend is the clothing it's worn with. While 2008 was about playing down the clothing to make the jewels the stand-out feature, 2009 is not afraid to team wildly bold or colorful clothing with over-the-top accessories. Experiment with clashing colours and styles - make them as interesting as possible.
For more subdued occasions, there's always the option to pair statement pieces with a little black dress, or even jeans and a tee. Whatever your preference, the bottom line is that when it comes to jewelry in 2009, the bigger and more exotic, the better!