WGSN presents material inspiration for accessories hardware and women’s jewellery for spring/summer 2011.
During a recent trip to Hong Kong and its famous trims and accessories market in Sham Shui Po, the WGSN accessories team picked up on one of the key material trends for accessories hardware and women’s jewellery.
After tracking the trend for clear and coloured crystals for a number of seasons, we believe that the new direction for statement directional jewellery is the use of more opaque coloured minerals and stones. As seen during the autumn/winter 2010/11 women’s collections, naturally coloured agate, marble and mineral stones were set into statement rings and pendants, or sliced and formed into rustic bangles.
Natural earth-colour palettes and translucent oceanic tones are essential to this trend, emphasising the natural formation of the stones and exploiting the unique decorative patterns found in banded agate, mottled marble and marked stones.
While sourcing hardwear and components in the Sham Shui Po district, the increased popularity of natural gemstone and mineral suppliers was evident. The WGSN team was drawn to the natural-coloured soapstone, jade, marble, agate and coloured quartz samples, and was inspired by the natural markings and colouring.
While shopping for inspirational samples, a number of key trends emerged, confirming the analagous trends in hardware and costume jewellery already noted by WGSN.
- Elegant, winged insects
- Stylised butterflies
- Hieroglyphic style 2-D carvings of insects
- Traditional knots realised in stone
- Decorative twists and interwoven knots
- Connecting bars
Traditional Eastern inspiration
There was a wealth of traditional Eastern inspiration throughout the Sham Shui Po district, fitting perfectly with the carved natural-stone trend for hardwear and jewellery.
- Find inspiration from Eastern myth and legend
- Stylised dragons and beasts
- Chinese flora and fauna
- Jade is a key material for this look
Spearheaded by high-end women’s catwalk accessories collections and mirrored by smaller independent brands, the trend for natural stone and coloured minerals is key for spring/summer 2011. Emphasise the natural inspiration with insect, flora and fauna representations. Traditional and mystical Eastern influences are also important, and reference the origins of a number of the natural stones used.