Autumn/Winter 2014 Trend Report
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
International Jewellery London have released their Autumn/Winter '14 trend report and we take a look at translating the trends to our designs. By Katie Holloway
International Jewellery London have released their Autumn/Winter 2014 trend report, with the help of the fashionistas at Adorn Insight. The key trends that have been picked out are: White Heat, Geo-Minimalism, Swing-Time, Opulence, Shape and Flight. It all sounds very ‘catwalk’ and unwearable, but here are some ways that you can incorporate the trends into the jewellery you’re making.
White Heat is all about pale tones such as silver, platinum and white gold. Veer away from gold, copper and brass for the AW14 season, using silver, whether it’s solid silver, silver plate or silver-coloured. James Ferris’ wirewok ring from issue 65, April 2014, has the right look.
Geo-Minimalism concentrates on geometric shapes and bold lines. Think Art Deco meets monochrome. For the ultimate in geometric jewellery, with a simple design and mixed media technique, Clare John’s Silver and Resin Earrings from issue 63, February 2014 are spot on.
Swing Time puts the focus on movement within jewellery: tassels, facets and joints. Tassels are particularly easy to incorporate into jewellery, with lovely stringing materials and beads. Clair Wolfe has really showcased this trend wonderfully in her Beaded Collar, that we featured in issue 63, February 2014.
For Opulence think big, bold and shiny. Gold tones and warm colours, with embellishments here there and everywhere. You could downsize the physical size of the pieces for a more wearable look, but keep up the number of embellishments. Sarah Drew created an upcycled piece called Golden Glory, featured in issue 62, January 2014, which shows you how to create an opulent necklace using vintage brooches.
Shape, believe it or not, is all about shape! Create pieces where the shape is the main focus. This is a great trend to explore a variety of mediums. Eesin, polymer, and metal clay work particularly well for creating bold designs. Polymer clay artist Nina Fletcher designs shape-led pieces of jewellery, and her Spring Shoots Pendant from issue 64, March 2014 is a prime example.
Finally, Flight is a whimsical trend that brings in things that fly. Whether it’s a butterfly motif, or simply using feathers, there’s a lot of scope for the imagination here. Check out issue 67, coming up this summer, where Editor Sian shows us how to make polymer cane butterflies. If you can’t wait that long, take a peek at this necklace from Linzi Alford, which will appear in issue 66, which hits the shops on 3rd April!
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