Coco Chanel once advised, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off,” and while we hate to disagree with the Grande Mademoiselle of French Haute Couture, Spring/Summer 2016 is all about piling on the accessories. Maximal accessories are in, and we mean: the bigger the better, and the more the better.
Speaking of Chanel, it’s actually at this show where the trend was the most maximal. Over a hundred models streamed through the “airport terminal” set sporting a truly astonishing array of accessories – one look alone would have slick headbands, futuristic aviator glasses, a layered chain necklace, gloves, a mini luggage bag, and a huge stone bangle. Instead of taking one thing off before you leave the house, Karl would suggest you put one thing on.
The trend wasn’t isolated to Chanel; in fact, designers from New York and London to Paris and Milan all showed their versions of maximal jewelry on the runways. At Hermès, sleek silhouettes were topped with enormous stone necklaces and cuffs, while at Balmain there were huge golden neck plate/choker hybrids paired with oversized metal chain earrings.
The Spring/Summer 2016 rule for jewelry is basically go big or go home. Reach for anything that highlights your personality, or try a sculptural milieu for a contemporary feel. Just remember: there is no such thing as too much.
Click through the gallery for a complete roundup of the best maximal jewelry looks from the Spring/Summer 2016 runways.