There are strict protocols around royal mourning dress, with the colour black acting as a visual symbol of grief and symbolic jewellery and military tokens worn as a sign of respect. At the Westminster Hall service, marking Queen Elizabeth II’s final departure from Buckingham Palace before she lies in state ahead of the funeral, the Duchess of Sussex took a leaf out of her sister-in-law’s style playbook.
While the new Princess of Wales wore pearl drop earrings once belonging to Princess Diana and the Queen’s Diamond and Pearl Leaf Brooch, Meghan wore a pair of classic pearl and diamond studs that were gifted to the former actor by Her Majesty. (When the primary photo ops are shoulder-up car shots in a formal procession, the choice of jewels is everything.)
The Duchess travelling to Westminster Hall with Sophie, Countess of Wessex during the procession for the lying in state of Queen Elizabeth II. Photo: Getty
Meghan, whose whistlestop European tour plans were shelved after the death of the Queen on 8 September, has so far supported The Firm in discreet inky black separates peppered with timeless tokens by Cartier and Jennifer Meyer. Today’s earrings, which she framed with an understated veiled headpiece and boxy coat, allowed the Duchess to pay respect to the former monarch without looking at all showy – a crucial balance to strike when the entire world is watching.
Meghan supporting Prince Harry in the formal procession following the Queen’s coffin on its final journey ahead of the funeral. Photo: Getty
The Sussexes joined other royals who gathered to receive the Queen’s coffin at Buckingham Palace last night, before it was draped with the Royal Standard and the Imperial State Crown placed on top for today’s procession. Meghan and Harry will then pay their respects to Her Majesty one final time at Westminster Abbey on 19 September, alongside heads of state, dignitaries and the general public, who have turned out in their thousands to honor the family.
The Duchess and the Queen on their only solo engagement in 2018. Photo: Getty
Having stepped down as a senior royal and relocated to California, it could have been challenging for Meghan to switch suddenly into formal mode. But the Duchess – who wore those special earrings during her only solo engagement with the Queen in 2018 – was the picture of polish and poise.
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There were plenty of accessories to note from the haute couture autumn/winter 2022 shows. Demna went high-tech at Balenciaga and debuted air-filtering face shields, made in collaboration with Mercedes-AMG F1, and speaker bags by Bang & Olufsen.
Mega jewelry was trending this season, too. Daniel Roseberry paired his sculptural couture looks with gargantuan earrings that skimmed models’ navels at Schiaparelli, Fendi debuted asymmetric brooches clipped onto gloves, while Olivier Rousteing made a case for the nose ring during his takeover at Jean Paul Gaultier.
Scroll on for a closer look at the best accessories from Couture Fashion Week.
Balenciaga’s face shields and speaker bags
Schiaparelli’s mega earrings
Viktor & Rolf’s preppy ties
Iris Van Herpen’s futuristic headbands
Alexandre Vauthier’s bejeweled corsages
Fendi’s micro gloves
Jean Paul Gaultier’s punky nose rings
Chanel’s whimsical hair bows
Valentino’s opera gloves
Giambattista Valli’s sci-fi shades
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Cannes Film Festival may be a celebration of the best cinema across the globe, but on the red carpet, the annual event is all about sartorial statement makers. Flying in from countries far and wide, celebrities have been seen sauntering down the red carpet year after year in extravagant couture pieces—and sparkling jewels to match.
The 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival kicked off on May 17, and has already had stars serving up some stunning looks, each complemented with the perfect baubles. To kick things off, American actor Viola Davis made an appearance wearing a bejeweled Bird of Paradise in her hair, and not too long after, Julianne Moore stepped out in a classic black gown amped up with a diamond and emerald Bulgari neckpiece.
Not-so-basic earpieces are already proving to be a favorite this year, with Toni Garn pairing her backless white gown with delicate winding creations by Messika, and Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz opting for dangling diamond ear cuffs.
Chopard, the Swiss jeweler that has designed a special Palme d’or trophy for the 75th edition of Cannes, also had its big red carpet moment with Eva Longoria donning a classic black diamond-studded choker by the French Riviera, while Piaget stole the spotlight with Katherine Langford, who styled her shimmering gown with an elegant neckpiece worn backward. And then there was Elvira Jain, who made a case for rubies in a Bour by Jahan choker set, which she wore with a semi-sheer black Atelier Zuhra ensemble.
To see all the best jewelry moments from the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, start scrolling.
Elvira Jain in Bour By Jahan
Jasmine Tookes in Messika. Photo: Courtesy Messika
Joséphine Striver in Messika. Photo: Courtesy Messika
Katherine Langford in Piaget. Photo: Instagram.com
Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz in Chanel Joaillerie. Photo: Courtesy Chanel
Deepika Padukone in Sabyasachi Jewelry. Photo: Instagram.com/deepikapadukone
Photo: Courtesy of Prada
“It’s a beginning,” mused Miuccia Prada at the press conference on Prada’s spring/summer 2021 collection—the very first she created in unison with her new co-creative director, Raf Simons. With the Belgian designer at her side, Miuccia presented what Prada does best: a series of modern essentials.
Photo: Courtesy of Prada
The Prada logo took center stage. Hero pieces included sporty-chic, low-heel sling-backs, but it was the 925 sterling silver plaque studs and Symbole pendant earrings that really caught Prada fans’ beady eyes.
Photo: Instagram: @Dualipa
The jewels chimed with the logomania renaissance and proved an accessible way for Gen-Z customers to gain access to Miuccia x Raf. The punky studs were worn on different parts of the ear, offering a refreshingly contemporary—and instantly Instagrammable—styling trick. The swing tag versions, featuring a shimmering silver motif suspended upon a hoop earring, caused quite the commotion, too. The duo’s following autumn/winter 2021 collection solidified the logo plaque gems as a new-age Prada signature: the earrings reappeared in cherry-red and sunshine-yellow, offsetting the jazzy retro prints worn by the models.
Photo: Courtesy of Prada
Maybe the Zoom landscape and terms like “waist-up dressing” inspired the power pair to create jewels to suit our daily screen-bound fashion needs. Statement jewelry—specifically video call-friendly earrings—is an easy way to elevate any look, and provide the ultimate nod to your favorite brand. What’s more, the triangular emblem resonates with younger Prada fans, partly thanks to the resurgence of the well-loved Re-Nylon Re-Edition shoulder bags.
Photo: Instagram: @Stormreid
Trend follower Dua Lipa owns both the Symbole earrings and the Re-Edition bag. She wore the former for a series of holiday snaps, in which she also wears a pristine white mini from The Attico, Balenciaga shield sunglasses, and holographic flip-flop platforms. Elsewhere, Storm Reid wowed on the red carpet in showstopper custom eyelet-adorned Prada separates, fastening her hair in an incredible 13-foot braided ponytail to let her earrings shine.
It’s down to personal preference whether you pick the studs or the solo Symboles, but one thing’s for sure: both logo gems are a surefire summer winner.
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Remember tangled headphones? We’ve all been there: rummaging around in the depths of our handbag, desperately trying to extricate knotted cables from our house keys. Bluetooth helped, but the worry of stuck wires was replaced by the risk of losing one – or both – of your wireless earphones. Clever jewelers have a solution: AirPod jewelry.
Misho Pebble Pod earrings, £115, available at Emila.co.uk.
Apple’s groundbreaking AirPods were first unveiled in 2016, and swiftly succeeded by similar cordless styles from other brands. Though practical, pocket-friendly tech came with its own set of problems. Early solutions arrived in the form of micro It-bags, with Chanel, Gucci, Saint Laurent and Valentino queuing up to provide chic receptacles for your Pods. But more recently designers have been marrying form and function in jewelry.
Talis Chains pearl AirPod chain, £60, available at Talischains.co.uk.
“I was losing my AirPods constantly, especially during the early days of quarantine,” says Delfina Delettrez, whose own practical gems were an instant hit. The fourth-generation Fendi has been at the helm of her namesake jewelry brand for over a decade, and was recently enlisted by Fendi’s new creative director, Kim Jones, to oversee jewellery at the house. Delettrez’s Zoom-worthy statement earrings featured in Jones’s first spring/summer couture 2021 show for the house, but the pretty earbud accessories were released under her own label.
On Instagram, a clip captioned “how I take my calls now” shows the pearl chain earrings in all their glory, and a further scroll reveals Delettrez’s handy AirPod holder necklace.
Delfina Delettrez pearl sonic earrings, £726, available at Delfinadelettrez.com.
Those with unpierced ears should look to Louis Vuitton’s Nanogram Earphone earrings, unveiled last summer. The dangling, monogram-adorned chains feature a cuff that slots over the post of your AirPods, with two asymmetric dangling chains. (Think of them as pimped decorations, rather than stay-all-day earrings).
Louis Vuitton Nanogram earphone earrings, £225, available at Louisvuitton.com.
Misho founder Suhani Parekh describes her striking gold designs as “handcrafted modern architecture for the body”. Prompted by the success of her best-selling Pebble rings, Parekh was inspired to reimagine the sculptural wraparound design as earrings, that in turn double up as nifty AirPod nests. The minimal Active Pods, the swaddling Pebble Pods, and Convertible Pro styles are all available in plated in her signature 22-karat gold, or a sterling silver finish.
Hassle-free tech laces, to ensure your earbuds are always within easy reach, can also be found at Tapper and Talis Chains. Tapper’s offering is comprised of various metal-plated rope chains, braided leather cords, nylon styles, and an exclusive 18-karat gold knitted mesh design, all designed and handcrafted in Sweden. While Talis has added a pearl and a gold AirPod chain to its collection of sunglasses chains.
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