4 Eylül 2008 Perşembe

Luxury Jewellery

Kiki's Trend Report

Kiki McDonough has always been ahead of the trends when designing her bold, contemporary and colourful fine jewellery. Her passion for using unusual semi-precious stones in unique mixes and colour combinations, yet still retaining her trademark style of understated elegance, has made her one of Britain’s most established and respected jewellers. Here, in conversation with top design writer Nicole Swengley, she shows the key pieces in her current collection that are inspired by this season’s fashion, lifestyle and interior design trends.

Old Gold…

Forget glitz. The new look is subtle and luxurious – a golden glow from wallpapers with foil backgrounds or gold-leaf used sparingly on furniture while accessories like cushions in gold faux-leather enhance the halo effect. Designer fashion stores are gleaming with molten-gold gowns, foil-embellished minis and sparkly shirts. And prices of copper, steel and gold are hitting new heights on the international commodity markets. So let’s get shimmery as we head into sunnier days.

Yellow gold is back in a big way. Chunky yellow gold bracelets with textured or smooth links in a choice of subtle, curvy, oval shapes will accessorise any outfit in the working week or at weekends. Often these bold bracelets become a personal “signature”, worn day and night, like a grown-up version of a charm bracelet.
Colour Chameleons…

Eye-zapping catwalk colours for spring/summer embrace a Matisse-like palette of brights: hot pinks, scarlet, electric blue, sunflower yellow, orange and emerald green. Think in megawatts of colour. It’s no place for shrinking violets this season.The mood mellows in the home where coloured glassware is back in style; choose simply-shaped glasses in delicate colours of moss, amber, sky and amethyst or sip cool White Burgundy from beautiful Murano stemware, hand-blown in glimmering greens and blues.

I’ve always loved unusual colour mixes and my new earring collection includes combinations of semi-precious gems such as blue topaz and amethyst or lemon quartz with peridot and citrine or pink tourmaline with peridot and amethyst. And it’s interesting that multi-coloured drop earrings are now taking over from bulky chandelier styles, echoing a more elegant, pre-War era.
Iconic Glamour…

Glamorous interiors are big news. Think black lacquered surfaces, elegant mirrors, big sparkling chandeliers, Hollywood-style black-and-white photographs. Iconic furniture designs – classics from the mid 20th century – are increasingly sought-after to create the all-important “wow” factor. And even home cocktail bars are making a come-back as bespoke, highly-style designs.


Show-stopping rings with a central stone embraced by pave-set gems offer a bold, glamorous look for the Martini set. Bombe cocktail rings with a huge central amethyst surrounded by a cluster of peridot, garnet, citrine, blue topaz and amethyst are real eye-catchers – colourful, textured and dramatic. Our latest design is a big yellow citrine in a landscape of green stones – it’s simply stunning.


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