In 1997, British designer Shaun Leane famously created a dramatic, coiled metal corset for the late Alexander McQueen’s 1999 Fall/Winter show. This landmark catwalk moment re-defined contemporary perceptions of jewelry’s place in fashion and opened the door for a carefree attitude in how women could adorn themselves.
Today, you can’t open the pages of a magazine or click on a fashion blog without seeing some of the ways Couture designers continue to establish trends by offering subtle, every-day options for wearing jewelry in unique ways. Hand bars, multi-finger rings, ring-to-wrist jewelry, ear cuffs, first knuckle rings and body chains are only a few examples of jewelry that wraps and drapes on unexpected body parts for a look that’s decidedly sexy and empowering for the wearer. Here are just a few examples of Couture designers who have started this unapologetic, jewelry-as-body-armor craze.