Couture Musings

Couture Trend-Spotting–Body Armor

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.

Featured designers include AS29, Aida Bergsen, Borgioni, Colette, Jacquie Aiche, Lucifer Vir Honestus, Shaun Leane, Wendy Yue and Zoe Chicco.

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Michelle Orman

Michelle Orman

Michelle Orman is the president of Last Word Communications, which spearheads the public relations for the COUTURE show. A 15+ year veteran of the COUTURE community, Michelle is obsessed with all things jewelry and watch related! To be included in COUTURE Musings, email Michelle at

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