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Celebrity Style

Color, statement pieces to rule the red carpet

By Hannah Connorton

January 24, 2014


Men’s jewelry is one trend expected to be popular at red carpet events in 2014. Musician and actor Usher Raymond wore a Lorraine Schwartz platinum and diamond brooch to the Golden Globes, held Jan. 12 in Beverly Hills.

Check out jewelry that exemplifies the red carpet trends for 2014.

New York--Another year has begun, and with it comes another round of awards shows and events that give celebrities, and their stylists, the chance to establish trends, including in jewelry.

With all awards shows, the style of the celebrity’s clothing determines the jewelry they will wear.

“Awards show stylists are pulling dresses based on spring runway trends, and in these dresses we’ll see color and texture, which translates to higher necklines, gathering at the waist and a lot of see-through materials, like sheer-bottom pieces,” says Amanda Gizzi, spokesperson at the Jewelry Information Center. “It won’t just be one type of material on the dress.”

Higher and busier necklines generally mean fewer necklaces and more bling on wrists and fingers.

Still, every awards show is different. The Oscars are very traditional and apparel tends to be more conservative, while celebrities can get a little riskier attire-wise at the Golden Globes. These factors play a major role in determining what kind of jewelry will be worn.

Below, Gizzi identifies five red carpet trends for 2014.

--Color on the red carpet. “Gemstones won’t be as big in scale, but they’ll be noticeable,” Gizzi says, noting that emeralds, sapphires and rubies will be the stand-out stones at the awards shows. “There will be a focus on gemstone quality, because people still want that glamour.”

Actress Jennifer Lawrence illustrated this trend at the Golden Globes with a pair of Neil Lane earrings.

--Yellow gold and platinum will be the metals to watch. “High-quality gemstones tend to be set in platinum, and there’s going to be a lot of yellow gold peppered in, especially with actresses who are not nominated, because gold is more casual so they can take more of a risk and get more playful and fashion-forward,” Gizzi says. “Gold gives them that option to stand out.”

Stars might also opt for smaller statement pieces in white gold, and perhaps rose gold, but “nothing major” in those colors, she says.

--More statement pieces, less layering. “The layering look has been done for so long, people are ready for something different, like bigger cuffs and longer cuffs and pieces with texture that incorporating sheer elements like openwork,” Gizzi says.

--All eyes on ears. While large chandelier earrings likely won’t be a trend this awards show season, Gizzi says celebrities will opt for “interesting” stud and cluster earrings and ear cuffs.

--Men bringing in the bling. Gizzi says men’s jewelry is going to be a category that blows up this year, and it’s already become apparent on television and in the lower end of jewelry.

“Men are bringing back the tie bar, wearing amazing cufflinks, letting chains peek through, and pins on the lapel,” she says.