A CHARM IN EV­ERY PIECE

HAV­ING BEEN THE CREATIVE DI­REC­TOR OF THOMAS SABO FOR OVER 25 YEARS, SU­SANNE KÖLBLI TELLS US WHAT’S TREND­ING THIS SEA­SON AND HOW TO PICK THE RIGHT JEW­ELLERY AS A GIFT.

Female (Malaysia) - - EXCLUSIVE -

What are the lat­est jew­ellery trends? “Jew­ellery is like ic­ing on a cake, which makes ev­ery out­fit spe­cial. The lat­est trends are about tak­ing a play­ful ap­proach and com­bin­ing a few pieces ac­cord­ing to feel and taste.”

Tell us about the mix-and-match theme of the Au­tumn/Win­ter cam­paign.

“For us, this means not lay­ing down rules for wear­ing jew­ellery. We re­spect cur­rent life­styles and of­fer a wide va­ri­ety of styles of neck­laces, rings and bracelets. We’re all about the new way of wear­ing jew­ellery – from mod­ern graph­ics to play­ful vin­tage looks and retro de­signs of the ’80s, rock ‘n’ roll state­ments and iconic favourites – and ev­ery­thing can be com­bined, so ev­ery­one can wear the col­lec­tion any way they want.”

Thomas Sabo is known for its charms. How are they worn to­day?

“They can be com­bined in many creative ways. We’ve con­tin­ued to work on the Gen­er­a­tion Charm Club style and in­tro­duced new colours and themes such as Art Deco or cosmo-in­spired de­signs. Large and small charms are in­di­vid­u­ally com­bined in lay­er­ing. Sin­gle ear­rings make a look con­fi­dent. Sil­ver and gold, short and long chains in a mix are ma­jor trends. In short, charms have made the leap from cute ac­ces­sories to state­ment jew­ellery.”

With strik­ing neck­lace de­signs, you’re bound to fo­cus on the neck­line. What makes Thomas Sabo neck­laces spe­cial? “When pre­par­ing for the col­lec­tion, I worked with old ma­chines and tra­di­tional pro­duc­tion meth­ods as well as vin­tage styles for a long time. We then re­vived and fur­ther de­vel­oped old chain mod­els by com­bin­ing dif­fer­ent link struc­tures, punk-y sil­ver el­e­ments and many hand­crafted de­tails in the Thomas Sabo DNA. The va­ri­ety is re­ally spe­cial. Each of the 20-odd link and bracelet de­signs can be per­fectly com­bined with other pieces of jew­ellery in a lay­ered look or with pen­dants.”

How are Thomas Sabo watches worn this sea­son?

“Watches are slim­mer and smaller this sea­son, and thus be­come a piece of jew­ellery to mix and match with other pieces. Sim­ply and play­fully com­bine a cock­tail watch with bracelets, so not only the watch but the wrist it­self be­comes an eye-catcher. In­spired by Haute Hor­logerie, we’ve also in­cluded watches with moon­phase dis­plays in our col­lec­tion for the first time.”

Jew­ellery is of­ten given as a gift. Which items make great gifts for women? “Our Love Bridge Bracelets and Love Cuffs are great ba­sics that be­come a unique gift with in­di­vid­ual en­grav­ing. With­out en­grav­ing, but as a tra­di­tional piece of jew­ellery with high emo­tional value, medal­lions cap­ture per­sonal mem­o­ries. If you want to give a sym­bol as a gift, I rec­om­mend the King­dom of Dreams jew­ellery; the dreamy star and moon de­signs are great es­pe­cially for the Christ­mas sea­son that’s com­ing up.”

What’s your per­sonal favourite from the Au­tumn/Win­ter col­lec­tion?

“The new ‘Iconic’ Ster­ling sil­ver ban­gle in pierc­ing style; I grew up in the ’70s and ’80s and many of my favourite pieces to­day are rem­i­nis­cent of the fash­ion style of that time, so I'm go­ing to stick to my punk style!”

CHARMS HAVE MADE THE LEAP FROM CUTE AC­CES­SORIES TO STATE­MENT JEW­ELLERY. –

Su­sanne Kölbli

FROM LEFT: ‘ROY­ALTY STAR’ CHARM PEN­DANT, RM379, ‘MOON MOTHER-OFPEARL’ CHARM PEN­DANT, RM659, AND ‘CIR­CLE GOLD’ CHARM NECK­LACE, RM619. ‘MEDAL­LION’ PEN­DANT, RM989

‘ICONIC’ BRACELET, RM4,939

‘ICONIC’ BAN­GLE, FROM RM2,579

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