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.
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. –
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