JEWELLERY Michael Kors charms with his demi-fine-jewellery line. By Liz Guber
A new jewellery line hits the sweet spot between fancy and familiar.
MICHAEL KORS CHOSE the penthouse of New York’s Edition Hotel—once the world’s tallest building—to present the brand’s new demi-fine jewellery. But not even the bird’s-eye views of Lower Manhattan and the Flatiron could pull the focus away from the pieces on display. The line, which features elements of fine-jewellery design such as 14-karat gold and semi-precious stones, is delicate enough to feel special yet fashion-forward enough to leave an impression. “I love big, bold statement jewellery,” says Kors, “but for this collection, I wanted to create the kinds of personal, lasting pieces that a woman wears every day.” Pendants in the shape of a padlock (a Kors signature borrowed from his bags) come in multiple colours to represent each birthstone—although the designer is quick to emphasize that you should wear whichever one you like, regardless of your birth month. Thin-banded bracelets and rings of gold, silver and rose gold can be nested together to create a custom look. Then there are the charms, which Kors likens to wearable memories. They range from playful, like a miniature of the designer’s omnipresent aviator glasses, to classic, like an evil-eye charm studded with sapphire-hued quartz. The charms can be slipped onto C-shaped bracelets or dangle from a threadlike chain. Old-school rules don’t apply here—you can stack a rose-gold bracelet with a silver one and wear the pieces with anything. And that’s because, according to Kors, “the lines are blurring between formal and casual.” Now, a weighty chain-link necklace can feel as effortless and shrugged off as a pair of love-worn jeans. All you need is the right attitude. ®
14-karat-gold-plated-metal and clear-pavé ring, rhodium-plated-metal and clear-pavé ring jacket and 14-karat-rose-gold-platedmetal and clear-pavé ring (above, $155 each); 14-karat-gold-plated-metal necklace and bracelet (below, $245 each)
14-karat-gold-plated-metal bracelets ($495 each, michaelkors.ca)