“I want slacks! I want blouses! I want brooches!”
My friend J tells me a hilarious story of his wranglings with ball-breaking Hollywood publicists in his days as a high flying entertainment editor. One shrieked the above styling order to him down her BlackBerry while organising a cover shoot for her mid-aughts A-lister.
That lady’s time has come again; the brooch is back.
I’m loving it on minimalist blazer or tuxedo lapels – actually most recently spotted on the guys at the Oscars. Brooches fit into the current gender-fluid style shift and I expect we’ll be seeing a lot more brooch-y jewellery – including pin badges and lapel pins – targeted at the male market in the near future.
As well as Rami Malek in a Cartier Clash lapel chain (below) and Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown in a jewelled leaf, I particularly liked Jay-Z’s yellow citrine, diamond, and ruby ‘Bird on a Rock’ brooch by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co teamed with his cream tux (below) – it’s a shame it didn’t get more attention (but you can get a closer look here). According to How to Spend It, Tiffany’s latest high jewellery collection draws heavily on Schlumberger’s archives, so stand by for a bigger emphasis on this part of the Tiffany story.
But always up for a high-low mix, I also appreciate the grungy brooch treatment, as seen in David Sims’ latest editorial in Vogue (top).
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WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
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