Sunday, January 17, 2016

In the Market Report

"Ring" in the New Year

Gucci Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear
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Rings are never "in or out" but like everything else, they have their moment in fashion’s proverbial sun. And that moment is now, thanks in large part to Gucci’s Alessandro Michele. He has accessorized his models’ fingers with multiple rings in every collection he has shown since becoming creative director back in February 2015.

Alessandro Michele with his rings photo by Jason Schmidt
courtesy Harper's Bazaar

During the course of his freshman outing, (a landmark fall/winter 2015 menswear collection  shown in Milan), he unveiled his unapologetic-ally vintage inspired, hippie, nerdy, intellectual, and gender bending vision for the legendary brand. Among his soon to be signatures were the use of chiffon pussycat bow blouses, spectacles, fur lined horse bit mules, and rings, which, for the record, he wears as well.

Ralph Rucci Spring 2014 Ready-To-Wear

However you decide to wear them, and regardless of how many you wear, my philosophy is generally, Go Big or Go Home. It matters not if they’re real bijoux or costume jewelry. Case in point, Ralph Rucci’s Spring 2014 ready-to-wear collection. The crystal rings he put on the fingers of each model were not really rings at all, but adhesive strips covered with sequins and stones. The effect was cool, edgy, and modern.

By the way, rings are not only a statement making accessory; they give you a perfect excuse to talk (or gesture) with your hands. And they are an ultra-stylish way to give someone (such as Ted Cruz) the finger. Just saying.

Here are 11 of my current favorites, priced from $95 -$93,500:

Monies ebony wood chunky ring, $95

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Monies transparent acrylic coil ring, $175

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Lanvin crystal embellished grey glass, brass, pewter star ring, $790

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Vintage Chanel logo Silvertone ring with black and white glass beads, $860

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Gucci Tiger Head Ring with Red Enamel, $450

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Hermes Sterling Silver XL Cocktail ring, $3300

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Amber and gold over sized cocktail ring, $275

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Saint Laurent Gold Tone Crystal Lion Ring, $795

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Powerful Hammered gold ring, $4500

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Large Art Deco Inspired ring with black enamel and diamonds, $10,900

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Cartier emerald diamond platinum alligator ring, $93,500

- Marilyn Kirschner

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