collared dress, Dolce & Gabbana, $3,195, at
Saks Fifth Avenue; earrings, Ivanka Trump;
bracelet, Robert Coin; ring, Roberto Coin; gold
pearl ring, Carrera y Carrera, all price upon
request at Bernie Robbins Jewelers.
— Gold has moved beyond deck-the-halls festive into
the glitzy realm of must-have fashion.
the season for gleaming flecks to sparkle on fluttering
eyelids and glisten on mistletoe-ready lips. A bronzy
link chain, instead of a ribbon, on tuxedo-style
trousers is happy-hour sultry. And shimmering, silky
pantsuits are both retro and relevant.
civilization’s most sought-after metal, gold shines
brightest this year in classic yellow. But copper and
rose blends, especially on sequined blouses, are
trending chic, too.
in decades past, however, the granddaddy of precious
metals no longer feels arrogant or garish. Instead, when
it’s fashioned into a quilted clutch, it reminds us of
found treasures in our grandma’s trunk. It tempts us
to live on the luxe side as a floor-length party dress.
And worn as a high-gloss nail polish, it taps into our
is everywhere — in clothing, as paillettes on skirts
and threading in suits," said Maureen Doron, owner
of Skirt, a Bryn Mawr, Pa., boutique. "It’s such
a shift from where we were 10 years ago."
to any boutique owner about how this yuletide is so
luminous, and they will chuckle; not too long ago, gold
was a big fashion no-no. The most popular accessories
and metallic clothing were almost always platinum, until
was kitschy," said Joan Shepp, owner of the
Philadelphia boutique that bears her name. "I could
never sell it . . .. It just wasn’t what people
six years ago, while still in the middle of a platinum
era, the jewelry industry began touting gold as if it
were brand new, not a precious metal that stemmed back
to the days of the ancient Egyptians.
didn’t matter that the price was still high —
averaging more than $1,500 an ounce — jewelers were
tired of fitting vibrant emeralds, rubies, and amethysts
is the benchmark for fine jewelry products," said
Harvey Rovinsky, president of Bernie Robbins Jewelers,
with four locations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
"It was unnatural to move away from it, but it was
necessary in a weak economy."
eased customers in slowly, suggesting to those who
lacked gold savvy — we’re talking mostly millennials
here — that they work rose-gold into their jewelry
momentum was slow to build.
2011 — when gold was at its highest, more than $1,895
an ounce — Kim Kardashian launched her women’s
fragrance, Gold. Beyoncé started wearing gold, it
seemed, everywhere. Our social media networks featured
throwback photos, and in them, auriferous hat pins and
cuff links communicated a refined sense of style.
price of gold started dropping (last month it hit its
lowest at $1,140 an ounce), and then the silver studs on
Maison Martin Margiela wedge sneakers bronzed up; the
zippers on Stella McCartney faux leather moto jackets
took on a yellowish tinge; the silver sheen on Tory
Burch skirts became tawny.
Van Noten put gold in his shoes and Phillip Lim added
it, too," Shepp said. "Moschino started doing
gold accessories. All of a sudden, gold became so much
their fall 2014 runway collections — which also
includes holiday — more mainstream designers,
including Michael Kors, Tracy Reese, and Tory Burch,
featured gold on pocketbooks, coat hardware, and of
course, evening wear.
the 2014 red carpet season, Cate Blanchett wowed in a
nude-gold Armani Prive, as did Angelina Jolie in a
similar-hued strapless Elie Saab. At this year’s
American Music Awards and Grammys, Rita Ora stunned in
body-skimming gold frocks.
gold was back.
it’s a gold-plated accessory or a solid gold ensemble,
Susan Ahn, owner of Wayne, Pa., boutique Eaves, suggests
that women mix metals. Pewter, bronze, yellow gold, and
white gold can all live on the same holiday outfit.
"People are going for a vintage, art deco-inspired
look," Ahn told me while standing in front of a
mannequin dressed in a Parker metallic tunic and
distressed jeans. Among the selection of costume jewelry
Ahn is carrying this year in her store — more than
ever, she adds — a pair of shiny gold and ruby drop
earrings would complement this look just as easily as a
pair of squarish studs with a rosier tone.
brassier golds are rugged, and the yellow golds are
feminine, and so when you mix textures, you get a look
that’s very modern," Ahn said.
chunky gold accessories — think a beaded necklace,
brooch, or studded earrings — to a black, navy, or
forest-green pantsuit or sheath is the most foolproof
way to wear gold this season. The brightness adds a dash
of cheer to the season’s otherwise monochromatic color
palette. It should be noted this season’s palette is
moving away from cranberry and crimson, except on lips,
gold, as a trim or shimmer, gives of-the-moment winter
pastels and florals a dose of sophistication. Nude hues
never popped so much.
we continue on fashion’s throwback journey to all
things edgy and moto, gold warms up the hard-core silver
to the new gilded age.