Armed with Accessories

I’m loving accessories!

I have found myself mad for a statement necklace or a fabulous cuff. Right now on my lust list is a fantastic faux tortoise shell resin and crystal cuff by Oroton. Actually I’d like two! They would look great with one on each wrist.


Fashion is embracing the trend in a big way. After many years of being subtle in my choice of jewellery, I’m feeling the love, like a fashion magpie, unable to hold myself back from this seasons colours and shapes.

As someone whose wardrobe consists of black, navy and more black, I find the accessory, be it humble or over the top, a great way to inject on trend colour into my sartorial choices.

First it was my Fendi neckpiece picked up in Italy on my recent travels (check out FE Italy stories for more details). I have not had this off since getting my hands on it. I knew I would love it, and will for many years to come. With a background of black resin and pewter metallic detail, secured by a black velvet ribbon, it has just the right amount of hardware without losing it’s femininity.

Next were 2 animal print cuffs, one leopard, one python. These prints are always timeless, and can be used as neutrals. My reasoning for investing in these rather than the block or neon that is SO on trend is that these will work for the coming seasons, they are classic.

The Hermes enamel and metal cuffs are definitely investment pieces.These would look equally at home with a plain tee and dark denim or a sleek LBD.

Ultimate day to night. Delfina Delettrez has an amazing collection. She is based in Rome, Italy. Check out her site, just divine.

Beautiful bee earrings and fringed cuffs are just two examples of her unusual designs.

Swarovski do some amazing cocktail rings, and Pierre Winter in Paddington, Sydney stock a lovely range of jewels, including Oscar De La Renta.

Also in Paddington is the heavenly Harlequin Market.

They stock some amazing vintage pieces, for that unique one off. Check out their range of bakelite and original art deco, true works of wearable art.

Speaking of art, galleries are also a great place for something completely different. Metalab in Sydney’s Surry Hills has resident artists that specialise in jewellery. Why not support creativity, in all its forms.

In Melbourne, Australia my first stop for accessories is the fabulous Christine in Little Collins Street.

Walk down the tartan carpet stairs into an Alladin’s cave of wonder.

Curated by the talented Christine Barrow, this lady knows her stuff, and always delivers.

With labels such as Lanvin, Tom Binns and Nicholas King, it is a must visit when in this city.

A well kept secret is Mary Titchener at South Yarra, who specialises in antique accessories, including pieces by Cartier, Faberge, Oscar Heyman, Black, Starr & Frost, Fouquet, Chaumet, Lalique, and Auger to name a few.

Her stock is some of the finest in Australia including this simply stunning heart of garnets. She specializes in ‘art deco’ pieces to totally die for!

Not feeling like a major investment, then check out Diva, Lovisa, Equip or Collette. They all provide on trend looks that won’t break the bank.

Super fun as a Christmas present for the teenage girl when you have no idea what to buy. Their sales assistants are usually young and helpful, so don’t be afraid to ask for assistance.

Peter Lang also has a great range stocked in Myer. Good quality for a mid range price. His earrings are great fun.

Vintage stores and markets are perfect for one off pieces too. I have some gorgeous 1950’s brooches I bought when I was a teenager. As I always say, hold on to the accessories, fashion repeats itself.

So armed with accessories, you can make that simple ensemble into an up to the minute super cool statement.

Be brave and use a little imagination. Anything is possible.

Jo Bayley, Fashion Editor, The Culture Concept Circle 2012

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