Coco Chanel; Chanel Spring 2013 Ready-to-WearIn modern times, scientists have refined the process of pearl cultivation. The coveted gems are judged by five criteria including luster, clean surface, shape, color, and size. Only a small percentage of those harvested meet the high standards of the industry, eventually making their way to the consumer market. Today, the house of Chanel uses South Sea pearls, Akoya pearls, freshwater pearls from China, and cultured Tahitian pearls. And for Spring 2013, pearls popped up across many designer collections in varying ways. Rather than simply adorning a neck or wrist, we spotted pearls in the most unique places. Many brought Coco to mind. Below, we’ll share a few pearls from the runway, as well as picks for adding the Chanel-approved accessory to your own collection.
Pearls On The RunwayDiego Binetti stacked models’ fingertips in playful press-on nails with pearl embellishments. Inspired by Chanel, indeed, were DSquared’s piles of pearls for this spring. Joy Cioci adorned gowns and headdresses with pearls. Rihanna caused a stir in her own vintage Chanel faux pearl-rimmed sunglasses at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
Shop The TrendAn enduring classic from Tiffany & Co., we adore the 16-inch freshwater cultured pearl necklace ($400, left). Quite the steal is Anthropologie’s vintage-inspired pearl clip ($9.95, right) to adorn the hair or clothing. Additional Research by Natalie Starnes. (Photo credits, from top: 1. Lipnitzki/Roger Violett, 2. Man Ray and Yannis Vlamos/GoRunway.com, 3. DiegoBinetti.com, 4. DSquared2.com, 5. JoyCioci.com, 6. Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com, 7. Tiffany.com and Anthropologie.com)