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The growing trend of men's jewellery

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 09/10/2019 Rachael Dove
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If you consider man jewellery to be a stack of Glastonbury wristbands or a leather bracelet bought on holiday in the Algarve, then take a look at Alexander McQueen’s autumn/winter 2019 menswear collection.

Alongside razor-sharp suiting are candy-coloured gemstone necklaces, knuckle-dusters and arrings so gloriously decadent they would have passed muster in the court of Louis XIV.

Welcome to the new era of man bling, when wearing big hoops in your ears is no longer labelled effeminate and a gem on your pinkie doesn’t mean a family pile in the country. Last month, Gucci’s creative director, Alessandro Michele, took his bow at Milan Fashion Week wearing five tiers of necklaces, while A$AP Rocky sat front row with diamond bands wrapped around his fingers and wrists. Forget Girl with a Pearl Earring, Harry Styles wore a single elegant drop pearl earring to the Met Gala in May, Timothée Chalamet wears Cartier bracelets and Brad Pitt has a ‘sprinkle’ of ear piercings.

Timothée Chalamet standing in front of a store: Chalamet wearing Cartier rings (PA) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Chalamet wearing Cartier rings (PA)

‘Men are finding new ways of expressing themselves and are not afraid to experiment with jewellery,’ says Laura Robertshaw, menswear buyer at Liberty where sales of jewellery for men have risen by 72 per cent this season.

‘We introduced Alighieri, a women’s brand, on our men’s floor after it was being shopped by our male clientele. It has been a huge success.’ Alighieri’s designer, Rosh Mahtani, has now introduced a full men’s line of pearl earrings and talisman pendants; Tiffany has also just launched its first men’s collection of 18 carat gold and sterling silver.

a person standing in front of a brick building: ALEXANDER McQUEEN AW19 © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited ALEXANDER McQUEEN AW19

The editor of GQ Style Luke Day’s list of adornments reads more like a short story that can be condensed into: three earrings, five necklaces and eight rings, plus more for special occasions. ‘A lot of my jewellery tells stories or has memories of moments or times,’ he says. ‘I’m excessive in how I express myself, jewellery adds another layer of gilding.’

How can a guy, who’s not necessarily in the fashion business, dip into the jewellery box? ‘You don’t have to be covered like a Christmas tree. A small ring or a pendant on a chain is the way to go for most men. For modern pieces try Dear Letterman, Alan Crocetti and Emanuele Bicocchi.’ Go forth and sparkle. 

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