A lot of the recent fashion trends are obviously influenced by a particular era, movement or style. This is one is a jewelry trend, It's clean, simple, minimalist, and modernist. But it's equally inspired by the Ancients. Talking about cold, hard, solid metal shaped into the forms of cuffs and collars; and whether it's gold or silver, copper or bronze, it's a strong look for right now and one that will eagerly be carried over in to autumn / fall 2011's fashions.
As the neutral tones and clean cuts of minimalism have breezed their way into fashion, so too have minimalist accessories been taking over from their ostentatious counterparts. It's a natural progression, from clothing to jewellery; and thus no surprise that the minimalism so strong in 2010 is still being played out in 2011 by way of our accessories. To that end this particular trend is not about embellishments or filigrees or engravings or any other form of decoration bar for smooth, solid metal (as per the Elie Saab example above) and perhaps - if anything at all - a simple stone setting or two.
How to wear it right now
As with much of 2011's fashion, solid metal accessories are mostly being worn with a 1970s spin. Take a flowing frock or sharp tailored suit and there's little better way to accessorise it than with a glamorous sleek gold choker or a heavy gold cuff bracelet. Your 2011 swimwear can also be magnified tenfold in glamour when being worn pool side as opposed to in the water by accessorising with some Grecian goddess-like precious metal jewelry.
For winter take cold metal pieces and contrast them against soft knits or cosy furs; or pair a strong metal choker with a structured, minimalist jacket or coat for some icy sophistication.