Power to the pearls: how the season’s most popular jewellery piece has hit refresh

Once a symbol of status, pearls are a key feature of the runways and red carpets this season, but their revival has tapped a different kind of consumer

From the red carpet to the runway, pearls have captured today’s zeitgeist with an avant-garde revival

Maybe it was Julia Garner arriving at Gucci’s spring-summer ‘23 show wearing 12 layers of pearls on her neck. Her “Hollywood tomboy” era, she called it. Or maybe it was Cate Blachett’s necklace blend of metallic Tahitian and white pearls at this year’s BAFTA’s, which were draped from her neckline to her left shoulder. Or maybe it was Simone Rocha’s first menswear collection, where she sent baroque pearl clutch bags down the runway.

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