In the beginning of 2019, men in Hollywood did what I thought was impossible. They brought the brooch back. Yes this jewelry cheerleader, who was convinced the accessory beloved by ladies during the mid-20th century would never be in vogue again, was happy to be proved wrong. The brooch returned with a vengeance on men walking the red carpet. Everyone from the flamboyant Billy Porter to the dashing Chadwick Boseman wore them and showed how fabulous a bejeweled brooch could look on a lapel. The brooch became so hot, I began to think the men who left it off looked a little drab.
Well, throughout the course of the year any number of in-tune designers turned their attention to wide ranging collections for men with earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings. My cynical self might have thought it was a marketing ploy, but the movement was very real. Brad Pitt proved it. And do you really need any more examples than Mr. Pitt? (That’s a rhetorical question.) The long-time jewelry lover led the charge in men’s jewelry throughout the summer at international premieres for his films Once Upon A Time in Hollywood and Ad Astra. He wore layers of jewels including a ring, chain necklaces and bracelets by David Yurman who has been on the men’s jewelry bandwagon forever.
See some of the men’s styles that debuted in 2019 below.
Ana Khouri included male models in her innovative High Jewelry presentation during Couture presentations in Paris over the summer. They wore gorgeous gem-set “gender free” ear ornaments.
Jacquie Aiche introduced a vast array of bohemian baubles for the boys.
Pearl house Tasaki sent High Jewelry ropes of pearl necklaces and bold earrings designed by Director Prabal Gurung down the runway during New York Fashion Week on men.