This summer our jewellery collection has a new, playful mood, full of colour, tassels, feathers and natural stones. We sat down with Country Road jewellery designer, Francesca, to discuss the new direction Country Road is taking.
“Inspiration comes from everywhere. I put things together; drawings, images, blogs, Pinterest, WGSN, magazines and what people are wearing on the street – to create the theme and mood of each collection. This summer we were creating a resort range that you can wear from the beach, out. You can wear these pieces with your bathers during the day or at night to dress up a beautiful kaftan or maxi dress.”
“There are simple pieces, as well as really bold pieces, such as the tassel earring or the feather earring. You can really add flair to an outfit with the tassel hoop, it’s quite a bold statement. It’s a very free-spirited collection. There is a lot of shell, turquoise and natural stone elements that are worn back with the tassels. There’s the coral element and then the white enamel that sort of freshens up the gold.”
A different direction
“This season is so different. For so long we have been doing simple, elegant basic stuff – everything has been either fine or bold. We’ve never really done colour before, so it’s quite a new direction. I think colour is perfect for this time of the year, everyone is in the mood to go out and have fun and enjoy the festivities – Christmas is just quite a colourful sort of time. Everyone is happy you know, we’re on holidays, we’re more relaxed – it’s a step away from the usual black and navy and grey that we normally wear throughout the year. People are more prepared to wear a bit of colour, and I think this just adds a bit more fun. Each piece is a point of difference, and I think it goes back really well with our resort range – the kaftans, smocks, maxi dresses.“
“There’s coral, emerald, the natural ivory, the black, the rust and the indigo – those sort of bold colours that are so great for summer and are all prominent throughout our apparel and accessories range. I think that trend-wise, that’s what’s happening overseas, and we selected these colours to look great worn back with our apparel. They’re great colours for summer, good with neutrals, jeans – there is so much indigo denim coming through at the moment.”
“I love contrasting different elements together. Metal back with shell is a beautiful contrast of the two elements. The feather with the stone is also really interesting – they play off each other so well. They are so simple to wear, some you could wear on a daily basis, some are beautiful occasion pieces.”
How to wear
“Inspiration wise its very beachy, summery resort – you can wear each piece sitting around with your friends by the pool or if you are heading to a cocktail party at night. These are beautiful, simple pieces that will elevate your outfit instantly. There are some simple rings with white stones and turquoise – such easy colours to wear, you can mix and match, put them together, stack and layer them. This rope bracelet is quite a bold piece but I think you could wear a couple together to make a very modern statement."
“The shell bracelet, earring and necklace set. I love the simplicity of the shell contrasted with the metal, it’s a beautiful coming together of two elements. I love that in fashion, I love that in homewares, and I love that in jewellery.”