Tom Ford’s collections are nothing but polished, feminine, powerful. His spring catwalk stayed true to this aesthetic; neutral tones made for a summer in the city – and of course my eagle eye was drawn to the accessorising. Because in contrast to our summer instinct for beach-friendly jewels, Ford went striking and ultimately luxurious, with wide cuffs in butter soft leathers in rich caramel tones and black croc finishing, matched with the straps of smart utilitarian watches.
Irish designer Una Burke has been on top of this look for a while; she is renowned for her wide range of beautifully made leather jewellery, while Prada has also released a line of bracelets in an incredible range of colours. Hermès’ Cavalerie cuffs are just the ticket – add one to any of their watches for a look that is perfectly colour matched.
Saint Laurent jewellery has always been a quiet favourite of stylists and editors; it has a bit of a secret cult following thanks to their knack of producing pieces that are always on-point and not always break-the-bank. They have a huge range of leathers ready to go and even though the trend seems very plain, I can’t resist the gold toned star off this cream version which nods to the brand’s disco heyday. See Hirsch straps (available in every major jeweller) to match your watch to whatever cuff you choose and you’re all set – this feels like a great transitional trend that will surely stick around as we swap into our autumn winter wardrobes.
Cavalerie cuff bracelet, €650; and Cape Cod watch, €2,350; both Hèrmes
YSL Star cuff bracelet in leather and metal, €495, Saint Laurent
Front panel cuff, £160, Una Burke
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