Thank you, Oscar. Your glorious Fall 2012 Collection, both fun and fabulous, brought back a former heavyweight in fashion accessories—the brooch. During this year’s fashion week, Mr. de la Renta gave the brooch center stage, using the ancient adornment to embellish sheaths, jackets, sweaters, collars, belts, and even the classic headband. Comebacks are nothing new in the world of fashion where designers frequently indulge our fashion sensibilities by bringing back styles from days gone by. Sometimes those styles fall flat, proving that once was most certainly enough or that even once was too much—think Hammer pants, those 80s harem pants made famous by rapper MC Hammer, that were brought back yet again this past summer. Not a good look on anyone unless you’re a professional breakdancer. On the other hand, how lovely it is when retro works, as in the case of the beloved brooch.
Looking back over my own style evolution, the brooch often played a starring role in my look. It happened to be my go-to accessory when I first started my career in TV news. Rarely did I anchor a newscast without wearing one. Crystal, pave, baroque, deco—whatever my mood, I pinned to my heart’s content, long before Pinterest ever existed.My love of these often dazzling, decorative adornments can be traced back to my childhood . Both my mother and grandmother wore brooches with great panache. My Mom had one brooch in particular that as a child I had a major obsession with—an emerald-green, jewel-encrusted cluster that I simply adored, no doubt because she made wearing it look so good. She pinned it in the center of a smashing long-sleeve fitted wool dress in vibrant kelly-green and to my then little girl eyes she looked like a dream.
Yes, I am thrilled that the brooch is back. It’s been fun unearthing some of my late 80s and early 90s relics and I’m poised to start pinning again :-)
Don’t you just love a good comeback?!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Hope you find countless reasons to smile!