As fashion director of the Accessories Council and founder of JMR Trend + Creative, Jessica Richards (pictured) makes it her mission to know where the trend winds are blowing. Why JCK tapped the New York City-based trendspotter to talk spring 2022 fashion.
Coincidentally, we met Richards again the day after she presented her forecast for 2023 to the council. So we asked them to tell us what’s coming this season and the next few seasons. The interview was edited slightly.
What did you predict in your forecast for 2022? And how accurate were you?
I always name each season. I had named Spring 22 “I Just Can’t Get Enough”. That would be the If we saw a little more mobility in the world this season, people would want to express that sense of optimism and joy and a return to normality by being a little more adorned in their clothes.
I expected lots of sparkle and lots of very stylized accessory moments in both ready-to-wear and jewelry – and lots of colour: that feeling of dressing with presence. Shoes, for example, are about platforms – because you want to be seen.
How does this idea translate to jewelry?
In jewelry, the ring is the thing. Hands have been hidden for so long, so we wear a lot of rings, stack bracelets, and show off these categories.
What are the other big ideas dominating the season?
The other big trend is this notion of nostalgia. In jewelry, you see almost these childish or DIY trends like friendship bracelets, but with more height. Even if the pieces are a bit more whimsical, delicate materials are still involved – like smiley faces painted on beads. Or Lauren Rubinski, who puts letters on a chain.
It’s almost like a marriage of nostalgia and whimsy. Whimsy is an important thing that we see in the market. Even if you look at pictures of the Gem Awards, some of the curations on people’s necks and hands – someone had a name tag necklace that said “Major.” There is a desire to be optimistic and cheerful and happy. It’s a sense of relief that you express through your jewelry care.
Are there any colors or gems that stand out this season?
What appeals to me the most is the combination of colors in the same article. I think rainbow is a big color idea this season, both true rainbows and mixes of rainbow colored stones in the same article. That’s the top of the pyramid trend that catches my eye. Green also feels particularly important.
What do you think of the current popularity of astrological symbols?
It goes back to that idea of personal curation, or the desire to make a personal statement with your jewelry. Icons that are representative of you. You see name tags, astrological signs, lucky numbers. It’s about being connected to things that make you feel safe, comfort, and grounded. We see many talismans. Security charms, like the evil eye, are always out there, but I’m seeing them to their max capacity.
When you look to 2023, what do you notice?
In my opinion, the things that will shape 2023 are happening now. There will always be an effect in the current year. I was talking about Rihanna’s pregnancy announcement. I’ve told quite a few stories about vintage and archival items and then when I saw this picture of her with the crucifix, OMG. Everyone will be looking for vintage crossbreeds inspired by Lacroix. She gave it a new face. I don’t think we’ve seen crosses in so long. We had a Y2K fashion moment, but we haven’t gone back to glam yet. I feel like this very directional style of jewelry is having a moment.
The other thing I really wanted to talk to is this idea of novelty. I use Schiaparelli as inspiration. Eyes, lips and many oversized symbols. That And just like that… Episode where Nicole Ari Parker is on stage carrying a large crab crab, Schiaparelli. It feels so fresh and new.
Editor’s Note: After this story was published, JCK learned that jeweler Lorraine West designed the Major nameplate necklace that Richards spotted at the Gem Awards (and was one of three people who wore it that night). The necklace was designed in collaboration with author Shayla Lawson to accompany the release of her 2020 book This is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope.
Above: Photo courtesy of Jessica Richards
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