We go star gazing with Sophia Roe as our Danish fashion editor styles Thomas Sabo’s latest collection of celestial jewellery
In collaboration with Thomas Sabo
For centuries, the night sky has served as inspiration: From Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ to John Keats poem ‘Bright Star’, from nursery rhymes to William Shakespeare’s sonnets (number 14 to be exact). Looking up at the midnight blue sky with a dusting of twinkling stars and its pearlescent moon, it’s entirely unsurprising that it keeps influencing a myriad of disciplines. One being jewellery.
Since 1984, Thomas Sabo has been a staple in our treasure chests as we adorn ourselves with trinkets every morning. Since the beginning, the German brand has focused on 925 sterling silver, making the material a part of its design DNA. As a result, there’s a precision to Thomas Sabo’s work, something noticeably present in their latest collection inspired by the night sky, ‘Magic Stars’.
Wearing the new collection, Roe ponders her favourite piece. “The butterfly is such a beautiful statement piece. It is a piece I will always enjoy wearing.” Like constellations, the motives of the individual pieces all feature an aspect of the night sky; In the butterfly, the wings are set with stars. As a whole, they blend into one cohesive celestial collection. “Combining the many shapes and sizes made the collection so much fun to style with,” explains Roe. “There are many options, making the pieces easily transform into different personal tastes and style.”
Wearing her singular minimalist style, black blazers and white shirts, the Danish fashion editor smiles. The jewellery takes centre stage in the styling around her neck, on her fingers, and dangling from her ears. “For me, there are three directions I would go when styling with the dark blue butterfly necklace,” she says. “For nighttime, I would go with a slightly gothic vibe wearing all black.” Then, for a more modern look, she explains how she would wear the necklace with sleek silhouettes reminiscent of the 1990s. Lastly, she says, “I would style it with a classic white shirt and add elements from the 1970s.”
The two decades are both eras in fashion when the butterfly motives have been prevalent, seen on hair clips and in jewellery. Today, the motif has returned triumphantly to the runways, seen in the spring/summer collections of Alberta Ferretti, Chanel and Blumarine – or the German jewellery brand itself, showcasing a summery butterfly set just earlier this year. None, however, boasts the additional element of a starry night sky, as Thomas Sabo is doing for its latest collection. “Many fashion references went through my mind when styling the collection," says Roe. "But one thing is for sure, stars and moons are never out of fashion.”
The collection is available now in select stores and online on thomassabo.com