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X Factor style report: Week six

What a shocker. No not that I’ve been so caught up in Royal engagements that I’m just writing this now, but rather that Aiden got axed instead of Katie. That girl has more lives than a cat. Not that I’m complaining as regular readers will know I’m a not-so-secret Katie fan.

Elimination excitement aside, my eye was firmly fixed on the jewellery on display on last weekend’s X Factor. Having an Elton John week is pretty much a green light for the most flamboyant and outrageous fashions and the jewellery certainly didn’t disappoint.

Aiden Grimshaw wore a brooch on Saturday night's X Factor, showing men are branching out in their jewellery choices

Aiden Grimshaw wore a Butler & Wilson brooch on Saturday night’s X Factor, showing men are branching out in their jewellery choices

One of my favourites was eliminated Aiden Grimshaw, who took to the stage in an on-trend metallic blazer from Carlo Bellini, which he, or rather X Factor stylist and Britain’s Next Top Model judge Grace Woodward, had accessorised with a sparkly floral brooch from Butler & Wilson. I personally love Aiden’s style and the choice of jewellery too. I won’t give away too much but when the next issue of Retail Jeweller lands on your desk you should take a look at my trends report on the men’s jewellery market. Designers such as Hannah Martin, David Webdale and Tomasz Donocik told me they are designing for the man that wants more than just a first ring or a chain, and are offering their customers cocktail rings, belts and lapel pins. It’s worth remembering the X Factor doesn’t just launch musical careers, but also helps promote certain trends. Something to think about when you’re doing your buying next time.

Sadly, Aiden’s performance of Rocket Man failed to impress and he was swiftly ejected from the show.

Much to the delight of Katie Waissel, who survived her fourth sing-off. Appropriately the wannabe sang Elton John’s Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting. She teamed her Madonna-inspired outfit with a belt from Erickson Beamon’s Queen of the Damned collection - so apt it hurts. Waissel wore the piece as a belt, but it’s actually intended to be a studded body-piece and is made from silver-plated metal and embellished with Swarovski crystals. Consumers feeling the pinch are looking for jewellery that can be worn in many different ways, and this was a good example of how to get two looks from the same piece.

Katie Waissel wore the aptly named Queen of the Damned studded body piece by Erickson Beamon on the X Factor this weekend

Katie Waissel wore the aptly named Queen of the Damned studded body piece by Erickson Beamon on the X Factor this weekend

Rebecca Ferguson gave another great, but dull, let’s be honest, performance of Elton John’s Candle in the Wind, teaming her Topshop dress with diamonds from jeweller David Morris. Ferguson wore the brand’s 18ct white gold chandelier earrings with rose-cut and briolette-cut white diamonds, weighing in at 93.17cts, to accessorise her Topshop dress. Pairing a high street dress with jewels mirrors findings from a report by market research company Mintel, released last month, which found that while consumers have slightly traded down in the jewellery they purchase, they are still lapping up affordable lines to reinvent and accessorise outfits bought on the high street. You don’t have to have every high-end brand going in your store to get the customers in and affordable ranges are within your reach. Brands such as Theo Fennell have now launched affordable ranges, so getting your product selection right will mean your customers don’t end up spending all of their cash in Toppers.

Rebecca Ferguson sparkled in earrings by David Morris on the X Factor

Rebecca Ferguson sparkled in earrings by David Morris on the X Factor

The best moment of every weekend’s X Factor is when the screens go back and Dannii and Cheryl step out, dividing the country into team Minogue and team Chezza. I love them both and think both chose beautiful jewellery this weekend. Cheryl again went for de Grisogono, wearing the brand’s Contario and white diamond and rose gold earrings on the Saturday night, and black and white diamond floral designs on Sunday night. Rose gold is my personal favourite and I loved Cheryl’s Saturday night jewellery.

Saturday night's X Factor saw Cheryl Cole take to her judging seat wearing rose gold jewellery from de Grisogono

Saturday night’s X Factor saw Cheryl Cole take to her judging seat wearing rose gold jewellery from de Grisogono

Cheryl Cole went for on-trend rose gold jewellery from de Grisogono on X Factor

Cheryl Cole went for on-trend rose gold jewellery from de Grisogono on X Factor

Cheryl Cole chose floral jewellery from de Grisogono for X Factor on Sunday

Cheryl Cole chose floral jewellery from de Grisogono for X Factor on Sunday

Cheryl looked stunning in these floral earrings by de Grisogono

Cheryl looked stunning in these floral earrings by de Grisogono

Cheryl also wore this white and black diamond ring from de Grisogono

Cheryl also wore this white and black diamond ring from de Grisogono

Meanwhile fashionista Dannii Minogue wore a whole host of gorgeous designer jewellery this weekend. On Saturday night she stepped out looking like a Greek goddess in a Carla Zampatti dress, which she accessorised with turquoise earrings from Annoushka’s Bochic range and a Classic Crystal Haze ring from Stephen Webster, proving its not just Catherine Middleton championing blue stones. On Sunday night’s episode Dannii wore a foxy leopard print Emilia Wickstead dress and an affordable statement ring by Jenny Packham and earrings from Garrard. Trying to fit the names of four brands into one headlines was no easy task, I can assure you. But well done Dannii for bringing such beautiful jewellery to the masses.

For me it’s impossible to decide who came out on top, so I’ll let you be the judge of that. Just don’t take it to deadlock.

Dannii Minogue stepped out on Saturday night's X Factor wearing jewellery from Stephen Webster and Annoushka

Dannii Minogue stepped out on Saturday night’s X Factor wearing jewellery from Stephen Webster and Annoushka

Dannii mixed Garrard with Jenny Packham on the X Factor results show

Dannii mixed Garrard with Jenny Packham on the X Factor results show

Dannii Minogue opted for these earrings from Annoushka's Bochic range on Saturday night's X Factor

Dannii Minogue opted for these earrings from Annoushka’s Bochic range on Saturday night’s X Factor

It's not just Catherine Middleton showing off jewellery set with blue Stones. Dannii Minogue wore this ring by Stephen Webster on X Factor

It’s not just Catherine Middleton showing off jewellery set with blue Stones. Dannii Minogue wore this ring by Stephen Webster on X Factor

Dannii also wore this affordable ring from Jenny Packham

Dannii also wore this affordable ring from Jenny Packham

Dannii was seen wearing these earrings by Garrard on Sunday's X Factor results

Dannii was seen wearing these earrings by Garrard on Sunday’s X Factor results

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