Old-Fashioned Collars Inspire a New Round of Necklace Styles

I wrote about this trend back in October 2011: Old-fashioned Peter Pan collars appear as decorative elements on garments in contrasting fabric or bejeweled versions, and are interpreted in metal in collar-style necklaces. A year later, there is a fresh round of editorial focus on the style.

“Suddenly Everywhere: Metal Collars” reports the September 2012 issue of Lucky: “The collar evolution continues! We swear this look smartens up any outfit, whether you’re wearing slinky plunging-neck dress or a silky tank, blazer and skinny jeans.” Pictured are an agate and brass bib necklace from Anthropologie; a copper and aluminum collar from LAB by Laura Busony; and a gold-tone floral collar from mikkatmarket.com. The small model photo pictures a look with a metal collar from Cacharel.

“We [Heart] Collars” echoes the September 2012 issue of Glamour: “Yes, you wear them like a necklace. It’s the fashion dare you’ll be so glad you took.” Pictured are a combination of fabric and metal collars from ASOS, Dannijo, Echo, Delfina Delettrez, Eleven Objects, Marc by Marc Jacobs, R.J. Graziano, and Anthropologie.

Restraint is a trend highlighted in the September 2012 issue of InStyle: “Sensuality works its way into refined and dandy.” InStyle explains “How to wear it”: “Though small buttoned collars appear young, and jewel- or boatnecks enhance the more mature, this demure attitude is appropriate for all, in clothes with strong shoulders, a defined waist, and below-the-knee hemlines. Bonus points for princess heels and long gloves to underscore its decorous demeanor. InStyle also explains “Why we love it”: “Sleeves are long, collars ride high. In fact, coverage is nearly total. So why does primness evoke such intriguing allure? Because a curvaceous silhouette in a pliantly elegant, deeply textured, or appliquéd fabric holds our attention while proving that withholding is powerfully stylish.” The beaded collar pictured is from Philosophy.

The September 2012 issue of Elle accessorizes an embellished dress from Louis Vuitton with a “Swarovski crystal, pearl, and glass bead collar” from Erickson Beamon along with a diamond bracelet and earrings with amethyst and pink and yellow sapphires from Roberto Coin.

The September 2012 issue of O, the Oprah Magazine suggests that layered necklaces are part of the old rut, and that one can “Break out of a fashion funk” with simple but inspired swaps, such as the substitution of a [Peter Pan collar style] statement necklace: “Add oomph to your look with a single accessory that packs a big punch.” The necklace is from Kate Spade New York.

Among the “trends worth trying” highlighted in the November 2012 issue of Real Simple is a glass-crystal necklace from Send the Trend. The magazine adds: “Ho-hum crewneck, meet hot new collar.”

The November 2012 issue of Redbook also features a collar-style necklace from Send the Trend. Along with a number of dresses and tops with attached collars that add a little sparkle at the neckline, Redbook notes: “Or just D.I.Y.! Bedazzle a plain neckline (round ones work best) with a collar necklace.” Among the reasons to adopt the style: “An attention-grabbing collar draws eyes up to your pretty face…and away from any body parts you’re less than psyched about.”

The November 2012 issue of Vogue reports that, around town, “embellished collars add a trompe l’oeil touch to pared-down evening looks.” Pictured are Hilary Rhoda in Dannijo; Virginie Courtin-Clarins in Louis Vuitton; Nicole Warne in “a crystal collar”; and Kate Mara in Dannijo.

In the November 2012 issue of People StyleWatch, columnist Lauren picks her latest closet essentials, including a pictured collar necklace in metal and polyurethane with faux diamond and stone detail from ShopSosie, writing: “I’m loving all of the decorative collars ornamented with everything from lace to stones to spikes.”

The December 2012 issue of Glamour features an unusual version of a collar necklace from Roberto Cavalli, consisting of a design of a pair of bird heads and feathers. The romper is from Juicy Couture; the belt is from Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet.

Among the “over-the-top luxuries” highlighted as potential gifts in the December 2012 issue of Lucky is a “Lock Me” collar from Louis Vuitton, with the recommendation: “Collar necklaces are huge right now, but none are done as simply or as elegantly as this beauty.” The page also features a diamond, sapphire, and white gold evil eye necklace from Effy.

Among the items in the December 2012 Elle magazine Gift Guide are collar-shaped diamond necklaces from Harry Winston and Graff Diamonds, along with another diamond necklace design from Chopard. The page also features a crystal ring in black metal from Swarovski and a white ceramic watch with diamonds and mother-of-pearl dial from Dior Timepieces.

A current ad for Harry Winston features a necklace and coordinating earrings from the Deel Collection, explaining the inspiration for the designs: “The diamond’s traditionally straight shape has been finessed using carefully recut and calibrated channel-set baguettes to achieve the effect of the folded collar on a deel, a traditional Mongolian dress.”

Whatever the specific inspiration, it seems that a new crop of necklaces is inspired by some very old-fashioned looks.

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