The Long & Short of It: Collar Plus Pendant Necklace Combinations

One of the current trends is wearing a combination of short and long pieces: a collar (with or without an additional short pendant necklace) plus a long pendant necklace. This trend is being spearheaded largely by the French design house Lanvin, with a rock ’n’ roll–inspired look as one of its design themes for the season.

Here’s an ad for Lanvin that appears in the March 2012 issue of Vogue, presenting the combination of a metallic collar, a short chain necklace with a chunky figural image of an eagle, and a long pendant necklace. The Lanvin styling has been receiving plenty of press.

Fashion editorial in the March 2012 issue of Vogue includes the short plus long look in the above styling, which combines a motorcycle jacket from Tommy Hilfiger with a taffeta dress from Oscar de la Renta, adding a “crystal-link collar” from Tom Ford and bracelets from Céline. Vogue fails to identify, either on the page with the photo or in the “In This Issue” details page the longer necklace; however, it appears to be identical to one featured on the previous page, which is identified as a “silver link necklace” from Ben-Amun. The footwear is by Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquière.

The March 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar discusses the trend: “You can have it all, at least when it comes to jewelry, like the choker paired with a long, delicate chain that slips inside your shirt. the double-duty look is undeniably sexy but still wholly sophisticated, and it holds its own in the accessories department. Wear with a coolly minimal partially unbuttoned blouse, such as this plunging Lanvin number, and you needn’t add anything else.” Along with the Lanvin look, Bazaar features a choker-pendant pairing from Hermès, and another from Gucci.

The April 2012 issue of Harper’s Bazaar features an entire ensemble with long-and-short necklaces as envisioned by Lanvin. The vest, blouse, pants, and necklaces are all from Lanvin. The pumps are from Manolo Blahnik.

As part of its April 2012 jewelry guide issue, Elle magazine profiles the rock goddess, describing her jewelry in these terms: “Chic spikes, piles of studded cuffs, and this season’s single earring keep her ready to rumble.” Also pictured but not described, the Lanvin triple necklace look as seen above. Among specific pieces a rock goddess would wear are eagle motifs, skulls, chains, extreme rings, layered bracelets, the aforementioned single earring, and a gem-encrusted chunky chain from Pomellato as the dream acquisition.

Open blouses and tough rocker chic is by no means for everyone, but in a season filled with pastels and vibrant prints and colors, these styles show that rock ’n’ roll is here to stay.