Fashion notes: Get neck-heavy this season

From bows to brooches, the neck area is the subject of this week’s fashion lesson. While turtlenecks re-emerged with a vengeance last autumn, this year sees a continued focus on high necklines, but with a more-­maximal, less-minimal approach. Buttons are done up to the neck; collars are decorated with badges and brooches. At Sonia Rykiel’s […]

From bows to brooches, the neck area is the subject of this week’s fashion lesson.

While turtlenecks re-emerged with a vengeance last autumn, this year sees a continued focus on high necklines, but with a more-­maximal, less-minimal approach. Buttons are done up to the neck; collars are decorated with badges and brooches.

At Sonia Rykiel’s autumn/winter show, beautiful blue dresses were uplifted by flirty ruffled necklines and bold brooch fastenings on collars. At Roksanda, frilly bibs and high, Victorian-inspired necks featured ribbon bows, while Temperley London’s collection featured oversized, dramatic bows cascading down the fronts of blouses with almost thigh-length tails. Marc Jacobs, too, incorporated large bows tied primly at the necks of his models.

Karl Lagerfeld layered multiple inspirations on his models’ necks at the autumn/winter Chanel show. Strands of pearls in various sizes were coupled with ribbons, brooches, chokers and scarves, all at once. Lagerfeld’s approach gave a new dimension to the term “neck-heavy”, but not in a manner I would recommend. But pick apart the individual accessories, and they make quite pleasing add-ons to otherwise drab outfits.

As a last resort, keep a handful of ribbons in your dresser drawer, and when you find yourself in a blouse that seems boring, tie a ribbon in a bow at the neckline, just under the collar. Or try another fashion hack – use a glitzy, oversized earring as a brooch by punching it through the fabric above the highest button of your shirt.

Low-cut and off-the-­shoulder necklines, revealing bare collar­bones, topped off with thick chokers, may be the highlight of the current summer season. But come autumn, we may be up to our necks in new vintage-inspired accessories – pun intended.

hlodi@thenational.ae

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