Chokers

Chokers
Thursday, September, 29, 2011 Say "choker necklaces" to anyone who was a pre-teen or teenager in the early '90s and chances are two girls will come to mind: Drew Barrymore (circa her maroon lipstick, super-plucked eyebrows, and short, platinum hair years) and Winona Ryder (the petite poster girl for gothic glamour). As the era's formative style icons, both were frequently photographed wearing black velvet chokers, often times embellished with short pendants or rhinestones, which were integral parts of their grunge-girl looks. While that specific time period and style will always remain dear to our hearts, we're happy to report that the current take on chokers is nothing like the aforementioned iteration. Thanks to a combination of mixed metals and intriguing textures, these necklaces are much more sophisticated, as you can see from today's Accessory Report!

In addition to appearing on all sorts of fall runways-from the sleek Naomi Collar ($195) spotted at Vena Cava to the chunky chain-link Brass/Resin Choker ($1295) at Yves Saint Laurent-we adore the way our favorite tastemakers are embracing this trend. Some, like Jessica Hart and Jen Brill, are incorporating open-ended chokers into their after-hours ensembles. Hart, for example, selected the Swarovski Crystal Choker ($4050, 800.628.8916) by Ferragamo, which she paired with the plunging Houndstooth Silk Dress ($1950, 800.628.8916) for a Fashion's Night Out party at the brand's store. Brill also kept the focus on her choker by opting for a d├ęcolletage-baring neckline at a dinner honoring Carven's Guillaume Henry earlier this year. Brill selected Delfina Delettrez's Button Down Silver Collar Necklace ($2049) as her standout accent piece, and styled it with a strapless Carven jumper and Chloe Sevigny x Opening Ceremony boots.

In addition to Hart and Brill, we also spotted some heavy metal chokers on two more fashion insiders: Marie Claire's Taylor Tomasi Hill and Margherita Missoni. Tomasi Hill was spotted at the Alice + Olivia F/W 11 presentation in New York earlier this year wearing a Fenton buckle choker with a Burberry biker jacket, Christopher Kane floral and lace skirt, Isabel Marant heels, and a Celine bag. The buckle necklace is in perfect keeping with her edgy ensemble and we love how she wore her hair in a simple, slicked-back style. Missoni also opted for unfussy, pulled-back hair for the Love Ball in France earlier this summer. The stunning designer/brand ambassador selected a silver choker-she picked it up in Laos-for the event, paired with a white Valentino Couture dress, vintage belt, and a clutch from Thailand. The result: an internationally chic look that works on every level!

Ready to follow in these ladies' fabulous footsteps and incorporate a marvelous metal choker into your fall wardrobe? We thought you might be, so we found a range of interesting options for you to consider. If you're looking for a substantial style and aren't afraid of studs, you'll definitely love Topshop's Stud Metal Torq Necklace ($35), which has an incredibly reasonable price tag too. Craving something with black links like the YSL runway iteration? Don't miss Vince Camuto's Link Necklace ($75, available any day), which also comes in an ivory version. Have a little more-okay, a lot more-cash to spare? Then you might want to indulge in Mawi's Femme Fatale Collar with Spikes and Crystal Gems ($1393). It's got a vintage-meets-luxe-punk look that's incredibly cool and very editorial, though it's an investment, for sure. But back to reality: if you're crazy about Jen Brill's Delfina Delettrez collar, but want something more affordable, you simply must check out Dannijo's Aram Necklace ($158). It's part of the Mr. Dannijo collection (a collaboration with Leandra Medine, aka The Man Repeller) and is available in oxidized silver or oxidized brass. Also be sure to take a look at Reiss' Hutton Tubular Metal and Resin Choker ($115), Fallon's fabulous Bourdin Bike Chain Choker ($190), and Annie Costello Brown's Black Leather Chain Collar ($350), which is the coolest.

Photo of Margherita Missoni, courtesy of Getty; Photos of Jen Brill and Taylor Tomasi Hill, courtesy of Billy Farrell Agency; Photo of Jessica Hart, courtesy of Salvatore Ferragamo; Street Style photo, courtesy of 5inchandup.blogspot.com
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