Embellished Necklines

Embellished Necklines
Friday, August, 03, 2012 From rock candy gems to chunky chokers, we've never met a piece of jewelry we didn't like. But sometimes it's best to let your clothes do the talking instead! We're referring to the bevy of dresses and tops with embellished necklines that dominated the fall runways. These pieces with built-in bling instantly accessorize your look in 60 seconds flat!

From designer renditions to the plethora of embellished pieces on the market, we're up to our necks in this bejeweled trend. So read on for today's Runway to Real Way and find out how to adapt this style into your look!On The Runway
At Christian Dior, a jeweled collar on the raspberry Coppelia Long Dress (price upon request, available by special order at 800.929.DIOR) replaces the need for a statement necklace. Paired with suede Ballet Heels ($110, 800.929.DIOR), the overall look is elegant--but not stuffy! Altuzarra's take has more edge, which isn't surprising when you consider the designer's cool, downtown clientele. The neckline and waist of the Surya Long Sleeve Gathered Dress With Printed Skirt and Embroidered Belt is trimmed in medallion coins, a nod to a Moroccan belly dancer's costume. A heavy city boot--Gianvito Rossi for Altuzarra's Tassel Croc Booties ($1084, available at Le Lutin or Day & Night)--brings urban flair to the exotic frock. Sadly, the runway dress was never produced, though a similar style in black is available (price upon request, 617.262.8500).

Over at Givenchy and Marni, necklines got even more elaborate. At the former, designer Riccardo Tisci sent a striking outfit down the catwalk, including a Brown Embroidered Wool Sweater ($4565, 888.222.7639), Brown Leather Trousers ($5645, 888.222.7639), and Over The Knee Calf Leather Boots ($1890, 888.222.7639). But it's the sweater's brooch-like appliques that take the outfit from monochrome to memorable! On the other hand, Marni uses ornate rhinestone discs, each a different design, to define the neckline of the Embroidered Wool Crepe Dress ($4230).

On Celebs
Just a few months after these embellished necklines ruled the runway, Emma Stone displayed her sartorial savvy as one of the first to wear the trend! The actress attended a press conference for The Amazing Spider-Man in Seoul, wearing Burberry Prorsum's Striped Bead-Neck Tee ($795) and Ink Wool Blend Draped Hem Skirt ($1495) from the F/W 12 collection, as well as Brian Atwood's Nico Pumps ($595) in Red Patent Leather. Stone's top is an interesting mash-up of sporty (thick olive and navy stripes) and bohemian (turquoise stone embellishments) elements. For a playful yet polished look that's office-appropriate, wear it under a blazer in lieu of a fussy silk blouse!

On You/Dresses
The simplest way to try this trend on your own is by selecting a dress with a chic embellished neckline. We suggest a summery LWD with a studded collar, like Shoshanna's Melissa Beaded Neckline Dress ($395) or Sass & Bide's Know The Ropes Embellished Brocade Dress ($750). Oasis' Beaded Dress ($108), Milly's Beaded Sheath Dress ($370) in Turquoise, and Warehouse's Embellished Neck Dress ($75) work well if you're attending a cocktail party, wedding, or other fancy fete; a little decorative sparkle is all you need to elevate your look! If you prefer a longer hemline, consider T-Bags' Embellished Jersey Maxi Dress ($104), which combines two in-demand trends: tribal print and a beaded neckline.

On You/Tops
There are plenty of embellished tops on the market as well. Romeo & Juliet's Beaded Tank Top ($68) and Stella McCartney's Beaded Jersey Tee ($685) are easy-breezy tanks ideal for warm weather, while Reiss' Brenda Embellished Neck Sweatshirt ($45) and ASOS' Sweatshirt With Rocco Beads ($32) will transition well into fall. Just be sure to style any of these shirts with a slim pencil skirt a la Stone, like Vanessa Bruno's Black Peplum Skirt ($390) or Diane von Furstenberg's Esme Pencil Skirt ($245) in Kiwi, for a sophisticated outcome!--Tiffany Tse

Photo of Emma Stone, courtesy of Wire Image; Altuzarra runway image, courtesy of Altuzarra; Dior runway image, courtesy of Dior; Givenchy runway image, courtesy of Givenchy; Marni runway image, courtesy of Marni.
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