Accessories are always a key part of fall fashion. They help to negate that feeling that it’s hard to be stylish when you’re bundled up like a human burrito in ten layers of woolen clothing. They’re the shining beacon of hope for your outfit on the greyest of winter days.
With the fashion trends for fall 2013 indulging in everything from Gothic romance to punk, minimalism to opulent regality, there’s plenty of room for jewellery that speaks volumes. As the runways attested, one of those burgeoning trends it the rebirth of the choker necklace, now in new and exciting forms.
Choker necklaces for fall 2013.
The simplest way to indulge in a choker is to tie a piece of ribbon around your neck and call it a day. I’m not averse to this at all and nor should anybody be – there’s a classic, sultry feel to a black ribbon that never really fails. Add a cross, cameo or other trinket and you might well be moving into Gothic fashion territory.
Never a place to settle on the simple option, though, the runways took the choker to bolder heights. Here are a few key styles dominating for fall:
Heavy chain chokers.
Blending elements of punk and hip hop with classic chain-linked jewellery, oversized chain necklaces sat close to the throat on runways from Chanel to Michael Kors. Lanvin provided a multi-layered take for extra statement-making power. The key here is to go hard or go home; but don’t feel you necessarily need to channel Mr T, you can wear heavy chain necklaces with anything from a t-shirt to ladylike evening-wear.
Chain chokers at Chanel, Lanvin and Michael Kors, F/W ’13.
Minimal & modern.
For an entirely different mood, look to Celine’s modernist take on the choker or even Christopher Kane’s more involved, futuristic take. These types of pieces steer clear of the punk and rap connotations, while still making a bold statement.
Modern chokers at Christopher Kane and Celine, F/W ’13.
Punk chokers & collars.
Versace lead the way on bringing the punk fashion trend into the accessories department. Spiked and studded collars as well as tight chokers made from multiple strands of chains dripping with nails and razor blades leave no ambiguity as for their toughness. Of course, like any fashion in 2013, you can mix it up: wear a punk-inspired choker with a sexy mini-dress or contrastingly soft outfit – the choice is yours.
Punk choker at Versace, F/W ’13.
Chokers with center strips.
While the version at Azzaro (see the gallery above) more firmly fits the definition of a lariat, these versions from Chanel and Versace are something a little different. Chokers with a center strip running down the sternum create an even bolder look, blurring the line with harnesses and body jewellery.
Bibbed chokers at Chanel and Versace, F/W ’13.
Chokers: runway inspiration.
For more pictures of how choker necklaces were styled on the fall 2013 runways, click on the thumbnails and above and peruse the gallery.