More and more, Manila’s merry matronas and mod millennials are modelling the statement necklace. Local accessory designers are led by Carissa Evangelista, Wynn Wynn Ong, Gemma Suzara and Michelline Syjuco.
The traditional gold filigree process has been mastered by Oskar Atendido. There is Joyce Pilarski’s art to wear, which is well known abroad. Jun Jun Ablaza and Carlo Evaristo are also utilizing the power of the statement necklaces.
The new design trends for Winter 2017-18 are chokers, dog collars, bib cascades, opera-length and layered necklaces, sometimes four worn one on top of another; Chanel has been doing this always and forever.
There are the bold and brutal street style in stainless steel at Margiela by John Galliano. There are baroque suites (matching earrings, necklace and ring sets). The millennials appropriated ’80s punk and a different take on dog collars and chokers, seen best at Valentino and Gucci.
Everyone agrees, though, that it will be the year of the statement necklace of rococo style. At Elie Saab, semiprecious stones blend into beaded evening gowns, or into a draped scarf made of hammered gold.
Here are designs from the top in the fashion world. Find one to adorn your neck.—CONTRIBUTED