Sunday, November 9, 2008


That adage about clothes making the man? We beg to differ. In recent seasons, all eyes have been on accessories. Last fall, It bags were slung over every style setter's shoulder. Then in the spring, the focus turned toward sculptural, teetering heels.

Now the spotlight has shifted again, and this season, the statement necklace takes center stage. The latest incarnations are loud and proud, big and beautiful. Striking showstoppers were paraded down the runways by such designers as Givenchy's Ricardo Tisci, who draped his models in piles of charm-laden chains, and Angela Missoni, who showcased an oversize stone-embellished, breastplate-style piece for her Italian label.

In real life, these high-fashion extremes aren't exactly practical, but you can nail the look with smaller but still stunning versions, such as Juko's cluster of colorful baubles and Day Birger et Mikkelsen's intricately embellished collar.

-- Michelle Thomas

Mustard and sage bib necklace, $48 at Anthropologie stores and

Day Birger et Mikkelsen beaded collar, $220 at

Juko beaded choker, $182 at Urban Chic (7126 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda, 301-657-0290; 1626 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-338-5398). Also available in yellow.

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