How To Wear: Oversized Necklaces

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Oversized necklaces have a tendency to crop up when it comes to fashion trends. There’s something about a singular, statement piece that we just can’t resist. They’re flattering, feel impressively heavy against your skin, and always draw attention – what more could you want from a necklace?

While we may have a long-lasting love affair with oversized necklaces, that doesn’t mean that we’ve all learned exactly how to make them work with the rest of our outfit — or our body shape, for that matter. If you want to see in the autumn/winter trends with a statement necklace of your own, then you might want to take a read through these tips on how to wear them before you excitedly head to a store to buy one…

Neckline Matters

If you’re going to be wearing a big necklace, then you’re going to want people to see it. That means making a compromise on your necklace. Boat, jewel, and narrow necklines are not going to do a statement necklace any favors. Sure, it might feel more comfortable to wear without the necklace against your skin – but the simple fact is it’s going to compete, and your neck is going to look thicker as a result.

Opt for a sweetheart, scoop, or V-neck if you’re going to wear a large necklace. These styles are relatively easy to find, so there’s no excuse. And if you’re not au fait with the neckline terminology, then there’s a fabulous primer here.

Think Weight

Most women will be familiar with loving the idea of a large necklace, but really not loving what it’s like to actually wear one. These necklaces are usually fairly heavy, which can be uncomfortable if you’re going to be wearing them for a long period of time.

In these scenarios, you have two choices. You can look for more exquisitely designed such as those by Roma Designer Jewelry, which are better made and thus tend to take into account the fact the pieces need to be wearable as well as beautiful. Or you can only wear huge necklaces when you know you’re going to be able to remove them after a few hours — just make sure you take along a piece of velvet to wrap the necklace in once removed.

The Other Accessories

To be frank, if you’re going to wear a huge, attention-grabbing necklace, then you don’t really need to wear much else in terms of accessories and jewelry. The necklace is the star of the show, the centerpiece — so let it be just that. If you’re going to add distractions such as large earrings or bracelets, then the overall effect of the necklace is going to be diminished.

Keep things sparse with the rest of your accessories and jewelry, letting your necklace garner the attention and focus that it was designed to draw.

In conclusion, oversized necklaces are wonderful, eye-catching pieces that can really make an entire ensemble better. They can be tricky to wear, but if you follow the tips above, you can avoid any issues and just let your necklace be the star of the show.

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Trend Report SS15

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Summer is the time when we loose our self to the beach, sun, parties. And it also bring the new tendencies to fashion. The SS15 season is simply full of bright, chic ideas- with Seventies influences from Saturday night fever to hippy deluxe, a khaki nod to military style alongside nautical accents, experiments with transparency, patchworks of vintage prints and a mix & match approach to volume and fabric, for summer 2015 we’re set to see contrast take center stage. It’s a storm of ideas this season. So here’s Design & Culture by Ed’s TREND REPORT for summer.

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Who doesn’t love boho? It’s so french, slightly gypsy and very comfortable. Mix delicate, fragile fabrics with over-sized trousers and turbans; invest in a huge, ethnic towel or cape for beach days. Stepping straight out of 1970s Marrakech, these long, light and flowing dresses will billow in the breeze this summer as you take on the elements in style. Inspired with over-sized style Talitha Getty, the boho chic feels totally all right for summer. Baja East, Dries Van Noten, Missoni, Chloe, Rodebjer.

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Again, beach. Nautical stripes and captain jackets are the IT trend if talking of a summer escape. Or even a spa run-away. Take Acne Studios, where the models wore towels as mini dresses. Or Jacquemus which talked about beaching season in his beloved Marseille in France. And even dough beach-fashion might make you think sexy, the designers for SS15 are much more democratic and safe (unless you forget your bikini under Lanvin’s mesh top)! Anthony Vaccarello, Jacquemus, Marc Jacobs, Acne Studios, Lanvin.

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Oriental vibe was on most of the designer’s mood-boards. Obi belts, kimono silhouttes, sharp colours were all here during the Milan and Paris fashion week! There is something sensual in these cut-outs. and the japonesque over-sized trousers look chic with sandals and quiet, comfortable pumps. It’s truly a zen state for summer. Alexander McQueen, Marni, Gucci, Celine.

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Boyish trend is nothing really, new but the androgynity grows in power every season. Blazers, tailored trousers and le smokings from 70’s are stealing the spotlight. Also, the business woman in mini skirts chages her femme fatale shirt into a delicate, loose tank top. Saint Laurent, Maison Martin Margiela, Sonia Rykiel.

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Lace is the most fragile fabric of all. It’s a bit ironic, but at the same time very naive and feminine. Nicolas Ghesquiere looked at this traditional materials from a much more modern perspective, while Chloe made the lace dresses a great tribute to the 70’s free spirit. Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Givenchy, Chloe, Louis Vuitton.

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Who ever said that prints should be same? The SS15 is full-filled with everything- from florals like at Celine (YES.) to sharktooth a Mona Kowalski’s A Detacher. It was surely one of the most cheerful seasons for a long time… Roksanda, Thakoon, Celine, A Detacher, Marc by Marc Jacobs.

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Loose yourself to dance! The 70’s glamour and Saturday Night Fever are back in opulent, sexy and chic way. Who knows it best? Tom Ford. Those transparent tops with flowers embroidered on nipples and the high waisted trousers are the perfect fit for a lux disco. Acne Studios, Saint Laurent, Isabel Marant, Tom Ford.

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And now a contrast way of partying- being the Uptown girl, with a creme sweater, white blazer and comfortable, but elegant trousers. The New Yorker and Parisians know that trend best. It’s not about “drifting in gold”. It’s about being “less is more”. Celine, Victoria Beckham, Lanvin, Tibi.

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Khaki is a movement of military trend although this season, it’s much more calm and elegant. V-neck sweaters, bomb dresses, artsy tracksuits and leather coats are the thing for active summers in forests. Khaki, in overall, is a cool colour. Creatures of Comfort, Sonia Rykiel, Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Hermes.

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Fly high and free as a bird! Feathers and feather like materials made all of the gowns look fresh and beautiful. MSGM’s main motive was freedom, which was perfectly represented by small, paradise hummingbirds and parrots. Fendi flies, too, with their chic cocktail dresses. MSGM, Proenza Schouler, Fendi, Balenciaga.

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I am in love with this trend, as it’s my moment’s obsession. Old, oriental tapestries and 70’s patterns were combined together, to create dreamy coats, dresses and pantalons. The proof for the new electic chic is the incredible fabrics at Dries Van Noten, the graphic foliage and florals at Maison Martin Margiela, and Prada’s eastern evocations. Maison Martin Margiela, Dries Van Noten, Maison Martin Margiela, Prada.

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Art always go in pair with fashion. That’s why the biggest artists of SS15, Juny Watanabe and Thomas Tait, brought as cubism in new, super bold dimension. This season saw an intriguing combination of influences from Roy Lichtenstein, one of the world’s leading pop-artists, Mondrian and Sonia Delaunay. With circle motifs, bright colors and bold, intersecting stripes the collections were a truly vibrant display. Loewe, Junya Watanabe, Dries Van Noten, Thomas Tait, Roksanda.

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RED RED RED RED. Bloody red. Rose red. Love red. Temper red. Leather red. Vetements, Comme des Garcons, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu.

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Black & white is a combination of modernity and elegance. It’s a classic. It’s ethernal. Jonathan Anderson of his name-sake brand mastered this contrast in a very lady-like way, while Anthony Vaccarello made the models look like sex bombs in those giving-leg gowns. Balmain, J.W. Anderson, Anthony Vaccarello.

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What is American style? It’s all about being fit, loving rodeo, having a cacti and playing Barbie. My new favourite all-American labels? Mara Hoffman which fuses denim with crochet and The Elder Statesman, which is all about dyed prints and best, U.S. quality. It’s an American Dream! Mara Hoffman, The Elder Statesman, Iceberg, Alexander Wang, Moschino.

Hello, Seafarer!

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“On August 14, 1945 Alfred Eisenstaedt photographed an American sailor kissing a woman in a white dress in Times Square. That sailor wore Seafarer trousers, otherwise known as the first bell-bottom pants, created by Tony Anzalone who had produced the official sailor’s trousers for the US Navy since 1900. Ever since that moment was captured, the Brooklyn-based blue jeans have been the source of many more iconic moments throughout history—from the wide leg versions becoming a symbol of ’60s rebellion to being worn by the likes of Jane Birkin and Brigitte Bardot.” Seafarers always made disco come to my mind- maybe the bell length? But now, after I saw Carine Roitfeld wearing them with a chic Givenchy jacket or a Prada blouse, I feel that seafarers are again coming back… not so shamefully. And, by the way, Colette is filled with seafarer trousers. Surely these nautical trousers comeback for the next season (like the marine stripes). But in case of seafarers, we’ve got a little problem- like culottes- they won’t fit everybody. Although they look awesome on CR and archival photographs of Jane Birkin!

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