This model shows off the creations of a finalist in The Moscow Contest of Young Fashion Designers during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Russia. The white sleeveless shift, accented by a decorative red hem, is coupled with a black-and-gold vest.
But the simple elegance of the single-strand necklace really pulls the two main elements of the outfit together. The necklace features oversized beads of sienna, ochre, and umber in irregularly placed intervals. The effect is abstract, flowing, and artistic.
Recently, we’ve seen beautiful beaded necklace work in runway creations from many designers. Here are a few that caught our eyes:
- Inaaya by Naushaba combined intricate 7-stranded necklaces with mirrored headgear, giving a modern twist to traditional Pakistani dress designs.
- Christian Dior draped thick strings of beads from her model’s necks as statement collars, sometimes flowing along and spilling over the models’ shoulders. These ‘Diorganic’ necklaces were described as “waterfalls,” and they have become fan favorites.
- Talulah’s swim-and-resort collection featured statement necklaces that formed big beaded layers in blacks, deep blues, and ocean greens.
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