When it comes to jewellery today, the only rule to follow is that there are no rules. A stack of rings is better than one, and the same goes for cuffs. Choose logo, choose logoless. Plastic, concrete, glass – all materials rule. In keeping with this, it is also no longer just about wearing one statement piece – the red carpet is awash with celebrities wearing multiple necklaces.
For those of you who keep a close eye on jewellery trends, this might not be new. Right from the iconic Coco Chanel who did not shy away from wearing several strings of pearls to supermodel Linda Evangelista’s 1995 spread for ‘Harper’s Bazaar’ where she was decked up multiple chains, stacking neckpieces has had its moment in the sun. And now it is once again in the spotlight. Ace bridal couturier Sabyasachi‘s campaigns more often than not highlight it; even costume jewellery labels like Outhouse and Valliyan have experimented with the trend.
Internationally, the trend was seen on the SS ’19 runways of Chanel (those CC logo necklaces are always on our must-have list), and both Alexander McQueen and Balmain showcased gothic, metallic layered neckpieces. At Gucci, Alessandro Michele has repeatedly created neckpieces with cross pendants paired with layered, beaded strings.
If you want to make this trend a part of your look, first, do not be intimidated by the number of layered necklaces you’ll end up wearing. Choose any and all. They can be heavy Indian pieces, punk-inspired chokers, delicate charm necklaces, avant-garde designs made in off-beat materials, even pearls – everything can be stacked together.
Take inspiration from Charlize Theron‘s layered Chopard neckpieces at Cannes, and Kim Kardashian West and Gigi Hadid‘s double and multi-chains respectively. And if you thought the trend was just reserved for ladies, think again. Musician Pharrell Williams flaunted his stack of necklaces at the Oscars this year, all decked up in Chanel.
Closer home, Deepika Padukone was all sartorial finesse in Cannes some months ago, wearing her white sheer high-waisted trousers and blouse with two gold necklaces featuring statement pearl and gold pendants.
At the Bollboard Music Awards in May, Priyanka Chopra slipped into Zuhair Murad couture, accessorised with three Tiffany’s diamond neckpieces. Sonam Kapoor has taken her love for the trend to a new level – on a recent holiday in London, she was seen in a Michael Kors ensemble that she paired with layered silver necklaces by Amrapali. Disha Patani has also been seen embracing the trend, bringing different delicate styles together.