Image taken from Chanel website
As pearl usual (see what I did there!?), Chanel have twisted (somewhat literally) their traditional pearl necklace for SS13. What was seen on the runways was significantly more ostentatious, which was obviously perfect for me! Honestly, I impulsively made this necklace after flipping through Vogue’s SS13 accessories mag; once again proving to myself that one can never have too much DIYing stuff hanging around the house, especially pearls – they make great embellishments to existing pieces (sewn onto a sweater for a vintage look or clustered onto a cocktail ring using contact adhesive) and can easily be transformed into a classic accessory-piece (threaded onto fishing wire to make a simple yet elegant bracelet).
All you need is a chain with medium sized links, fishing wire and mixed pearls (I used the same colour but I think it could look really awesome with mixed colours and sizes – note to self!). Alternate threading the pearls onto the fishing wire and thread the fishing wire in and out through the chain’s links. You can mix it up using the different sizes – the idea is to irregularly alternate the beads. I didn’t make the necklace too long as it’s much more eye-catching when sitting at the base of the neck; sort of like a loose choker necklace.
This necklace doesn’t fall into my usual “style” but it’s a great mix of a statement piece and a more traditional look. Amazing when paired with a LBD (Audrey Hepburn forever immortalised that look), this pearl necklace is definitely a new twist on a classic and I’m loving it!