Fashion editors love to call trends. At the risk of jumping on that one, we can no longer ignore the accessory craze that’s experiencing a resurgence this season: chokers. The beloved ’90s jewelry is back on the throats of style setters around the globe. We saw chokers on the fall 2016 runways at Alexander Wang and Rihanna’s Fenty X Puma show, as well as on the pop star herself. But it’s always so refreshing to see those runway trends on the streets.
We spotted these ladies in New York. Each one shows that the necklace renaissance is upon us, and open to a variety of interpretations. Here are some looks we love as well as some historical tidbits about the choker.
All photos by Kristin Yamada
The classic black velvet or fabric choker has been around since the ’90s–the 1790s, that is. Aristocratic French women would tie ribbons on their necks to commemorate those lost to the guillotine. The fashion caught on across Europe. Sometimes women would decorate these simple bands with broaches or jewels. In the 1800s, black ribbons could be used to identify prostitutes.
Beaded chokers date back to ancient Egypt, where they were thought to have protective properties. Gold and lapis lazuli were common materials on these necklaces. During her trips to India, Princess Alexandra of Wales saw beaded and gold choker designs on women, and she brought the trend back to Europe. It’s thought that because of a neck scar, the princess frequently donned elaborate choker necklaces. Many other European women in the Alps regions of Germany and Austria also used chokers to hide goiter lumps caused by iodine deficiencies. Beaded chokers returned in the 1970s and then again in the ’90s, and of course are surfacing again now.
SHOP: choker necklaces
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New York designer Eddie Borgo‘s dazzlingly cool jewelry designs can be spotted on any number of sleekly styled celebrities, like Joan Smalls at this year’s CFDA Fashion Awards—for which Borgo was actually nominated in 2010. At once contemporary and classic, his clean and edgy pieces are the kind of accessories wearers will reach for any time an outfit needs additional emphasis. Indeed, his beautiful creations are like metallic exclamation points: linear, graceful and commanding. Just as stunning with a tee as with a formal gown, these designs project simple elegance.
We spoke with Eddie about selecting jewelry, NYC and his sources of inspiration—including the Chrysler Building, rock ‘n’ roll, and art museums.
Do you have a piece of jewelry you usually wear?
I always wear a simple silver cuff that I made for myself at some point, and now we sell it as a part of our men’s collection. I also wear our pyramid and cone bracelets quite often—they really work with everything and have over time become classic pieces of jewelry themselves.
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Slipping into a swimsuit usually means removing layers until you’re nearly nude. But just because you’re baring more skin doesn’t mean that your style should be stripped down.
Body jewelry, as in bra chains, body chains and hand chains, is this summer’s standout in accessories. As seen in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, on style-setters like Rihanna and Bella Hadid, and on the season’s festivalgoers, these delicate and barely there embellishments trace the wearer’s silhouette, providing a pretty outline under and over clothes. Like body chains, charm bracelets, thin hoop earrings and beaded bangles also add a graceful touch to warm-weather styles.
Here are some lovely and waterproof ways to accentuate your swimwear this summer. Whether you’re taking a dip, sunning yourself or making the rounds at a pool party, there’s no reason to be underdressed.
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You do your dance around the recycling bins—figuring out what counts as plastic, what is compostable and what is plain rubbish. You offset your carbon footprint by hoofing it to work. You purchase eco-friendly cleaning products and scour your cosmetics bottles so that they can be recycled. You are an eco-warrior. But sometimes the daily battle just doesn’t feel like enough.
A number of designers and companies go beyond the standards of environmental sustainability to find creative ways to make their products earth-friendly. Here are just a few Nordstrom brands preserving the planet with their innovative practices. We are proud to support their ingenious efforts to keep it clean.
Melissa Joy Manning jewelry
Not only does the artisan jeweler look to nature to inspire her earthy, handcrafted creations, but Manning’s California studio is Green Certified. Her methods, too, include using recycled silver and gold sourced with the highest environmental standards. The stones on her jewelry are often upcycled from antique charms or made from alternative composites like refined ore from Michigan auto plants or raspberry nickel from former U.S. zipper factories. All the diamonds in her collection are conflict-free. Other stones are sourced using environmentally and socially responsible practices as well.
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HEAR: Adore Life by Savages
If you want to stride fearlessly into 2016, pump Savages’ second album through your earbuds—a swagger will ensue. Singer Jehnny Beth is a fierce dervish spinning viscerally inquisitive lyrics. The band is known for their charging live performances, and Adore Life buoys on emphatic basslines and driven guitars building to an obviously overwhelming intimacy.
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WATCH: Whitney Cummings: I’m Your Girlfriend
The comedienne’s well-earned HBO special promises her most raw and vulnerable performance. (“I decided to just go for it even though I’m going to be single forever.”) Cummings returns to her comedy club roots with a routine about dating—for which she claims to have studied Tinder laboriously—birth control and her diagnosis as a love addict. Whoa.
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Each year there are two things that help ensure our New Year’s Eve is a success: the perfect bottle of Champagne to pop at midnight and a pretty pair of earrings to make our party outfit shine.
For the first we spoke with Bryan Maletis, the owner of Fat Cork, a Champagne club, and an expert importer. He recommended these six special bottles for the big night. We then paired each delicious description with our favorite festive earrings that hit similar notes. Enjoy them separately or match them up for an extra-special entrée to 2016.
Alexandre Lenique Cuvée Excellence Brut
“Young Alexandre is a perfectionist in the vineyard and in his cellar. His Champagnes are very fresh and clean, perfect for an apéritif and great for long-term aging. The aromas are delicate, citrusy and floral. The taste is light on the palate but still complex. This is what I will be drinking on New Year’s Eve,” says Maletis.
Pair it with Nadri linear stud earrings (pictured above). The glittery crawler is elegant but fun and perfect with a crisp updo.
Pascal Redon Cuvée Brut Rosé
“A beautiful salmon color that is perfect for holiday meals and entertaining. It goes with a very diverse range of foods and is great by itself, too. It’s mostly Chardonnay with a little bit of Pinot Noir added for color and texture; this will make both Champagne aficionados and novices swoon.”
Pair it with the versatile and rosy Monica Vinader Riva diamond hoop drop earrings. This pretty pair can be worn at both casual and formal occasions. Like the bottle of rosé, you’ll undoubtedly find yourself reaching for them again and again.
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Listen: Anna Faris Is Unqualified
Billed as relationship advice from “unqualified Hollywood types,” Anna Faris’s podcast features her celebrity friends sharing their gratis knowledge and romantic counsel with callers. Hear Allison Janney, Rosie O’Donnell, Judah Friedlaner and more dish on NSFW topics with heartfelt humor.
Watch: F Is for Family
Netflix’s latest series is a very adult cartoon. F Is for Family looks at the lost hopes and dreams of ’70s dad Frank Murphy (created and voiced by comedian Bill Burr) in this gritty family sitcom. With period references to inflation, gender politics and pop culture, Frank and his kin trudge through an era of uncertainty with hilarity.
Read: The Relic Master by Christopher Buckley
The author of Thank You for Smoking, whom Tom Wolfe called “one of the funniest writers in the English language,” has a new novel set in a very vibrant 16th century. Buckley weaves a plot about religious forgeries to take readers on a romp through history and politics with an eye on the present.
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The easiest way to play with your style when it’s a million degrees outside? Jewelry, obvs. We asked accessories designer Rebecca Minkoff to pick her favorite pieces of the moment, and give us the inside scoop on how she’d wear them right now.
Station Hand Chain
“This boho-inspired hand chain is lightweight and super wearable. I’ll style mine with a long, floor-skimming maxi.”
Double Chain Ring
“I love the bohemian feel of this chain ring. It’s the perfect statement piece that works both day and night.”
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Orange Is the New Black actress Taylor Schilling at the 2015 Tony Awards
Nordstrom Fashion Office Women’s Accessories Director Shannon Schafer shares her favorite trends from the red carpet at the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
TREND #1: STATEMENT EARRINGS
“The statement earring was the jewelry of choice at the 2015 Tony Awards. Long silver drops–as seen here on Anna Chlumsky and Bella Hadid — were far and away the freshest take on the earring trend.”
SHOP: Silver Drop Earrings
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By the time you read this, Rebecca Minkoff will be in the Bahamas. While we’re sure you won’t begrudge the beloved designer her beach break, please know that her time off is extra well-deserved; among lots of other things, she just visited our Seattle flagship where we talked to her about Nordstrom’s brand-new rollout of her jewelry and ready-to-wear collections.
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