• Savio Jon: Necklace with hardware, at Muse, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai, Rs6,655.
• Cue: Brown and beige tie-dye print, beaded neckline top, at Ensemble, Lions Gate, Mumbai, Rs7,550.
• Ranna Gill: Printed dress with beaded neckline, at Ogaan, Colaba, Mumbai; and DLF Emporio mall and Khan Market, New Delhi, Rs12,000.
• A Small Shop by Anshu Arora Sen: ‘Penguin on the beach’ cloth and wire necklace, at A Small Shop, Raintree, Bangalore; and Bombay Electric, Colaba, Mumbai, Rs6,800.
• St Erasmus: ‘Begum’ crochet, pearl and stone necklace, at Muse, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai; or visit St-erasmus.com, Rs14,300.
• Bungalow 8: Vintage metal necklace, at Colaba, Mumbai, Rs24,000.
• Valliyan by Nitya Arora: ‘Green Forest’ collar with beads, at Ensemble, Kemps Corner and Zoya, Bandra West, Mumbai, Rs9,800.
• Tara by Sangeeta Khanna: Metal necklace with multicoloured stones, at Zoya, Bandra West, Mumbai, Rs2,000.
• Moschino: Black dress with pearl neckline, at UB City, Bangalore; and The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, Mumbai, Rs85,000.
String it together
• Large collars, chokers, long strings of beads, anything that makes a statement is in. “Let it be big but make sure it’s not bigger than your face,” says designer Savio Jon. There are no rules to being bold. Just keep the garment simple and you can wear statement necklaces with dresses or even T-shirts and ‘ganjis’.
• This is the season for art jewellery, says designer Anshu Arora Sen of A Small Shop. “Wear necklaces made with fabric, ribbon, metal, acrylic, etc., that look like they could be part of the garment,” she says.
• Maithili Ahluwalia, proprietor of Bungalow 8, says bold necklaces are about standing out even in a room full of trendy, chic people. “In times of cash crunch, costume jewellery provides an affordable statement. You can reinvent your look by wearing different pieces with the same outfit.” Ahluwalia suggests layering necklaces. “Wear one bold piece and layer it with simpler pieces that complement it.”
• For Shilpa Chavan of accessories brand Little Shilpa, it’s colour that works. Bling is out. “Necklaces are more design-oriented now, with bold, graphic shapes.”
Photographs by Abhijit Bhatlekar / Mint