Written by Peyton Haahr
Recently, the greatest accessory on the runway has been the collarbone, and the shoulder – something that all of us already have and it comes for free! Designers have been using this to their advantage on the runways, displaying pieces with unique necklines and sleeve designs to highlight the models’ own special looks. Silhouettes danced off shoulders, hung gracefully, twisted and wrapped in every color and fabric imaginable. Okay, so fancier necklines are nothing new, but their utilization on the Spring runways is worthy of your attention. Grab your Dior visor and check them out.
If you’re wanted to go totally asymmetrical and have a display of intricately folded fabric around your neck, look no further than Calvin Klein. Playing off his classic American tropes and taking them for a spin, creative director Raf Simons sent dresses in gleaming fabrics with fresh necklines down the runway. The dresses, mostly in reds and dark navies, were reminiscent of slick, waterproof rubber – but in the most fashionable way possible. The red gown featured one sleeve and a deep neckline, but a creative tie around the neck made this piece truly interesting and unexpected. This voluminous addition to the neckline was balanced by the plunging neckline, whose symmetry was then thrown off by the singular sleeve. While some might cringe at the unfinished feel this gives, it ends up working well with the fabric of the dress and the au-natural feel of the hair and makeup. When you wear a dress this eye-catching, you don’t want to distract from it with any unnecessary colors. A little more recognizable is the black dress that, while looking like it would be a one-shouldered gown, actually draws the fabric up into a necktie. This style elongates the body and provides an interesting nuance to a traditional style.
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Feeling a little less adventurous? Fear not, for the square neckline is here to save the day. This style was displayed at Christian Dior, many of whose dresses featured this neckline. It’s perfectly easy to layer with, seen here with the addition of a collared shirt underneath it. With it, one can see more of the shirt underneath, but still rock a sleeveless dress on a chilly day. If layering isn’t the plan for your outfit, dresses with square necklines provide a great starting point for long jewelry and chokers. See here on both the pale blue peasant gown and the leather dress, the strong jewelry stands out, as even when the neckline is higher or lower, there is still some skin showing. Shorter dresses with this style can feel very retro, and fall in line with many other trends at the moment. Dress these outfits up with a classic jean jacket or a cropped leather jacket for an in-the-moment tough-girl look.
Isabel Marant took a stab at billowing sleeves and one-shoulder looks. Cindy Crawford’s daughter Kaia Gerber opened the show in a look that would set the tone for the whole show: a matching track suit with a top bearing two puffy shoulders, cuffed just above her wrists. This voluminous shoulder would translate into a multitude of looks, ones that were tucked into high-waisted pants that were both sporty and fashionable at the same time. One of the black dresses featured the most interesting necklines of the night, with one large sleeve, and then an almost halter-neck feel on the other side. The strap did reached close to the neck, cutting a strong line that contrasted with the bold jeweled sleeve. While this style is hard to wear, it’s certainly not impossible. Asymmetry is the goal; so don’t be afraid of imbalance. One side does not have to equal the other, just make sure the color isn’t too overwhelming to the rest of the look.
Don’t you sometimes get bored at the classic crew and V-neck styles that you see everywhere and never cease to follow you around for all your shopping days? If that’s you, the runways of spring have come to your rescue. Unusual necklines can be a stunner at parties and give a fresh take on your workplace wardrobe. And its something that doesn’t require you to rework your whole outfit – it’s a simple style trick that will make you look and feel like you just walked off the runway in New York fashion week.