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You know a necklace is a hit when all the celebrities start wearing it, and that’s exactly what happened with Vivienne Westwood’s three-strand pearl necklace, even though it’s far from new.
The legendary designer first created it in the late 80s, for her 1990 autumn/winter collection, and it has seen a resurgence of late.
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 11: Dua Lipa attends The BRIT Awards 2021 at The O2 Arena on May 11, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Its choker design consists of three strands of vegan Swarovski pearls (Vivienne has long championed for cruelty-free and sustainable fashion), set around her signature encrusted orb logo. It comes in both silver and gold tones and retails at £340.
THREE ROW PEARL BAS RELIEF CHOKER SILVER-TONE, £340 at Vivienne WestwoodRevisiting the iconic pearl collection dating back decades. The silver-tone Three Row Pearl Choker is hand-knitted with rows of Swarovski pearls and set with the encrusted Orb at the centre. It’s designed to hug the neck in true Westwood style.
In the past year or so, celebrities such as Janelle Monae, Dua Lipa, Kylie Jenner and Bella Hadid have been spotted wearing it, and it’s even taken TikTok by storm, so much so that it’s been dubbed ‘the TikTok necklace’ by a trend forecaster in a New York Times article.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 14: Bella Hadid is seen in Tribeca on February 14, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
That it has transcended seasons for several decades is testament to the choker’s timeless designs, and Vivienne’s brand ethos. Though pearls are often deemed a safe and demure choice – they go with everything – this necklace is anything but.
It’s Marie-Antoinette meets Debbie Harris, and looks grand worn with corset dresses and tracksuits alike. No wonder all the celebrities are loving it. By owning it, you might just feel like you’re a small part of fashion history.