The Back Story on the TikTok Necklace

Pearls have been a style favourite for a few years now, fueled by on-line photographs of Harry Styles, Pharrell Williams, Dua Lipa and others draped in the gems.

Pearl earrings, bracelets, brooches, necklaces, headbands, even ankle bracelets are all in demand, however the actual stand out is Vivienne Westwood’s three-strand pearl choker. It has appeared so many occasions on TikTok, worn by so many stars and influencers, that “it’s actually called the TikTok Necklace,” mentioned Jessica Richards, a development forecaster and founding father of JMR Design Consulting in New York.

Another choker siting: Dua Lipa at the BRIT Awards in London in May.Credit…Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

The choker has a complete of 92 glass-based vegan pearls from Swarovski, strung and knotted by hand, and that includes Westwood’s signature orb brand in brass with both a silver or a gold tone. It sells for $590 on the designer’s web site or in Vivienne Westwood shops.

Ms. Westwood first confirmed pearls in her fall 1987 girls’s assortment, known as Harris Tweed — even on a few of the males on her runway. She then returned to pearls, together with the three-row choker, in her fall 1990 assortment, Portrait.

But then, the designer mentioned in a latest electronic mail, pearl jewellery “could fit in with practically any period and it would look right.”

Ms. Westwood launched the choker together with her fall 1990 assortment, known as Portrait.

As Andreas Kronthaler, Ms. Westwood’s husband and the model’s artistic director, wrote in a separate electronic mail: “There’s nothing more flattering than pearls. They play with the whites of your eyes and teeth; pearls really talk to you. And they work on everybody — from young to old, women and men, everyone.”

Observers emphasize the subversive facet of Ms. Westwood’s pearl play. “Pearls have been cloaked in the taint of conventional, traditional style,” mentioned Marion Fasel, founding father of the on-line jewellery journal The Adventurine — so, contemplating Ms. Westwood’s lifelong efforts to upend the stodgy, it was solely proper that she would “not just twist a classic, but turn it on its head.”

“Wear it with anything, with sweatpants,” Ms. Fasel mentioned of the choker, “but nothing prim. If you’re wearing it with anything appropriate, you’re wearing it wrong.”