The clasp of a necklace is the least intriguing part — that’s why for spring 2014, designers decided to ditch the closure and keep neck wear open-ended. Think of it as a new take on a cuff: simple to throw on and open to endless design interpretations and styling possibilities. How many pieces can you really team with a poncho or a bralette? And even though there are no strings attached, these collar-clinging necklaces aren’t going anywhere. Emporio Armani and Dior took an asymmetrical approach to keeping the piece in place by performing a balancing act with beads and an architectural arrangement while others used artful extras as anchors: Chanel employed monumental pearls, Edun used clear-cut faceted stones, and Altuzarra put gilded coils to use. All of which prove that some things are better left undone.
(Left to right: Chanel, Emporio Armani, Edun, Dior, Altuzarra)