‘Curb’ Your Enthusiasm!

Tom Ford Fall 2019 Ready-to-Wear

Curb link chains add a bit of an edge to everything; even the simplest or most elegant of pieces. They are nothing new. But they ARE being used in new and fresh ways.

Daniel Lee, the 32-year-old designer who has worked under the helm of Phoebe Philo, was named as creative director of Bottega Veneta last year. He was immediately touted as Ms. Philo’s ‘heir apparent’. While that remains to be seen, Daniel’s debut for Bottega Veneta’s fall 2019 collection in Milan this past February certainly got off to a good start.

Bottega Veneta quilted overcoat
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With Daniel’s application of innovative techniques, he brings a fresh point of view to the Italian luxury house known for its use of leather.Among the standout pieces for fall is the quilted nappa leather single-breasted overcoat. It has a bonded nylon interior for a lightweight feel and is cinched at the waist with a chain belt with T-bar and signature triangular buckle fastening, $9720. More info/purchase

Bottega Veneta skirt in lacquered satin

The same chain belt and T-bar closure is added to the waist of an A-line skirt in glossy padded matelassé satin, $2650. More info/purchase

Tom Ford Velvet Triple Chain bag

Tom Ford is taken with bold metal chains. They figured prominently in the newly installed CFDA Chairman’s fall 2019 collection. Among other things, Tom mixed statement making gold, silver and ruthenium chains on his handbags, and varied their size, $3290. More info/purchase

Tom Ford Fall 2019 Ready-to-Wear
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While it might not be unexpected to find heavy chain embellishments on handbags, you don’t expect to find them on slinky silk jersey evening columns (a group of them ended the show), $5950. More info/purchase

JW Anderson Oversized Links Choker
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JW Anderson’s Oversized Links Choker in gold plated brass was a key accessory at his wonderful fall winter 2019 runway show in London. It’s a statement piece to be sure, $650 More info/purchase

Alyx Spring 2020 Ready-to-Wear
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At Matthew Williams’ spring 2020 runway show for Alyx, which was presented in Paris in June, silver chains were a recurrent motif. While the overall effect could have looked over done, it did not because the chains were small yet substantial and the clothing was tailored and minimal.

Alyx Spring 2020 Ready-to-Wear
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Chains partially encircled the waistline of Alyx’s elongated jackets and mannish coats.

Alyx Spring 2020 Ready-to-Wear
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Silver chain chokers, long necklaces and small structured bags with silver chain straps accessorized the abbreviated black dresses. They also appeared on the straps of Matthew’s square toed Mary Jane pumps.

KARA Red Bike Wallet

Chains on bags are anything but run of the mill at Kara. The bold silver chain on Kara’s red bike wallet is inspired by oversized bike locks worn by cyclist around New York City. You can wear it across your torso or slip the wallet into your pant pocket and clip the chain to a belt loop, $295. More info/purchase

Kara silver bike wallet

The Kara bike wallet is also available in black, white, and silver. $295. More info/purchase

Monies Chunky Gold Foil Chain Necklace

Last but not least is Monies’ Chunky Gold Foil Chain Necklace, $780. More info/purchase The granddaddy of all chain necklaces is made of Acacia wood and gold foil. It is definitely not for the faint of heart.

Marilyn Kirschner

I am a long time fashion editor with 40+ years of experience. As senior market of Harper's Bazaar for 21 years I met and worked with every major fashion designer in the world and covered all of the collections in Paris, London, Milan and New York. I was responsible for overall content, finding and pulling in the best clothes out there, and for formulating ideas and stories.

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