I asked a fashion friend (whose late uncle had been a bishop in Brooklyn) if she considered the Tiffany diamond cross suspended from a platinum chain she was wearing a fashion accessory or a sign of her devotion, and she said both. From what I gather, the diamond cross on a choker chain is in style partly because the woman who wears it feels it is once again OK to show her devotion to her faith, and this is a chic way to do it. I don’t claim to know what Tom Ford’s story is, but that’s what the diamond crucifix wearing women tell me. Times are tough and maybe for some women and men, these crucifixes are comforting talismans. We shouldn’t be too hard on the people who embrace this fashion statement. Chic and religious statements have been with us since before Babylon.
– by Christine Suppes