Hathaway wears her necklace backwards as she
arrives for the 85th Academy Awards at the Dolby
Theatre on February 24, 2013 in Los Angeles,
a classic quandary among those unsure of whether they’re
witnessing a hot trend or a train wreck: Did she mean to
Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence wore their necklaces
backwards at Sunday’s Oscars, some suggested that a
trend had been born.
so fast, said Tara Murphy, managing director of
MNfashion, who noted that letting necklaces course down
your back was very much a look of the 1920s and ’30s.
Coco Chanel often let multiple strands of pearls caress
her shoulder blades. Nicole Kidman wore one in a 2007 ad
for Chanel No. 5.
it never really caught on," Murphy said. Still, the
trend may be near, although no thanks to the Oscars.
until this summer, when Baz Luhrmann’s "The Great
Gatsby" hits movie theaters. "I’ve seen the
costumes," she said. "If anything will bring
back the look, this will."
starters, the movie will show how to pull off the look
properly, Murphy said, meaning with a nearly backless
dress worn by a woman with a curvy spine and
spectacularly toned deltoids. To her eye, both Hathaway
and Lawrence were fashion "don’ts" because
the proportion of gowns to jewels wasn’t right. It is,
Murphy said, "a tough look to pull off."
beware, would-be fashionistas, if you think this merely
is a matter of whipping around your necklace —
especially in places like Minnesota, where strangers
blithely tuck in errant shirt tags.
you’re going to risk a lot of, ‘Oh, honey, let me
fix your necklace for you.’"