It all started with Karl Lagerfeld’s opulent black diamond collar, which featured a giant emerald centrepiece, set in black rhodium-plated silver. The flamboyant designer designed the unique collar, which incidentally was priced at £29,000, for a new exhibition called Brilliant. Mr Lagerfeld said of the iconic, and now much copied piece, “I’m renowned for my love of a high collar and I wanted to create a true collector’s item with this one-off piece,” He told Vogue, “Merging the masculine with the feminine and uniting the world of fine jewellery and high fashion, to me this collar is a work of art and a real show-stopper.” Since this show stopping collar was designed, many have followed in pale imitation, and although the price tags are not so hefty, they still have the power to dazzler and transform an item of clothing. Here are our favourites from the crop of the season’s best:
Dorothy Perkins – Cream Crochet Collar – £15.00
A stunning cream crochet collar from Dorothy Perkins. Ideal for prettying up the boyish of outfits. Team with your favourite tea dress or plain blouse to add some extra detailing in an instant. Diameter 230mm
ASOS – Embellished Stone Floral Collar – £18.00
This gorgeous floral collar is made with sequins and a diamante effect to embellish the collar. It is crafted from finely woven satin fabric, in a Peter Pan design, embellished with large faceted diamante stones and sequins, fastened with a ribbon tie to the back.
Miss Selfridge – Gold Stud Collar – £18.00
This neutral golden stud collar is a perfect accessory to anyone’s wardrobe. Team with a black skinny tee shirt for a contrasting look, or compliment a nude ponte dress with the extra dazzle. 100% Polyester.
H&M Embellished Collar – £14.99
Loose collar with beaded embroidery and sparkly gems, and a hook and eye fastener. Gorgeous turquoise hues with tiny little sequins that look like roses with sparkly diamante gems inside them. Contrast with colour block pastels or wear with pure black for a stunning effect.
Topshop – Stone Embellished Shirt Collar – £35.00
A truly fabulous diamante and cream fabric embellished stone short collar by Freedom at Topshop. Wear to brighten up any outfit that needs a little extra sparkle. Length is 5.5cm
Anthropologie – Sparked Agate Bib Necklace – £48.00
Our favourite that we have kept until last, with dense clusters of sparkling stones and illuminated baubles. The fires of this elegant statement collar have certainly been stoked! Comes with a lobster clasp, necklace/collar featured gems are agate, cat’s eye, brass, rhodium, glass and moonstone.