A runway without accessories is like a necklace without some sort of a clasp to finish it. To make clothes come alive you have to have a model that can walk the heck out of the outfit, great lighting and accessories. Many shows do not have them; however, those that do have the full package. This year J Mendel presented some great pieces. The above necklace is a part of his line and I LOVE it. I am a huge fan of large pieces. I love that there is an almost non-existant chain that holds one of the creamy color circles and that it is also attached to an all cream circle. The necklace is slightly off from center which creates a nice line for the neck and the collar bone respectfully. I like that they become the driving force of the outfit – but there is caution in the wind.
A large accessory is a piece in and of it self. It doesn't need anything else paired with it or else you look like you're attempting to wear everything at one time or it seems like you don't understand the porportions that are involved with such an item. I love this necklace because it's two large circles that come together. Although this piece is worn with a sophisticated shirt and jacket ensemble, you could just as easily wear this with a pair of jeans and cute heels. A simple low cut top with a little lace or one that is plain would look amazing.
When dealing with large accessories, less is more. Your purpose for wearing such a piece is to direct people to the accessory you chose so carefully and for it to have the predominant amount of attention. At any time that you feel an accessory might be too much for an outfit or for you, consider wearing something else. Large accessories are show stoppers and if you aren't comfortable you run the risk of ruining the effect you attempted to make! Regardless, J Mendel created the proper balance between an artistic piece, something cleverly fashionable and timeless all in one!