Like wide legged trousers, polka dots and now the Peter Pan collar, fashion never ceases to take inspiration from the past. We saw this trend on recent runway shows from Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Stella McCartney. And we Indians, it seems, are quick to catch on. Sonam kapoor and Jacqueline Fernandes were recently seen sporting the trend in monochrome ensembles. Emerging designer Ruchika Sachdeva, who showcased her second collection at the recent Lakme Fashion Week, had some midi dresses with this collar. Sachdeva spoke to us about working the collar and why it should be worn with care.
The Peter Pan collar is not for everyone. As much as it subtracts age, it’s more prone to disastrous result. “If you don’t want to look juvenile, avoid collars in neon colours and try neutral shades like grey, black and violet. Don’t mix same colours,” says 26-year-old Sachdeva. Fortunately, this trend is versatile. “It can also look smart if rightly incorporated in your workwear wardrobe. You can team it with a pencil skirt or dress pants,” says Sachdeva. While it screams for attention everytime, Peter Pan collars can be co-ordinated with neckpieces, but not chokers. “Consider wearing a long chain with a pendant rather than short jewellery. A charm bracelet is also a good choice when wearing this conservative style, offers the Delhi-based designer who is coming up with her first flagship store next month.
Do-it-yourself blogs continue to demystify the Peter Pan collar neck-piece, while luxury labels like Chanel have nailed it with their gold offering. And don’t forget the recent collabora-tion of Louis Vuitton with Japanese designer, Yayoi kusama, which has resulted in some polka dotted ver-sions. These illusion collars are also must-haves, according to Sachdeva. “Metallic collars go with almost everything. I also suggest leather, silk and georgette, with beads. For the bling effect, go with studs and sequins,” says the designer whose earlier collection saw collars embellished with silver ghungroo.