Speed read: Curb link chain is a status symbol for Hollywood starlets across the ages

Speed read: Curb link chain is a status symbol for Hollywood starlets across the ages

During the Thirties, a Sicilian jeweller called Duke Fulco di Verdura designed chunky gold bracelets that graced the wrists of Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo and Katharine Hepburn.

Overnight the ‘curb link’ chain — that lies flat — became a status symbol for Hollywood starlets and European princesses alike. A design classic was born.

Eighty years later, the curb chain is popping up again — on everything from shoes and belts to bags and sunglasses — and is being worn by men and women, from Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester to singer Cee Lo Green and rapper Jay-Z.

Across the ages: Greta Garbo, left, wears a curb link bracelet while Jessica Alba gives it a modern twist with it the style on her handbag

Across the ages: Greta Garbo, left, wears a curb link bracelet while Jessica Alba gives it a modern twist with it the style on her handbag as well as her wrist

Design classic: Greta Garbo, left, wears a curb link bracelet while Jessica Alba gives it a modern twist with it the style on her handbag as well as her wrist

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The chart position that Diana Ross's hit single Chain Reaction reached in 1986 in the UK and Australia

HOW TO WEAR
Layer your links, with several chain necklaces or bracelets worn together to add bling to a plain outfit. Do a Garbo with a single curb chain bracelet or wristwatch for an elegant nod to haute couture. A chain-embossed tailored jacket is a smart way to dress up a pair of jeans.If gold chain necklaces are a bit too much for you, try getting a flash of gold on shoes or on the chain of a bag.

SHOPPING LIST

Chain-detail jacket, 399, Moschino

Chain-detail jacket, 399, Moschino

Bag, 28, topshop.com

Bag, 28, topshop.com


Bracelet, 8.50, dorothyperkins.com

Bracelet, 8.50, dorothyperkins.com

Adia Kibur earrings, 30, shopbop.com

Adia Kibur earrings, 30, shopbop.com

Philippe Audibert gold-plated chain link cuff, 75, net-a-porter.com

Philippe Audibert gold-plated chain link
cuff, 75, net-a-porter.com