Carcanet or carcan is a jeweled collar or necklace. Carcanets were typically quite elaborate and formal, and worn closely fitted. The style seems to have first appeared with the reemergence of the necklace during the end of the medieval period in the late
British designer Gareth Pugh brought the avant-garde to Paris with his stunningly stark, black and white collection. Pugh's exaggerated Elizabethan-era collars flirted with volume and geometric shapes.