Fall 2011 Trend: Keyhole Necklines

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Keyhole necklines from Michael Kors, Reed Krakoff, and Emilio Pucci.

Some seasons there’s a whole lotta leg. Sometimes the décolletage is the It body part. Or maybe it’s the back or a flash of midriff or the shoulders. For Fall 2011, it’s all about the sternum.

Plunging necklines are a runway constant, particularly in evening-heavy collections. But this season, that super-deep V came as just a flash of skin peeking through a keyhole neckline.

Michael Kors kicked off the trend in New York with his sexy secretary version of a white blouse and black below-the-knee skirt—of course, his blouse came with quite a keyhole and (not to be outdone) the skirt was slit thigh high.

Peter Dundas went equally sexy with chest-baring jackets at Pucci, while Francesco Scognamiglio really went wild with a barely there keyhole dress described by as “more keyhole than dress.”

On the sweeter side? Marni’s keyhole blouse topped with a matching print jacket and Badgley Mischka’s black jumpsuit, finished with a glam statement necklace. Reed Krakoff’s take was sleek and sophisticated, in a subtly slit gold gown with a floor-length wrap skirt.

Show a little or show a lot—the degree is up to you. But either way, a little peekaboo is the way to go for the fall season.