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Trend Alert: Fringe Necklaces

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    Fringe is no longer relegated to the, well, fringes this fall, taking front and center in the form of major statement necklaces.

    Ribbons of leather and silk or piles of hanging chains characterize the latest versions we've seen. As a rule, this kind of free-flowing accent most often signals a certain "type" of wearer, whether it's a hobo-toting hippie-goddess in suede Minnetonkas or a gypsy-inspired boho babe.

    There's Iosseliani's thick, tri-tone burnt fringe embellishment on top of an already decadent choker that's equal parts shaggy and luxurious. Fenton/Fallon for J. Crew drape chain necklace juxtaposes fringe against pearls for a gloriously tangled, ripped-from-the-sea feel, while Roarke's fringe is sweeter and uber-femme, adding a shock of pink to a crystal-encrusted scarf necklace. The Lauren Manoogian Palms Necklace takes fringe to an island vibe with hula-girl palm knotted on white leather and, equally fun-loving is I Heart Norwegian Wood's Maximum Fringe Necklace, whose triple chain laced with long, hand-tied fringe brings the stuff nearly down to the navel and makes us want to whip around in a frenzy to see how it moves.

    And while sophisticated fashion gods might frown upon us for rating jewelry on the basis of merit and twirl-a-bility, there's really no better way to fully honor the fringe necklace.