Fashionistas are flocking to the fringe necklace this season as it takes on new lengths, oversized beads, components and bold colors. Flattering for all, the classic V-shape is created using tassels, chains, beads, feathers, drops and pendants cascading from the neck, giving the appearance of fringe. This versatile necklace can be dressed up or dressed down, creating a stylish statement for any occasion. Here are some product suggestions and design ideas to ensure you won't find yourself on the fashion fringe this season.
The classic tones of gold and silver, along with antiqued metals, are popular choices for fringe necklace designs, making them easy to transition from day to evening. The style dial is turned up with neon accents in bold shades of fluorescent pink and orange for an over-the-top presentation. Pink shades are prominent, adding softness and femininity. Consistent with the current trend of heavily embellished collar necklaces, large gemstone beads, feathers and multiple layers of chain add detail and dimension, making the fringe pop from the neckline.
Largely embellished pendants are giving the fringe necklace a fresh update, primarily in gold- and bronze-colored materials. Designers are adding fringe accents from the base of the pendant, such as Czech pressed glass beads, Swarovski pearls and metal chain. Make your own metal clay pendants and embellish with gemstones and sparkling crystals for a one-of-a-kind statement.
Tribal influences bring sharp edges, spikes and intricate detailing to pieces, such as carved beads and components. Faceted gems combine with large link chain for a nontraditional approach to fringe necklaces. Wood and nut beads and components add a soft and more natural touch to this dramatic necklace shape. Leather pieces, fabric-covered wire, leather and satin cord can also be used to bring additional texture.
Fringe necklaces are right in line with the triangle-shaped jewelry trend, as their pointed shape makes for a visually pleasing and balanced presentation. Simply vary the materials and colors used in the fringe for a multitude of looks from ethnic, to gothic, to glamorous and everything in between. Incorporate Swarovski crystal or Swarovski pearls for a special occasion or holiday piece, seed beads for a brilliantly colorful design or use gemstones and mixed metal chain for a more casual necklace.
*** Information provided in this article is based on runway reports, industry tradeshows and trend reporting from the The Worth Global Style Network (WGSN), a leading online trend-analysis and research service.
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