Stars who don multiple or multistrand necklaces suggest that more is more
So Why Stop at One?
There's really no reason to. Accessory addicts are exercising their freedom not to choose by wrapping themselves in multiple, mismatched necklaces. "With me there's, like, three personalities raising their heads, and we all want to wear something different," explains La Femme Nikita's Peta Wilson, who often sports three or four pieces at a time when she can't make up her mind. The mix-'em-up look—strands of crystals with leather cords, long chains with chokers—fits the fashion forecast. After several seasons of delicate, minimal jewelry, "bohemia is back," declares Emme, host of E!'s Fashion Emergency. "Multiple necklaces look funky and cool and have a '60s feeling." A related trend: multistrand webbed necklaces (see last page of the foldout).
For a classic look, keep the necklaces in the same family—all silver, for example, as Julia Roberts (6, at a New York City fashion show last year) favors. For a quirkier reflection of personal style, advises Hollywood fashion stylist Phillip Bloch, who dresses singer Jewel and Jenna Elfman, dust off tiny family heirlooms or found objects and sling them on cords. "It's the millennium version of the charm bracelet," Bloch says. Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler 10, at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards), for example, has long worn tchotchkes on chains as reminders of his travels. "I got these from a couple of strippers in Japan, he says, fingering a few of the trinkets dangling from his neck. "They're my fetishes. I never take them off."
CAUGHT IN THE WEB
For a more dramatic look, other celebrities are opting for elaborate neckwear that combines several strands or loops, covering the throat like a cobweb. Not for the timid, these pieces are perfect for attention grabbers like: A. actress Sheryl Lee B. Courtney Love C. singer Mya D. Cher E. TV personality Julie Brown
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Steven Cojocaru in Los Angeles