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'Headlaces' -- the cool-girl crown that’s all over town

May 25, 2010 |  8:00 am

I can’t go out these days without seeing what seems to be the accessory du jour draped across the foreheads of every fashion-loving girl in town. They’re wearing necklaces as head pieces to add that delicate warrior-princess-meets-Atreyu (from “The Never Ending Story”) vibe to their mix of designer and vintage duds.

Nicole Richie’s been festooning her head with scarves, super big floppy hats and a gold headpiece from her House of Harlow line for a couple years now. She recently wore the gold headpiece with top-to-toe Missoni for a look so boho you could smell the patchouli at the other end of Rodeo.

And I keep running into Brit “It” girl/stylist Nikki Pennie wearing a vintage gold necklace placed ever so gently across her hairline. In fact, Pennie adores a headlace so much she is designing a line of high-end pieces for jewelry company Royal Asscher, made of diamonds and various precious stones and due out this fall.

Pennie started wearing necklaces on her head about five years ago after playing around with a gold necklace that ended up strewn across her head. “I was playing around and thought it would look really good if [the necklace] was on my head. It has a really exotic look. I think it’s different, unique and a pretty way of wearing jewelry, and it’s so delicate that it doesn’t overpower an outfit.”

High-end “headlaces” are to take the haute hippie look to a whole new level.

Melissa Magsaysay

Photos: From left, Nikki Pennie at a 3.1 Phillip Lim party/WireImage; Nicole Richie/House of Harlow; Chanel Iman/Express.