Tuesday, July 29, 2008

FRINGE: Trends Report: Totally Stranded

When Etro, Balmain, and Pucci sent fringe-clad models shimmying down the Spring 2008 runway, we were delighted. When those same sassy strands showed up for Fall 2008, we knew the trend couldn’t be ignored. Though it may sound crazy, the trend is actually timeless because it spans many different styles and eras. Chances are you already own something that you can rotate into your wardrobe mix, but if not, here are some ideas.

Dapper Flapper. Relive the glamorous exuberance of the Jazz Age in a slim fitting fringe covered frock. The boxy shape is just perfect for Straight and Soft-Straight Bodylines. If you are more Curved, look for a style that has a higher empire waist with tassels on the hem to accentuate your every move. Flapper style dresses are typically short so you can wear them now with a cute pair of sandals or in the colder months with opaque tights and booties for a contemporary look.

Dixie Chick. Channel western chic with the original sweetheart of the rodeo Dale Evans as your muse. Look for subtle fringe trim on a feminine blouse, a flirty skirt, scarf, or handbag. For a more cowgirl look, you could pair a fringed jacket with jeans…just don’t overdue the home-on-the-range accoutrements or you’ll look like the hostess of a theme restaurant.

Haute Hippie. Lisa Bonet, Stevie Nicks, Pamela Anderson they’ve all rocked the fringe like nobody’s business. Though what normally leaps to mind with the boho look is suede and beaded fringe, we like the idea of details that are decidedly more glam; i.e., an ornate piece of jewelry with cascading strands, or an antique shawl with intricate embroidery and long flowing tassels that drape captivatingly over your body’s curves.


WendyB said...

I wholeheartedly approve of fringe.

fashion herald said...

agreed, fringe is a classic trend! i've lived through a couple fringe revivals myself.