The fashion week season has just concluded in the Capital and there are some stylish fringe benefits we’re ready to tap into. Fringes might remind you of the freewheeling 70s when male musicians often adorned fringed jackets and the ladies paired their bell-bottoms with fringed boots, making them quite the rage in the realm of retro fashion.
Over the decades, the style element has evolved in a myriad ways. From paper-shred fringes to more edgy metallic or chainmail versions – here’s runway inspiration and styling takeaways to help you binge on fringe the right way.
A creation by Rohit Gandhi-Rahul Khanna (Raajessh Kashyap/HT)
At the recently concluded Amazon India Fashion Week, husband-wife designer duo Pankaj & Nidhi set the pace for floor-length fringe detailing, that was seen both, on clothes as well as accessories. The designer duo’s militia-inspired collection turned fringes into a power statement with epaulettes that evolved into metallic fringes, jackets studded with the detailing and even bags with fringes.
The same style was also spotted at Namrata Joshipura’s runway, where she showed off fringed jackets paired with glam maillot-style dresses, as a part of her collection, inspired by the street style of New York. As a part of the Grand Finale, Rohit Gandhi-Rahul Khanna also presented creations adorned with floor-length fringes that added a big dose of drama.
What we learn : Fringes are done best with smart layering. From fringed capes worn over breezy shift dresses to fringed jackets paired with glitzy jumpsuits –take cue from our very own runways to ace the style. If you want to play it different, get the fringed style onto your wrists and sleeves. Colourful lacy fringes and epaulette shoulder pads adorned with metallic fringes will make the cut for an updated wardrobe for the next season.
Love your skirts? Here’s inspiration to add some fun to their hemlines. Ditch multi-tiered sheer skirts and add a dose of Coachella or vintage Woodstock with this boho hemline. We spotted the fringed skirt trending at Christopher Kane and at the showcase by tennis player Serena Williams. Both predicted fringes being hot for spring/summer 2016, and they couldn’t have been more right. The best part about a fringed hemline? It moves and grooves with you – fashion in motion at its best.
What we learn : If picking a summer-perfect midi or even a shorter version of your go-to skirt, a fringed hemline will score you massive fashion points. Pair with a boxy tee and your favourite pair of heels and you’re good to go!
Stole our hearts!
The Capital weather is a tricky puzzle to nail. From sunny days turning into chilly nights and vice versa, a lot of us have a go-to all-weather stole or scarf that we carry to tackle the whether. To make this indispensible wardrobe item on-trend, pick a fringed version. From desi runways to Paris ramps, a fringed scarf has made its way onto the fashion charts. Actor Jacqueline Fernandez was also spotted sporting a knitted scarf lined with fringes at the airport: some travel inspo for jet setters!
What we learn : Colour-code your look by picking a stole which is a perfect match for your dress. The fringes will break the monotony of your look and add instant fun. You can also go the exact opposite way and colourblock to suit your mood.
Cut, sew, snip and stitch to refurbish your old closet staples. Add some fringe benefits to your skirts, stoles and even tees to add fun. There’s a lot to learn from DIY videos on YouTube along with vlogger tips to give you DIY ideas that can save you time and effort. From the kind of scissors to use for your snipping duties to tricks to make sure you sew-on your fringe correctly - be eco-chic and recycle your favourites by going the fringe way.
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