It’s the season of high fashion, with fashion weeks happening in almost every corner of the world. A recurring trend that has been spotted this season is the fringe, seen on everything, ranging from outfits to bags to shoes.
Fringes are edgings that consist hanging threads, tassels, etc. It may seem that this seems to be a little too small of a detail to be demarcated as a trend, but for the next season, designers seem to be announcing its return in a big way.
The finest display of this trend was perhaps by the legendary designer Roberto Cavalli, whose models sashayed down the runway at SS 11, showcasing printed chiffon dresses, hipster second-skin pants with tasseled shoulder bags. From Cavalli to Emilio Pucci, another bold Italian brand where young designer Peter Dundas created a collection, inspired by the 70’s long flowy dresses, leather waistcoats tassels were everywhere. Making this iconic label more bohemian and rock‘n’roll, was the use of thigh-high tie-up boots and handbags with fringed detailing.
On a larger picture, the fringe played part in new shapes and forms in shows such as Louis Vuitton, where fringed flapper dresses were matched with beaded tasseled accessories; at Chanel, the classic tweed was matched with long fringed metallic earrings; at emerging labels like Mark Fast, masterful handiwork on the fringe detailing added a new dimension to clothes.
The fluidity and lightness of the fringe form depicts a playfulness that no other fabric can match.
For the summer of 2011, fashion finds new erogenous spots that woman will want to flaunt. Out goes the thigh skimming silhouette and in comes the mid-calf lengths. The midriff is bare but the waist is not cinched tightly. Fringing will provide a new element to this change of silhouettes.
Back home, Delhi-based designer Gaurav Gupta had showcased couture dresses and saris with strong tassels and fringe detailing for his last couture show.
At the fashion house of Celine, designer of the moment — Phoebe Philo — sticks to the simplistic fashion of monotone trousers and leather tops. However, adding fluidity to the commended collection are the refined fabric scarves with long tasseled detailing.
So, while donning a head-to-toe daring fringed look by Cavalli may not be your cup of tea, adding one element like the tasseled handbag or necklace will definitely make you look boho chic.