Festivals and fringe have gone hand in hand since the Renaissance. From Woodstock to Coachella, it’s always been synonymous with sweaty, hippy fun. But let’s face it, we may be totally underselling the trend.
The movement of fringe simply adds a whimsical ease to garments and accessories alike. Thankfully, designers of all genres continue to see through these colorful curtains and find ways to incorporate fringe into their designs season after season. Hedi Slimane’s SS16 Saint Laurent collection was topped off with glittery punk goddesses storming the runway in fringy metallic minis. While on a contemporary note, Apiece Apart brings neutrals to the forefront with shaggy knits and ponchos for the desert wanderer.
I’ll admit.. I don’t see myself sporting a fringy bolero to my next meeting. But, Lanvin and Edun have definitely given me something to think about. The fringed tweed mini dress is a great mid season crossover for chilly NYC April afternoons. While Edun’s macrame trimmed, straight leg pants paired with a chic mule are the perfect go-to for fun, Sunday vintage market strolls. Kick a simple shirt dress up a notch with a fringe belt by Maison Margiela, or throw it back to the 70s with a pretty print from Gucci’s Spring scarf collection. It’s really all about placement and moderation.
Spring is upon us, which means it’s finally time to start taking fashion risks again. Just because Coachella is over, doesn’t mean the fun has to be.
Brands we love:
A. Gucci “Fringed printed silk twill scarf“, B. Lanvin “Fringed bouclé-tweed mini dress”, C. Edun “Macramé-trimmed wool-blend straight leg pants”, D. Sensei Studio “Macana fringe woven kaftan”, E. Maison Margiela “Fringed leather belt”
Photo courtesy Tyler Joe