Spring 2016 looks like it’s going to be fringy.
The last time we saw fringe on the runway wasn’t even that long ago. The trend had a little moment back in 2013. We know trends are cyclical but they usually don’t come back around that fast!
We saw fringe at a lot of major designers shows; Lanvin, Givenchy, Rachel Zoe, Just Cavalli, Elizabeth and James, Valentino, Elie Saab, just to name a few.
The first time we saw fringe make its way into fashion was in the 1920’s, where it was used decoratively to achieve the trendy flapper look, as opposed to the practical way native Americans used it to protect their garments from water. In the 1960’s, fringe came back in with the hippie generation, where it was worn in accordance with the native style, in suede, leather and buckskin. The politically inclined kids of the 60’s are said to have worn fringe jackets in sympathy with the native Americans, before the trend became fashionable for fashion’s sake, thanks in large part to the classic film Easy Rider from 1969.
Fringe can be worn in a variety of different ways. It can be the statement piece of your outfit, with a fringe jacket or a fringe maxi skirt, or it can be featured in a more demure way, such as a fringe purse or even fringe earrings. Whether you’re wearing a lot of fringe or just a tiny bit, it’ll add movement to your ensemble and will definitely jazz up your look.
The two key elements of a good fringed piece are the weight and the length. The fringe needs to be a little weighty to be able to move around the right way, fringe that is too light won’t have the same effect visually. When it comes to length, it’s a little more tricky. It all depends on the piece. If a mini skirt falls mid-thigh, and the fringe goes down to mid-calf, it’s a little too much. You need to find the perfect balance.
Will you be wearing fringe next spring?
What are your favourite fringe pieces?