Fringe Benefits

July 17, 2010 • Magazine

Fringe Benefits

Fringe Benefits

Tue, 2000-07-18 12:00

Alia Rajput

Summer is all about fun in the city and finding occasions to show off your own personal style. Shake things up and put some movement in your summertime wardrobe with a dash of flirty fringe. Not just for flappers and cowgirls anymore, fringe accents are showing up on everything from eveningwear to cover-ups so scoop some of these pieces up and start to shimmy!

There’s nothing like adding some drama to your LBD when you step out for a night on the town. Usually considered a fairly casual look, fringe can be implemented into an evening ensemble when it’s subtle and with a classic sense of chic. Max Azria brought fringe down his runway in a shimmering cascade of beading, making every step look like a dance. Still too much look? The hint of leather fringe trailing down Acne‘s cocktail dress is enough to make an edgy statement, without really saying anything at all.

For those looking to take the trend head on, why not cover yourself in the swinging tiers of fabric. Befitting of a Pocahontas-esque princess, earthy-toned fringe is an old-fashioned look that’s gotten a modern makeover. Catherine Malandrino went high-waisted and one-shouldered for a totally revamped take on the trend, which also adds structure to the ensemble. And who better to resurrect the swinging 60s vibe of fringe than Haute Hippie, whose belted silhouette brings the look into this century, while still channeling the vintage charm of the style.

Big, chunky jewelry is the perfect finishing touch to a simple, slouchy summer outfit. Either fabric or hardware pieces can anchor and breezy ensemble and easily take you from day to night. Sass & Bide played up their patterns, pairing a bib necklace with fringed tendrils against a tribal palette. For a more versatile option, Hive & Honey’s Brass Fringe Necklace provides a lot of bang for your buck and can be paired with anything from sundresses to suit jackets for the same kind of scintillating effect.

If you prefer to keep your fringe at arms length, then grab a hold of a fringe accented bag in a punchy watermelon hue. The brightly colored bag is all you need for street festivals and outdoor concerts that fill the summer weekends. Vivienne Tam paired the jolt of color and spray of fringe in a long version slung across the body for the ultimate in boho chic. But Madewell also does boho with their hobo, an ideal carryall in a rich and decadent lightweight suede. Paired with a funky fedora and gladiators, a bright, fringed bag is the last word in creating a covetable girl-on -the-go style.

Fringed pieces embody the fun and carefree nature of warm weather days. Whether you use it to spice up and outfit or go for an all out statement piece, the bounce and movement of fringe can’t help but make you smile and put a serious skip into your summertime steps!

1. Black Fringe Accent Dress

Runway: Max Azria Spring 2010 RTW
Real Way: Acne Free Fringe Scoop-Back Dress $360

2. Brown Allover Fringe Dress

Runway: Catherine Malandrino Spring 2010 RTW 

Real Way: Haute Hippie Fringed Suede Dress Now $397.99

3. Fringe Necklace

Runway: Sass & Bide Spring 2010 RTW

Real Way: Hive and Honey Brass Fringe Necklace $32

4. Fringe Bag

Runway: Vivienne Tam Spring 2010 RTW 

Real Way: Madewell Fringe Hobo $198

Runway Photos:

Image Layout: Laura Funk

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