Fringing fever

An iconic look that is now hitting the high street since appearing on the Spring/Summer 2011 catwalks is the fringe embellishment. Adding extra individuality to an item of clothing, a vision of a different world is given.

Fringing can be used and styled in an outfit in many different ways. Normally associated with the American West and desert plains, the look can also be worked in a rock chic, distressed punk way, teaming fringing plain t-shirts with black leather. Fringing also relates back to the 70’s, creating a laidback approach to clothing.

As can be seen in high street tops such as Topshop and River Island, fringing is everywhere, used on the hems of coats and dresses, cowgirl jackets and even embellishing items such as evening gowns and bikinis.

On the Spring/Summer 2011 Ready To Wear catwalk, Mark Fast used fringing as a major focus point for his show. As a knitwear expertise, the designer used the specific technique in a new and twisted manner. By combining his trademark open-stitch knitted clothing with sweeping lengths of fringe, body-con dresses were now given a large sense of openness and movement.

As well as Fast, Topshop Unique showcased their favouritism of fringing on their Spring Summer 2011 catwalk. The whole show screamed a world of fantasy and escapism from reality and the every day, instead looking towards different cultures and narratives. Fringing was seen on distressed denim jeans and shorts, and both large and small accessories were covered in tassels. The use of the fringing detail gave a large Southern California vibe, all incorporated with shades of red desert and orange sunset.

So instead of sticking to our neutral and minimalistic garments, look towards the more heavily embellished, with the key idea of fringing. It will add spice to any outfit, and create a head turning style that takes us away from normality.

Lucy Budge