Trend Report: Bohemian Fringing

Leather Fringing

Creeping onto the catwalk every year: Fringing always attempts to make a fashion come back. Occasionally it gets onto the High Street passed off as “festival chic”, but it’s about time it was reinvented.

Altuzarra, showcased a sparking new kind of fringe in his SS14 catwalk collection at New York Fashion Week back in September. At first glimpse, the new fringe was subtler. A cooler, more sophisticated fringe, less Pocahontas-like, and very on trend.

Céline featured the new flyaway fringe in their Ready-to-Wear Spring Summer 2014 collection, brightening up an all-black outfit with corral tasselled slouch bag. With Mui Mui following suit dressing up a pastel blue shift dress with a fringed waistline, creating the illusion of an hour glass silhouette.

Then came the AW14 collections, Valentino took the runway by storm with a tribal tasselled oversized coat, while Stella McCartney featured fringed midi dresses in her new collection. Gone are the days of the Louis Vuitton overpowering with the puffy fringe embellishments of spring 2012. It looks like the updated boho swing fringing is set to be a trend to carry through from summer to autumn. But how is it different? It’s more delicate and under stated, with oversized bags and tasselled leather skirts being key pieces.

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The trend is very wearable, as a little bit of fringing can take you a long way. “A fringed bag is probably where to start, your fringe can be subtle and small or it can be long enough to plait and drag on the floor. Whatever bag you choose, this trend is flexible,” says Maxine White, fashion journalist for online publication writeontrend.com. “This trend is one of the most do-able of 2014, even if you haven’t got the time for fashion or if you feel less confident about some of the more extreme looks… then the fringe is just for you.”

Historically, the fringe is not a new phenomenon, with Charleston dresses being a fringe-overload hit in the 1920s with flapper girls. And of course there’s the Western fringe, which quite frankly I am glad we have escaped. But let’s not forget the fringe of the Bohemian Hippies of the late 1960s that echo the new fringe we’ll see getting big this autumn-winter.

But of course, the trend never really goes away for long. Massimo Di Felice, online writer for Swide, says: “Forget cowboys, or 1920s flapper girls, here the fringe is fashion forward and versatile. Beaded, shredded leather or made of silk fringes are back from the fringe of fashion.”

Not surprisingly, the must-have trend has been brought onto the high street: take ZARA’s new statement fringed leather handbags as an example, or ASOS’s tribal print fringed dresses and kimonos. If you’re still wondering whether the bohemian swing fringe trend is for you, then what more persuasion do you need? Fringing is back, and we like it.

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