My style icon, Phoebe Philo, makes herself very clear about the importance of minimalism, and in the name of fashion, adopting the French attitude that less is more. But just when I’ve gotten the hang of never taking off my ripped denim, waking up at the crack of dawn for Isabel Marant, trying to look like Emmanuelle Alt and her impossible possé, –surprise! — fashion takes a page from the book of maximalism. Céline took a dive into embellishments, and not one to play follow the leader, Calvin Klein, the king of a sleek aesthetic, followed suit. With fringe.
Fun and frivolous, flapper tested and cowgirl approved, fringe will be twisting on the streets as soon as you start begging, “is Spring here yet?” It’s really on the fringe, a neat way to say on the periphery, and when the lights go down, you’ll want to be the last one shagging.
Just in time to ring in celebratory Christmas parties and the impending New Year, we say so long to minimalism, and hello to embellishments. It’s time to sparkle, throw on the decadent rhinestones, put on the collar, bring on the wow factor. You’ve got holiday parties to attend, family and friends to see, and joy to deliver. All for good measure and cheer. Today, in third-party enablers, enter the fringe accessories, and a giveaway! for your book of style. Drops ball.
Calvin Klein Spring 2014
In the same fashion, Altuzarra, Proenza Schouler, Rodarte, and Valentino all showed the same swingy, stringy mass of pulled-apart fabric, decadent and delicious like fresh, wet pasta hanging to dry in an Italian chef’s kitchen.
Gucci Spring 2014
Proenza Schouler Spring 2014
Derek Lam Spring 2014
In theory, fringe is all well and good until it passes the test. I took that test, and in reality, I can still wear my ripped denim, my white shirt, underneath oversize tassels, and ultimately have it all. Built for warm climates or throw it under a blazer, it has the fantastic ability to travel well, which makes it even better.
In other holiday news, Emily Kammeyer, a rocking jewelry designer, has partnered with me on a pre-Christmas giveaway. This fringe necklace can be yours– all you have to do is submit a comment in the comment section of this blog as to how you would style a fringe accessory. Would you go all out, or keep it clean?
Be creative. All judging with be done by The Fashion Hunter staff. Winner will be notified by Tuesday the 25th of December. Good luck!
Photos: Jim D’Angelo
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