Playing with fringe and frayed edges is nothing new in the fashion industry. Deconstructing fabric and unraveled threads is part of the creative process. I’m not talking about diving headlong into Festival territory where you start dressing like your teenage self and tripping through the tulips in your ripped denim hot pants. This is a more sophisticated take on the trend and designers high and low have gotten a hold on fringe fever.
By way of rips, there are no signs that this trend is departing our shores anytime soon and come Spring, designers have pushed it to new heights. Stay tuned for Dries Van Noten’s use of Bohemianism, Proenza Schouler’s fringed skirts and, the raw-edged denim king Marques Almeida’s play of stray threads.
Can’t wait till Spring? I teamed a suede fringe jacket with a white turtleneck and flare jeans (I ripped the bottoms) for a western-inspired ensemble. I will wear it out until it’s too freaking cold to bare.
Fabric that sways has a way of exclaiming your presence by just a shimmy and a shake. As of press time, this look is a compelling enough reason to let loose and dance. Maybe because the mercury is higher than 20 degrees this AM?
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Photos: Lydia Hudgens