By Elena Cattalani
To avoid looking cheap and outdated, let us begin this summer with a much-needed lesson.
Fringe initially took off as a fashion statement during the flapper era of the 1920’s – When skirts suddenly rose above the knee and a fringe would provide women with the illusion of length, taking away from the audaciousness of these looks. Despite the fact that overtime the need to conform to societal norms in terms of what is acceptable fashion has not been such a concern, this trend has always remained present in some capacity.
This season in particular, there seems to be a remarkable rebirth of the once popular fringe. Designers such as Valentino, Trina Turk and Celine have no doubt succeeded in the execution of this trend. Valentino has incorporated fringe in a way that lengthens the body as opposed to cutting it off into sections. He took the fringe all the way up the garment, increasing the sight-lines and thus creating the illusion of an elongated figure. Celine, one of my favorite designers, has blown me away yet again. Let us all take a moment and absorb the beauty in the clutch pictured below.
Finally, designer Trina Turk has incorporated the fringe trend as well. Although, this time, into her accessories. It is important to understand that by innovating the way this trend, if worn properly, is what is in style now. Forget the old fringe boots, bathing suits, crop tops and of course, the dreaded fringe kimono. Overall, fringe should not appear as though the fabric has literally started to shred due to over use, it should appear to be a well thought-out element that provides the garment with purposeful visual interest and style.
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Elena Cattalani is a Toronto based fashion writer focusing on fashion forecasting and general industry commentary. Having lived in so many cities and travelled around the globe, her well-rounded commentary provides readers with a thrilling ride into the future of fashion.