Speaking in fashion trends terms, the spring 2014 feels more than generous, particularly when it comes to helping you make a statement through your garments of choice. From details to accessories, and from attitude to silhouette, everything is made new, imposing, and incredibly modern. But as always, there’s a fine line separating the costume-like-outfits from the highly-fashionable ones.
When it comes to the women’s fringing trend for spring 2014, there’s one word that should ultimately influence your styling approach, and that word would be restraint. Applied conservatively, just enough to add texture and movement to a otherwise simple silhouette, the fringing will take you past the cowboy, past the flapper and past the Pocahontas look, embracing a broad range of styles that speak of its current evolution.
After the break, a look at the trend and how you can wear it now.
Fringing trend: spring 2014.
Once the fringing’s high-fashion versions hit the spring 2014 runways, a balance was finally set between its dramatic and subtle nature. Easily polished with sleek silhouettes, a delicate, sometimes even austere palette of colours, and a string of luxurious fabrics, the fringing and tassels made everything stand out. From casual to evening wear, from minimalistic approaches to copious interpretations, here’s what caught our eye:
Fringing for daytime must always be accompanied by a certain subtlety, bearing details able to highlight a silhouette rather than bury it under swishing shimmers. Look out for:
- boxy, minimalistic tops, in neutral colours, featuring fringing/beading trims as ultimate accent;
- pair those with pants featuring a relaxed fit, with tailored shorts and mini skirts in lightweight fabrics;
- keep the accessorizing to a minimal, adding nothing more than a pair of flat sandals to finish up the look.
Fringing at Tibi and Derek Lam, S/S ’14
At night is when fringing is fully allowed to exude a high sense of drama. Used lavishly on maxi-silhouettes, it adds both movement and texture, but you still have to make sure your look doesn’t come across as replicating a 1920’s costume by:
- keeping the silhouettes clean, modern and polished;
- seeking for fringing detailing obtained through modernistic techniques, like pulling apart the threads of a fabric;
- opting for sleek accessories, statement heels and effortless hairstyles.
Fringing trend at Calvin Klein and Marchesa, S/S ’14
Cut in leather, the fringing gains a tough, contemporary feel, balanced out when imagined to adorn casual and evening dresses, biker jackets, boxy tops, shorts and skirts:
- invest in easy silhouettes cut in black, that you can wear with a pair of flat sandals, a pair of heels, or a pair of boots just as easily;
- add a plunging neckline and/or a thigh-high slit to a fringing dress envisioned for the evening to infuse it with a sophisticated feel;
- add fine, gold accessories for a complete day look, and choose a bold pair of red lips for the night.
Fringing at Zadig & Voltaire and Altuzarra, S/S ’14
Of course, there will always be such a thing as a bold approach to fringing, particularly when the styling hits close to its origins. The cowgirl style met the showgirl vibes on the runways, as a ballsy mesh-up made fringing brim with attitude. If you want to give it a shot:
- pair a crop top with a fringed mid-length skirt (or a fringed top with a pleated skirt hitting just above the knee);
- for a safe interpretation, choose a monochrome outfit, like all white, or all black;
- if you don’t want to go too over-the-top, keep your accessorizing to a minimal, adding no more than a statement necklace, or a pair of cool boots to your look.
Fringing at Rodarte and Miu Miu, S/S ’14
In a bohemian-inspired outfit, fringes and tassels should always look like they belong. Either is for a spring music festival repertoire, or for a laid-back take on summer:
- opt for relaxed silhouettes, lightweight fabrics and warm colours, layering fringing crop-tops under sporty bombers;
- choose delicate shift dresses adorned with playful tassel trims;
- style the outfits with gladiator sandals, opting for effortless hair-do’s and fresh-faced beauty looks for day, while choosing to fully pursue the Art Deco inspiration for night.
Fringing at Anna Sui and Roberto Cavalli, S/S ’14
Fringing details: soft, subtle trims.
Fringing shouldn’t always be made to look bold, loud and exuberant. There’s plenty of statements to be made by the way of simplicity, choosing soft, subtle trims to adorn an equally minimalistic string of silhouettes:
- choose feminine cuts, pastel colours and sturdy, luxe fabrics to tone down the shimmering effects of the beading;
- go for a slip-on coat with tasselled seams, or a fringed poncho to add substance to austerity;
- opt for high-waists, knee-lengths and classic cuts to prevent the garments from looking inexpensive.
Fringing at Miu Miu and Valentino, S/S ’14
Fringing details: playful tassels.
If fringing isn’t your cup of tea, perhaps some playful tassels designed to highlight spring’s sense of ease will have you convinced to give this trend a try in the end. At Marc Jacobs, they served to contrast the Hawaiian prints and Bermuda shorts, proving that sometimes a clash of aesthetics makes for the smartest approach. At Dries Van Noten instead, the Ottoman tassels were used to complement the hardy fabrics, colliding opulence with simplicity.
Tassel details at Marc Jacobs and Dries van Notes, S/S ’14
Fringing details: accessories.
A leather bag, a delicate scarf, a necklace or a pair of boots make one thing obvious: the fringing details aren’t exclusive to clothing. Adorning accessories, they can add just as much depth to an outfit, serving to channel this spring’s take on the ever evolving trend without the full commitment. In smaller doses, the fringing details can serve to accents any given aesthetic, from the sophisticated, to the athletic and androgynous one. Seek them for a more subtle interpretation of the fringing trend.
Fringing accessories at Valentino, Derek Lam and Zading & Voltaire, S/S ’14