Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Fringe is the New Ruffle

Garments which have the ability to make an impact have always possessed drama, movement and glamour.  From the ornamental jewellery and head pieces of ancient Egypt, to the more recent flapper dresses of the roaring twenties, arguably no trend provides more character, or demands more attention than the dynamic effect of fringe. Inject a shot of romantic, dancing elegance with long, fine fringing, or toughen up with a brutish quivering of shorter tassels: it’s time to get moving.
Fringe adorned the runways at SS12. Marchesa (below, right)  and Gucci (below, center) showed love for the twenties with art deco prints and flapper inspired fringing which fell from dropped waistlines and from entire outfits, elegantly fluttering and swinging around the legs and ankles. Julien Macdonald (below, left) also celebrated the twenties with his take on the original flapper dresses, featuring shorter layered fringing creating a dramatic shudder of movement with every step.

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