Fringe is a common word in Philadelphia. Our FringeArts Festival has put Philly on the map for a well-respected gathering of cutting-edge artists joining together to keep performing arts alive and thriving. Well just like Philadelphia’s passionate mission to celebrate everything on the fringe, the fashion world is once again joining in the fringe party. Fringe is anything but ordinary, and all about entertainment. This season, prepare to entertain and to be entertained Philadelphia Phashionistas!
Fringe has been a must-have throughout the history of fashion. All the way back to depictions of fringe styled on clothing from ancient Mesopotamian drawings, sculptures and writings, this fun embellishment served many purposes over time. Native Americans also are big proponents of choosing fringe to adorn many of their custom garments. Whether the design was for function or simply decoration, fringe has always been a favorite of many designers of the years.
In the 1920’s the Charleston was danced by thousands of long-legged fringe-wearing women who could move, shimmy and shake their swinging dresses to the music. The Fitzgerald years are impossible to look back upon without seeing fringe in fashion, in both long and short frocks. Once the flapper era passed, fringe was next popularized by Elvis and his famous leather jackets. The hippie movement was the next period of time where we saw an influx of fringe once again, this time styled in suede and more reminiscent of Native American garb.
In the 80’s fringe worked it’s way out of the fashion world, but not before Stephen Sprouse and Ralph Lauren both launched lines with fringe styling on skirts, trousers, jackets, long coats and suede dresses. During the mid-90’s Jean Paul Gaultier created a collection of fringed dresses and jackets. For the next decade, we didn’t see too much fringe on the runways, however the cowgirl movement about 10 years ago was definitely present throughout the country.
Long story short, it’s no surprise that we saw a ton of fringe on the runways for fall 2014. You simply cannot stroll into a store right now and avoid noticing that fringe has popped up in just about every style of garment, shoe and accessory. Taking a look around, it’s quite obvious that this season, not just fringe, but texture is huge. While textured clothing is quite fabulous, it is possible to have too much of a good thing.
While shopping for fringe-adorned frocks, but sure to keep in mind that simple is best. If you want to pair your fringe with another amazing piece, remember that fringe is a show-stealer and should be the featured accent to your outfit. Avoid having too many different textures in your daily ensembles and you will look effortlessly chic, no strings attached!
For some more inspiration and looks to shop, check out our The Fabulous World of Fringe Board.