September 26, 2013

Tres Francais: Fringe Effects

Fashionistas always seem to turn to the French for inspiration.  Les femmes francaises have mastered the art of “je ne sais quoi” for sure: these women make basic jeans look polished and sexy (Emanuelle Alt),  make cocktail dresses seem appropriate for everyday (Clemence Poesy), and make quirky seem unbelievably cool (Vanessa Paradis).  It’s no surprise, then, that Paris Fashion Week has launched quite a few effortlessly cool trends already- my favorite of the bunch being fringe.



isabel marant hm shoe

Isabel Marant x H&M

My first fascination with the fringe movement came about after the Isabel Marant for H&M lookbook leaked (side note- what do you guys think of the collection?!).  A pair of fringed leather boots caught my eye; they might be the only “must have” on my Isabe lx H&M list, actually.





Fave looks from Alexis Mabille

The next day fringe popped up all over the Paris runways!  Alexis Mabille showed fringed boots (strikingly similar to Isabel Marant’s about-to-be-released version) with every look.  His collection embodied the effortless, cool vibe of classic French fashion in a fresh way- as soon as I get my Isabel Marant x H&M booties, I’m going to style them a la Alexis!



Rochas and Guy Laroche


Dries Van Noten


Ter et Bantine

Also contributing to the fringe trend was Rochas, who showed fringed shoes on their runway as well.  While this look is definitely not my style (and not something I’d style anyone else in either!), it’s a sign that fringe is in no matter how you wear it.  Dries van Noten put a tribal spin on fringe with chunky knits and statement necklaces taking center stage.  Guy LaRoche gave fringe an evening feel, and Ter et Bantine’s take on the trend came in the form of unfinished-looking garments featuring frayed hems.

I’ve always been a fan of fringe and tassels, so I’m really excited to see that fringe is trending for SS14!  I’ll rock the look with my Isabel Marant x H&M boots (fingers crossed I can get my hands on a pair), or with a tasseled purse like this:





What do you think?  Are you seeing the fringe benefits?


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