Portlandia told you to put a bird on it. I’m telling you to put a fringe on it.
From Chanel to Alexander Wang to Tracy Reese, western motifs flooded Spring and Fall 2014 Runways. Eye catching pieces worthy of even the Wildest West included leather handbags lined in suede fringe, heavy denim, oversize cowboy hats, rugged leathers, and even the occasional bolero. City Slickers will delight in melding modern bohemia, tribal touches, and John Wayne for a gloriously wearable incantation of our romanticized nostalgia of the West of days yore.”Pair festive fringe with leather and denim, hand-embroidered cotton with beaded jewelry, and gingham with woven straw accessories,” Vogue advises “and leave the hokey getups for the rodeo.”
Nothing says ‘urban cowboy’ like fringed accessories, and the tattered accents roamed virtually every Western inspired Collection.“I’m just feelin’ the fringe this season,” Designer Tracy Reese said backstage of her Fall 2014 show, where models walked the Tracy Reese runway in fringed, handkerchief-inspired shawls.“This is basically what we would want to pack in our suitcases were we taking a trip to Texas”, describes Cushnie of Cushnie et Ochs, “It was city slickers. It wasn’t overly Western, but very much sort of this urban fantasy of Western life. Our urban fantasy of what it would be like to go to Texas.”
Tibi and Charlotte Ronson channeled Cowboys and Indians with exaggeratedly oversized cowboy hats, a cheeky tribute to the broad brimmed panama/floppy hats currently en vogue with hipster fashionistas. Stuart Verves was all about the fringed suede purse and the ever sensational Mara Hoffman designed fringed ponchos festooned with one of her signature bright prints. Tommy Hilfiger‘s Fall 2014 collection featured an outdoorsy beige shirt dress embroidered with red arrows and accented with camel colored suede.
Real life differs wildly from the Runway, so Glamour offered these 3 fantastic Do’s and Don’ts for wearing Western:
- DO belt it
“Cinching a blanket cape with a belt makes the look wearable instead of overpowering,” advises Gunlocke Fenton. “Plus, it’s more girly than gaucho if you show off your waist.”
- DO tie one on Replace your usual necklace with a little black ribbon or bow for a feminine take on the bolo. “It’s a simple way to update your classic white button-down,” says Gunlocke Fenton. “Shirting is everywhere now and this feels fresh.
- DON’T go overboard “A Stetson hat, a longer skirt, or a fringed bag are all great ways to dip your toe in the trend,” Gunlocke Fenton says. “But wear just one or two pieces at a time. You don’t want to look like you’re wearing a costume.”
The stylehaüs stylists took 5 Western-inspired Runway looks and created wearable, Street Style ready outfits for each ensemble.
1. CHANEL DOES DALLAS
Chanel mixes together modern bohemia with the days of the west with this get up. The soft materials and embellishment make the look versatile for any type of woman.
Dannijo Clea Earrings $295, Madison Martin Margiela Embellished Top $730 net-a-porter.com, Topshop Sheer Overlay Skirt $80, Toga Pulla Embellished Loafer $549
2. All Denim All Day
Prada 2015 Spring/Summer Runway breathed new life into classic denim dresses with clever accents and a rough & tumble aura.
Rag and Bone Fedora Hat $195, M&F Western Crystal belt $85, Prada Studded Denim Clutch $590, H&M shirt $15, Topshop Moto Stripe Denim Dress $80, Saint Laurent Western Style boots $1295, Boyfriend Jeans $52 Frontrowshop.com
3. Kill Bill
Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2015 collection has invented their own unique style that is effortlessly cool: Western x Indie Rock. Nastygal Crop Leather Jacket $88, Lucky Brand Frozen Blue Stone Ring $25, Lovely Bird “San Miguel” Fedora $128, Forever21 western cuff $3.80, Toga Pulla Western Suede Ankle Boot $275, Talitha Kaftan Dress $577, Black Drop Feather Earring $8.90 Jcpenney.com, Boho chain necklace $27 2020ave.com, River Island Cara ripped jean $70.
4. Paris, Texas
Tibis’ 2014/15 western inspired collection is structured and sophisticated. Breathtakingly Beautiful.
Topshop Dusted Coat $158, Forever21 Tassel Scarf $9.80, Green Fedora Hat $60 davidjones.com.au, Vince Camuto Crossbody Bag $298, Topshop Cuff Joggers $76, MissSelfridge Fluffy Jumper $53, Jil Sander Loafer $800 thecorner.com
5. Lady Anne Oakley
Alexander Wang’s Spring 2014 look takes the rigid cowboy to a softer side using light colors and sheer materials.
Bottega Veneta High Waisted Trousers $450, Burberry Prorsum Silk Organza Top $530, Kate Moss for Topshop Paisley Scarf $85, Chinese Laundry Shoes $40, Heidi Klein Havana Cowboy Hat $198