Tassels to metre-long swathes, we chart how ‘trim’ takes centre-stage
Fun and flirty, the fringed look has taken over runways globally. We’ve spotted them on A-listers like Carrie Underwood (at the ACM awards, in an Oscar de la Renta dress) and home-grown fashionistas like Sonam Kapoor (at a recent art exhibition, in a Rimzim Dadu shredded sari). While it’s easy to go overboard with this trend—and look like you’ve stepped out of a bad Western—here are some options that could amp up your wardrobe.
Text: Surya Praphulla Kumar
In your stride
Update your city fashion with these stylish fringed Cortevecchio ankle boots from Aldo. While the suede leather and block heels give it a comfortable-yet-sleek finish, the decorative fringes will amp up any outfit.
We suggest ditching the denims and pairing this with a pretty day dress or a skirt. `7,970. Details: 28464378
All wrapped up
Created exclusively for Pernia’s Pop Up Shop, this black-and-oyster wrap features fringe detailing on the bottom hem. Perfect for the beach, designer Aditi Mehra and Natasha Chadha of T Republic suggest that you offset the zigzag pattern of the georgette wrap with a block-colour swimsuit in a tonal shade. `3,800. Details: perniaspopupshop.com
One look at this stunning fringed vest with a beaded border by Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna, and all else was forgotten. Easy to slip into, it’s great for an evening out clubbing or even to a semi-formal dinner. `19,000. Available at the D7 store, Khar, Mumbai. Details: 022 26485622
Scraps of cloth have never looked so good. City-based designer Neesha Amrish has crafted a statement neck piece from organic silk, embellished with kasi (authentic temple jewellery motifs). In colours like black, fuchsia, rust and more, you can get these pieces customised. Perfect for Indian and Western wear, try them with saris or dresses. `2,000
onwards. Details: 9884034516
Incorporate a touch of the Wild West with this soft suede jacket with ubiquitous fringing from Saint Laurent’s pre-fall collection. Lined with black silk, this is the perfect cover up when you step out on a chilly evening or escape for a relaxed weekend with nothing but denims and tees in your hold-all. `3,33,098. Details: net-a-porter.com
There’s no getting away from jackets when you talk fringe. And one of our favourites, straight off the runway, is this Giorgio Armani fringed coat. Featuring a round neck, three-quarter length sleeves and a zip fastening, the black silk and lamb skin short coat incorporates both movement and style. Approximately `4,67,462 (on the website). Available soon at Emporio Mall, Delhi.
Details: 011 46116666
Keeping it soft and fluffy is Jimmy Choo’s Cleo bag. Featuring a rabbit fur body that creates a delicate fringe effect, it comes with a white acrylic flap. Designed with a detachable shoulder chain strap, this evening clutch is feminine and functional. `98,000. Details: 42154812
Go for gold
Disengaging the fringe from the pallu is Soup by Sougat Paul. While we love the designer’s colour-blocked georgette sari, what really stands out is the great mix of colours and textures—especially the metallic chain fringe. Teamed with a laser-cut leather blouse, this one’s a great option for your next cocktail party. `19,300. At the Fuel store, Mumbai.
Details: 022 23693131
Combining two popular trends is Manish Arora in his Amrapali FW’14 collection. His Emonita earcuff is crafted from metal, with 18K yellow gold plating, Swarovski crystals, pearl beads and enamel. Great for the party scene, you could also buck the trend and dress up a casual outfit with these fierce pieces of jewellery. Available in October at Amethyst. `6,900. Details: 45991633