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YES, YOU SHOULD GET A FRINGE

You won’t regret it at all!

28.02.2020 | Heather Gwyther
 

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While that trance track 'Not Over Yet' may still be applicable to fashion month, we are already certain of fringing. It’s omnipresent: dangling in diamanté at Area, in tinsel form at JW Anderson, heavy in shearling at Bottega Veneta, in multitudes at Christian Dior - and that’s just a single example from each of the Big Four fashion cities.

No one would blame you for associating ‘fringing’ exclusively with ‘Western’. It conjures images of Lil Nas X at awards ceremonies and Madonna during her Music phase - fabulous, in other words. And it is! But the whole cowboy thing is just one of its many guises. Fringing is fabulous because some of it is decidedly camp and most of it is completely unnecessary. A lofty word for it is ‘passementerie’, the art of making elaborate trimmings for things, but we’ll stick to ‘fringing’ for the moment.

While fringing tends to be a spectacle in itself, fringing in things like chainmail and diamanté ensures an audiovisual spectacle that would not look amiss in a strip club frequented by Rihanna. But, largely for matters of taste and repression, not everyone wants to look like they’re in a strip club frequented by Rihanna. Of course this might have an impact on fun, but opinion on fringing should remain unscathed. If the latest collections have demonstrated anything, it’s that fringing is thoroughly diverse. For every strand of Prada beading, there’s something simpler at Boss - indeed, there’s even something simpler in the Prada show itself. For some, fringing can be as minimal as frayed denim, and for others, it’s as big a deal as something floor-length and waist-high.

Or, you could just get a potentially unmanageable and perpetually greasy fringe cut into your hair - the choice is yours.

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