Big Spring Trend: Fringe

(Source: ImaxTree; From left: Calvin Klein, Emilio Pucci and Altuzarra)We’ve had a thing for fringe ever since a little pink cowgirl vest–yes, generously embellished with rows of irresistible suede fringe–captured our kindergarten heart. Which is precisely the problem with the ornamental trim: it often skews kitschy and costumey, seemingly more fitting for flappers, Vegas showgirls and pint-size Annie Oakleys than sophisticated fashionistas.

But for spring 2014, a bevy of designers re-imagined the design detail as something fresh, subtle, and decidedly grown-up: call it Fringe 2.0. It was wispy and minimalist at Calvin Klein; two-toned and tribal-esque at Emilio Pucci; and, rendered in navy blue and black leather, downright sexy at Altuzarra.

Naturally, style stars such as Olivia Palermo have joined the fringe fest. Her Willow top and skirt are equal parts slinky and chic.
(Source: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images North America)Meanwhile, Sarah Jessica Parker opted for delicate gold fringe, courtesy of Naeem Khan.
(Source: PacificCoastNews.com)And Kim Kardashian recently stepped out in edgy Gareth Pugh.
(Source: FameFlynet Pictures)We’re going to ease ourselves back into the fray with basic black staples, and consider them our new neutrals for spring.
(Two by Two Fringe Tee, $79.99 at Urban Outfitters; Leather Clutch with Fringes, $159 at Zara)
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