For spring/summer 2015, the staple Western trimming – fringe – has transcended into high fashion territory and is a major trend (not surprising, considering the 70s ruled almost all designers’ collections this season). Seen on skirts at Proenza Schouler and Sonia Rykiel, dresses at Tory Burch and Alberta Ferretti, and knee-high boots at Etro, this is a look that is no longer confined to music festivals. Plus, fringing was seen all over the runways for AW15 so it’s a good one to invest in.

A bag with fringing is a great, subtle way to incorporate this trend into your everyday outfits. To prevent the look from looking too fancy-dress, keep the rest of your outfit simple and minimal; pastels, earthy tones and clean whites work really well with fringing for spring/summer.

One handbag designer that has done fringing really well for SS15 is Rebecca Minkoff. The New York-based designer of ‘Morning After Bag’ fame is well known for her use of leather, studs and hardware, and has gained a loyal following from the likes of Olivia Palermo, Jennifer Lawrence and Whitney Port, as well as influential fashion bloggers across the world. This season she’s added fringing to her classic leather bags – for her SS15 collection she paired them with floaty feminine camis, dresses, shorts and midi skirts, keeping them contemporary and fresh.



Rebecca Minkoff Julian Backpack, Rebecca Minkoff Lexi Leather Bucket Bag, Rebecca Minkoff Fringe Mini MAC

By Malene Birger is another fashion house to take the fringe trend and make it their own. Danish designer Malene Birger seamlessly added fringing to her clean, minimalist and typically Scandinavian designs; the perfect example that this is a trend that works with even the most minimal of style aesthetics. As well as edging belts, tops and dresses, fringing features on a lot of bags in By Malene Birger’s spring/summer collection. At the collection’s debut in Copenhagen last August, fringed bags were paired with simple, clean cut navy dresses, lightweight coats and contemporary vertical stripes.



By Malene Birger Niccon Leather Fringe Crossbody, By Malene Birger Braciona Leather Fringe Tote Bag

Sarah Atkinson

Sarah Atkinson

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