If you’re not familiar with Altuzarra, don’t feel too left out. Joseph Altuzarra’s line has moved pretty swiftly up the ranks of fashion, launching in 2008…and as a French-Chinese-American raised in Paris, it has a multicultural influence that is worn boldly in each collection. As you follow along, you’ll learn you can never quite know what to expect out of Altuzarra other than a collection that will explore a new dimension of fashion. So it is no surprise to me to see a collection that’s inventive and casts new characters in the New York Fashion Week lineup named fringe and tassels.
Models strutted down the runway in shiny, satin numbers…swishing tassels back and forth with each step. With a raised brow I think “Hmm, tassels?” And make a vow of support. They’re fun, they’re sassy, and are surprisingly a little bit classy! (Rhyming is an obvious strength of mine 😉 )
Tassels are maybe the younger sister of fringe, or possibly a distant cousin? Regardless, Altuzarra decided to kick them into style as well with jackets and dresses that bring the old west to high fashion. I enjoy a trend that’s sure to knock a bit of a shock into Anna Wintour and fringe seems like just the thing. When I try to picture clothing that I’ve owned with fringe, or even fringed clothing I’ve witnessed, the selection is a little dismal to be frank. So to see it embraced in a new light is exciting.
It’s a flapper meets cowgirl look that’s both flirty and stylish. I kind of hope this trend takes off in a big way. I want to see fringe everywhere! Clothing that moves and brings fun to the party should get more attention. It’s also awfully figure-flattering.
Altuzarra also played with more a messy approach to the preppy look. Clothes worn slightly sloppy, with high slits and maybe even a tassel or two skipped down the runway bringing a new look to business casual. It’s almost like a a Monday-Thursday cheat for casual Friday your boss cannot say no to.