Dazzling tassels

Dazzling tassels

Return of retro

Dazzling tassels

It is a known fact that fashion is a cycle which starts, evolves and then returns to where it started — be it the bell-bottoms making a comeback or crop tops with high waist skirts taking the fashion world by storm. Every style that can be seen rocking the streets is inspired from the yesteryears. One such trend that is being embraced by many are the fringes and tassels. Though it is deeply rooted in the 70s, it has now made a comeback only to become more stylish and revamped.

Designer Aniket Satam says, “The 70s was a very strong era when it comes to fashion. Many present trends are inspired from the 70s. Similarly, fringes and tassels inspired garments were much in vogue back then. The suede fringe is a Western concept and it is popular not just in clothes but also in accessories.”

Apart from outfits, tassels and fringes are making a comeback in earrings, bags and neckpieces as well. With this revival, there are a lot of variations that can be seen in this style today. Fringes and tassels give out a bohemian music festival vibe and layered fringes on a classic suede top with denim shorts give the required ‘oomph’ to one’s look.

“Fringes are a little more popular when it comes to outfits as they give a dramatic finish. However, when we talk about accessories, tassels are timeless. But people have to be particular while choosing the type of fringes and tassels according to their body type,” says Aniket. The present popular trend is fringes on denim pants, which he says, gives a punk rock element to an outfit.

One can wear a maxi dress with a tassel neckpiece for brunch, sport a fringe dress with a bob haircut and red lipstick for an evening look and they can choose to wear an off-shoulder top and denim with fringe or tassel earrings for a subtle day look. Designers Sweta and Priyangsu of label ‘Garo’ say that they have used tassels mostly for Indian wear and have given a new twist to the usual ‘dupattas’ and saris. Sweta says, “We have extensively used tassels in our ‘dupattas’. Knotted ‘dupattas’ have now become our signature product. With tassels, one doesn’t really need to accessorise much, as the outfit itself adds the needed detail to it.”

Fringes and tassels, she says, are popular with both Indian and Western wear. And with the festive season approaching, a lot of bright hues like red, orange, blue and sea green are becoming popular in tassel and fringe works. Also, it is not an age-specific trend. “People are getting bored with sporting the same look and since tassels and fringes add a different intensity, they are getting popular among fashionistas,” says Sweta.   

It is a smart way to highlight the hemline of an outfit and when combined with prints, it gives a unique style statement. “This boho look is very much in vogue and the details of tassels and fringes add to the beauty of an outfit,” opines designer Shruti Sancheti. It stands out as the striking feature in a garment and is extremely feminine too. In an Indian context, she says fringes and tassels add a contemporary twist to traditional attires. She highlights, “Tassels can be incorporated in blouses and saris as well as kurtas and ‘dupattas’. There is no rule when it comes to using fringes and tassels and one can use this freedom to conceptualise a unique idea. This trend is surely going to stay for a while.”

The style has been around for the past two seasons but this time the detailing is more funky. It is a daring and bold style statement and fringes and tassels provide a better finish to an outfit. “The use of beads and various patterned fringes are some of the variations that can be seen at present. Though it was a spring-summer trend, it doesn’t seem like it will fade soon. With the onset of winters, the fringes will become more
refined with more silk fringes in use and party colours like neon and metallic colours will rule the fashion world,” says designer Deepa Chikarmane of the label ‘Encrustd’.

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