Off the Western Fringe

One thing fringe is not is on the fringe.

I have been a fan of ornamental border ever since my pupils have been active enough to watch it sway erratically. And maybe that’s because of my predisposition to the dangly finish — my father is Turkish and the son of a woman who has literally cloaked her entire home (and cell phone) in various degrees of the separated particles of fabric.

And see, no one if not a denizen of the Middle East (going forward to be referenced as an original gangster) understands the art of a jingling pillow, or couch, or ornament quite like my grandmother does.

Yet somewhere along the way, I became so indelibly American that fringe lost all its near-European zeal. It became an emblem not of the heritage I’ve only heard about yet still call my own, but of the Wild West — or what MGMT once sang as “The Western Fro-ho-nt.”

Don’t get me wrong, though. There is nothing wrong with looking Western. Particularly right now, on the tail end of Isabel Marant’s grand bohemian moment and fresh off the heels of Chanel’s Metiers d’Art show in Dallas. It’s just that some days I want to put on fringe, look in the mirror and think not of Will Smith’s 1999 character as Captain James West but rather just…Hi grandma, how am I doing?

Lucky for me, the Spring/Summer runway season was chock full of feckless fringe (case in point: Derek Lam’s incredible silk neck scarves, Junya Watanabe’s bomb ass patchwork jeans, Reece Hudson’s globe of a clutch) that appeared in fibers independent of suede and practically begged to be utilized as a model for the everlasting credo of More is More.

So much so, in fact, that even the most western of beige suede fringe coats could lose its derivative properties when mangled (or is it blended?) with the full, ridiculous(ly awesome?) look. Consider the jacket acid and the rest of the fringe alkaline because when enmeshed, they all but cancel each other out and leave you (me?) thinking not of the anterior Smith but rather, finally, grandma! Hi. How am I doing?

Jacket by Isabel Marant, scarf by Derek Lam, white shirt from Everlane, Junya Watanabe jeans, Giambattista Valli heels, Reece Hudson snow globe.

Your turn. Here’s some stuff to kick start the partay.

  • lavieenliz

    love those shoes

  • So this is what good genes do: they make you think of (and send greetings to) your grandmother regularly! Well, yours are quite inventive, I must say ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love fringe, mainly because I love movement in general. Especially exaggerated movement. Looking western definitely ain’t a bad thing.

    And I still want to meet your grandma.

    • Leandra Medine

      I’ll connect you two on e-mail (jk)

      • Maybe skype would better capture the essence (see: “To Hell with Ageism!” *waves index finger upward*.)

  • Nico

    I love that snow globe!

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  • Lisa

    Wow, that’s a whole lot of fringes going on here… But I really like it ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lisa โ€“ AT LEAST BLOG

  • I love Reece Hudson bags! All of it! and why are you always so lovely and hip at the same time?? LOve, love, and love!

  • monkeyshines
  • I love fringes, I had a huge fringe phase when I was a teenager, I even owned a fringed biker jacket. Love those shoes BTW.

    Mafalda โค

  • Quinn Halman

    Yes, this is amazing! I find the frills and dangles and bells so thrilling. Touching on what you were saying about the Middle East, the feeling I got while walking through the Old City in Jerusalem surrounded by foreign aromas and bright colours made me want to swing my maxi skirt (modest is hottest) just like one of them fringes.

  • I have a 20 year old fringe leather jacket that looks just like that. I am so ready to wear it! However, I could never pull of aaaaaall those fringes like you… Congrats!



  • Glamour Girl

    Really interesting outfit. Love it!

  • Meg Div

    You are too much fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I’m a fan of fringes too! Makes me want to dig out my Minnetonkas!

  • claudia

    Iยดm so into fringed pieces! They look very cool!

  • Love the jacket and scarf!!

  • reversecommuter

    love love love the jacket.
    But am a little off the fringe fest as I walked by a CHICO’s window (ew) and lo & behold there was a mannequin sporting a fringed skirt. done.

  • oldrsistr

    Love it! I have been obsessed with Fringe for the longest time, albeit in a more RRL way, and love to see it styled here with a bit more European flair.

  • Reaping the fringe benefits!
    I love embellished decadence as much as I love wordplay.

  • glamatama

    I still have the red fringe suede jacket my mother bought for me when I was 18. The lining has been replaced once and is now a deep regal purple satin. I must wear this again. I’m hoping Manuel Cuevas will offer up another of his “you bring it in and we’ll do the rest” embellishment promotions.

  • Extreme fringe! Btw, what size did you get in the Everlane shirt? Love how it looks so oversized!