If I’m going to indulge a bit in the fringe trend for spring 2009, spotted on the runways at Hermes, Costume National, Vivienne Westwood, and Jil Sander, I’ve decided that I don’t want it to be too country, but it should be a little sexy, and a tad bit humorous — all wrapped into one item. If price was not a factor, I wouldn’t think twice about adding this 3.1 Phillip Lim Tassel Trim Blouse, $177.50 (was $355) at NET-A-PORTER.com to my shopping cart. I love the way that Mr. Lim literally did tassels around the neckline (hence fulfilling the “humor” requirement of my on-the-fringe search). My other choice, would be the Fringe Top, $16.99 at Charlotte Russe — I adore the chocolate brown color and the thin strands of flowingfringe; angularly cut to be slightly reminiscent of a hipster hair-do (humorous aspect)! Don’t ask me how to launder this though — due to the price, I think its just one of those tops that you’ll have to wear and Febreze, wear and Febreze, wear and throw away. Besides, we KNOW this trend isn’t here to stay, so why go to the trouble for 2+ drycleanings that will exceed the price of the purchase?
— Julia DiNardo