Let me kick this off with a quote from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, “What if it was agreed that 'proper' was wearing a codfish on your head? ” This is how I feel about trends about 90% of the time. Everyone needs to realize that there are people at the top of the trend forecasting pyramid that don’t only predict trends but also pick & choose trends they see fit no matter how ridiculous. One of the newly predicted trends is fringe. Fringe is wonderful……on cowboy and Indian Halloween costumes, the occasional curtain, or when translated tastefully into a purse (Louis Vuitton Limited Edition Multicolored Fringe Bucket Bag). It may also be okay when it is used in a ‘20s flapper look but not in this hideous ‘cowboy look’ trend.
Seek out the ads for both Blumarine and Roberto Cavalli. It is as if they are competing for title of ‘most trends thrown into one hideous garment.’ Blumarine did larger-than-life cheetah print with fringe, hitting on the trends: ‘70s, gold, prints, suede, fringe, and animal influence. Roberto Cavalli did ‘20 ways to use snake skin’ with large amounts of fringe scoring points on the trends: fringe, snakeskin, and the Neo-Punk look that consists of silver junk embellishing the entire garment. I can’t pick a winner even though Blumarine clearly wins on trend count because Roberto Cavalli's garments are just so horrible! Don’t get me wrong though, snake skin is beautiful as a purse or shoes, but NEVER as a garment. Check out the Balmain denim skirt (page 222 of the March 2011 Elle) that is covered in safety pins and body piercing hardware for a better example of the Neo-Punk look; doesn‘t even list a price, shocking!