Thursday, April 28, 2011


Late last year tassels had the Spring 2011 runways all tied up, with an endless list of designers embellishing everything from belts, bags, shoes, and jewellery to hems, fans and necklines. Now finally the tassel is filtering through and hitting stores ready to be embraced!
The Tassel certainly isn't a new invention (in fact its been around for thousands of years) and has admittedly been a fairly familiar sight adorning shoes and bags, but this season it is settling for nothing less than centre stage.
Forget those dainty peach tassels holding your nanna's curtains back or the one atop your graduation cap…this trend is all about statements; think oversized, strong and obvious, long fringes and leather with metal hardware. That said, to be truly runway chic ; keep it classic, its about blending in as much as standing out. Yes they are large and fantastic but more importantly they are symbols of glamour and luxury. Keep to tones that blend or coordinate with the outfit or item they adorn and let the shape speak for itself!
Whether recharged as a by-product of recent trends in military and nautical themes (both are steeped with historical and traditional use of tassels) or perhaps the current popularity of art & crafty pursuits, this trend is leaping out of the world of soft furnishings and into your wardrobe, so open the door and find it a couple of nice places to stay at your place this season!

P.S Also keep an eye out for the tassel's cousin - fringing, I think it could also make a popular appearance this season

Runway pics via
(1) Marchesa - Embellished silk dress £2962
(2) Philippe Audibert - Baltimore silver-plated tassel earrings £102
(3) Golden Goose - Platform Pumps US$260
(4) Sussan - Lindsay drawstring bag AU$39.95

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