Micro trend – Fringe and Fray

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fringe & fray

juliannemoore fringed bag

Fringe? Frayed? Noooooooooooo!  I hear you cry….  Well fear not friends, I’m not talking about diving headlong into Festival territory where you start dressing like your teenage daughter and tripping through the tulips in your ripped denim hotpants.  No, take deep breaths, this is a mature, adult take on fringe and fraying, done with a modicum of decorum and a soupcon of style. 

Look for bags with fringe at the base (they’ve been around for seasons so try Asos or H&M) or the easiest way is to find a lightweight scarf with a larger than usual proportion of fraying around the edge and voila, there you have it, a nod to the trend without feeling like Kim Kardashian wants you on speed dial stat.


Autumn – its all about texture

How to get some texture into your style

CHANEL trainers

image copyright Susannah Lau

Scan any magazine lately and all the fashion spreads have one thing in common, texture.  The level of beading, embroidery, quilting, applique and general jazzing-up of the humble pieces we cover ourselves with has reached new and dizzy heights. 

Speaking personally, I'm singing hallelujah!  Gone are the gentle florals and subtle pastels of 2012/13 and instead we have net, mesh, neoprene and plastics, ready to jump out at you for Autumn/Winter 2014.

If all this scares the bejesus out of you, fear not – just tread lightly and start off with a small accessory or minimal shapes.  Don't try a new colour AND lots of embellishment until you find out whether this new direction is for you.  Take a deep breath, its going to be alright…

sg charlotte quilt backpack

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sg waffle stitch sweater

image copyright Sportsgirl.com.au

chanel karl

image copyright Susanna Lau