Fringe Benefits

Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and David Crosby were the first group I saw at the Fillmore East in 1968. I was excited that my father bought me a custom purple beaded fringe bag made by the craftsman who designed fringe jackets for that group in Sag Harbor.

Last week it was “Deja Vu” as CSN performed a great concert at Hamptons Rocks For Charity to benefit OCRF and CCFA at East Hampton Studio. They sounded great, sang and played inspired versions of career-spanning classics including “Guinevere,” “Marrakesh Express,” “Wooden Ships,” and “Our House.  The concert was well attended and Howard Stern and wife Beth Ostrosky Stern showed up.

Hearing the harmonies and listening to their songs took me back to the 60’s when I beaded, embroidered and tie-dyed my clothes. Now I am a couture designer at Bergdorf Goodman! I can see the hippie influence on fashion, though now done in an upscale and luxurious way.

The ornamental fringe is getting major play for fall, adding an unexpected embellishment to shoes, bags and jewelry.They provide an authentic little touch of craftsmanship, a simple ornamentation that carries connotations of a Western vibe.

So when it comes to investing in pieces with embellished detailing, quality is key: a well-made tassel, be it silk, metal or leather can definitely make a statement and they are available everywhere. The length of fringe is also versatile. You can do this trend with a petite tassel necklace, or go bold with super long dangly earrings.

“I feel like I’ve been here before, feel like I’ve been here before.”Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Deja Vu

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