Trending for the coming season: Fringing, as seen on the fashion week runways

Fringed clothing and accessories are set to be a huge trend for the warmer seasons and what better way to channel your inner cowgirl while still looking fashion-forward? Fringing was initially reserved for hemlines, but now seems to be popping up everywhere - from fringed scarves at Kate Sylvester to entirely fringed dresses at Sean Patrick Kelly. Not only was fringing a hit at New Zealand Fashion Week, it was also seen on SS16 collections at New York Fashion Week... ONE Want a subtle way to nail the fringing trend to avoid being too full-on? Think scarves à la Kate Sylvester – long, sleek and draped around the neck. This is a refined yet innovative way to give that little bit of texture to any outfit. At this time of year it's best to stick to a neutral colour palette and a lighter fabric to merge this accessory seamlessly with any existing summer wardrobe. Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 2.00.24 pm Sean Patrick Kelly certainly showed us how fringing is meant to be done – all over! Kelly’s clever use of plunging necklines and high splits offsets this large amount of fringing, with the pale colour leaving the piece feeling clean and sophisticated. Needless to say, the designer's first collection quickly jumped to the top of our must-have list. THREE This season Zambesi created fringed leather jackets for women and men alike. This detail puts a spin on last-season’s structured leather jacket and gives it a more eclectic/festival feel. The fringing gives the jacket a point of focus and adds interest to an all-black ensemble. A clear must-have for the upcoming season. FOUR Ah, Max Azaria, you’ve done it again. This lovely little number from NYFW embodies the free-spirited hippie of today’s generation. The fringed hemline, paired with a turtleneck and high-knee boots, reminds us of the 1970s. However, the sharp silhouette and perforated detailing keeps the look modern. Wearing fringing in a way both reminiscent of the ‘free love’ era but still remaining contemporary will be perfect festival-attire come summer. FIVE This beautiful design from Sally LaPointe is structured yet feminine. Here longer fringing is used to allow fluid movement and to create softness, which is then balanced by the clean-cut sweater. Longer fringed skirts have been particularly popular in streetwear as of late. A sure trend for the in-between weather because it looks great with a jumper or leather jacket but can easily be worn with a simple t-shirt as the weather heats up. Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 2.07.16 pm Another example of an amazing fringed skirt from Ruby, the suede/mustard combo on the skirt is the perfect fit for that seasonal merge from spring to summer. Words by Chantelle Murray Images: huffington post,, @seanpatrickkelly, @rubytakessnaps.