Beyond the Fringe

During my gap year – longer ago than I care to remember – I went to Thailand. Needless to say, I hung out on the pristine white beaches, swam in the aquamarine ocean and drank cocktails served in small plastic buckets. Before heading home I scoured the markets in Bangkok looking for bohemian gems. At the time, a rendition of Boho was in full swing and I was on the hunt for anything adorned with suede fringe. I found a tan bucket bag with a long swishy mane, which I carted around with me until it fell apart. Now the bohemian vibe is back on the scene, I’ve fallen in love all over again. The floating free spirit is a classic look and re-emerges in some form every few years. Suede fringe is a solid investment as the A/W15 collections were bedecked with the stuff. Fashion magazines would have you believe that this time around the look is different, but that’s a fallacy. It’s the same as it ever was, and maybe that’s a good thing.

Clockwise from top left: jacket by Goldie, dress by Etro, hat by Whistles, sunglasses by ASOS, boots by Topshop, bag by Monserat de Lucca, lipstick by Charlotte Tilbury, shoes by Steve Madden.