Over the years, we have seen a myriad embellishment trends come and go. Exquisite beading materials and techniques that take the runway by storm and eventually fizzle out. 

However, one embellishment detail that has consistently remained a favourite for couturiers, across the globe, is fringes. They are oh-so versatile! From boho-chic and relaxed to opulent and extravagant, fringes have the power to elevate any outfit (let’s not forget accessories) instantly. 

The fact that fringes can be created using multiple techniques is what makes them even more fun and challenging. While fringes have always been in vogue, we are definitely seeing them swaying onto the runway a lot more often. 

Here, we take you through some creative ways of bringing these fun, fluid strands to life!

Beaded Tassels!

Hand beaded tassels for couture gowns and accessories made with beads, bugles, crystals
L-R: Georges Hobeika, Georges Hobeika, Ralph & Russo, Alexandre Vauthier, Alberta Ferretti, Blumarine

Clear beads, drop pearls, crystals, oversized bugles, massive pearls are just some ways to create playful, glam and over-the-top tassels. Use them all over the garment or to accentuate just a part, fringes make everything sexy and alluring! For those looking for a more sophisticated take on fringes, choose matte, opaque or even pearlized beads. 

Hand beaded tassels for bridal and couture gowns made with beads, bugles, pearls and crystals
Designs created by Ricamour Embroideries

Here are some beaded fringe samples that the skilled artisans at Ricamour Embroideries have made. While the 2 designs with pearls and silver beads were envisioned for a fluid and fun bridal dress (you know our bias towards bridal couture), they can be customised in any colour of your choice. We would love to see a bag made with the black oversized bugles design. 

Feather Fringes!

Ostrich feather gowns, shoes and bags for bridal and couture
L-R: Ralph & Russo, Chanel, Hamd Al Fahim, Valentino, Miu Miu

Feathers are modern, chic and always a visual treat. For a whimsical and delicate look, highlight the hem and neckline with light feathers. For an off-the-runway, glam look, go all out with layers of feathers. From a boho look to a bold one, feathers are the only accents that can be used for all kinds of styles. And all kinds of garments, jewellery, accessories and more. 

Ostrich feathers, coque feathers, swan feathers and many other types of feathers are used in the world of couture. Working with feathers require a different level of skill and patience, but the outcome makes it all worthwhile.

Ostrich feather designs for bridal gowns, shoes and bags
Designs created by Ricamour Embroideries

Here are some feather designs the team at Ricamour Embroideries has created. They have all been created using different techniques. Bridal outfits with feather accents are our favourites!

Silk Fringes!

Long Silk fringes for gowns, shoes and bags
L-R: D & G, Ralph & Russo, Guo Pei, Zimmerman

There is something so royal, opulent and elegant about silk fringes. They make an outfit look understated but exquisite. 

Keep them short, long, in bunches or asymmetrical- the movement that silk fringes offer to an outfit is simply mesmerizing. Which is why couturiers across the globe, from Guo Pei to Ralph & Russo, enhance their creations with silk fringes.   

Its versatility is reflected in the fact that it’s a favourite adornment across cultures- from sarees, kimonos, kaftans to hijabs, cheongsam and more. Let’s not forget luxe jewellery, bags, footwear and even home-decor! 

Sequinned/ Tinsel Fringes

Sequin tassels and tinsels for couture dresses and gowns
L-R: Balmain, Versace, Anteprima, Oscar de la Renta

This one is for those who love all things glitzy! Oversized sequins that are available in all sort of irregular and fun shapes can be used to up the ante of your collection. 

While they can be used sparingly as highlights, we believe the only right way to use them is to go all out. A gown, a pair of pants or a jacket fully hand-sewn with sequins to create a luminous and exaggerated fringe outfit! 

Tinsels are the perfect light-weight addition to accessories to make them fun, flirtatious and exuberant.

Hand-beaded sequin tassels for bridal and couture gowns
Designs created by Ricamour Embroideries

Here are some sequinned-fringe designs created by the skilled artisans at Ricamour Embroideries. Like we said, they are gleaming, playful and over the top!

Mixed Fringes!

Feathers, tinsels, sequin fringes for couture gowns
L-R: Rami Kadi, Versace, Hamda Al Fahim, Alexander McQueen

The real beauty of fringes is when you mix it all up and create textures that are dramatic! Mix feathers with beaded tassels or over-sized bugles with tinsels, don’t restrict yourself with options! Use distinct materials like chains, yarn, raffia, coins, sea-shells to name a few and create something unique and memorable!

Raffia, chain, yarn fringes
PC- Serkan Cura, Chanel, Dior, Emilio Pucci, Elisabetta Franchi

Fringes are made to experiment with and we can’t wait to create new tassel designs for you and your Clients. 

At Ricamour Embroideries, we love creating hand-embellished designs for design houses across the world. Our process ensures couture-standard workmanship is coupled with high quality components to give our clients the highest possible finish. We are happy to customise any of our designs to meet your sensibilities as well as budgets. Know more about ‘Crystals and Couture’ in our blog here. 

Write to us on info@ricamour.com or whatsApp us to see our collection of bridal designs, sashes & trims, shoe uppers and more.