Last September at the Spring/Summer 2014 fashion shows, tassels were seen making their way down the runway. Because fashion and interior trends run parallel to one another – usually with the latter following 6-12 months behind, it should be no surprise that tassels have become quite the fashion accessory in home decor for Summer 2014.
Tassels have been around for centuries and have served as adornment in cultures throughout the globe. In the Middle East they have been found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs and are referenced in the Bible , in the Orient they were used to embellish silk garments, and in 16th-17th century Europe they were used as a form of passementerie (elaborate trimmings) to adorn the edges of pillows, furniture, and clothing and denoted social status and aristocracy.
Tassels on the Runway Spring/Summer 2014
As mentioned earlier, tassels were seen on several runways throughout the globe, but I am highlighting the three designers that I felt took it to the next level.
First off is Roberto Cavalli. Mixed in an array of taupe, off-white, gunmetal and antique pewter, the long and lanky tassels give off a sophisticated but sassy edge.
There were tassels on necklaces…
As belt accessories…
Seen dangling from the cutest little handbags (the size of the tassels also outsized the body of the handbag)…
As the end of a back tie closure…
As the trim around the neckline…
Adorning the edge of a dress…
And last but not least, as the detail on shoes. Yes, tassels were seen on almost every piece in Roberto Cavalli’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection, but I didn’t mind. Each and every piece was an absolute knockout.
Ok, here’s another one of my favorites – Mara Hoffman. I have always been a fan of what she does – not only because we graduated from the same school (Parsons), but I also love her fresh approach to design. From her vibrant use of color to all the details that go into each collection- embroidery, pattern, accessories, and using all these elements so that the overall look is balanced. It is not an easy task, but she kills it every time (and I mean that in the most positive way).
The tassels used in Mara Hoffman’s collection are smaller in size than those used in Roberto Cavalli’s collection but the bright color offers a flirtatious twist to each look.
Next up is Rebecca Minkoff who also incorporates a lot of the same elements as Mara Hoffman. She uses a lot of brights and embroideries in her collections but instead of using more tribal elements, she opted to go a more feminine route with floral embroideries and bright tassels to match. Are you at all surprised that this collection was influenced by the likes of Frida Kahlo and Bianca Jagger?
Tassels in Interior Design
Tassels are making just as big a statement in interior design as they are in fashion, and in the case of the Laura Kirar collection for Arteriors, tassels are making an even BIGGER statement. Tassels are not just a part of the look, they ARE the look.
Both the pendant and table lamp are available in either black or ivory, and the pendant comes with an antique brass chain. Simple and a little bit understated, yet it makes its presence known.
While at High Point Market last month, Charleston, SC designer and fellow High Point Market Style Spotter Haskel Harris spotted Oomph’s Easton chest (available either large or small) It comes in 16 lacquer colors and 2 wood finishes, 2 hardware finishes, and 10 tassel colors – just enough choices to customize and tailor the look to your space!
Don’t you love the touch of color the tassels bring to the neutral color chests?
Last but not least, I couldn’t possibly write a trend report on tassels without including Deborah Main pillows. Deborah and I have been following each other on social media for quite some time and we finally met in person two months ago while attending BlogTourNYC with Veronika Miller and the Modenus gang. On the last evening of our 5 day adventure, Deborah presented each BlogTour member with a suede tassel from her collection – the same one she uses on the pillows you see below. And boy, did we have fun with them. Put 8-9 squirrelly women (who happen to be away from home/kids) in a open air rooftop bar with two handsome and meticulously dressed men, and they go a little crazy with their tassels. Most of which was rated PG …ok, maybe SOME of the jokes were a little PG-13. Regardless, these tassels provided us with a few hours of entertainment and two months after BlogTourNYC, it is still the hot topic of conversation.
From the “UnZipped” Collection. Zip it up, zip it down and bring out your inner tease. Who would have thought that something as fashionable and colorful would provide us with so much fun. Deborah has a sharp eye on design and trends, and the tassels on her pillows definitely prove that – they are stunning!
Oh wait a sec -I thought I was done, but apparently I’m not done yet. In between writing this post and answering email, my obsessive compulsive habit of perusing my Instagram feed paid off, as I spotted this absolute beauty of a rock crystal tassel from Janet Yonaty and posted by our friends at the La Cienega Design Quarter (LCDQLA). Such perfect timing they have, as this is the motherlode of all tassels.
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