Trend Alert: You're About to See This Material Everywhere

Fringy new fashion, woven textures, knit home accents—the latest crop of vibrant fibers is all about crafting a good yarn.

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Illustration by PHUONG NGUYEN

Once relegated to handmade friendship bracelets and crocheted crafts, string has moved well beyond the bounds of childish embellishment. Wildly unpredictable by nature, the material’s intrinsic movement and bouncy behavior make it the freshest fiber of the moment. Designers who are particularly taken with the spindly matter are just beginning to reimagine threads in an array of textured silhouettes, layered forms, and knit surfaces. Here are the best products on the market that let you bring the trend home.

Get the look in your home (clockwise from top left):

On the walls: Dress up your standard gallery wall with a fringy piece of art. Sun Ra Kachina Wall Hanging, Native Line, $310

For the sofa:  No impromptu snooze will ever be the same with threaded throw cushions to catch your fall. Crochet Pillows by Huldra of Norway, Coming Soon New York, $160 

On the floor: Standard bare floors are no match for this borderline boheme landing pad. Lonely Profile Line Rug, Rug by GUR, $147 

On your bed: This ultra-soft, handmade beauty will inspire your next pillow swap. Light Multi Pillow by A Détacher, Garmentory, $310

For your living room: Wake up a tired armchair with a semi-psychedelic cover you can run your fingers through.
Big Chair Cover, RAGAMUF, $735

For your vanity: A winning combination of velvet, brass, and horse hair, this luxe stool will make getting ready each morning seem like less of a chore. Thing Stool, Konekt Furniture, price upon request 

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Illustration by PHUONG NGUYEN

Get the look on yourself (clockwise from top left):

On the weekend: Consider this an anything-but-basic way to reiterate your OOTD. Unfinished Embroidery T-shirt by Doublet, Farfetch, $225

For your ears: Add a metallic splash to your existing jewelry collection with these slinky gold strands. Cascade Earrings, Celine, $1,650

From the runway: Layering takes on new meaning when it comes in the form of colorful fringe. Look 78 Spring 2018 Ready-to-Wear, Calvin Klein

For your feet: Enjoy your most vibrant stroll yet with a colorful faux-hawk nipping at your heels. Magic Eye Socks by Stance x Libertine, Shopbop, $16

At the office: Yellow yarn puts a punchy spin on the classic black pump. Even Grandma couldn’t have knit a better accessory. Fringe Pumps by Marco de Vincenzo, Modao Perandi, $875

With the girls: Pair this two-toned gem with a plain white T or equally playful tank. Gyre Fringed Linen Skirt by Rachel ComeyModao Perandi, $595

For the evening: This free-spirited handbag promises to never leave your outfit hanging. White Mini Pierce Fringe Bag by J. W. Anderson, Barney's New York, $1,630 

This story originally appeared in the spring 2018 issue with the headline "String Theory."

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Published on April 03, 2018 - 12:50pm EDT

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