12 April 2012 by

Kate Moss’ Fringe Benefits

Continuing her run of fashion hits, our old favourite Kate Moss showcases one of the coolest micro-trends of the season with her Fringed Leather Jacket.  Now while we agree the FLJ has some dodgy style connotations – Rodeo, 80s hip hop…etc – there is no doubt that the new take on the classic has serious rock ‘n’ roll appeal.

So what are the rules for working a FLJ and how does Kate pull her look off? Firstly she has plumped for a vintage style in navy leather. Cropped at the waist with the fringing cascading from her narrowest point she keeps the look flattering rather than oversize cowboy. Secondly Kate knows never to over-egg a statement piece – by keeping her accessories low key and the rest of her outfit in a solid, clean black she stops her look for entering overkill territory. Finally Kate’s beauty choices add the requisite dose of rock star style with bed head hair and classic red nails finishing the look.

Maje, £510, Zara, £149, Maje, £425

If you like us are keen to buy into the FLJ its worth considering the different styles on offer. Several brands have created tan or suede versions of the look for a more wholehearted homage to Western style fashion. To ensure your FLJ style stays more Isabel Marant than Back to the Future III, pair with a simple tee and keep well away from any stonewashing/excessively distressed denim. The French editor’s favourite Maje has both a black leather version (£510 at net-a-porter.com) as well as a bohemian suede version (£425) – both would be good bets if your bank balance can cope. For a cheaper option check out Zara’s throw on FLJ for a more modest, yet still investment-worthy £149.

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