Posted on December 02 2016
Special to the Daily News
Have you noticed that tassels are among the stars of today’s decorating and apparel world? If you are keeping up with fashion, you’ll see tassels making big-time appearances on the runways of New York, Milan and Paris.
A little farther down the couture ladder, the shopping channels are featuring tassels in ready-to-wear collections, including the latest from tennis star Serena Williams. So do the collections of the iconic Carolina Herrera and Diane von Furstenberg.
You’ll find tassels tying blouses at the waistline and sweaters at the neckline. You’ll see them made of silk and leather and adorning the ends of knotted braids. Tassels fall right in line with the popularity of fringe, which continues to adorn many a jacket and handbag these days.
Tassels also are ranked among the most popular jewelry adornments, fashioned from gold and silver and hanging from chains and necklaces.
So dress yourself in tassels for 2017 — and dress your house with tassels as well. But don’t over-do it!
A tassel — or two or three or maybe even four — will keep you au courant on the home-fashion scene. If you have some decorative pillows, maybe covered in damask, you might want to tassel the corners. Or you could add a tassel or two on your window shades.
Tassels also can add punch and fun when applied to the jabots on your dining room drapery. Visit a design center and you’ll see many a curtain showroom showing braided tassel tiebacks to adorn draperies or bed curtains. Tassels and ropes can be the perfect finishing touch at your windows.
I also like to see tassels used as pulls on lamps or hanging from chandeliers.
At the Casino Club at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., we recently immortalized this decorative mainstay when we created a wallpaper panel depicting a single oversized tassel in gold, white and ruby red on a rich black background. Each panel measured about 6 feet tall and was applied to the upper wall surfaces around the entire room. If you visit the resort, maybe for a mountain holiday this winter, you’ll find the tassel celebrated in full glory.
So why does the tassel endure? I think one reason is that it fires the imagination: It’s an accessory that celebrates movement, even though it may not be moving at all.