Ladies, consider this an intervention.

I know, you don’t start out to become addicted. First it’s a tassel or two, and before you know it, moccasins. Next comes a pair of high heels with fringe, then comes the morning you wake up with squaw boots to the knee.

The purses follow, then come the vests and after that, skirts. Your friends don’t say much when you show up for lunch wearing all of them at the same time, looking like an Oklahoma rodeo. But by now you find it impossible to stop.

Before you reach the point of no return, how about a fringe refresher course.

Fringe is one of those fashion cases where less is more. You get one fringe at a time. Fringed handbag? Let it be. Fringed mini? Don’t double up with fringed boots and a purse. A leather jacket with fringe likewise stands on its own. If it’s black and biker, à la Sons of Anarchy, you’d better be able to stand on your own as well.

Sorry, but fringe also has an age demographic and unless you’re Chris Owens, you’re probably better off leaving it to the mademoiselles.

Fringe can have a cultural demographic, too — so before you wear it with cowboy boots and cocktail dresses, you need to be from Dallas, otherwise you’re a cowgirl in costume.

Tribal fringe? This is an issue about right-to-wear, not ready-to-wear.

Ignore the excess you see in store windows. They have one shot at your attention as you mall by and they’ll do whatever’s necessary to get it.

Here’s how you know you’ve gone too far. The Oneida Indian Nation has you under surveillance, and you’re copied to Redskins owner Daniel Snyder’s email.

Patricia Gannon covers society for The Acadiana Advocate. She can be reached at

Take you to Rio

In case you’re wondering, this is where the pretty women and handsome men are. An unusually elegant young bunch turned out for a cocktail party in the piazza at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard Art Museum. Rio’s Queen Isabel XI Gina Maestri and King Dom Pedro XI Malcolm Stubbs invited their friends to wile the night away in masquerade, and in the Mardi Gras spirit were Art Price, Rachel and Ethan Sudul, Ken and Ashley Blanc, Lauren Salathe and Bria Papia. Rio’s theme this Carnival season is “Back to the Future,” and, quite honestly, this royalty party is the one to beat, folks. What we loved: Stacy Landry’s meat pies, Salathe’s to-die-for dress and Tulsa girl Judy Swindle and her Oklahoma hospitality.

LAGCOE ladies

The Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition feted its ladies and guest of honor Paula Maley with a Petroleum Club lunch, style show and door prizes for days. Gambino’s cakes decorated with fondant icing decorated every table, while luncheon chair Michelle Crouch announced, “Hundreds have volunteered their time to put on this show, so let’s get this party started.” Obviously not scraping the bottom of the oil barrel yet, guests enjoyed nearly 40 door prizes from steaks to pearls and fashions from Koi and Little Town modeled by University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s own Gail Savoie and Jennifer LeMeunier, as well as Mrs. U.S. of A Michelle Merrill and others. Crouch, who also had the dress of the day, according to one guest, concluded on an optimistic note. “We’ve been through this before, we’ll survive, and we’ll rise again.”