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Fringe Benefits


Noticed at the shows: the return of fringe. Apropos of a seventies-inflected season, designers—especially those showing in Paris—covered dresses, accessories, and jewelry with dangling wisps, often in evening-friendly black. At Chanel (top left and center), Karl Lagerfeld hung feathers off hair clips and showed collarbone-skimming fringed earrings with tufted dresses. At Louis Vuitton (top right), Marc Jacobs kept his earrings ultra-long, too. At Balenciaga (bottom right), Nicolas Ghesquière covered tough sandals to the ankle with hairlike strands, and for Sacai (bottom center), Chitose Abe ornamented Louboutins with feathered straps. At Rick Owens (bottom left), the trend went in a different direction—literally. Instead of hanging down, his fringe tufted up, at the tips of floral accents on spring wedges.

Photos: All by Gianni Pucci /, except Sacai by Stephane Gallois / Courtesy of Sacai



  1. Grib says:

    Return? 70s?

    I predict that 2011 will be the year of pseudo trends and pseudo new blacks. Everything on the runway this year has been all the rave within the past two years. Lace, fringe, leather, 70s, 80s, jewel tones. What a * boring season.

    Not that I mind. Just gives me an even better reason not to buy things at full price only shopping sales and ebay.

  2. Grib says:

    Oh yeah and metallics, cut outs, sheer fabric and colorblocking

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