"I always balance the light with the heavy--a few tears of human spirit in with the sequins and the fringes."-Bette Midler
fringe (noun) an ornamental textile trim applied to an edge of an item.
There is a lot of talk of fringe these days. In the current political season, there is the lunatic fringe. In entertainment, the much buzzed about J.J. Abrams' television show, Fringe. And in hair styles, the comeback of fringe (or as we non-Brits say: bangs). But at the forefront, is fringe in fashion. Anyone who is from Texas, been to a rodeo or has seen Pocahontas has (unfortunately) been familiar with the trend. Designers have picked up the ornamental trim for fall looks but are thinking more bohemian; less western. PR says less is definitely more if you are going to spend some cash on this trend, so a safe bet is an accessory. Fringe dangles from flat boots and handbags like the Joie boot and Tory Burch tote pictured above.
For those daring to try fringe with more than just accessories, the trend can be found in flirty dresses and fun skirts. Fringe accents first popped up on the Spring 2008 runway with designers like Proenza Schouler, D&G, Burberry Prorsum, and Just Cavalli all showing the look. In particular, the tiered look, like in the Jonathan Saunders and Bruce dresses were also popular and is now showing up in fall cocktail wear. The Thayer gold skirt and LaRok dress paired with some ankle boots or metallic heels may be the perfect type of dress for a party or night out in the upcoming holiday season. No doubt, a look your inner cowgirl will dig.