Designers went wild for fringe when creating their Spring 2012 collections. Seen head to toe, infiltrating both the Ready-to-Wear and Accessories categories, fringe was no longer a simple trim just hangin’ on the outskirts. This season, it took center stage as a major trend.




























































Slinky fringe did a sexy shimmy at Gucci and Temperley, generated a Flapper-esque flutter at Thom Browne, and alternately played a note of Bohemian Rhapsody at collections such as Etro and Missoni.


Temperley London

Thom Browne


Emilio Pucci

Dries Van Noten


James Long


Mark Fast

Jeremy Scott







































































































At the other end of the spectrum were shredded dreams (OR what appeared to be a show-down with a paper shredder). We saw this manifested in a mood of futuristic romanticism at Giles, the march of an urban warrior at John Koma, and sporty-Mod car-wash flaps at Versus.


David Koma










































And, finally, there were ‘innuendos’ of fringe that were anything but subtle, ranging from the abstract to the classic. There was the swinging bugle beading that fanned the hem of a skirt at Marni, and gave a Dax Gabler bag its statement.

Then, there was the classic trim of the iconic Native-American and Western variety, decorating edges and highlighting hems of goods from designers like J.W. Anderson, Marc Jacobs, and Christian Louboutin.


Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs

Dax Gabler


J.W. Anderson

Christian Louboutin













































Either way, whether you prefer your fringe to fashion a story that is long or short, to speak literally or figuratively, to channel the classics or look to the future, this is its season to shake, shimmy and shine. Fringe Festival 2012 starts now.

All photos here are from Spring 2012 designer collections showcased on