The Fringe Benefit

Fall 2020 Fashion Trend from Milan

Fringe is in at Milan Fashion Week. The dangly decoration was seen to grace the runways of iconic and up-and-coming houses alike, most often enlivening the edges of jackets and dresses, but occasionally working its way onto handbags and even shoes.

Practically as old as civilization itself, fringe has permeated every corner of human culture. The mere existence of textiles almost implies the necessity of fringe: an object must have a boundary, something that sets it off from the rest of the world. Fringe plays with this boundary, obscuring the distinction between object and environment with its tassels and tangles.

Today’s designers make exciting use of this propensity to blur and obscure. By deploying various cuts, sizes, and colors of the trim, they affect our understanding of the way a piece interacts with a model and the space around them, and create different impressions of solidity and substance. As these models walk confidently down the runway, fringe flies, and it is not quite clear where it stops.

Bottega Veneta and Prada continue to set the trends. Boss, Bottega Veneta, and Prada wisely use it in accessories, where it may see more sales. Salvatore Ferragamo modernizes it with metal.

Salvatore Ferragamo