Trendspotting: On the Fringe

Confession: I love fringe. I love the way a fringe bag kind of makes me feel like Kate Hudson in Almost Famous, or the way a fringe skirt swishes whi
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Confession: I love fringe. I love the way a fringe bag kind of makes me feel like Kate Hudson in Almost Famous, or the way a fringe skirt swishes whi
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Confession: I love fringe. I love the way a fringe bag kind of makes me feel like Kate Hudson in Almost Famous, or the way a fringe skirt swishes while dancing. But fringe gladiators? Etro first showed off their foot fringes at Spring 08, which really only distracted from their much cuter printed dresses and army jackets. Tophsop's created their own slightly darker version, and Candela NYC and Urban Outfitters opted for a shorter, more understated take on the trend. But despite my love for the fringe, I'm not so sure that covering your legs in it is such a good idea. All that swishing noise every time you take a step? In theory, the look is a good one - think moccasins that breathe. But in on-the-street reality? We'll pass. What about you? --HAYLEY PHELAN (our new intern!)