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Thursday, September 30th 2010

Fringe Benefits: Flappers and Hippies Unite

Despite more than forty years separating the eras of Clara Bow and Grace Slick, they had at least one thing in common: both looked great in fringe. Flappers and hippies knew that no other adornment conveys the joy of motion, from jitterbugging to simply groovin’, better than fringe.

Who wouldn’t be moved to dance wearing Haute Hippie’s fringe pants or Alexander Wang’s Dree Fringe Sandals? Nanette Lepore and Linea Pelle know that a fringed purse can go from yacht club to outdoor festival without stopping at home first. And this tunic by Elizabeth and James is a paragon of potential energy. It can go from mellow to manic in a second. 

Fringe is an intriguing anachronism, vintage and modern at the same time, like enjoying The Great Gatsby or Easy Rider on your laptop.


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