Loose Ends

After a long history in the limelight, fringe swings back into style

From The Roaring Twenties, when flappers danced the night away in basement speakeasies, to the 1960s, when Tina Turner kicked up her heels in mod minidresses, fringe has been a fashion mainstay. For spring 2009, designers really got into the swing of things, finishing off everything from evening gowns at Jil Sander to peep-toe suede boots at Christian Louboutin and sexy cocktail dresses at Alberta Ferretti with a swish of fringe. Forget about the Western connotations for a minute, because even when it comes to lamps and costume jewelry, this season's fringe is strictly boudoir.

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