Fashion: Fringe Is In for Fall

Brazil's fashion capital, São Paulo, hosted more than 40 fashion shows last month. If they're any indication, this fall-winter season will definitely have a lot of fringe appeal. From flared suede pants to urban-cowboy ensembles, tassels took the runway by storm.

Tereza Santos, respected for her modern collections that incorporate experimental knitwear, wove fringe into minidresses and dangled it from bags, coats, shawls and skirts. She also used multicolored tufts to accent sexy sheath dresses ($502; www.tereza The avant-garde design duo Amapo left their loose ends mostly on accessories, with slices of suede swaying from wrist gauntlets and fanny packs. Their beige belt bag ($187) trailed more than 30cm of fringe.

Reinaldo Lourenço, one of Brazil's most accomplished couturiers, built boned '50s-style strapless dresses entirely out of shredded silk. The red sleeveless version featured a retro-style, full-skirted silhouette ($3,300; reinaldolourenco But the biggest designer to embrace the fringed look was Alexandre Herchcovitch, who hung swags of the stuff on hats, trousers and shirts in his men's collection (

The style extended to New York Fashion Week as well, where Anna Sui sent out Native American-inspired fringed minidresses, boots and bags ( Fringe may not be terribly practical, but its new incarnations offer a more wearable take on the trend. And it will satisfy the inner cowboy in everyone.