Now here’s a new way to look at fringe. Instead of the classic Western leather or ’20s flappers fringe, NYFW designers have reinterpreted the frilly detailing in new and unexpected ways for fall/winter 2014. Last season, Derek Lam incorporated fringe into his collection with accessories; this season, he took it to new heights, evolving it into graphic fringe skirts and added texture on chunky knits (pictured left). “For me, it’s a pilgrimage,” Lam tells of his line and his design process. “It’s about going back to what I love, but also trying to find something new. It’s also thinking about what’s going to excite the client for the new season.”

Michael Kors played with mixed textures, sending out a model who sashayed down the runway in a full-on fringe skirt with an ombre cable-knit sweater (middle). And Tommy Hilfiger took fringe to the slopes, accenting a Nordic sweater (right) with dangling knitted threads.

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