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Like co­quet­tish long eye­lashes or chic bangs, fringe has a be­guil­ing style that draws it ev­ery so of­ten back into the trend or­bit.

Now is one of those times in fash­ion and home decor, thanks per­haps to our cur­rent flir­ta­tion with eclec­ti­cism and our on­go­ing love af­fair with the retro ‘70s.

You’ll see many vari­a­tions on fringe. Wispy bits soft­en­ing the edges of tex­tiles, thick hedgerows ac­cen­tu­at­ing the lines of a rug or bas­ket, longer cur­tains of fringe that make a piece of art or fur­ni­ture that much more in­trigu­ing.

Ur­ban Out­fit­ters, for in­stance, has a Moroc­can pouf cov­ered in creamy cot­ton, with se­quined trim and sev­eral wraps of woolly fringe. There’s a bol­ster that mar­ries pom­poms, tas­sels, fringe and geo­met­ric em­broi­dery. A wall hang­ing from In­dia com­bines sev­eral clus­ters of fringe in a palette of blush, cream, apri­cot and grey.

For the bed­room, a soft cot­ton com­forter, in char­coal, rose, tan or cream has rows of dainty eye­lash fringe. There’s a throw blan­ket and pil­low shams with the dec­o­ra­tive trim, too. (www.ur­banout­fit­ters.com )

De­signer Nate Berkus has added fringe to sev­eral col­lec­tions he’s done for Tar­get, in­clud­ing lamp­shades and a diminu­tive stool. This sea­son, there are fringed ta­ble run­ners and throw pil­lows, and a lit­tle bas­ket with a dapper fringe belt made of lam­pakanay, a Philip­pine fi­bre. (www.tar­get.com )

“Fringe is one of my favourite em­bel­lish­ments,” says Berkus. “It al­ways seems luxe to me.”

Ex­tra-long fringe cre­ates a saucy skirt on a hand­wo­ven, black-and-white tri­an­gle pouf at West Elm. A Moroc­can-in­spired shag rug in black and grey with a sap­phire streak and fringed edges brings drama to the floor. And a cot­ton bed­spread with a Peru­vian-in­spired cir­cle print is bordered with a thick fringe that punc­tu­ates the print. (www.west­elm.com )

At Toronto de­sign house Elte, a Bel­gian li­nen pouf is dressed up with bone but­tons and Ti­betan wool fringe. (www.elte.com )

UP­DATED SHABBY CHIC

TAR­GET VIA AP

Ta­ble run­ners de­signed by Nate Berkus for Tar­get.

WEST ELM VIA AP

Ex­tra long fringe cre­ates a saucy skirt for a tri­an­gle-pat­terned In­dian cot­ton pouf from West Elm.

TAR­GET VIA AP

A bas­ket by de­signer Nate Berkus for Tar­get. “Fringe is one of my favourite em­bel­lish­ments,” says Berkus. “It al­ways seems luxe to me.” Berkus has added fringe to sev­eral col­lec­tions he’s done for Tar­get, in­clud­ing ta­ble run­ners and bas­kets.

UR­BAN OUT­FIT­TERS VIA AP

A rain­bow of pom­poms, tas­sels and fringe em­bel­lishes this pretty throw pil­low from Ur­ban Out­fit­ters.

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