Style on Trial: Galliano fringed shoulder bag

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Fringe. Even although we know it can look stunning in the right hands, we're so used to seeing it in the wrong ones that we've come to have a deep mistrust of it, which leads us to mistrust our initial judgements on the be-fringed fashion items that cross our paths.

Take this Galliano handbag, for instance. We can't help but feel that putting an arm through that strap would feel a little bit like plunging it into the depths of the jungle, not knowing what might be lurking there waiting to bite it off. This image alone is enough to make us say "thanks, but no thanks", but you may see things differently. In fact, you may think the fringing is what makes it wonderful.

Which is it? Is it a fashion crime, or is it absolutely fine? You decide!

9 Comments

  • June 26, 2009

    nj

    c to the r to the i-m-e!
    now if the handle was fringe free and it was just on the bag that would be a different story

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  • June 26, 2009

    gokarm

    hah, great description. Yeah, I don’t like fringe on just about anything, unless it’s shiny, gossamer, soft and flowy…in other words…it doesn’t look like fringe at all but rather a liquid-esque fabric.
    But this kinda thing, the cowboy vest/chaps/leathery fringe. yuck. I don’t like fringe on pillows, curtains..I don’t like tassles because they look like fringe. I have a real thing against fringe.

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  • June 26, 2009

    scientist Lizzy

    I like that Galliano was clearly inspired by the Swiss Family Robinson’s tropical tree house… Perhaps this design is meant to appeal to the survivalist in all of us. Wear with leopard print for an authentic jungle experience!

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  • June 26, 2009

    Katie

    I love fringe, but this is crazy stuff. Fringe on the bag part only would be fine, thank you. I don’t need my fingers getting lost in a huge knot of leather.

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  • June 26, 2009

    Cookie

    I’d call it tacky.

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  • June 26, 2009

    Alison

    I hate fringe. When I was little we had a pine trees in our yard and whenever I ran into one on my bike by accident it was painful. This bag reminds me of those trees. No thanks.

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  • June 29, 2009

    Andara

    The fringe, in and of itself isn’t criminal. Not quite.
    The fringe plastered all over the handles is what makes the crime. Can you imagine how uncomfortable and lumpy it must be to try to hold that thing by the straps?

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  • July 1, 2009

    Ash

    Why did they do that? There was no reason to take a joke that far.

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  • July 1, 2009

    spikesnsilk

    This looks downright uncomfortable, like a bundle of twigs. I say remove the fringe from the handles, but keep it on the body of the bag to stay on-trend.

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