Unzipped: How to.. Embellish your wardrobe

In a calm sea of minimalism, there’s a loud wave of embellishments slowly crashing to shore. Don’t get me wrong.. neutrals are a fool proof style staple, but there’s nothing wrong with mixing it up a bit either. So in honor of the official start of Summer, I’ve been taking a walk on the wild side and exploring the fabulous world of brocade and embroidery.

On the runway, designers have been using numerous forms of embellishments to adorn garments from RTW to couture. The application of embroidered stitching and brocade colors was mirrored in the collections of brands like Dries Van Noten and Dolce & Gabbana, both of whom are known to do anything but shy away from bold colors and prints. The deep jewel tones of the Dries van Noten separates combined with the intricate brocade motifs applied to prints created an heir of opulence and decadence that seemed almost regal. Their expert use of clean lines also helped to offset the boldness of their color and fabric choices quite well. Meanwhile, the epic design duo at Dolce & Gabbana took a no holes barred approach with an array of brightly colored embroidery shown throughout the entire collection. Every piece dripped prints and embellishments from head to toe, from multicolor pom-poms to embroidered trimmings. Seeking inspiration from vintage Italian iconography and a desire to bring a smile to the masses, the collection itself became an ode to sunshine, embroidery and the blissful Italian countryside.

With vacation season upon us, the reemergence of brocade and embroidery is becoming more and more apparent. Whether you’re dipping your toe in the water with a cute clutch from Kotur or plunging in with a cotton maxi from Sensi Studio, there are a variety of colorful options for you to try. I’m really excited to get my hands on the Gucci mid-rise flares and easily see them becoming a Summer fave, paired with a chic bomber perhaps? I’m also kind of obsessed with the Isabel Marant SS16 collection (which is on sale everywhere), specifically the embroidered tops and belts. Her 80s inspired silhouettes and clever fabrics give her pieces a welcomed cool girl edge.

I think the D&G duo was on to something by choosing to base their collection on emotion. These emotive qualities of style and color prove quite evident in the use of brocade and embroidery techniques which rarely fail to evoke some emotion, whether you love them or hate them. In case you haven’t already guessed.. I’ve been resting pretty far on the happiness portion of this spectrum. So I say.. bring on the Summer sun!

Brands that we love: Isabel Marant “Curtis” Cropped Embroidered Silk-Bourette Top, Dolce & Gabbana Printed Cotton and Silk-blend Brocade Bra Top, Alice + Olivia “Clarice” Macramé-Trimmed Embroidered “Georgette” TopSensi Studio Embroidered Cotton Maxi DressKotur “Ciao Morley” Embroidered Raffia Box ClutchSEA Embroidered Cotton-Chambray JacketGucci Appliquéd Mid-Rise Flared JeansMarques’ Almeida Floral-brocade Raw Edge TopEugenia Kim Sunny “Currently Offline” Sun HatGianvito Rossi “Cheyenne” Ankle-Tie Sandals

 By Ariel Serano

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