Lavishly beaded dresses are no strangers to the red carpet. Nevertheless, their gorgeousness paid us many visits at the 2008 Primetime Emmy Awards. Whether on neutral, black, or white dresses, sparkly beads and crystals made the carpet a much more luminous place tonight. Case in point: Kyra Sedgwick in L'Wren Scott (left). Without the bead detailing, the dress would simply be a plain white dress. Gasp! Beading also appeared on asymmetrical straps, cap sleeves, trains, and sprinkled all over. See who else was dripping with beading.
All the razzle and dazzle of the Cannes Film Festival has me begging for all that glitters. Silver sparkles, in the form of beads and sequins add a cool, not costumey, feel to clothes. Although I love to play dress up too, so if you are feeling costumey — for say a glamorized Grey Gardens — look to John Galliano's Spring collection for inspiration. For us folks on planet earth, a subtly beaded neckline or flat will deliver the trend just so.
I have dabbled in the craft of beading. For me, though, it is very elementary stuff, you know, earrings and bracelets for my friends. That's why when I saw this look from the Fall Zac Posen runway I was in awe. Can you imagine the work that went into that skirt? For those who excuse fashion as art, excuse you! Beading comes in all shapes and forms and adds a slice of sophistication to a look. It's not overbearing and overly flashy. One little bead goes a long way.