The baroque trend that captivated us on the runways is now making its way to our closets right on our favorite Fall bottoms. But if the opulent look doesn't seem like something you could pull off, we're out to change all that. In fact, every girl's wardrobe deserves a little luxe, or at the very least a luxe-looking accent to dress up your Fall staples. Enter the quilted and metallic jacquards you once associated only with holiday parties, now in slim-cut, ankle-crop trousers and feminine, but not frilly, minis and pencil skirts. These pieces will forever change the way you think about getting dressed and getting dressed up. Each one does both: pulls together an everyday look and lends itself to fancier stuff, like a pair of metallic heels or a great statement necklace, making each of these finds a Fall must. Click on to discover and shop the opulent pieces you may just want to wear every day this season.
Just when we thought we'd seen every kind of printed red-carpet look, these celebrities' ensembles herald in yet another dimension to the trend. In other words, it's all about the statement brocade print as we transition into chillier climes. In an effort to reinvent the luxe print wheel, designers showed off everything from metallic jacquard dresses to foil brocade denim cutoffs, to richly embellished skirts on their Fall runways, all of which take print-wearing to the next level. Now, we've got a stylish crew of starlets to inspire our own brocade-infused outfits. Jordana Brewster's peach-and-gold Dolce & Gabbana ensemble provides a ladylike example of how to wear the pattern to work, Kristen Stewart gives us one more Roberto Cavalli-fueled reason to try on the printed blazer, and Anne Hathaway's silver-embossed J. Mendel sheath is the perfect solution to punching up your LWD look. To be precise, we've got seven days and seven ways to wear your brocade best, along with our editors' favorite shopping picks — so keep clicking.
Temperley London's Fall 2012 collection was as good as gold, literally. Inspired by the decadence of religious paintings and tapestries from the Renaissance, Alice Temperley turned out glamour girls in shiny pantsuits, lovely lamé, and brocade and velvet dresses. A military-inspired cape coat and a velvet jumpsuit were standouts in our eyes, but watch the entire runway show to see what your favorite pieces are!
Style seems to follow Emily. She always manages to look stellar on the red carpet. She kinda blew me away at the Young Victoria UK premiere this week. Her silky Vivienne Westwood has a couple areas of interest. One, the signature bustled bodice. Two, the sweet mini brocade print. I continue to advocate prints on the red carpet — where art thou? This is a great example of a fancy print. And look! It has pockets. Way cool. Spherical black and gunmetal earrings brought in a baroque angle, as well as her thick bangles and dark nails. Sweet and spicy, just the way I like it.
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It might not be the cheapest outfit in the world ($940 to be exact) but you get the idea--the Marc Jacobs Spring 09 show was such an across the board hit, we are determined to break down its finer points. That said, it is not easy to mix metallic brocade, metallic plaid, and enough accessories to fill a vendor's stall--and still make it feel like a feasible outfit. To really get your head spinning, check out the entire Marc Jacobs Spring 09 show, right here.
Not to be confused with granny's boudoir, the items pictured here are for a brocade babe. What's old is new again, and brocade always feels right in the dead of Winter. With a slight sheen and 60's vibe, slip on your patent booties, opaque black tights and costume jewelry for a glitzy night in brocade. Or, mix with dark denim for an upscale casual look. Either way you win.
For those of you who like adding some feminine touch to your gadgets, these electronics cases by Brocade Home will do just that. Shown here is the flocked leaf case in silver/peony which is made from luxurious silk fabric. The cases come in various sizes and can be used for the iPod nano, the standard sized iPod, or cell phones— with the larger size being large enough for a BlackBerry. Prices range from $39 to $89 and are delivered in a cute gift box. If you scroll down you'll notice that there are also retro foulard laptop cases that are designed to fit mac laptops. Sizes include 15" and 17" and range in price from $79 to $89. Tres chic indeed!
A friend of mine brought over a catalog from Brocade Home the other day and asked, no actually make that demanded, that I help her figure out where the plates in the background came from. I was a little stumped, they reminded me a bit of the ones from Working Class Studios, only each one looked unique. I was pretty sure I had seen them before, only I wasn't sure exactly where. So I told her to sit tight and that I would get back to her soon.
After a little bit of searching I discovered that these plates are Rehabilitated Dishware by Sarah Cihat. These plates, I actually remembered seeing in a bunch of magazines over the last few years, are all unique and are made from dishes bought at thrift stores. They are then reglazed and refired, resulting in a fun piece that is both spectacular to look at and a great use for old possible-landfill-fodder dishes. I totally love them, especially how they all look similar, and yet are very different. And I love how Brocade used them all lined up on the wall like that. There's more info on where to buy the dishware on Sarah Cihat's website and Clio has the 7" salad plates for $44.
Now that I've tracked down these dishes, do you have anything you need me to track down? Let me know and I'll do my best to find it for you!
I just scored an awesome white and silver brocade vintage shell top, so I was psyched when I learned brocade was a trend this winter. This romantic fabric conjures up images of royalty and ladies who lunch - the latter not being very enticing. Nonetheless, in modern silhouettes and in moderation, this metallic floral print can be quite fetching. I'll have to model my shell for you soon, in the meantime, here are my brocade designer and non-designer selections:
Mint Brocade Mini Dress, $395.
Forever 21 Brenda Brocade Jacket, $29.80.
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