Sunday, 6 April 2014

Spring 2014 Trend: Extravagant Embellishments

If this season proves anything, the days of minimalism have taken a brief hiatus. With a multitude of zesty prints to choose from, spring is all about being bold. While punhcy beading and outrageous embellishments are nothing new on the catwalk-- just look at Elie Saab's collections every season-- designers have been finding a new way to intertwine these fripperies into "of the moment" looks. Classic brands such as Louis Vuitton and Prada added some gems in unexpected ways: while Marc Jacobs tapped into logomania and showgirl style for his Vuitton swan song, Miuccia Prada added some sparkle to her sporty looks. At the same time, more contemporary brands utilized embellishments as well. The creative minds at Marni and Collette Dinnigan created impressive head-to-toe looks-- the craftsmanship is unreal. With sexy cutouts, Sharon Wauchob gives this trend a very adult twist. With a few modernized tweaks, this trend is perfect for the most au courant fashionistas.

Louis Vuitton, Look 5

Prada, Look 11
Marni, Look 33
Collette Dinnigan, Look 32
Sharon Wauchob, Look 23 
As this season's premier runway looks prove, there is no single way to wear this trend. You can channel your inner tomboy like Vuitton, emulate Wauchob's laid back sex appeal, go unapologetically feminine  a la Dinnigan-- the choice is seriously yours! Be warned: this ensemble will make heads turn. If you're not ready to make a sartorial splash, opt for an embellished accessory-- the ideal low-risk way to rock this trend. But, as with any trend, there are a few key rules you must follow.  Firstly, make  your embellished piece the focal point of your outfit. Why pit gem against prints, fringe, and metallics? The end result will be a kitschy ensemble... so not chic! If you're not sporting an entirely bedazzled ensemble, pair your trendy piece with a pair of boyfriend jeans or anything in a neutral hue or a shade that matches your glitzy apparel. To avoid a complete "Viva Las Vegas" moment,  rock a sleek ponytail or a neat blow out. Above all things, be very careful with your embellished pieces. Since gems are notorious for falling off after a few wears, make sure you have extra jewels as back up!

extravagant embellishments

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