Beads, embroidery, lace, oh my! If you're a girl who likes to add a little drama and panache to her looks, Fall 2012 is the season for you. If you like to keep things simple, now is your time to step outside of your comfort zone and put together a "wow" look that knocks your sartorial cred out of the park. They call it the embellishment trend and it covers a wide variety of design details. But we're talking high fashion here, so those little extras can be stunning pearl beads, exquisite embroidered designs, and so much more.
Here's a little secret: this is the only major fall trend that you can easily apply your DIY skills for a completely individual look. Of course, you'll need some inspiration before you head to the boutiques or the craft store (wherever your style or pocketbook may lead) and that's what we're here for. Take a look at these aspirational, drool-worthy embellished looks from the 2012 catwalk, pick out your favorite and don't delay getting it into your closet!
All the Pretty Layers
Vera Wang shows us that layers don't have to mean Christmas sweaters and turtlenecks. Oh no. They can be incorporated for a very chic cocktail look. If you find a sheer beaded tank, layer it over or under other lightweight pieces to up the ante on your next night out.
In the Fringe
I like to think of fringe every time I hear the term "swinging 60s" and if you haven't put on a fringed garment yet, you should. It just feels fun, flirty, and sexy all at the same time. And it emphasizes the oh-so seductive movements women have at their disposal. You can go for beaded fringe, which can be pricey, or buy fabric fringe at the store and carefully attach it to a basic cotton pencil skirt. We won't tell.
Alberta Ferretti image: IMAXtree
Fine embroidery is harder to imitate at home, but that doesn't mean you can't save up your pennies and buy it. Whenever anyone mentions 2012's embellished pieces, they go straight to Balmain's collection for its outstanding examples. Try it in a pair of trousers...
...or a dress.
Balmain photo: IMAXtree
Applique is a technique that involves laying two different textiles on top of one another then fusing and/or sewing them together, essentially. There are different ways to do it, but the effect is always the same. A focal point that makes the piece stand out from the crowd. Lace applique shown here on the Jason Wu catwalk is classically feminine and will be wearable for many seasons to come.
Ruff It Up
A little bit of a ruffle goes a long way. This look is...not for the faint of heart. But we love it for its couture feeling and drama, plus it reminds us of bull fighters and their adoring senioritas. Perhaps she snuck away from the convent just to see him. Sigh. At any rate, keep your ruffles subdued and let this be a reminder that they are one of fall's favorite embellishments.
Dolce & Gabbana image: IMAXtree
The. fur. collar. is. everywhere. And is available in both high quality faux and real versions, depending on your preference. A little fur bolero or shawl will do the trick too. It can be the perfect addition to a denim jacket and sweater on a brisk fall day.
Lanvin image: IMAXtree
Not into going all out on your "add-ons"? It's cool. Because accessories were covered in them, too. Detached collars you can add to any neckline you please are in stores now, some are lace such as this one, but many more are embellished with sequins and beads.
Rodarte image: IMAXtree
It seems more and more that every season has an "it" headgear piece (rabbit ears, head wraps, etc.). Let this year belong to the delicate flower and beaded crown. Hint: Here's another high-potential DIY piece.
Dolce & Gabbana image: IMAXtree