How to Wear: Brocade
Published 02/12/2010 | 15:35
There’s nothing better than banishing the winter blues with a healthy dose of rich lavish fabrics and exaggerated luxe finishes. Brocade may be a scary trend at first glance but it’s definitely a look that everyone can dip into.
The brocade trend is one that takes much of its inspiration from art-particularly from the 17th century. It’s all about luxury, decadence, decoration and opulence. Seen on autumn/winter catwalks, Balmain channelled the brocade look with exquisite gold shirts and long embellished evening coats while Rochas opted for metallic tunics and bow embellishments layered on dark metallic green dresses. Roberto Cavalli embraced the ornate trend with pieces including a long black wool coat with exquisite gold embroidered panel detailing.
When figuring out how to wear trend, remember that the brocade-inspired pieces are meant to take centre stage, so let the main piece do the talking and keep everything else pretty minimalist. Think strong structures and rich fabrics including velvet, lace and satin and dazzling sequin embellishments. Team the brocade pieces with sophisticated neutral items for maximum fashion-forward effect.
In Your 20s:
If you want to show off your pins, go bold and opt for a pair of brocade skinny gold trousers and team with a fitted black jumper and black heels. Otherwise, embroidered skirts and cocktail dresses in burnished metallic tones are the perfect way to ‘do’ brocade for the party season.
In Your 30s:
Swap your leather aviator jacket for a structured and embellished brocade blazer. Team with jeans and up the glam factor by adding heels and loads of lavish metallic accessories. If you’d prefer to keep it simple, a pair of velvet black or navy blue trousers are a fab understated alternative.
There are some great jackets and blazers on the high street that nod to the trend in a more subtle way. Go for something with just a hint of a metallic finish and simple detailing. Accessories can also work perfectly-think faux fur stoles, pearl brooches and luxurious cocktail rings. This look is all about opulence, texture and adding a decorative edge to your outfit so even one statement accessory can complete the look.