Trend Alert – Brocade

Brocade fabrics were used by many designers for AW 2015/16. Brocade is a class of richly decorative fabrics often made in colored silks and with or without metallic threads. The name comes from the Italian verb broccare – to stud, set with nails which links brocade to its upholstery lineage.

ERDEM_0049A standout for the season was Erdem who can always be counted on for interesting prints. Like this lovely pink dress. Mario de Vincenzo showed brocade in a modern way with a striped dress. Not a household name but Mario is an “it” designer. He, along with Silvia Venturini Fendi, created the peek-a-boo bag which has reached cult status.

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The master of brocade this season was Dries Van Noten. He not only did beautiful brocade gowns but also used it for jackets, skirts and pants. A piece like this in your wardrobe would elevate work wear to high style wear.

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PAPER ART

The Japanese paper I use for the dolls is so close to brocade it was hard for me to decide on one look – one paper. While researching this trend I came across this gorgeous dress from Etro which used a patchwork of brocades to create the dress. It’s this dress that provided the inspo for this week’s doll look.

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Photo Credits

All runway from Style.com runway archives.

Doll – Lori Tonizzo

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