With this trend it’s like going back in time, back to an era where kings and queens ruled the world; their wealth shown in their clothes. To say this style is regal, sophisticated and attention-grabbing is an understatement. This trend is characterized by rich fabrics such as brocade and velvet with lots of gold, rhinestones and embellishments. Coats are often finished with (faux) fur; again displaying luxury. But what exactly is brocade? Although there is no clear-cut definition, you should look for rich fabrics with elaborate and ornate embroidery. The brocade trend is everything but subtle, so you should definitely be a self-confident person to get away with it.
This trend was virtually all over the runways. With designers and brands such as Marc Jacobs, Jason Wu, Louis Vuitton, Rebecca Minkoff, Proenza Schouler, Marchesa, Dolce & Gabbana, Yves Saint Laurent and Jill Stuart you know it’s a trend! The clash between old world elegance and new world fashion is simply genius. Expect an opulent autumn with loads of shimmery garments greeting you from window displays. Join in on the fun and set your inner queen free!
When you go shopping, think rich color palettes, contrasting gold brocade and fleur de lys motifs. Combine multiple royal-looking items together to reach the full effect. After all, it’s all about exuding luxury and wealth. No need to splurge on designer items, with this trend being that omnipresent on the autumn/winter 2012 runways, you will find plenty of items on the high street. You could go for a structured dress with dark tights and a brocade coat to top it all off. Have fun with this trend, combine print upon print and go all out!