Trendspotting | Brocades

Nothing gets a woman through the fall and winter season like rich lavish fabrics and designs. From lace to velvet brocade, fall fashion has all the styles for a season of luxurious dressing.An offshoot of the Eastern invasion, Japanese brocades were used in everything from pantsuits and girlish mini-dresses to sporty jackets and elegant coats. With designers from Marc Jacobs to Louis Vuitton stitching metallic brocade accents into their Fall 2012 looks, an opulent winter season has definitely been in the forecast.

Other designers perfecting brocades were Jason Wu in his elaborate brocade separates and Proenza Schouler’s Japan-inspired brocade silhouettes. Not to forget the gorgeous brocade designs from Jill Stuart, Yves Saint Laurent and Rebecca Minkoff. However, I would have to say Dolce & Gabbana bagged it in terms of brocade beauty! All you need is one look at the gold, black and white embellishments in their couture dresses, and your inner Indian fashionista will be smitten! Top it off with the fabulous brocade knee boots that hit the runway during the D&G Fall 2012 and you set yourself on a brocade frenzy for the season!

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D I O R | Indroducing Raf Simmons

It may be destined for autumn but Christian Dior‘s new designer Raf Simons breathed a spring-like breath of fresh air into his first collection for Dior. The former Jil Sander designer’s debut was watched by his contemporaries including Marc Jacobs, Donatella Versace, Diane Von Furstenberg, Riccardo Tisci, Alber Elbaz, Azzedine Alaïa and Christopher Kane from intimate salons festooned with flowers from floor to ceiling. The Belgian’s signature architectural simplicity was married with Dior’s iconic silhouettes and intricate couture techniques to create a vision that all will adore.