The Best of Embellishment
Paris-born Faustine Steinmetz’s designs go above and beyond to explore the possibilities of denim and it’s no surprise to hear that the young designer has just been announced as the winner of the 2017 Swarovski award. What wowed the judges (and the rest of us) was how she innovatively worked the crystals into her designs. We love the way she incorporated the smallest crystals into a reworked pair of denim jeans so that they looked as though they had been crystallised. Steinmetz’s collection is proof that embellishment isn’t an evening-only affair. Whether it’s sequins, embroidery or beading, skilled designers are enhancing everything from leather jackets to cotton shirts so that the decorated look can be worn throughout the day. Endlessly inspired by the casual meets glam aesthetic, we take a look at some of our favourite daytime pieces that showcase the art-form of embellishment.
A standout piece from the AMEX X Peter Pilotto and Francis Upritchard special capsule collection (we’ve already talked about here) is this hand-bleached Italian denim skirt. It features mystical creature appliqués and glittery Swarovski crystals accents and is the perfect example of detailed daytime wear.
Made using black satin, Saint Laurent’s rock n’ roll inspired jacket is both grungy and glamorous. The edgy figure-fitting jacket features fringe detailing created using fine strips of lamb leather that has been carefully embellished with silver studs. We’re admirers because the jacket is both informal and refined.
It’s hard not to love floral embroidery, and these wide-leg trousers with velvet cuffs are no exception. Multi-coloured roses adorn these romantic trousers to achieve that ultra feminine look. Seasonal and stylish, the Danish label has delicately created an everyday piece that looks ornamental but could be worn on an easy-going afternoon.
It’s only right that we mention the ‘King of sequins’ and this glistening royal blue silk-georgette top is everything you would want from an Ashish T-shirt. Emblazoned with the words ‘Your wish is my command’, this bright loose fitting short sleeved t-shirt has a round neckline and is covered in hundreds of shimmering hand-applied sequins.
This cheerful pair of off-white canvas sandals by Rosie Assoulin topped with candy-coloured Swarovski beads will satisfy anyone's sweet tooth. A little more lavish than your average summer shoe, the minimal silhouette and simple block heel make this Rosie Assoulin pair a contemporary take on the open toe sandal.
Text by Kadish Morris