Trend Alert: Patchwork


Keeping up with trends is an expensive pursuit. With resort and pre-fall collections gaining importance in the fashion calendar, and the rise in cost of raw materials causing a huge increase in clothing prices, we ordinary folk are struggling to keep up. However, there is a solution.

The blogging community provides sanctuary to the penniless fashion follower through DIY blogs. Sites such as PS I Made This dissect the season’s trends into easy-to-follow tutorials where you are invited to ‘get the look’. As the economy continues to lag behind, the popularity of these humble outlets continues to rise and inevitably, the luxury fashion community has taken note.  Ironically, what was once an attempt to be thrifty has become the must-have designer trend with a luxury price tag. Let us take a trip to the haute haberdashery.

Phillip Lim proved patchwork was not just for grandma’s throws in his kitsch outerwear designs shown in New York this February. Pairing soft pastel and printed patches, the handmade aesthetic was glamorised in trendy cropped jackets. Off the catwalk, the Queen Bee herself, Beyonce, was spotted in a colourful patched maxi skirt by Etro that oozed glamour.

However, the easiest way to emulate the patchwork trend this summer is through your denim choices. Opt for a patch denim jean in a relaxed boyfriend fit for a comfortable, effortlessly-chic take on the trend. Topshop Boutique combines light and dark wash denim to see you through the colder summer days. Feeling more creative? Why not try and add some floral patches to an old pair of shorts and up-cycle your way into the warmer months.

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Bohemian spirits rejoice, for the age of embroidered details is back, but with a ballsy attitude. Feathers, furs and jewels ran alongside broidery anglaise ensembles and intricate gold needlework to provide a Game of Thrones meets Lolita aesthetic in the McQueen Fall 2014 show. Similarly, Dolce and Gabanna’s fairytale inspired offerings showed hand-sewn embroidery as a way of producing pattern.

To get ahead of the game, introduce some embroidered fabrics and embellishments into your wardrobe this summer, however, style it with animosity. A simple white broidery midi from Topshop will be your staple piece but don’t stick with the safe pastel accessories of spring. Instead, amp-up the impact with a loud statement necklace and fringed denim jacket or extra-long printed kimono to take the boring out of boho.

For those wanting to tap into the haute haberdashery look, an appliqué statement bag will keep you on trend for the next few seasons. This cute daisy number from New Look provides solace to those amongst us not quite brave enough for a full-on look. If you are feeling even more frugal, pick up your own decals and appliqués and create your own with the help of internet tutorials.

The designing community is more in touch with online presence that it has been ever before, and this is evident by crafty, DIY styles becoming more popular on the runway. The things that we post online are directly influencing the fashion world, and this opens so many doors of opportunity to us. Find the designer inside yourself this summer and you’ll look fashion forward whilst simultaneously helping to bridge the gap between the high-end designer and the average Joe.

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