Translating the Trends for Fall 2016: Embroidery

Posted on September 23, 2016

Who’s up for some (real or imaginary) retail therapy, darlings?

Welcome back to our “Translating the Trends” series, where we look at the runway trends for fall 2016 and set Lorenzo loose in the wilds of online fashion retailery to be your personal shopper and pick out (mostly) real-world alternatives inspired by runway looks. Check out all the trends in the series for great wardrobe-updating ideas as well as great deals. Today, we’re focusing our attention on the trend any red carpet-watcher knows about already: embroidery.

Alberta Ferretti | Alexander McQueen | Andrew Gn | Anna Sui
Anthony Vaccarello | Barbar Bui | Blumarine | Chanel
Christian Dior | Christian Dior Couture | Couturissimo | Custo Barcelona
Delpozo | Dennis Basso | Dolce&Gabbana | Elie Saab
Elisabetta Franchi | Ermanno Scervino | Etro | Fendi

Georges Hobeika | Giambattista Valli Couture | Guy Laroche | Libertine
Luisa Buccaria | Manish Arora | Mary katrantzou | Moncler Gamme Rouge
Monque Lhuillier | Naeem Khan | Peter Pilotto | Prada
Ralph Russo | Reem Acra | Rodarte | Schiaparelli Couture
Temperley London | Valentino Couture | Yanina Couture | Zuhair Murad

With a dash of applique and beading. The point is, embellishments have been all the rage for a good while now, but for fall 2016, they took a decidedly more subtle turn away from the extremely heavy “forced whimsy” of previous seasons. Which is good for our purposes, because when you restrict yourself to mostly light embroidery, a ton of different styles and options pop up.

Shall we shop, kittens? We shall.

First floor: BAGS.

Okay, fine. The Tory Burch and Alexander McQueen bags are total fantasy items – but they’re such pretty ones! Especially the TB, which surprises us to say that. But on the more practical end, any one of the Bamboo 54 bags make a cute, workable day bag. In fact, we debated whether we should whittle down the choices since they’re all so similar, but we couldn’t decide which ones to edit out. The pink Sam Edleman bag is fun, but the blue, green and gold one is bold and stylish. The Top shop saddle bag is really cute.

Next floor, the really fun one: SHOES.

Yes, the McQueen, Charlotte Olympia and Manohlo Blahniks are on the fantasy side once again – but how damn pretty is that fantasy, right? Down here on, earth, the Sam Edelman and Nanette Lepore options make for a slightly more affordable path to style. Even more affordable, those adorable orange-embroidered espadrilles. The gold aerosole slippers are a great shot of comfy, affordable style as well. The ShoeDazzle pumps are gorgeous (and a steal), as are the low-heeled Sole Society pumps, which have a great, modern look about them.


We love all the jewelry options here, but from a style perspective, we think pieces like a lot of the ones above need to be the statement piece for your look. It takes a really good eye to pile a whole bunch of this stuff at once. We especially like the various cuffs and bangles, which would be great for dressing up a day look with a shot of color and pattern. And we love every single one of the scarf options above, especially the Shoptiques options, which also happen to be a steal.

YES, the Valentino gloves are just there to lure you in. But look how pretty!

Anything here catching your eye, darlings?



Standard disclaimer: All of the above are clickable links that will take you to online retailers who give us a commission based on any sales we send their way, because we find money to be somewhat useful in our day-to-day lives. Please note that the sale runs for these items can be brief and some of the links may either take you to an item that’s no longer available or no longer available at the sales price. You gotta be quick, kittens!


[Photo Credit: IMAXTree]

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