You’ll want to in­cor­po­rate the em­broi­dery trend into your spring/ summer, writes GERRY CUPIDO

The Star Early Edition - - LIFESTYLE VERVE -

WHEN Gucci showed their Spring/Summer 2017 col­lec­tion al­most ev­ery piece fea­tured em­broi­dered de­tails. The col­lec­tion, in­spired mainly by tra­di­tional Chi­nese em­broi­dery de­pict­ing fierce drag­ons and cherry blos­soms, but in­cor­po­rated into edgy de­signs. From their bags to shoes, em­broi­dery was a dis­tinct and un­miss­able fea­ture. Even their menswear items fea­tured em­broi­dery de­tailed on jack­ets and pants. Dolce & Gab­bana and Alexan­der McQueen in­cluded em­broi­dery in their col­lec­tions as well. Need­less to say the trend leaped off the run­way and straight into street wear. If an em­broi­dered Gucci dress or bag isn’t in your bud­get, then here are a few ideas on how to in­cor­po­rate this hot trend into your ev­ery­day look and bud­get.

Ca­sual: from long walks on the beach to break­fast with the girls, a lit­tle boho dress with em­broi­dered de­tails is a sure win. Whether you opt for a maxi or shorter length dress, you can’t go wrong when you pair it with a pair of strappy san­dals. A loose-flow­ing tra­di­tional Ukrainian de­sign in­spired top with de­tails on the sleeve or neck­line is great worn with skin­nies. Any jeans or cut off shorts with em­broi­dery on the pock­ets work just as well with a crisp white T-shirt. Satin bombers are still on trend. Look out for jack­ets with em­broi­dery on the back or down the front. Em­broi­dered de­signs add a softer touch to over­sized sweaters or hood­ies.

Al­ways bear in mind that wear­ing sep­a­rates to fo­cus on either the top or the bot­tom of your out­fit.

Of­fice wear: look out for crisp white or clas­sic blue pin-striped shirts with pretty em­broi­dered col­lars or pock­ets. Worn with smart pants and heels this is an in­stant stylish up­grade which works in any work en­vi­ron­ment with or with­out the laid-back feel. An­other op­tion would be a cardi­gan with em­broi­dery down the front or on the shoul­ders as long as the rest of your look is kept sim­ple. A pair of sling-back heels with fem­i­nine flo­ral de­tails is a sup­ple way to in­tro­duce the trend into your of­fice look.

Evening wear: this is where you can go for more elab­o­rate, big­ger and bolder de­tails.

A short skirt cov­ered in bold colours and in­tri­cate de­signs worn with a vel­vet top or se­quins jacket will make a state­ment for sure. If you’re a fan of the sheer trend this is a great way to cover up the breast area if you are dar­ing enough to not opt for lay­er­ing. Any lux­u­ri­ous fabrics like vel­vet or satin em­bel­lished with em­broi­dery and bead­ing will en­sure that you shine on a night out.

Ac­ces­sories: a sim­ple way to bring a trend into any out­fit is with ac­ces­sories.

Here the op­tions are pretty much end­less. An em­broi­dered back­pack for day­time ca­sual or a clutch with a sim­ple lit­tle rose de­tail works well for evenings. Same ap­plies to shoes. You can ef­fort­lessly add a dain­tily em­broi­dered shoe to any out­fit.

You will not have to look far to find a hat or scarf with a bit of em­broi­dery on it either. Model: Ste­faren Sil­van. Makeup Artist: Estelle Gor­don.

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