Brocade Trend Alert
Trend alert! Brocade is no longer restricted to the cooler seasons. With its bi-seasonal potential, the fabric is narrating a modern sartorial story. These days they can be found in many styles under various price brackets. Print-heavy pieces are one of the easiest to incorporate in your summer wardrobe. You may also think it’s strictly for the evening but brocade dresses down quite nicely as well.
Brocade, an embossed woven-silk material shot through with metallic threads, has been worn to convey social status for centuries in places such as Byzantium, China, Italy and India. As the old expression goes, “Money talks,” well, so do clothes and fabrics. They tell stories about our personalities, our income and our dreams. Considered to be one of the finest fabrics, brocade is making a rich comeback on international runways in everything from craftily made spaghetti tops, brocade print on boldly-coloured furs, prints used as burnt velvet on sheer silk, as well as jackets and patchwork.
As with many strong looks, the key to pulling it off is about moderation. “Limit it to one piece,” suggest designer duo Diya Aroraa and Rajvvir Aroraa of the label DiyaRajvvir. “Stick to one patterned item, and make it the centrepiece of your look. Watch out for too much volume as it can make you look like an overstuffed armchair. Instead, go for clean, structured lines in modern shapes such as a pencil skirt or blazer. No tufting or gathers. A flippy skirt would look fab paired with a cosy cropped jacket and a moto jacket paired with skinnies in a warm hue is another great option,” they conclude.
Is brocade on your trend alert radar; so much so you’ll be donning a piece this summer?
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