August 1, 2011 Fall 2011 Trend: Paillettes
Summer is heading into its peak, especially temperature wise. Time to talk about fall fashion…trend by trend! I’ll start with my favorite trend, the paillette (essentially a big sequin; also a big trend). Here are just a few collections that showed off this showy and subtle detail.
If I recall correctly, Stella McCartney’s show was the first I looked at from the Paris shows, and the first glimpse I got of the paillette trend. Stella’s never flashy in her fashion, so the trend was shown in a much more subdued, delicate, and sexy way in black and white.
I love a good peplum! Here, Marc Jacobs added glimmering paillettes to the top of a black and white beaded peplum top and pencil skirt. I love the bare arm with the almost turtleneck-like top.
This orchid hued dress is definitely my favorite look from the show, and obviously one of Jacobs’s as well, because Helena Bonham Carter wears it in the fall campaign.
Matte sequins cover the front of a sweater and are paired with their big sister, the paillette, on the skirt. Notice the polka dot tights with all the looks? That’s yet another trend worth pointing out.
Paillettes almost the size of a compact transform this pencil skirt. This is one of my favorite separates of the season.
Marc Jacobs brought us some more paillettes at Louis Vuitton in a small group of looks ranging from skirts to dresses. The difference from those in his namesake show? Here they take on a more linear shape and are layered like shingles.
I think Miuccia Prada of all designers for the season was the one to take the trend the furthest. I love her intelligent yet sexy fashion, and would easily dress someone in one of the simple sheath dresses coated in paillettes for a night out.
The idea of paillettes and sequins in such great number in the ready-to-wear collections looks quite intimidating to the non-seamstress such as myself. I can only imagine the elevated fear I would have with the couture collections. Every last bead, paillette, and button must be hand-applied. Ricardo Tisci is my favorite couturier of late with his looks for Givenchy. He has brought unexpected details to the world of couture, like visible zippers which add a level of modernity. Customers are eating it up, as would I!