— March 15, 2012 —

trendspotting: heavy embellishment

Designers are taking a whole new approach to embellishment this coming fall; the maxim of choice seems to be, "Go big or go home." No longer dainty or restrained, we saw hefty jewels and heavy embellishment on everything from skirts and tops to bags and shoes at Paris Fashion Week this season. This can prove to be a bit tricky if you're planning on doing a lot of sitting down, so our Best Bet Tip for this trend is to find pieces that are embellished either only on the abdomen and up, or only on the front. That way, you won't have any uncomfortable sitting situations. Think that sequins and jewels are for girlie-girls only? Well, think again. This fall, embellishments are done in styles that range from bold to quirky to sexy. There's literally something for everyone.

Heavy embellishment found around the showrooms during Paris Fashion Week F/W '12.

Clockwise from top left: Yves Saint Laurent, No. 21 by Alessandro DellAcqua, Givenchy,No. 21 by Alessandro Dell'Acqua.

More heavy embellishment found around the showrooms during Paris Fashion Week F/W '12.

Clockwise from top left: Louise Gray, Valentino, Christian Dior,Mary Katrantzou.