Fashion Forward

From high-fashion runways to the home, these embellishment trends are what’s coming in the year ahead.

After an extended dry spell, embellishments have re-emerged on the design scene. These details, overscaled, graphic, or used en masse, express not only style but individuality, and they showed up on almost every runway for fall. No surprise, then, that with their return to the world of high fashion, embellishment trims are also making the way to the home, offering exuberant expression through unexpected fabrications. Here are some of our favorite trends from the big fashion houses that we are also seeing in home décor. 

 

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Once a technique used to mend or tailor fabrics, embroidery stitches evolved from utilitarian beginnings to impressive decorative needlework. This trend aligns with the rise of the artisan, the appreciation of craft, and the maker movement. It also exemplifies the very 21st- century merging of handcrafted elements with technology. This idea was the subject of Manus X Machina, the acclaimed exhibit at The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Whether comprising yarn, sequins, beads, or gold thread to stitch designs of flora or fauna by hand, machine, or both, these embroidered designs pop dimensionally from the textile. When done on a patterned fabric, the design mash-up is especially eyecatching and in vogue.

Embroidered Garden Trim
Stroheim
www.stroheim.com

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Astra Embroidered Border
Lori Weitzner for Samuel & Sons
www.samuelandsons.com

 

Custom Fabric Flowers
M&S Schmalberg
www.customfabricflowers.com

 

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Trianon French General
Trimming for Fabricut
www.fabricut.com

Chalet Embroidered Border
Barbara Barry Chalet Collection for Kravet 
www.kravet.com

 

 

 

Balmain

Literally meaning “to turn by hand,” passementerie is the art of manipulating braid and ribbon into dimensional ornaments. Passementerie has decorated royal interiors, costumes, and military uniforms as frog closures, epaulettes, belts, tassels, and tiebacks, signifying rank, status, and power since the guild of the Passementiers was created in 16th century France. The new translation of this art form conveys status too, as one must be able to afford this handcraft. Much of the passementerie on Balmain’s fall runway had a military vibe, and designer Olivier Rousteing cleverly christened his models, and fans, #BalmainArmy. 

 

Ornate Braided Frog Closure
Calico (In-Store Only)
657 Main St
Mt. Kisco
(914) 666-4486
www.calico.com

 

Ribbed Button 
Costume Collection by Robert Allen
www.robertallendesign.com

 

Shang Knot
Dana Gibson Trimming for Stroheim
www.stroheim.com

 

Harbour Serpentine Braid
Samuel & Sons
www.samuelandsons.com

Elegant Knot Frog Closure
Calico (In-Store Only)
657 Main St
Mt. Kisco
(914) 666-4486
www.calico.com

 

Tyroleon Toggle
Barbara Barry Chalet Collection for Kravet
www.kravet.com

Metallic Passementerie
Calico (In-Store Only)
657 Main St
Mt. Kisco
(914) 666-4486
www.calico.com

 

 

We’ve seen tassels and fringe go from couture to ready-to-wear to mass market and DIY; this trend seems unstoppable. Its versatility to convey mood—sleek yarns for a chic look and chunky yarns for a crafty style—and its playfulness of movement, keep it swinging at the top. Designers continue to find new ways to use it, infatuated with its texture, length, and application, fabricating every which way: vertically, horizontally, diagonally, sheathed, or layered. 

 

Calisto Key Tassel
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Samuel & Sons
www.samuelandsons.com

 

Bell Fringe
F. Schumacher
www.fschumacher.com

 

3″ Halsey Onion Fringe
Scalamandre
www.scalamandre.com

 

Twiggy Key Tassel
Houles
www.houles.com

8″ Rouen Tassel Fringe
Samuel & Sons
www.samuelandsons.com

Joffrey Tassel Fringe
Dana Gibson Trimmings for Stroheim
www.stroheim.com

 

Miu Miu

Historically, patches have proffered identity, signified rank, noted accomplishments, showed team allegiance, or even flaunted places traveled. This season, designers have taken this embellishment and given us non-ranking folk a way to distinguish ourselves: retro, artsy, clever, exotic, sporty, or noble. These patches aren’t earned but bought—and not as presumptuously as procuring a royal title.

Vintage Crown Badge Embroidered on Wool Felt
East Coast Trimming
www.eastcoasttrimming.com

 

Vintage Crest Badge
East Coast Trimming
www.eastcoasttrimming.com

 

Bunny Badge
Coral & Tusk
www.coralandtusk.com

 

Tennis Club Patch
M&J Trimming
www.mjtrim.com

Champs Pillow
Coral & Tusk
www.coralandtusk.com

 

Vintage Crest Badge
East Coast Trimming
www.eastcoasttrimming.com

Vintage Naval Badge with Metal Bullion Stitching
East Coast Trimming
www.eastcoasttrimming.com

 

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