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Appliqué abounds this fall, rendering extravagance an understatement when describing its many incarnations. Combining the intricacy of a Fabergé egg with the opulence of a Czarina’s diamond-encrusted crown, this Old World art was displayed at Chanel, Bottega Veneta, and more.
In the broadest sense, the term appliqué, borrowed from the French, refers to a small ornament sewn upon a foundation fabric. Dating to the mid-1800’s, this technique is often executed painstakingly by hand. As the following images illustrate, however, designers’ modern translations take the art to a whole new level.
Balmain shows a vested interest in appliqué.
At Chanel, in the classic black and white.
Breathtaking in bold color, from Bottega Veneta.
Dolce & Gabbana’s jewel-encrusted capelet shines.
Monique Lhuillier balances bare and daring.
Mixed media in midnight blue at Oscar de la Renta.
(Photo credits, from top: 1. Gianni Pucci for GoRunway.com, 2. Yannis Vlamos for GoRunway.com, 3. – 5. Alessandro Viero for GoRunway.com, 6. Yannis Vlamos for GoRunway.com)