Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Brocade Brigade

For the inaugural Glass Pineapple blog we’ve decided to go with a centuries old fabric that’s making serious comeback for autumn this year.  Brocade put in an appearance on numerous A/W 2012-13 catwalks, from Erdem to Balmain, Stella McCartney to Jonathan Saunders, being stitched into circle skirts, cropped trousers, pencil skirts, bodycon dresses and clutches. 

Stick a pin in a list of top designers or high street stores this season and you will find a brocade piece somewhere in their latest offerings – either forming the fabric for the entire piece or as a detail or trim.  You can use brocade to bring some glamour that works both day and night – add a tailored brocade jacket to a pair of jeans for a tougher way to wear this feminine fabric, pick some metallic brocade courts to liven up your office outfit, go for a shimmering brocade skirt and a soft cashmere jumper to nail the luxe look, or go all out in head to toe brocade in a trophy trouser suit.  If you’re looking to join the brocade brigade, here are our Glass Pineapple faves:

J Brand brocade jeans £158 from http://www.shopbop.com/

Brocade tassel slippers £18 from http://www.asos.com/Women/ 

Elizabeth and James brocade Yumi top £234 from http://shop.nordstrom.com/

Balmain gold brocade jacket £852 from http://www.theoutnet.com/ (reduced from £2,435!)

Mango brocade blazer £69.99 from http://shop.mango.com/GB/mango

Matthew Williamson brocade top £235 from http://www.urbanoutfitters.co.uk

Brocade clutch purse £38 (approx) from http://www.etsy.com/listing/81464676/peacock-feather-silk-brocade-and-silk (lots of great brocade bags on etsy.com)

Stella McCartney brocade jacquard shirt £510 from http://www.matchesfashion.com

Rokit brocade pencil skirt £20 (lots of brocade skirts to shop here) http://www.rokit.co.uk/product.php?product_id=WC201690

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