Fashion Trend Report: Embroidery

The old-fashioned stitching technique is making a stylish comeback—with a long list of celebrities already reinforcing it.

Valentino Spring 2014
Valentino Spring 2014
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The art of stitching floral patterns into cloth might sound a little dated, but the traditional technique is turning up on countless runways—and famous bodies.

Fashion Trend Report: Embroidery
Marchesa Spring 2014
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The detailed design can be found in the spring collections of romantic designers including Marchesa (left) and Valentino (above), classic fashion houses such as Balenciaga, and even edgier labels like Givenchy.

In fact, the intricate applique will continue into fall styles, as more and more brands have embraced the couture trend into their latest collections. 

If you're still finding it difficult to distinguish from dark, heavy drapes, take a look at these celebrities who demonstrate how the embellishment can be light and fresh for the season:

Fashion Trend Report: Embroidery
Lupita Nyong'o in Giambattista Valli Couture
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Fashion Trend Report: Embroidery
Kristen Bell in Alberta Ferretti
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Fashion Trend Report: Embroidery
Candice Swanepoel in Valentino
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Try working the antiquated aesthetic into your wardrobe with a subtle garment—for instance, a muted blouse ($79.90) from Zara—or statement pieces such as an ethereal day dress ($148) from Anthropologie and a cropped vest ($69.95) from H&M's conscious collection, made from sustainable fabric.

Fashion Trend Report: Embroidery
Art by Tanya Leigh Washington
Holding Horses 'Cissie' Embroidered Dress, $148, at Anthropologie; H&M Conscious Collection Exclusive Embroidered Cotton Vest, $69.95, at H&M; Zara Sleeveless Embroidered Tunic, $79.90, at Zara

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