Take a step back from stylish, of-the-moment designs in fashion and you may see a pattern—a pattern of patterns, actually. The look is that of design elements, particularly textured design elements, repeated over relatively large fields, whether that be the bodice of a dress or the surface of a cuff bracelet.
Examples of this trend in jewelry include:
A wide textured cuff by Gaia Repossi for Alexander Wang, featured both in the August 2010 issue of Glamour, in which it is shown worn by its designer Gale Repossi, and in the June/July 2010 issue of Harper’s Bazaar.
A wide textured cuff by Yves Saint Laurent is also featured in the June/July 2010 issue of Harper’s Bazaar.
From the June 2010 issue of Marie Claire, a textured surface ring from Ann Taylor.
Examples of this trend in apparel include:
From the July 2010 issue of Elle, a Plexiglas and metal top by Prada, worn with pearl and diamond earrings by David Yurman. Notice how the texture of the dress contrasts with the texture of the model’s hair. A dress of similar design by Prada is shown in the July 2010 issue of Glamour.
From the July 2010 issue of Marie Claire, a crocheted dress from Topshop utilizing a variety of contrasting patterns. Note what appears to be a flower brooch detail.
From the June/July 2010 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, a lace top combining patterns from Marc by Marc Jacobs.
From the same issue of Harper’s Bazaar, a dress with textured ruffle capelet by Yves Saint Laurent.
From the June 2010 issue of Elle, a beaded cotton and viscose poncho by Emporio Armani worn with a bandeau top by Ter et Bantine and shell bracelets by Erickson Beamon.
The pattern effect is particularly exciting when the textured patterns are worn in combination.
The June/July 2010 issue of Harper’s Bazaar features this look with a crochet-patterned jacket and skirt, a lace pattern bodysuit, a floral petal “headpiece” and a highly textured, tangled necklace, all by Dolce & Gabbana.
From a current July 2010 ad for Chanel, the model wears a highly textured sequined shell over a dress of a vibrant repeated red and black pattern. Her clutch is adorned with sequins in a regular pattern, and she wears highly textured necklaces that remind one of macramé with braiding and beads.
The textures on textures look can also be accomplished solely with jewelry, as these next photos demonstrate:
Here is a shot from the fall 2010 Etro runway show that appeared in the June/July issue of Harper’s Bazaar. Notice the three wide bracelets of contrasting textures, worn one on top of the other.
The texture-on-texture look can be accomplished in one piece of jewelry. The June/July issue of Harper’s Bazaar features a two- strand necklace by Marni, one strand of smooth metal loops, the other a dense textured design.
I end with my favorite example of this trend. From the July 2010 issue of Lucky magazine comes this intriguing look, which combines a ruffled vest by Double Zero, a lace top by Dimri, and a quartz-detail crocheted suede cuff by Robindira Unsworth. What the ruffles, lace and suede have in common, along with a generally neutral color palette, is that each of the designs is textured with a repeating pattern. It’s a look that bears repeating.