Curious Trends


Curiosity embellishment on textiles, clothing and accessories

The maximalist trend goes from strength to strength as designers attempt to create ever more unique and unusual creations.

Inspired by the patterns on antiques, like china tea services, the extraordinary detail on Mary Katrantzou’s dresses and accessories transforms them into curiosities in their own right.

Yang Du’s curiosity capes and cardigans are dramatically different in style, but equally original in their design - and double up as collectable works of wearable art.

Next summer will be all about embellishment, with everything from flip flops to Wellington boots (like those by Emma Lundgren below) getting an exotic makeover.

Jewellery designers are becoming increasingly avant garde with their decoration: Stand-out items include Erickson Beamon’s curiosity neckwear and neon pom-pom hat.

Retrouve crafts vintage ‘found’ items, including old costume jewellery, into magnificent new pieces.

Kayleigh Sarah Moore, spotted at New Designers, impressed with an arty array of elaborately embellished textiles and distinctive, beaded collages. Her jewel and sequin adorned animals display quirky charm and character – highly prized at a time when the curiosity factor is a welcome alternative to the unimaginative uniformity of the computer age.

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