The predominant trend seen from this years Spring 17 fashion is that embellishment is the key to style one's wardrobe.
The runways were cluttered with patches, studs, chains, the busier the look, the better.
It's about making a statement, catching the viewer's eye and retaining it. The embellished look on clothing allows a person to really explore a look and create a theme throughout their outfit.
Typically we rely on jewelry to pull in a color, a shape, a mood to polish a look, with this embellishment trend, the accessory is part of the clothing itself.
I took a look at Alexander McQueen's Autumn/Winter collection and have fallen in love with the embellished leather sneakers.
The bold red suede backing of the shoe scrawled with the designers name invokes a sporty feel that we often associate with sneakers setting the tone of athleticism.
However, the view from the front of the shoe is an impossible to miss jewel encrusted hands that wrap around the front of the shoe, as if it’s being held. The hand beaded feature is secured by a velcro strap, which once again is reminiscent to the idea of an athletic shoe even though the closure is clearly adorned.
The red on the back of the shoe matching the nails of the bejeweled fingers emphatically sets the palette for the wearer. It lays out the groundwork to creatively build a look allowing one to accessorize with the season’s popular military green to compliment the bright red hue of the sneaks.
Some people hate the athleisure trend, but here we have a glamorously comfortable look that can dress up or down.