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Over the last couple of seasons I’ve noticed a lot of old-world crafts and handiwork incorporated into fashion. I appreciate that designers are leaning in the direction of clothing which appears to have been touched and delicately cared for by human hands. Do you incorporate any crafts into sewing? Like beading, crochet, or applique? Read on to see some beautiful examples of these techniques…

Above: Applique and Lace. Alexander McQueen used laser cut lace for a black floor length gown, Stella McCartney makes sheer black lace T’s with lace applique, DVF beaded shorts, Alexis Bittar necklace with hands and silk floral applique, Issac Mizrahi floral clutch.

Rivets and Metal: Lanvin metallic skirt, McQueen black riveted ankle boots, Gareth Pugh silver ensemble, Louboutin for Rodarte rose gold spiked heels, Guiseppe Zanotti rose + metallic flats.

Beading + Sequins: After seeing Roberto Cavalli’s latest collection I have a new love for subtle detailing with beads and sequins.

Woven Raffia: Fendi does woven raffia in a blouse and in a color bag, black + white Marni bag, raffia and leather clogs by Chloe, black and white D&G basket weave bag.

Tassels: Mark Fast combines raffia and beads to make striking tassels, Cavalli combined leather and tassels for Western-inspired, worn-in looking pieces.

Images from style.com


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    Jun 7, 2011, 02.35 PMby PatriciaMay

    I really love that super high heeled sandal.I wonder how much would it cost for the shipping and it’s price. Thank you so much for this post!Keep up the good work and post more of your products.Hobo International Lauren

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    Jun 7, 2011, 07.55 AMby trixiemcbubble

    I recently acknowledged that I mostly use sewing as a vehicle for my other projects, which mostly consist of weaving, knitting and embroidery. I am lucky to know pattern construction and some simple sewing techniques, but only as a ‘secondary’ craft. The trend with other crafts in fashion of course makes me really happy!

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    Jun 6, 2011, 01.33 AMby mercedesgilces

    Increible imaginacion ! hermoso :)

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    Jun 5, 2011, 10.54 AMby xrosyposyx

    I want a macrame top!

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    Jun 2, 2011, 09.39 AMby kelseykay

    Love the close up details of these garments, I wish i could be apart of a creation as intricate as some of these pieces.

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    Jun 2, 2011, 08.36 AMby loyl8

    love this post!!! I love everypost you post though. This is why things are the price they are because of the time and effort that go into details. I am very detail orientated and respect the detail work.

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    Jun 2, 2011, 06.35 AMby Genevieve Dwyer

    Yes! Crafty embellishment is the best bit! I’m always guilty of rushing the sewing to get to the embellishing – my favourite bit!

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    Jun 2, 2011, 03.15 AMby Nefertiti Moore

    This is my favorite part of fashion! The crafty artisan work. Anyone can make a shirt, but can they make a macramé shirt using luxury threads?

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    Jun 1, 2011, 07.44 PMby aleah

    Yes! Or at least I wish I could! It just takes so much time and creativity… but anything can be accomplished with a glue gun, some fabric, beads, pearls, lace, rhinestones.

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    Jun 1, 2011, 07.37 PMby jem1022

    BTW, that fendi metallic skirt is not fendi!!!!! Its Lanvin from their spring/summer 2011 collection.

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      Jun 1, 2011, 09.01 PMby alisondahl

      you’re right! consider it fixed ;)

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