Each fall, fashions tend to bulk up. Summer's sheer cottons and spaghetti straps give way to rich velvets and warm wools.
Several designers showed gypsy- or baroque-inspired fashions at fall shows that overflowed with embellishments, including luxurious brocades.
Classic and exotic, these patterns of raised stitching, often accented with metallic threads, can be found this season on coats, pants and dresses.
From Marni, gold brocade florals lie across an inky black background in a boxy double-breasted coat, a standout in a season of big, bold silhouettes. The label also offers a pair of matching cropped pants.
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The French fashion house Balmain showed ornate jackets and dresses at its fall ready-to-wear show. Military-style toppers were hemmed in gold alongside quilted panels of pale blue. Dresses ranged from stretchy maxis covered in intricate criss-cross patterns to jewel-encrusted minis.
Even shoes are covered in brocade at the Italian brand Dolce & Gabanna. Ladylike kitten heels are elevated to stitchery works of art, with buttery yellows and icy blues accented with metallic thread, $645 at Dolcegabbana.com.
For holiday parties, a cheetah-print Lucille shift from J. Crew ($395 at Jcrew.com) is accented with all-over gold lamé embroidery, bringing a rich texture to the fabric. The only accessory you'll need for this elegant style is a pair of classic pumps.
And for just a touch of luxe, carry along another big trend of the season — the clutch — in an elegant brocade fabric of gold, frosty mints and taupes. The fold-over bag at US.asos.com pictured on the front ($68.12) features a wraparound tie closure accented with metal ends.