If there's one skill we wished we picked up from Grandma, it's needlepoint! The rich, tapestry-like embroidery has moved on from accent pillows and rugs, and found its way onto the runway in the form of intricate clothes and accessories. Thanks to Balmain and Tory Burch's stylish interpretations for fall, the craft has shrugged off its slightly stuffy, old-fashioned reputation, and replaced it with a fashionable following! So read today's Microtrend story to see who's wearing the look and how to nab it for yourself.On The Runway
Balmain's collections always exude an opulent rock 'n' roll vibe designed for the cool girl with edge, which is why needlepoint was an unexpectedly chic addition to Olivier Rousteing's F/W 12 runway. Paired with the Sky Blue High-Necked Shirt ($3600) and simple Black Cigarette Pants ($1500), Balmain's ornate White All-Over Embroidered Sweater ($33300) studded with tiny pearls featured a cross-stitch cameo and exemplified the new, high-fashion needlepoint look! Tory Burch's chevron stitchwork offset her collection's ladylike accessories, like the Needlepoint Medium Resin Top Bag ($595) in Dark Plum, with a DIY-inspired vibe.
At The Amazing Spider-Man premiere in Madrid in June, Emma Stone made upholstery look sophisticated and stylish in Dolce & Gabbana's Cotton Lace Wool Cross Stitched Dress ($10,900) from the F/W 12 collection. Though her lacy number has a lot going on--floral tapestry motifs and puffy sleeves--Stone streamlined the look with sleek, nude pumps and pinned-back hair.
During London Fashion Week in early February, Cara Delevingne showed off her layering skills in a few unbuttoned jackets and sweaters. But it's her outermost layer--a fuzzy brown jacket with colorful embroidery--that gives her outfit an on-trend, bohemian feel.
Bianca Brandolini D'Adda
Bianca Brandolini D'Adda went for a full-on needlepoint look at the Dolce & Gabbana S/S 13 show in Milan last month. The model/socialite sported the label's Nude Lace And Needlepoint Dress ($9075, select DG boutiques) from the brand's F/W 12 collection with cross-stitch pumps. Panels of floral embroidery look sumptuous and luxe against the background of a feminine lace frock.
Needlepoint also turned romantic in Keira Knightley's Valentino Silk Tulle Dress With Sequined Embroidery ($25000) from the F/W 12 collection. The actress wore the elaborately appliqued gown with a pretty updo and delicate floral headpiece while attending her Seeking a Friend for the End of the World premiere in Los Angeles in June.
Get The Look/Clothing
If you can't wait to try this look, you don't have to sign up for crafting classes just yet! For a very wearable take on the trend, we suggest Floreat's Needlepoint Quilted Skirt ($128) or ASOS SALON's Kaftan Dress With Bright Embroidery ($97). You can also go for a needlepoint print instead; try a chic piece like Dolce & Gabbana's Needlepoint Print Blouse ($925), ModCloth's Sew You How Its Done Dress ($205), and Tripp NYC's Floral Cross-Stitch Printed Jeans ($75)!
Get The Look/Accessories
To incorporate just a touch of needlepoint into your everyday ensemble, go the accessories route. There are a bunch of shoe options: Solestruck's By Paige Fox Shoes ($130) for the style savant who seeks comfort, Tory Burch's Florian Needlepoint Wedges ($147) for girls who prefer a little height, and Songbird's Embroidered T-Straps ($148) in Black for those in between! Looking for more homespun accents? Tory Burch's Needlepoint Small Resin Frame Bag ($495) in Navy is a refined, versatile purse that'll take you through the season, while Tucker Blair for Opening Ceremony's Needlepoint Embroidered Belt in ($110) Flags adds a whimsical flair to your favorite pair of jeans!--Tiffany Tse
Photos of Emma Stone, Keira Knightley, and Bianca Brandolini D'Adda, courtesy of Getty Images; photo of Cara Delevingne, courtesy of Imax Tree; Balmain runway photo, courtesy of Balmain; Tory Burch runway photo, courtesy of Tory Burch.