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.