On The Runway/Sequins
Per usual, flowery fashion flourished on the S/S 12 runways; however, it was Christopher Kane's diamond-encrusted rendition that solidified beaded botanicals as a must-try trend for all. The London-based Scottish designer masterfully anchored feminine dresses with clusters of bejeweled florals for a stunning result that was equal parts elegant and edgy. We are particularly inspired by the collection's finale look, shown above. Though the diamonds embellished on the Romnee Embroidered Dress (price upon request), the Plastic & Glass Beads Clutch ($2400) and Jeweled Sandals ($1065, 212.206.1272) are decidedly fancy, the frock's understated silhouette and neutral color palette make it a desirable and completely wearable choice for daytime too!
On The Red Carpet/Sequins
We are thrilled to see this bold outfit idea blooming off the runways as well, thanks to leading ladies like Emily Blunt, Jordana Brewster, and Teresa Palmer, all of whom recently donned standout sequin versions. Blunt showed off her green thumb at The Five Year Engagement premiere party in New York early last month in a Jason Wu dress from the designer's Pre-Fall 12 collection. We love how emerald beading and intricate embroidery bring life to the black strapless frock, and we must award bonus points to the actress for her well-matched accessories--Alice + Olivia Devon High Heel Pumps ($265) and green Lorraine Schwartz earrings--and of-the-moment bright pink lipstick. In addition to Blunt's stunning dress, we simply can't take our eyes off of the shimmering number Teresa Palmer wore at a Naeem Khan private dinner in Los Angeles a few weeks ago. The blonde beauty selected the Multicolor Short-Sleeve Floral Sequin Dress (price upon request, 212.575.1173) from Khan's S/S 12 collection, which, swathed in large sequin hibiscus flowers, is the perfect party dress for a hot summer night. At the same event, we spotted the lovely Brewster wearing another noteworthy Khan creation. Featuring a structured silhouette, pastel color palette, and sweet mélange of sugared blossoms, Brewster's Faille Dress with Pleated Skirt and Abstract Turquoise Floral Beading ($4999) offers a chic and sophisticated take on today's trend.
On The Red Carpet/Appliques
Today's look can also take on a brilliant 3-D effect with ethereal floral appliques, as seen on Emmy Rossum and Caroline Sieber. These embellished floral designs bring a touch of whimsy and plenty of visual intrigue to feminine dresses, making them a sweet choice for fancy after-hour fetes. Back in February, Rossum was certainly the belle of the ball at the Global Green pre-Oscar party in Los Angeles wearing a custom Oliver Tolentino dress with rosette cutouts and fresh water pearls. The tiny appliqued roses featured on the bodice add dimension to the full-skirted frock, while further enhancing the prim, ladylike spirit of the overall look. We also adore the garden of paillette flowers and crystals that veiled Caroline Sieber's Louis Vuitton dress from the S/S 12 collection, which she wore at a cocktail party celebrating said fashion house in Italy earlier this year. The extravagant details lend the dress a truly modern look that is both luxurious and playful, and, most importantly, hard to ignore.
If you would like to freshen up your own wardrobe with some beaded blossoms, we advise you to check out our carefully curated selection of products. In the dress department, we are over the moon about ASOS' Skater Dress with Embellished Details ($104) and P.A.R.O.S.H.'s sleeveless Flower Embellished Dress ($482). The former combines an of-the-moment pastel yellow hue with precious white floral appliques, while the latter comes in the most amazing green hue and is perfect for a warm-weather garden party. Mango's Sequin Dress ($80) and Rebecca Taylor's Shadow Daisy Beaded Dress ($385) are also worth checking out.
Not really a dress girl? No worries, these shimmering details can be found on tops, skirts, pants, and shoes too! You definitely don't want to miss Alice + Olivia's Embellished Silk-Chiffon Tank ($395) or Diane von Furstenberg's Yvan Flower-Applique Top ($595); we would style either option with tailored trousers and sleek heels for a chic daytime outfit. We also encourage you to check out River Island's multicolored Floral Sequin Skirt ($104)--it's a fun option for a GNO!--and Topshop's All Over Flower Skirt ($116), which offers a subtle take on the trend and pairs nicely with a button-up blouse for the office. And last but certainly not least, our investment-worthy picks! Ashish's Jeans with Sequin Flowers ($730) offer a casual and cool way to embrace sequined florals, while Sergio Rossi's Olive and Magenta Flower Embroidered Platforms Sandals ($1030) and Peter Pilotto's Satin and Patent Leather Flower Embellished Sandals ($1198) are sure to give your look a perfectly posy finish!--Jessica Baker
Photos of Emily Blunt, Caroline Sieber, Jordana Brewster, and Teresa Palmer, courtesy of Getty; Christopher Kane runway photo, courtesy of Christopher Kane.