• A look from Salvatore Ferragam's Fall 2012 collection.

  • Blogger Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific sporting a brocade dress.

    Photo: Atlantic-Pacific/
  • A stylish denizen, captured by Street Peeper

    Photo: StreetPeeper/
  •  Christopher Kane Fall 2012

  • Blogger (and StyleCaster model!) Hanneli Mustaparta wears a super cute brocade dress.

    Photo: Hanneli Mustaparta/
  • Brocade pieces on Balmain's Fall 2012 runway.

  • Check out blogger Keiko Lynn's brocade skirt and bow!

    Photo: Keiko Lynn/
  • Chic brocade trousers spotted by street-style blog Trendsetter Vintage.

    Photo: Trendsetter Vintage/
  • Kelly Frammel of the Glamourai wears a festive, gold, brocade dress.

    Photo: The Glamourai/
  • Zac Posen shows a sophisticated brocade number during his Fall 2012 show.

  • Shop the trend!
    Rachel Comey Meade Shell Top in Brocade, $370.27; at Asos

  • Jacquard Capri Pants, $79.90; at Zara

  • Diane von Furstenberg Delian Metallic Jacquard Peplum Top, $345; at Intermix

  • Alice + Olivia Minah Brocade Skirt, $264; at Shopbop

  • Shakuhachi Brocade Boots, $315; at Urban Outfitters

  • Max C London Skater Dress, $61.57; at Asos

  • Ungaro Vintage Brocade Jacket, $238.26; at FarFetch

  • Brocade Pants, $255; at Opening Ceremony

  • Adelita Brocade Mini Dress, $198; at Anthropologie

  • 7 For All Mankind The Skinny Velvet Brocade Foil Print Pant, $198; at Zappos

  • Rachel Zoe Riley Brocade Coat, $255; at Bergdorf Goodman

  • Brocade Fit & Flare Dress, $192; at Erin Fetherston

  • Alexander McQueen Black & Gold Brocade Skull Print Belt, $395; at Bluefly


Brocade: On the Runway, On the Street, In the Stores

Brocade: On the Runway, On the Street, In the Stores

You may recall a certain scene from “The Devil Wears Prada” where Meryl Streep’s terrifying character explains how a trend is born, asserting that most start at the hands of top designers and eventually trickle down to the masses, where they ultimately get produced at bargain prices. While her version of the story was slightly exaggerated (and abridged), there is a method behind the accessibility of key trends for any given season.

In this new weekly feature, we choose one trend that started with the top runways and trickled down to the closets of some of our favorite bloggers and street-style personalities, and eventually to the stores in which we love to shop.

First up: opulent brocade. From top designers like Salvatore Ferragamo and Alexa Chung fave Christopher Kane, to blogger bombshells such as the Glamourai’s Kelly Frammel to Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific, the patterned heavyweight weaves are pretty much everywhere this season.

Here, we share brocade inspiration from runways and street style blogs, and highlight pieces you can actually shop now.