Jewel-encrusted clothing: Spring/Summer 2009 Trend

Precious stones, glass and crystals adorned many an embellished item on the Spring/Summer 2009 runways. Not limited to evening gowns, this elegant version of bling also found its way onto jackets, day-dresses and accessories.

Bejewelled clothing on the runway, Spring/Summer 2009Bejeweled pieces by Zac Posen, Alexander McQueen, Alberta Ferretti, Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, and Blumarine.

Whether exotic or classical, bejewelled clothing is most certainly going to be a fashion trend for 2009.

Who designed it

Zac Posen embraced the exotic with Egyptian-themed jewel details, while Alberta Ferretti mixed lavish jewels with feminine fringing. It was Alexander McQueen, however, that produced the most breathtaking variations on this trend, from his bejewelled shoes to a neck-to-toe jewel encrusted catsuit.

Bejweled pieces on Alexander McQueen's S/S 2009 runwayAlexander McQueen’s striking use of jewel details for S/S 2009.

How to wear it

This is the one Spring/Summer 2009 trend that you won’t need to pile your statement jewellery on with. Each jewel-studded piece should be a statement of its own: make it stand out.

As with most runway trends, also be wary of how this translates to high-street versions; quality is paramount when it comes to jewel detailing.

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