Of everything non-crochet I noticed in the spring ‘15 NYFW shows, this trend — which I almost dubbed “I could make that!” but then remembered how much I hate when people say that — was my favorite. It might not have been the biggest, most overt trend going, but there was more than enough of it to make me notice.
Designers getting crafty yet again — but this time, with stuff normal people might have on hand and could conceivably create their own versions of. My absolute fave, hands down, was the Perler bead necklaces at Libertine. I like the look of anything pixelated (or as I think of it, cross-stitched), and these blew my mind. P.S. if you follow that link to the official Perler bead website (yes, that’s what those beads you lay out and then iron into place are called), you’ll see that a) actual kids’ Perler bead game is tight and b) they have an app to help you create designs, if graph paper is too low-tech for your taste.
The Libertine show also boasted the two other crafty staples that showed up elsewhere — pompoms and jumbled beads. Pompoms! Aside from some risqué fur pompoms at Betsey Johnson, they were all yarn pompoms, too! M Missoni had them on flip-flops, as edging, and at the ends of drawstrings. Trina Turk had them edging a hood. Both Libertine and Jeremy Scott applied pompoms liberally to everything, including menswear. I feel like the Rayban-style sunglasses haphazardly adorned with a rainbow of buttons at Libertine also deserve a special shoutout.
Jumbled beads — especially plastic ones — is another look that’s just fun. It’s also one where having an actual grade schooler make you a necklace may get you the purposefully disorganized look you want, since when grownups try for that it usually winds up looking planned. Jeremy Scott went crazy with the plastic beads, mixing in all kinds of charms and trinkets and turning them into everything from shoulder-dusting earrings to crowns. Polo Ralph Lauren showed the more upscale version — mixed glass beads. I also kind of fell in love with the one Parsons MFA student (I don’t know which one! Sorry!) who splashed his or her garments with gobs of gumball-looking beads. Okay beads that look like delicious candy probably aren’t child-safe, but that’s why I said this stuff looks like kiddie crafts, not that it is crafts for kids.
Time to go get me some Perler beads….