If there’s a fashion revival from the ‘70s that we’re loving now, it’s the devil-may-care array of appliqués that used to don many a denim jacket. And we have Gucci to thank, for reviving the patched craze. The brand recently launched its DIY service, which lets you customise just about anything — from the already-iconic Dionysus bag to denim jackets and velvet slippers — with its quirky-chic selection of patches, trims and hardware.
If you want a piece of that action but are awfully indecisive (we don’t blame you, we’d select every customisable detail if we could), we’ve selected two that Gucci has come up with that are just as covetable.
And while you can spend hours trawling your local flea market for interesting appliqués, it really is much easier to step into the eclectic spirit with these six quirky pieces. Besides the opulent Gucci, House of Holland and Opening Ceremony have also adopted the trend in several of their street-worthy ensembles. They are, after all, known for pushing boundaries in the style department, and you should too.
Cut from love-worn washed denim, Gucci spearheads the appliqué trend with its highly covetable series of denim jackets. While you can have yours custom made, the Italian label has already won our hearts with this shearling-lined one, which features some of the collection’s most recognisable motifs, including the bee, butterflies and at the back, a huge tattoo-style tiger and the recurring phrase “blind for love”.
Cholombianos — a Mexican subculture that meshes American hip-hop style with religious symbols and old-school Cholo calligraphy — sets the stage for the eclectic British label this season. Fitted over a crepe de chine slip, the mesh midi dress is completed by graphic heart patches and a sporty ribbed-jersey trim for the perfect balance of street edginess and femininity.
Marc Jacobs makes the classic espadrilles fun again with a generous dose of colourful appliquéd patches and embellished pins. Fashioned in black canvas and crafted with a braided jute sole, this pair works best with jeans for a laid-back weekend.
Adorned with whimsical star and cloud appliqués, this metallic iteration of the Monogramme Kate bag shows off your fun side without losing that street cred. The compact style might have a structured silhouette, but can effortlessly hold your daily essentials. Pair it with black jeans, a tank top and a jacket to channel that insouciant, rock ’n’ roll Saint Laurent vibe.
Trust Opening Ceremony to make varsity jackets cool outside of the bleachers. This time, the design duo has gone one step further by making country-inspired jackets, so you can pledge your allegiance loud and proud. Crafted with a luxurious mix of grained leather and wool-blended fabric, the contrasting colours are further punctuated by embroidered text and graphic appliqués, giving this oversized outerwear a good dose of cool.
It’s appliqué madness at Gucci this season as Alessandro Michele applies an embellished arrow motif and “L’aveugle par amour” (French for “blinded by love”) to the classic Dionysus tote bag for a look that’s kitsch and sophisticated in equal parts. Embellished with the brand’s signature tiger head and finished with a hand-shaped bamboo top handle, this bag takes you from a casual day out to after-dark events thanks to its versatility.