Bugging Out

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Creepy crawlies have invaded the fall runways, thankfully in the form of prints and embellishments. In a somewhat contradictory trend, insects have become incorporated into the most elegant of evening wear, including in some of the more conservative, ladylike settings of fashion week, namely Tory Burch, where dragonflies, crickets, and beetles were featured throughout the collection-on prints, clasps, and bejeweled bags.

The designs of Alexander McQueen, now under the creative direction of Sarah Burton, are no strangers to insects, featured heavily in his spring 2008 collection, whose monarch butterfly designs were an editorial hit, modeled in spreads by the likes of  Beyonce and Lady Gaga.  The backstage of Burton’s current S/S season most resembled a buzzing hive, with models in beekeeper-inspired hats, and the honeycomb pattern, found on jacquard fabric, sheer pants and shoes, prominent throughout. Lanvin and Roberto Cavalli utilized the trend in more subtle ways, with ladylike insect brooches adorning the ruffles and blush-toned skirts at Lanvin, and on Cavalli’s grittier cuffs and necklaces paired with baroque prints and heavily textured garments. If you’re not ready to splurge on McQueen’s honeycomb-infused platforms, both Pamela Love and Tory Burch have introduced post earrings that offer a more budget-friendly way to tackle the critter trend.

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Details at Alexander McQueen

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Beetle brooch at ultra-feminine Lanvin

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Embellishments at Lanvin

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Tory Burch F/W 2013

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Roberto Cavalli F/W 2013

All photos courtesy of Vogue.com

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