If you're wondering how you're going to transition your spring sequins for fall, the trick is to swap out your sparkly embellishments for something a little more substantial: crystals. And we're not talking about the subtle early-aughts bling that's been spotted on the runways in previous seasons. Instead, designers want you dripping and glistening with crystals hanging off every limb — as if you swiped a roll of rhinestones from your local bead shop but realized you never owned a Bedazzler in the first place.
We first spotted this trend at New York Fashion Week, with brands like Area and 3.1 Phillip Lim adding shimmery fringe to their collections, either draped over a crop top or attached along the handkerchief hem of a dress. In London, Ashley Williams and Markus Lupfer accessorized with hanging crystals in the form of a statement necklace and dangling earrings, respectively. But it was Christopher Kane who took this trend to the next level, heavily ornamenting his designs with shiny stones in multiple colors, including oversized knits, evening-ready dresses and the blazer of a two-piece suit.
Now that we're in the thick of Milan Fashion Week, Gucci also got in on the sparkly look: In addition to the collection's nipple tassels, dragons and head purses, Alessandro Michele adorned his models with elaborate crystal body chains. And if Gucci is in on this aesthetic, then you know everyone else will be, too.
We can't say for sure that KiraKira is responsible for this trend, but the popular app is sure to get plenty of action if people are still as obsessed with it this fall.