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Trendspotting: Embellished shoulders
Shoulder To Shoulder Trendspotting: Embellished shoulders

They went big, then space-age, and now they're bejeweled. It's obvious that fashion's fixation with strong shoulders is far from over, as we see designers taking the Balmain-inspired peaked silhouette a step further with embellished shoulders. This hot new trend updates the latest puffed and padded pieces with accents like studs, crystals, and sequins that draw more attention to the shoulder.

Perhaps this striking evolution of the '80s shoulder pad will convince naysayers that bold shoulders can be thoroughly modern and oh-so-fabulous. In fact, the fall runways of Givenchy, Ungaro and Gaultier have already embraced the trend, just like the fashion-forward ladies of Manila.

Find out which pieces can get you started as you click on to see who's been working the bolder and brighter shoulder.


—Bernice Bautista, Editorial Assistant

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