Trend Alerts: Studs

From purses and key fobs to clothing, caps and clutches, studs add character to a wide range of wearable items. "Metallic studs became popular again in the last few years with the resurgence of punk looks," says designer Mariana Leung, founder and editor of Ms. Fabulous Media. Studs are a variation of rhinestones with a ramped-up attitude.

"They're a quick and inexpensive way to add sparkle to the most basic of garments," Leung says. With good design, she says, studs can make an ordinary item look richer. Up until recently, this embellishment method wasn't as widely used as it is today. According to Leung, before a few years ago, young and contemporary markets as well as novelty clothing companies gravitated toward this type of embellishment. "Now, manufacturers are finding more sophisticated ways to use them that work with all markets," she says.

With so many applications and audiences, it's no wonder stud decoration is all the rage. And, though it may evolve, the trend isn't fading away anytime soon. "There's opportunity to develop more finishes, shapes and application techniques for studs," Leung says. "It'll only get bigger as more designers find new ways to use them to adapt for any trend."

This Ladies' Knitted Visor with "Fantasia" Rhinestones Motif (6568) from Mega Cap Inc. (asi/70434; circle 90 on Free Info Card) contains self-fabric with elastic band closure and comes in several colors.

Mega Cap Inc. (asi/70434; circle 90 on Free Info Card) carries this Fashion Trucker Cap (6550) with butterfly embroidery, stud decoration on the front and a plastic adjustable strap in the back.

Style it up with the Big Buddha Alexis Satchel (05ALEXIS) from AMC Special Markets (asi/30198; circle 91 on Free Info Card). With gold stud details, a turn-lock buckle, rolled carry handles, a removable crossbody/shoulder strap, top-zip closure and plenty of pockets, this bag is sure to please.

Check out the Enzyme Washed Herringbone Cotton Army Cap (9033) from Mega Cap Inc. (asi/70434; circle 90 on Free Info Card). The chic cap features a frayed crown and bill with antiqued gold-tone studs and a self-fabric adjustable strap with Velcro closure; decorated by Annemarie McArdle, production manager at Philadelphia-based Sparkle Plenty Designs (asi/88442; circle 92 on Free Info Card).


Holding a purse featuring trendy studded details, a model walks the runway at the Marina Hoermanseder show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015. The show took place at Erika Hess Eisstadion in Berlin, Germany.