Brocade is a class of richly decorative shuttle-woven fabrics, often made in colored silks and with or without gold and silver threads. This is a very important season for contrasting texture effects in clothing. This fascination for embellishment has led to a revived interest in opulent luxury fabrics. Patterns in brocade can be subtle or bold, however, bold and manifestly renaissance in style often wins through, like this beautiful gold and black brocade coat from Emma Somerset shown above left.Brocade and damask looks have become a norm in current fashion.A few years ago the jacquard brocade fabric seemed initially limited to haute couture and the odd magazine dress or coat, now opulence has moved into main stream fashion and brocade is used for every fashion item from tunic dresses, bags to footwear. This trend for gold damask is likely to endure, since, Dolce and feature gold damask patterned trousers in this summer.