I have a double bridle with some minimal patent leather accents...I just adore it. It has patent leather piping on the noseband, all the keepers are patent leather and the stitching on the bridle is white. Also, the cheek pieces are rolled. I have a V shaped crystal browband on it (the original browband was patent leather). Personally, I think it's the most gorgeous bridle ever. But I agree that full noseband patent leather and the patent topped boots with crystals are just downright tacky. It CAN be pretty in small amounts...but as a trend it's been going way over the top.