Dating back to the 1600s, the merchant of Venice warned ‘all that glistens is not gold’. A saying designed to serve as a reminder that not everything that shines is precious. Fast forward to Spring/Summer 2016 and it is now the merchants of ready-to-wear telling us that not only is all that glitters not gold, preferably it’s silver, green or everything in between.
Sequins, embellishment and beading of navy, jade, bronze and silver glittered across the runways of Lanvin, Sonia Rykiel, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs and Balmain. From Ford’s dazzling disco dress, Sonia Rykiel’s heavy beading to Marc Jacobs’ grunge inspired Maxi skirts. Each sparkling piece to hit the runway reinforced that it is glitter’s time to shine.
This timing couldn’t be more appropriate. With December fast approaching nothing says festive quite like a good dose of sparkle and although the Spring collections aren’t due to hit stores until February we can take inspiration from the runway when selecting our perfect Christmas and New Years Eve ensembles.
Whether you’re attending a relaxed day time soiree or black tie evening extravaganza, there is an application for sequins. For day, try balancing your little dazzler with a relaxed tee or casual button down. A heavily beaded clutch or jewelled shoe is way to inject a little daytime sparkle in an understated way. For evening, this refined approach won’t cut it, its high voltage glamour all the way. Channel your inner Anna Dello Russo by embracing the mantra of more is more. Think head to toe shine, pairing heavily embellished dresses or separates back with OTT metallic heels and a clutch. When layering on the glitz don’t be afraid to mix your metals. Bronze and Navy? Great! Gold with Silver? On point. Head to toe Jade? Perfection!
Now it’s time to shine.
About the Author;
A senior womenswear buyer, lecturer, key note speaker and founder of Style Retailer. Lauren Jones has over 10 years buying experience, working across department store, David Jones and youth sector retailers General Pants co. and Glue Store. Specialising in women’s denim and fashion, Lauren has forged a successful career, consistently driving strong sales and margin result in a rapidly evolving landscape. Drawing on this experience, Lauren created Style Retailer, a fashion consultation business designed to help major retailers and independents alike drive competitive advantage and growth through solid buying practices.
Lauren also uses her vast experience to lecture at Sydney’s FBI Fashion College, teaching both Fashion Buying and Advanced Fashion Buying courses. Lauren is also a regular speaker at the Fashion Exposed seminars in Melbourne and Sydney and a regular contributor to leading fashion publications.
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