Back in February I attended the Evolving Influence conference run by IFB. Not only did I learn a heap of new things about fashion blogging I also made some amazing friends as a result of the day. One of the most interesting things about the conference (of course!) was the array of fashion present. I noticed a lot of wide-brimmed floppy hats, maxi skirts, feathers and faux fur. Clearly my conference buddies were spot on with emerging styles but the abundance of sparkles in the room perplexed me.
Maybe it was psychological, I thought to myself. At a time of not working (a personal recession, I like to call it) perhaps it just felt wrong to me to layer on metallic and glitz. Perhaps it was an age thing, I asked myself. Perhaps I was just shying away from the showy-ness of sparkles*. Could I do understated bling I pondered… Was there a way to do chic without being showy?
I continued to ruminate while the Fall collections were showing on the runways. And what did I see on the catwalk? A LOT of sparkle, especially Jenny Packham who rolled out a slinky black glitzy jumpsuit for Autumn/Winter. It was official – more glitz was in order.
I love to dance and I found this sequined French Connection dress on eBay for the bargain price of £25.00. Perfect for a disco. You can buy it on ASOS here. I’m showing it to you ‘plain’ as I’d like some ideas on how to dress it up/down please, Blog Reader. I also want to get your views on decadent, glitzy, sparkly looks for yourself, and where you like to wear these.
If you can’t wait until Fall, then ‘Spring Bling‘ was highlighted by Vogue – the key to this look being, they stated, pieces with “elegance and glamour that offsets the glitz”. Examples given were Lanvin, Michael Kors, Phillip Lim and Prada. Remember Blog Reader that Spring Bling is not only metallic and sparkle but mirrors, crystals and glitter too. Do you have any of these hanging in your wardrobe?**
Here are my favourites from the Jenny Packham Fall 2011 collection:Images above all from Fashionologie.
*I have one other blue sequin dress (more like a top actually) but it doesn’t get rolled out often….
**We are talking CLOTHING and accessories here Blog Reader. Don’t get smart and tell me you have a mirror in your wardrobe, I know you probably do.