Designers used oversized sequin Pailettes, Swarovski crystals, sequins, beads
and studs to create outstanding crusted embellishments. The use
of rich pattern and textural passementerie creates simply fabulous
Fashion designers chose glistening, glittering, glimmering
materials with superb tactile qualities, slinkiness and
The trend is for Metallic Futurism with unusual silhouettes that have a space age feel.
These garments are made more
futuristic by fabrics that glimmer and sheen with metallic
undertones. Simple shapes that echo retro sixties
silhouettes are perfect to show off luxury fabrics that can take
a simple design shape. Prada showed stunning pieces intended to
be worn for either day or evening wear.
Prada Pailette Sequins In AW11 Women's Catwalk
These two dresses below use two of autumns hottest colours -
Left & Right - Matthew Williamson Burnt Out But Opulent - Sequin
Embellished Mini Dress £465. Plus Fabric Detail - Stockist
Number: 07951 253052.
Texture is always important for womenswear clothing for the festive season. Sequins were suggested by designers for anytime wear, making
them suited to garments designed for casual or red carpet
events. So note any racks of apparel with big sequinned skirts or glitter
trousers, and give them a good browse.
Massive sequin Paillettes are supersized this year. Prada served
up fish-scale dresses, and Christopher Kane scattered sheer
dresses with clear sequins. The look is delicate and wispy
rather than glitzy bling.
Always at the forefront of trends, TopShop follows this texture
with their blue Pailette shorts. They are in store for the Christmas
Topshop - Huge Blue Sequin Pailettes on Shorts - AW11.
Left - Love Label at Very.co.uk. Orange Bead Sixties Tunic Dress
Centre - Sequin Colour Block Patterned Mini Dress £99 -
Right - Dress Detail.
Many styles this year are based on sixties shift lines of the
sheath or swing A-line silhouette. The simple silhouette shows
the sequins to perfection. Overall, dresses are more modest and
the trend is for sequin gowns to have sleeves or normal armholes. But there
are still ultra-glamorous cutaway bodice and bustier prom styles
to be bought.
With its glittering appliqués, this short bustier
dress looks sexy and elegant at the same time. The unusual
pleating emphasises the silhouette and the shoulder-line.
Left - Vera Mont Dress UK ₤ 350, IRL€ 410.
Vera Mont Autumn Winter 2011 Stockist Number: 020 7411 0322.
Right - Oli Premium Silver Sequin Spray Halter Dress - £75. AW11
Clothing Stockist Number: 0871 987 1030.
Look at the pretty linear detail in this hand embellished halter
neck chiffon dress from Oli. Perfect for cocktail parties, the
understated sequin detail of this dress should be teamed with
As well as sixties shifts there are other silhouettes that take
inspiration from the dropped shoulder kimono lines of 1920s and
1980s tops and dresses. These styles are always wonderful for
plus size women as they accommodate a fuller bust and just as
easily look good on a skinny woman flowing over a flat chest
Perfect easy wear luxury black Beaded Christmas dress. These are
premium embellished black and silver sequin occasion party wear
EAST Boutique Neemrana Black/Silver Sequin Dress £160.
EAST Boutique AW11 -
Stockist Number: 0208 877 6543.
This Luxury Silver Sequin Dress £49.99/€69.99 - TK Maxx AW11.
Stockist Number: 01923 473 3000.
The focus for autumn 2011 is on
jewel colours, a major trend
carrying on from
spring brights and colour blocking trends. One
cannot over emphasise the richness and boldness of these
colours. In the jewel colour range vivid
strong bright blue for example continues to grow in popularity,
ballet pink with black is still available in all types of
garments. But many will still prefer to invest in a classic
Little black dress.
Left - Holly - Deco Beaded Line Dress
£79.99/€99.99, Ribbon Tie Heels £27.99/€34.99.
Centre - Yulia - Scallop Hem Beaded Dress £74.99/€99.99, Patent
Peep Toe Heels £24.99/€32.99. New Look Limited Edition -
Right - Pink & Black Teatro Beaded Sequin
Dress - Littlewoods.
Far Right - Teatro Black Sequin Dress.
For evening lace shorts, velvet shorts and jewel
colour options worn with sheer hosiery add grown up glamour for
the sartorially brave.
Left - Warehouse Christmas 2011 - Sequin Playsuit Shorts £90,
Bag £30, Belt £28. Warehouse Stockist Tel: 0845 122 2251.
Right - Moschino Cheap and Chic AW11 Catwalk Sequin
If you seek a pair of
shorts as shown
at Louis Vuitton then look no further than Topshop who have
these black sequin briefs above.
Or if this footwear is not to your liking, look
for another accessory such as a detachable black sequin collar
with stud ties. Add this to a plain sheer top or bustier, then let the boss in
you out, and everyone will know you are not to be messed with.
Copyright of images courtesy of Prshots.com, Swarovski,
Marks & Spencer, Hobbs, NEXT, Apricot, Monsoon,
Warehouse, New Look, very.co.uk, IFTF, Topshop,
EAST, Vera Mont,
Littlewoods Ireland, &Co, Burnt out But Opulent.
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