In honor of the colder days and darkening nights, we thought it would be fun to add a little sparkle to our Trend Report for September and focus on sequins, sequins and sequins. When you’re picking your outfit for a night out in fall, there’s nothing like a little glitz to make you forget about the looming winter and the cold it brings.
If you paid attention to the Fall 2009 collections when they were shown earlier this year, you probably noticed that sequins were a popular look. Between the various other trends (which we showcased in Trend Report: Fall 2009), the glimmer of a sequin could be seen on many a catwalk. The sequin can be a bold statement when worn from head to toe. Luckily, this trend is so universal that there is a stack of different ways to wear it, from a sequined blazer like the one Peaches Geldof is sporting to a mini skirt like Kate Hudson.
When Balmain (bottom, middle) sent the sequined look to the runways for Fall, they went all out. From sequined blazers to mini dresses with sharp shoulders, they were certainly a force to be reckoned with. At 3.1 Phillip Lim, they kept it slightly simpler, with a draped jacket in gold that was paired with a straightforward cotton dress and tights. Similarly, at Marc Jacobs, a red sequined sweater was paired with a printed skirt, which helped to downplay the glamour. Some of you will prefer the all out allure of Balmain and some of you will want to look unfussy and minimal while still adding a bit of excitement to your style. One thing is for certain, though. You are always going to stir the crowd when working with sequins.
If you usually turn to the runway for inspiration, start with Marc Jacobs (top, left). Although the sequins give the top a party feel, the long sleeves deemphasize the look and make it perfect for the fall months. For a similar look try Donna Karan’s Cashmere Sweater ($598) together with Topshop’s Premium Stripe Velvet Skirt ($80). Add these Patent Oxford Shoe-Boots ($39) from Newport News to complete the look.
At 3.1 Phillip Lim (top, right) a simple tee dress was paired with a sequined blazer to create an amazing, rock-chic look. We like this silver Sequin Blazer ($495) by 7 For All Mankind and this purple Tiffany Sequined Blazer ($199.20) by Iisli.
Over at Balmain (bottom, middle) they didn’t hold back with the sequins, plastering a heavy array of them on this amazing mini dress and its matching sleeve. If you’re lucky enough to have the money, try Balmain’s Paillette Mini Dress ($13,395) from the same collection. As much as we’d love to say we have that sort of dough, a less pricy version obviously had to be found. We love Bebe’s Sequin Striped Asymmetric Dress ($98) and Topshop’s Tall Cosmic Sequin Dress ($170).
While many of us look at the runways for our style inspiration, it is always fun to see how the stars take on the trends. Kate Hudson (top, middle), who loves to rock the bohemian-luxe vibe, wears a mini skirt and cropped jacket combo in gold sequins with a plain white cami. We prefer not to do sequins on sequins, so we’ve found two perfect separates for a stab at Kate’s look. This gold Sequined Miniskirt ($88) by Aqua is perfect with a plain white tee while Topshop’s Scalloped Beaded Jacket ($135) is the best cropped jacket.
Peaches Geldof (bottom, left) has gone for an all-black approach, throwing a boyfriend blazer of her outfit and adding a dash of red lipstick. If you love the style of this London socialite, try Free People’s Black Sequin Blazer ($168). Pair it with this Whiting & Davis Brass Mesh Cross-Body Bag ($70) and add a dash of Rimmel London’s Lasting Finish Lipstick ($5.19) in Balistic, Alarm or Red Hot.
Lastly, the gorgeous Beyonce wearing a multicolored mini dress from Balmain. If you want to try this look, we like this Striped Sequins Dress ($150) by Body Language, Larok’s Her Majesty Sequined Minidress ($398) and Ksubi’s Midnight Sequin Dress ($141).