Looking at the ensembles coming down some runways this spring, one could easily think that the designers descended twenty-thousand leagues under the sea for inspiration. Couturiers like Karl Lagerfeld (Chanel), Olivier Theyskens (Theyskens’ Theory), and Riccardo Tisci (Givenchy), to name a few, mesmerized with outfits that seemed to emanate from a world of fish, shells, scales, coral and black pearls. Their muse must have been an iridescent mermaid or Aphrodite , the Greek goddess of love and beauty, born from sea-foam. Sequins, a sparkling legacy of the 80s, were therefore a popular presence.
I usually shy away from daytime sparkle, but not always. Whenever I make this exception though, I prefer to wear a simple tee emblazoned with a few sparkling details, while playing down the rest of the outfit with muted colors . Simplicity would apply to the accessories as well in this case, as I am trying to avoid looking like my grandmother’s chandelier. The alternative could be to begin with a classic, conservative outfit and to add some shine to it with a clutch or a pair of glittery shoes, never both.
For an evening out with the girls however, all bets are off and a shimmery top-skirt combination, such as the one below, has the potential to add an extra dose of panache, as long as everything else, from makeup to accessories, is bordering austerity.
Until next time,