Monday, September 19, 2011

Top Ten for Fall 2011 Part 7 - Shimmer & Shine

7. Shimmer & Shine

One of fashion's big stories for Fall 2011 is the element that I like to refer to as "Shimmer & Shine." Whether delivered through bold metallics or shimmering gossamer fabrics, there has never been a better time to sparkle.

Runway Looks:

Alice + OliviaAndrew GN
Alice + Olivia Collection Fall 2011
Photo courtesy of Elle magazine.
Andrew GN Collection Fall 2011
Photo courtesy of Elle magazine.
These runway examples illustrate a couple of interesting ways that metallics and shine can be incorporated into daytime apparel. At Alice + Olivia, a tough-girl look hits the streets with a pair of fabulous metallic pants and a fur-trimmed leather jacket. At Andrew GN, the opposite approach lends a sophisticated appeal with the ultra-shimmery ruffle blouse paired with super-narrow pants and stiletto pumps. The photos below deliver some easily accessible retail pieces if you'd like to bring this style into your fall wardrobe.
Retail - Tough-Girl Looks
MICHAEL Michael Kors
Drape-Front Jacket - $450.00
&Yoke Riding Pants - $77.00
Neiman Marcus
VS Siren Leggings
Victoria's Secret
MICHAEL Michael Kors
Sequin Snake-Print Drape Sweater $89.50
& Seamed Leggings $99.50
Retail - Sophisticated Day Looks
Diane von Furstenberg
Eniola Metallic Jersey Turtleneck $245.00
Alice + Olivia
Melo Flared Blazer $440.00
Remada Bead-Neck Top $242.00
& Andy Metallic Straight-Leg Pants (price not listed)
Neiman Marcus
INC International Concepts
Collarless Sequin Cropped Jacket $89.50
Scoopneck Ribbed Knit Tank Top $22.50
& Flare Leg Jeans $69.50 $49.99
Amanda WakelyBadgley MishkaAquilano E. Rimondi
Amanda Wakely Collection Fall 2011
Photo courtesy of Elle magazine.
Badgley Mischka Collection Fall 2011
Photo courtesy of Elle magazine.
Aquilano E. Rimondi Collection Fall 2011
Photo courtesy of Elle magazine.
The runway photos above show just how lady-like shimmer and shine can be. In the photo upper left, Amanda Wakley's design is pure legance and simplicity. A simple winter-white chemise is accented with a band of gold. Accessories are minimal - modern gold sandals and a chunky choker-style necklace are all that's needed to finish the look. In the center, the designers at Badgley Mishka bring the dressiness of a sequin dress down just a notch by topping it with a cropped turtleneck. Opaque black hosiery and booties further bring the sequins into daytime, while the gloves that were so prevalent in their show take the glam-factor up a step. A similar look could be achieved with a sequin skirt and knit top. Aquilano E. Rimondi, in the photo upper right, created an office ready ensemble that goes to the top of the ladder. The shine factor comes in by way of a shimmery, but simple loose-fitting aqua top paired with a wool skirt sharing the aqua hue. Classic metallic pumps are the only accessory needed.
Retail Lady Style Looks
Ellen Tracy Short Sleeve Metallic Belted Sheath Dress
Karl Lagerfeld for Impulse
Metallic Tweed Faux Leather-Waist Skirt
Ellen Tracy
Faux Fur Vest $139.50
V-Neck Bow Tie Blouse $79.50
& Knee-Length Metallic Pencil Skirt $89.50
Haute Hippie Rabbit Vest $895.00
Peasant Tunic $285.00
& Sequined Mesh Miniskirt $345.00
Neiman Marcus
Marc Jacobs
Glitter Dot Lace-Inset Dress
Neiman Marcus
Carolina Herrera Metallic Jacquard Dress
Bergdorf Goodman
Tahari Arthur S. Levine Shimmering Two-Piece Skirt Suit
$320.00 $160.00
Lord & Taylor
Oscar de la Renta
Sequined Cashmere Cardigan $1,690.00
& Metallic Jacquard Dress $2,490.00
Bergdorf Goodman
Carolina Herrera
The looks above show some fabulous ways to incorporate metallics and shine into the daytime wardrobe for a very fresh approach to day dressing. Of course, metallics have always been staples of evening and the cocktail hour. Carolina Herrera's cocktail dress is one of my very favorites from the runway. The magnificent fabric shimmers brilliantly, blending many shades of ombred colour. Shimmery silks and satins play a big role in this year's after five looks. Coupled with the vibrant metallics, "Shimmer & Shine" is perhaps this season's most intriguing style in special occasion attire. The dresses below are some of my retail pics for this year's best cocktail and special occasion dresses.
Carolina Herrera Fall Collection 2011
Photo courtesy of Elle magazine.
Retail Cocktail Dresses
Ali Ro Three-quarter Sleeve Sequin Cocktail Dress
Ali Ro One-Shoulder Cocktail Dress
Shoshanna One-Shoulder Metallic Dress
Haute Hippie Outlaw Muscle Tank $95.00
& Sequined Mermaid Maxi Skirt $1,295.00
Neiman Marcus
Haute Hippie Lace-Up-Sleeve Top $235.00
& Sequined Faux-Wrap Skirt $395.00
Neiman Marcus

Alice + Olivia 'Vida' Metallic Chevron-Stripe Dress
Neiman Marcus
Oscar de la Renta
Metallic Jacquard Dress $2,490.00
Neiman Marcus
SL Fashions
Sleeveless Metallic Crocheted Coctail Dress
Alexis Mabille Andrew GN
Alexis Mabille Couture Collection Fall 2011
Photo courtesy of Elle magazine.
Andrew GN Collection Fall 2011
Photo courtesy of Elle magazine.
Antonio BerardiJean Paul Gaultier
Antonio Berandi Collection Fall 2011
Photo courtesy of Elle magazine.
Jean Paul Gaultier Couture Collection Fall 2011
Photo courtesy of Elle magazine.
BloomingdalesNYD NM
ABS by Allen Schwartz Long Sleeve Sequin Gown
Jianini Shimmering Evening Gown
Robert Rodriquez Black Label
'Heidi' One-Shoulder Gown
Neiman Marcus
French NoveltyNYDFrench Novelty
Black Label by Alyce
Pleated Layered Evening Dress
French Novelty
Jovani Beyond
Metallic Off-the-Shoulder Gown
Tony Bowls
Illusion and Taffeta Evening Gown
French Novelty
Metallics in accessories have always been a staple item. Gold and silver jewelry is classic and will always have a place in the wardrobe. Metallics in shoes and purses have also been around for quite some time, both for day and evening, but still have a strong place in the fashion scene. Here are a few of my picks for the current season.
Retail - Shoes and Handbags
Giuseppe Zanotti
Metallic Platform Slingback
Bergdorf Goodman
Diane von Furstenberg 'Drew'Metallic Leather Tote
Neiman Marcus
Maison Martin Margiela
Two-in-One Paneled Bootie
Bergdorf Goodman
Coach Chelsea Metallic Leather Small Bag
Christian Louboutin 'Jenny' Glitter Platform Pump
Neiman Marcus
Prada Glace Totebag
Bergdorf Goodman
Cole Haan 'Jade' Bag
Saks Fifth Avenue
Jimmy Choo Holgram Mesh and Patent Bootie
Neiman Marcus
Juicy Couture After Dark Metallic Tweed 'Daydreamer' Tote

I love this trend! But, remember, especially during the day, a little glitter can go a very long way! Keep an eye on the metallic tweeds and boucles. I think we'll be seeing a great deal more of those as the season progresses. Pair metallic shoes or a metallic handbag with a low-key outfit and instantly add a touch of glamour. What's not to love?

Stylishly yours,


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