Let It Shine! Spring 2014 Is All About Embellishment
Studio 54 was a nightclub like none other. It was a place where A-list celebs and world leaders hobnobbed with plumbers and secretaries. Rhinestones, sequins, and everything embellished was the name of the game, and not adhering to such a dress code was a fashion faux pas that would have had one waiting outside along the blockbuster lines.
The sparkling dresses designed by Bob Mackie, Emilio Pucci and Emanuel Ungaro weren't just a reflection of the party-going atmosphere. They were all over the streets of the 1970s. “When I am doing a dress, I am always thinking, would a woman in that dress be seductive?” proclaimed Ungaro to Vogue. For spring 2014, fashion designers are nodding to these visionaries, showcasing collections that are all about excess, high-octane shine and having a ball.
Tom Ford, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez at Proenza Schouler and Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent have infused their collections with a glam-rock sensibility that would have looked just as great on Cher and David Bowie as it would Beyoncé and Rihanna. Similarly, Phillip Lim and Alexandre Herchovitch displayed bold colors with a captivating luster, reminiscent of our favorite gemstones.
Rocking the sparkle for spring is a refreshing alternative to the shear dresses and flower prints that we see season after season. But if glamming it up disco style is not your thing, opt for a special piece of jewelry that'll do the trick.
By Barry Samaha