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The Return Of Glittery Fashion

2015-06-24 03:36:58 3 By: John Times Read: 88

According to data from global fashion platform Lyst, searches for sequins increased by 42%. Sequins were a plenty at GucciMarc JacobsMolly Goddard, and, of course, Halpern, where 30-year-old designer Michael Halpern is at the center of this renewed interest in shimmering embellishments, unabashed elegance, and hyper-femininity. Then, naturally, there was London Fashion Week favorite, Ashish, who takes sequins to the next-level. “Sequins have always been a protest for me," the designer said after his spring 2018 show. "It’s always been a revolution for me. A protest against blandness.” Adored for his explosively colorful and creative use of the small shiny discs throughout his career, Ashish's latest collection was considerably darker and dreamier, though that didn't stop it from shining.

"We live in dark times. It was that Martin Luther King quote that in darkness, you see stars; it’s about finding hope in dark times. I wanted to channel that energy into something beautiful," he affirmed backstage. "I just felt like I don’t want to be celebrating colors because everything that is going on is just so dark. But in that darkness is hope, so there are still a million sparkles and sequins."As Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida so pertinently put it, when women are being pulled in so many different directions, fashion ought to be freeing. In such turbulent sociopolitical times, we ought to celebrate individualism, energy, creativity, and optimism, and our wardrobe can and should be an instantly gratifying and uplifting outlet for such. Sequins, sparkle, and texture offer an opportunity for self-expression, projecting hope as immediate mood-enhancers. It certainly feels timely to turn away from the austere, pared-back designs we adored in the '90s and '00s and revel in sequins and feathers. They may be extravagant, but we're all for clothing that brings us happiness. Now all we have to do is embrace the return of glitter with open arms.

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