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Oh La La!

With Christmas right around the corner, there is no better time than now to inject your wardrobe with a little glitter and sparkle to keep you shinning throughout the holiday season.

Glam, glitter and sparkle are just a few key words you want to keep in mind when preparing for any event this season.  This glam couture look is an essential trend for upcoming seasons thanks to an endless parade of sparkling sequins, glitter, metallic, appliqués and fringed fabrics hitting the streets of late.

From Elie Saab’s sequined dresses through to Miu Miu glittering boots, this high shine trend has reinvented itself yet again making it a big hit on the runways.



A-lister stars who favour the revival of this gleaming 70s disco trend are Kate Moss, Rachel Zoe, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Connelly, Nina Dobrev, Mila Kunis and Brooklyn Decker.


To avoid looking OTT, stick to the motto “less is more” to ensure you make the right fashion statement.  Modern tailoring and mixing matte fabrics can be paired with your dazzler piece to ensure this never occurs.  The aim is to ensure that you come across as sophisticated yet dramatic.

Another favorite making its way back is the ever so cute mini.  Even shorter than ever, this little number (in either metallic or a sparkling sequence) will most certainly make you the centre of attention.

If being the centre of attention isn’t your thing, then how about adding a little sparkle with embellished tights to your wardrobe in the upcoming cooler months?


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Golden Goddess

Sourced: Geo Burke for Elena Miro catalogue

This years New York City fashion week for the upcoming 2012 collections was yet again inspired by a vision of elegant looks from the glamorous 1970s, but this time round focusing not on the hippy BoHo, but on the sun-kissed look of the 70s golden goddess.

It seemed to be all about the 70s with fashion heavy weights such as Jenny Packham, who’s collection was inspired by goddess Jerry Hall and played the Rolling Stones song She’s a Rainbow, and new comer Rachel Zoe showcasing distinct 70s inspired tailored pieces.

The look is back with a bang from the flicked hair right through to the 70s shimmer and shine of the cue glam rock and heavy metal makeup.

The sun-kissed makeup trend, which has come to life through the New York runways, is all about the bronze and blending rich antique gold tones with gold pigment to achieve that natural tanned look which was in vogue in the 70s.

Channel Farrah Fawcett, Lauren Hutton or Charlie’s Angels to get that look that so many women strove to achieve in the past.  The idea is to create an expensive 70s St Tropez bronzed look where the face is shaped and contoured to perfection. Opt for accentuated eyes, sculpted cheekbones in honey buff tones and metallic lips which shadows and highlights the face in all the right places.

Studded Hearts Launch

Laura Mercier makeup artist Talia Shobrook, who provided that golden goddesses feel at the Packham show, was able to create that perfect sun-kissed look on all models.  To do this, Talia left their faces matte, and then contoured the cheeks with Laura Mercier Matte Bronzer in Dune Bronze and Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder in Warm Chestnut.  Talia then smoothed over any imperfections with Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage (http://www.lauramercier.com/store/shop/Cheeks_Bronzer_l_cat180080).

Sticking with the evanescent 70s theme of the season, also spotted on the runways was the decadent seventies party and disco glam look of the metallic and glitter bombed eye paired with big hair and glossy lips.

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2011 Spring/Summer Fashion Trends

A key characteristic of popular trends is that they occur in 20 year cycles. The Milestone years to pay attention to this year will be the 70s, 50s, and 1930s.

But for the 2011 Spring/Summer collections displayed, it’s the 1970s that are due for a reinterpretation. The fully-fledged 1970s glam vibe championed by Tom Ford in the 1990s is finally back!  Think of the rock hard parting 1970s rock stars and Studio 54 regulars such as the gold dust women like Bianca Jagger, Diane von Furstenberg, Diana Ross and Stevie Nicks.

For women in the 1970s, hip hugger jeans, pantsuits and hot-pants were worn with chunky platform shoes.  Rachel Zoe has perfected the 70s look —part hippy chick, part disco. Rachel uses bold prints, earth tones and cultural styles which were very popular in the 1970s.  Rachel shows her love for 70s fashion by wearing everything from the wooden platform shoes through to carrying the boho hippy bag.

Portman’s ambassador Abbey Lee Kershaw for the upcoming Autumn Winter 2011 campaign also shows her sporting a 70s luxurious vibe wearing beautiful prints that evoke the bohemian glamour we all think of when we read or hear about the era.

Key designers to draw 70s inspiration from are Yves Saint Laurent, Zandra Rhodes, Jean Muir, DVF (wrap dress), Karl Lagerfeld for Chloe, Cacharel, Halston, Geoffrey Beene and the Gucci by Gucci 2008 advertisement directed by David Lynch.



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