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Trends for Fall '09: Sequins

Yes, it's sequins! That long-forgotten, little-used pop of shiny that went the way of the bustle and the snood. They're back!

Of course they never went away, but as ubiquitous as their usage is among the stagewear of Cher and the "costumes" of your average stripper, the number of appearances on the runway waxes and wanes and right now, we're on an upward trend. Let's judge!

3.1 Phillip Lim, Alberta Ferretti, Alexander McQueen, Badgley Mischka

These would all be judicious uses of the mighty sequin.

Balmain, Blumarine, Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg

And some of these would NOT be. Good god, that Balmain is HIDEOUS. We're not loving that DVF either. We guess we're sequin purists at heart. Black, silver and (occasionally) gold work, but there's something about blue sequins that screams "tacky '80s MOB dress."

Gucci, Hervé Léger by Max Azria, Isaac Mizrahi, Matthew Williamson

These are all pure love. Even the Matthew Williamson, which surprises us a little.

Michael Kors, Rodarte, Stella McCartney, Thakoon

Ditto. Especially the Michael Kors. We're always going to love their partial use more than just covering an entire outfit with them.

Valentino, Vera Wang, Versace, Zac Posen

Valentino and Zac Posen, yes; Vera and Versace, no. Okay, we admit it. We're being totally arbitrary here. There aren't really any hard and fast rules as to when they work for us and when they don't. Like any embellishment, it depends not just on how much it's used, but on what the underlying garment looks like. You have to have a good base to embellish and then you have to make good choices as to how and how much you're going to embellish. The prettiest frock in the world can be ruined by over-embellishing or using the wrong embellishment and the plainest, most standard frock can be gloriously improved when you embellish it correctly.


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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Unless you're a vegas shorwirl, Blanche Devereaux, Liza or Liberace, sequins are meant for costume purposes ONLY!!!!!


Do you think fashion designers have a secret meeting and decide what cruel joke they are going to play on the rest of us this season?
~S


Oh, I do like the short, tight and shiny Versace.

Counting the minutes until Frau Seal shows up in that at the MTV Awards, baby bump and all!


I concur with Anonymous's
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Anonymous, too


Oh, for crying out LOUD, that so-called "this season" Balmain isn't, is it? I mean, that HAS to be some vintage rag from the costume rail at Dynasty, doesn't it. Oh, god in heaven, please tell me that it isn't supposed to be CURRENT!?!?!?!?


I like sequins alright. My favorites are the ones shaped like stars or rectangles. A few years ago Ralph Lauren (of all people) did a black net dress with shaped silver sequins all over it, that was beautiful.
I also like the huge ones called pallettes, or something like that.


"Okay, we admit it. We're being totally arbitrary here."

Yup.

The Mizrahi and the Balmain are practically the same dress in different colors. Heck even the models are related. But you loved one, hated the other.

Really, the Valentino is the only one that is classy, and that is because you hardly see a sequin on it. Yes, the first poster said it well - sequins are for Liza and Liberace.

But hasn't Laura used them judiciously to good effect in the past?


Oh god no, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Stella McCartney one.


As much as I love to shine, to stand out from the crowd...I will always say no to sequins or feathers.


Unless they’re creatively done, I think sequins are quite heavy in the eye.


It would take a very special occasion to get me to wear sequins, however I am glad I have the option this season. Sparkles!


"We're being totally arbitrary here. There aren't really any hard and fast rules as to when they work for us and when they don't. Like any embellishment, it depends not just on how much it's used, but on what the underlying garment looks like. You have to have a good base to embellish and then you have to make good choices as to how and how much you're going to embellish. The prettiest frock in the world can be ruined by over-embellishing or using the wrong embellishment and the plainest, most standard frock can be gloriously improved when you embellish it correctly."

And you ladies WOULD have to post this after Jerell's fashion show.

Oh, the irony...LOL!


"The Mizrahi and the Balmain are practically the same dress in different colors."

One is blue and striped with a gigantic ruffle and the other one isn't. There's a basic similarity but they're hardly "practically the same dress."


Look, anyone who ever had a Barbie collection with a little suitcase filled with sequined dresses, and I think that covers pretty much every one reading this blog, knows that the sequin dresses are full frontal glam. Sure, some are better than others, but they are all a fantasy.


I think that sequins can look quite chic and crisp when used on a simple enough silhouette. natural makeup, sleek hair, muted accessories, and full-on sequined frock is amazing.


I'm more disturbed by the black clown mouth on the McQueen model than any of the bling!


Just a note that we mislabeled two of the dresses. The Mizrahi was labeled as Hervé Léger by Max Azria and vice versa.


" Anonymous said...
One is blue and striped with a gigantic ruffle and the other one isn't. There's a basic similarity but they're hardly "practically the same dress."

I have to agree with you. They're NOT the same or practically the same AT ALL. They're completely different, if you ask me.

That reminds me of the movie The Devil Wears Prada" when Anne Hathaways says that the belts look the same to her.


Am I crazy or does the Versace in the last group of pictures look like a Laura Bennett original creation?

TampaBay


The Zac Posen - is TOTALLY UNFLATTERY - again, anything that can make a size 0/2 look like a 20 is not right. Hell, I've seen plenty of plus sizes with smaller looking legs.

And the McQueen styling - MOUTH - is just another example of making women look like idiots - kind of like most of Jerrell's "styling"


Hey! I owned a tacky blue sequinned dress in the 80s! It was anything BUT bad MOB. But it was tacky and 80s. Perfect for the decade. The Balmain looks like a reject from the Star Trek movie costume room.

I love love LOVE the Matthew Williamson. Not so much the Mizrahi. Adore the Kors and the Thakoon. Really dislike the Rodarte.

"We're being totally arbitrary here. There aren't really any hard and fast rules as to when they work for us and when they don't."
It's kind of like Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart's definition of pornography "I know it when I see it." Same goes for sequins.


For the poster named ask, once again most of Jerrells models (even the one in dresses) were not women. On a side note, does it seem to everyone that the Project Runway fashions are influencing the established designers instead of the other way around?

I don't mind sequins just not on me.


I admit it, freely and without shame. I love sequins. However, too much of anything is rarely a good thing, so I will agree that the sparing and/or judicious use of sequins is generally best.


I have always LOVED sequins. But the only looks I love here are DVF, Michael Kors, Gucci & Badgely Mishka (who were born to embellish - they ALWAYS do it just right.) The rest are just too New Jersey for my taste.

Glad as I am that sequins are back 'in', I'm concerned: If I was not aware that they ever went out, does that make me a bimbo?

--GothamTomato


"Tlo said: Okay, we admit it. We're being totally arbitrary here."



All fashion (and art) is arbitrary. But at least you admit it!

--GothamTomato


I love Carmen Kass, but I think she's too old to wear that Versace dress.

(Please no one throw stones at me)


Round sequins: wrong.

Square sequins: right.


Your last paragraph pretty much sums up Jerrell's collection.

Blanche


I'm a bit surprised that you like Ms Miz's sequins, the pants fit like capri's for the beach.

No likey the Versace? Pourquoi pas?? Color and sass look good to me.

The secret design council meeting...with Karl Lagerfeld, Vera and Donatella discussing and taking notes together.


I love sequins on shoes and acccessories, but not so much on an article of clothing - the only look I like here is the Valentino.


I guess it's time to pull out that sequined jacket I bought years ago and see if it still fits..... Before I saw the pictures I was prepared to hate every single one.

However, I really love 3 of these: McQueen, Gucci and Williamson.

Some of them are bothering me: Ferretti, Balmain, Versace.

Is there logic to my visceral reactions? dunno.


And those of you complaining of the McQueen styling - that show was truly amazing, even with the weird makeup - go catch the video! love love love love


GothamTomato said...


Glad as I am that sequins are back 'in', I'm concerned: If I was not aware that they ever went out, does that make me a bimbo?

--GothamTomato
I didn't know they went away either. Nor platform shoes.
I wear sequins in the daytime.
And I freely admit to being a bimbo.


"Deborah Boschert said...

Round sequins: wrong.

Square sequins: right."



Good point. Agreed.


Shiny, shiny, shiny...trend for Heidi!


Love the Badgley Mischka, the Matthew Williamson (the way the colors bleed into each other is absolutely thrilling!) and the Thakoon (very restrained use of embellishments that gives a simple dress a great "pop").

I am not now, and never will be, a fan of the one bare shoulder and one long sleeve look.

I wish I had the figure for the Gucci! And I want that coat the Valentino model is wearing.


I was seriously wondering WHAT "new" vintage style they would come up with next, and HERE IT IS!!
I have never had a total dislike of sequins if done right. The ones done right here are the Valentino,Gucci, Kors and Thakoon.
The rest are pretty much either pure fug, or require no comment whatsoever.


Lord. The Thakoon is the only one I really admire.

McQueen & Mischka: standard use of sequins. The Mischka is actually kind of pretty. Perfect if you're singing or presenting at a televised formal "event." (god that McQueen styling is gratuitously disturbing, maybe even more so out of context of his runway show)

Balmain: Romy & Michelle's High School Reunion

Blumarine: I like, probably more because I like the styling than the dress.

Chanel: WTF??? O.k., I am sure it's just the photo, but why would you want your sequined dress to look like vinyl Victorian governess fetish-wear?

Gucci: Staid, tasteful way to wear a disco ball, um, sequined sweater.

Leger by Aria: Striking, but my dislike of one long sleeve & one sleeve missing arises.

Mizrahi: As an ensemble, meh. Long sleeve & forearm muff makes me think of early hunter-gatherer tribes, which does not so much go with sequins.

Williamson: I like the use of color, too bad it's shiny.

Rodarte: I associate sequins with a sleekness which is the antithesis of that jacket.

Thakoon: My favorite use of sequins here. They don't just sit there and reflect light, they shape/define the body.

Valentino: Strikes me as an old-lady sweater. I know, old ladies buy clothes too.

Wang: Shiny AND dowdy. Kind of an accomplishment, no?

Posen: Sequins push glorious excess over into circus costuming. And when grey/greige says "circus" something is wrong!


bitchybitchybitchy

OMG - My Eyes!!!!!!!!! did that blue horror really grace the runway for Balmain??

I am very taken with the color combination of the Williamson gown, and the sequins work well with that one.


"Anonymous said...

Do you think fashion designers have a secret meeting and decide what cruel joke they are going to play on the rest of us this season?
~S"


I've always asked myself the same question. How do they all end up showing the same trends?


The Matthew Williamson looks like the illustration on my can of La Sirena Sardines.


I'm convinced that I was a 60-year old Vegas cocktail lounge singer in several past lives, because I ADORE sequins.
I'm with TLo, though...best to stick to black or silver.

I like the Badgley Mischka, the Gucci, Herve Leger, Kors and the Thakoon.
I'd like to see the Zac Posen without that coat over it, though.


It's not that sequins ever went away, it's that they were relegated to the junior's section. I'm glad that adults are again realizing that we can wear them too!


I think the Michael Kors is stunning; simple, elegant and just enough sparkle.


Sequins - in moderation, a nice enough touch.

Problem is, that automatically limits the outfit to one or two occasions. Not the wisest investment these days. An adorable LBD or another piece from Tim Gunn's list of the 10 pieces you must have, darlings, would be my choice.


Valentino: Strikes me as an old-lady sweater. I know, old ladies buy clothes too.Well, that certainly explains why I liked it best.


Some work for me, some don't. I'm just glad I can fish out my old high school threads and be current!


Jason Meyers used sequins on his Project Runway Canada finale collection. Tackiest thing in the world.

By the way, have you decided if you're going to be ripping on those collections? I really hope you do.


YAY! I love sequin party dresses! Such fun to dazzle for a night :)


Great! I'm running out to buy a sequined cardigan to go with my "American in Europe" outfit this fall!


Great! I'm running out to buy a sequined cardigan to go with my "American in Europe" outfit this fall!


ULLE said...

I've always asked myself the same question. How do they all end up showing the same trends?
Uh...it's not like all the designers hole up in individual rooms and create collections in a vacuum. Like any industry, fashion has trade publications, magazines, networking, collaborations, shared media, etc. "How do newspapers know about all the same stories?" Yikes.


LaFemmeFataledeNY

I H-A-T-E sequins. It reminds me of something a drag queen would wear; no offense.


Neon, Animal Prints, and Sequins. The Nanny makes a comeback!


That Hervé Léger collection was to die for.


I was excited when they came back and even more excited that they seem to have a couple seasons worth of staying power! I completely embrace my inner showgirl.


I like the Gucci, Herve Leger, Matthew Williamson, and the Versace on a much flatter-chested woman. I might like the Zac Posen and the Blumarine, but I can't see them, really. Without the ruffle, I'd be fine with the Balmain, too. But I'm pretty sure that I like the construction/shape of all of these, and if there weren't sequins I'd like them anyway, so so much for that. Except for the Matthew Williamson and the Versace, that is; the paillettes are a big part of the shape for the Versace, and the gradient/heft of the sequins a big part of the attraction for the MW.

Does anyone else find the Versace kind of... vulgar on that model? I have a largish bust, and I'd never wear such a deep V, though I imagine I might if I were really really flat. I guess you could wear something underneath it without missing the point, though....


Versace is always just a tad vulgar. I kinda thought that was the point.


Aaaaaagh! Oh, ok, I was momentarily frightened by the McQueen model's makeup. That gown is 100% Norma Desmond.

I don't like or dislike sequins (or paillettes)themselves, and I do like the Blumarine, Herve Leger, Matthew Williamson, Stella McCartney, Thakoon, Valentino, and Zac Posen, but I think a lot of it is the look rather than the sequins.

I've looked, and I don't think that the Balmain resembles any of the others in the least, let alone being a duplicate.


The Balmain might look a little bit like the Herve Leger, but not the Mizrahi. I don't think the models look alike, either, except they are both hippy.


The Zac outfit is just wrong. Even I can see that.


These dresses are killer. Ironic that the Jason guy from Project Runway Canada used sequins in his final collection ... because his attempts were DIRE.


The Philip Lim outfit is the cutest f-ing thing I've ever seen. LOVE IT! That Stella McCartney is adorable too. SIGH! I loves me some shiny objects...


I agree with Ellen M and some of the other posters. When I clicked on this story yesterday and scrolled down far enough to see the first row of outfits, the McQueen freaked me so much I had to sign off. I think I actually exclaimed out loud: GGAAAAHHH!

Having taken many deep calming breaths, I tried again today. The McQueen is still creepy, but I could get past it. Many of these outfits are OK by me for party-type events. If I had any glam galas to attend myself, I could pull out a tank-n-shirt with blue sequins that's been hanging in my closet, never worn, for three years. Oh well.


Its surprising to ME that you guys aren't Mathew Williamson fans!

The problem with the versace dress is the model--Carmen Kass deserves a dress that FITS her.


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