A trend usually reserved for the festive party season has reappeared on the fashion radar early this year. Once a look favoured by Maureen at the office Christmas party (you know the one, a piece of mistletoe permanently in her hand, winking suggestively at the work experience boy) sequins featured heavily in the Spring Summer collections of Diane Von Furstenberg, Giorgio Armani and Just Cavalli.
All that glitters may not be gold, but all that sparkles is seriously sexy this season…
And where the catwalk and designers lead the celebs are sure to follow, here’s my top 3 dazzlingly dressed divas this week:
Jessie J is virtually unrecognisable out of her trademark leotard at the Glamour Women of the Year awards. With her enviable curves poured into this sparkling Dolce and Gabbana number, her slick, retro waves and feline flicks she’s every inch the sequined siren.
Our favourite royal is stunning in this rose sequined Jenny Packham gown she wore to attend the ARK charity gala event last week. She kept her accessories simple with a cute satin box clutch, LK Bennett heels and her signature bouncy blow-dry, allowing the dress to do the talking.
Leighton Meester ensures she’s the hot topic of conversation in this silver Balmain shift dress at the MTV Movie Awards. She also opted for minimal accessories and simple hair resulting in a shimmering stylish look.
If you want to establish your own unique take on the sequins trend then head to Tellusfashion. This daring sequined party dress by Ess-Elle will make you stand out from the crowd with its mix of sequins and leather for an edgy twist. Designer behind the brand Sebastian takes inspiration from the high fashion look made famous by Lady Gaga. With a penchant for glamorous, extravagant and futuristic designs he claims that “Less is not always more…Less can very often, be a bore!”
If however you’re looking for something a bit more classic then this gold sequined dress will be just what you’re looking for.Glasgow based Caitlin Paxton designs interesting and beautiful clothes for the elegant woman and takes pride in a very client-based business, taking their taste’s into consideration when designing the garments and always cutting her own patterns.
So I admit that lately I’ve not been entirely overwhelmed or interested in the Royal Wedding… but I appear to have finally caught on to what all the fuss is about – mostly because I am so excited to see what the latest iconic royal wedding gown will look like. Here at TellusFashion, we have been listing the endless possibilites of what Kate Middleton will be wearing tomorrow (I feel strongly in my heart that it has to be and probably will be McQueen). However, I began to think about the true meaning behind the Royal Wedding dress…
To those who may not consider Fashion to be something of a major significance in their lives, they might not realise why the fashion crowd are making such a fuss over this dress but I am here to tell you that there is a lot more to it than just looking like a beautiful princess on the day… its about defining an era.
In general we define specific eras in time by historic events, music and fashion. If you look at specific garments in particular, most people would generally relate them to an era in time – flares (70s) mini skirts (60s) shoulder pads (late 80s). We might not like them now but they are definitely part of our history and help you to associate with everything that was surrounding them at the time.
So its here that I reitirate, just how significant this dress will be tomorrow. This is a dress that will stand the test of time and will be something that won’t be looked upon as “timeless” but will be representative of how we are today. I am extremely curious as to how this unknown and no doubt extremely nervous designer (Sarah Burton, I know its you!) has translated this modern era into this iconic dress. I think there will be a lot of Kate’s personality in the dress, but I hope it will be something a little unexpected. I see Kate Middleton as a classic, elegant person, however I kind of hope that the dress rebels against the traditional a little and truely marks the change in the Royal Succession.
My alarm is set, and I am definitely gearing myself up for something amazing! I can’t wait!
For now, take a look at some of the most Iconic Royal Wedding dresses to date…
With the Royal Wedding getting closer and closer, the question in all fashionista’s minds is: “Just who is designing Kate Middleton’s dress?”
Well the answer to that question is far from being revealed, leaving the anticipation for Friday even greater. So who are the potential labels in the running to be the royal wedding dress designer of the decade?
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A major contender for the role, Sophie Cranston is the brains behind Libelula. She has previously won the 1999 Designer of the Year Award and went on to work with the likes of Alexander McQueen. Libelula, meaning dragonfly in Spanish, was created in 2002 and uses bold colours and prints on well cut, flattering clothes.
Image courtesy of Bruce Oldfield.
Bruce Oldfield is a famous British designer best known for his bridal designs. He graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art in 1973. In the past he designed many outfits for Princess Diana, making him a strong nominee for the wedding designer. In 1990 he was a awarded an OBE for his contribution to the British fashion industry.
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Jasper Conran was also awarded an OBE for his contribution to the British fashion industry. Over his 20-years in the business he has successfully designed a popular Debenhams range, many women’s and menswear lines, as well as china and crystal for big brands. His signature designs revolve around the cut and silhouette of the clothing line. He also designed Princess Margaret’s daughters wedding dress in 1994.
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A popular choice for the princess’s designer. Sarah Burton took on the role of Creative Director for Alexander McQueen after his death in 2010. She managed to produce a great first collection and has been rumoured to have designed the royal dress for the past few months.
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Designer of the label Issa, Daniella Helayel is said to be Kate’s favourite designer. She has also bagged herself an invite to the wedding, could this mean she is the one? Her signature style is bright and feminine.
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Kate’s sister was seen in this Alice Temperley’s shop recently, arousing suspicion that this could be the royal designer. Her label launched in 2000 for London Fashion Week and has since become more and more prestigious. The label specialises in wedding gowns for brides, bridesmaids, mothers of the bride and guests.
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Philipa Lepley is one of the bookies faves. Her bridal business began in 1988 in South Kensington and business has been booming ever since. Her designs often appear in top bridal magazines.
Let Tellusfashion know who you think it will be.
Following speculation last week that Sarah Burton, creative director at Alexander McQueen may be designing the wedding dress, critics have been prompted to ask, just how stylish is Kate Middleton?
The question is well timed as a £650 Burberry trench she wore this week sold out in 24 hours, and the dress that originally caught Prince William’s eye in a university fashion show has gone under the hammer at auction, selling for a staggering £78,000. Although the future princess has been seen leaning away from more traditional styles to contemporary designers such as Alice Temperley, pieces chosen by Kate Middleton are universally snapped up by the public.
Despite her ability to champion young British talent, Kate is usually seen in classic styles more suited to a royal-in-waiting. When she visited St Andrews with Prince William last month she was snapped in a classic, but somewhat old for the young princess-to-be, two piece suit by Luisa Spagnoli.
This leads to the all important question – is Burton designing her wedding dress? Hilary Alexander, the Telegraph’s fashion guru, called the rumours ‘a bold and brilliant decision’. Although some have suggested McQueen’s penchant for the outlandish and exaggerated is a touch too much for a royal wedding, most have welcomed the suggestion. So now the public waits, for Waity Katie, to confirm the rumours which continue to circulate.