Monday, August 16, 2010
the sparkle that shines
Is it that when we can least afford to add shiny adornment to our figures in the form of diamonds and bling, the fashion world decided to add it to our clothes in the form of sequins? In the past, Depressions were fraught with simple cuts and rationed materials, leading to a conservative, if not drab, look.
Sequined materials and adornments didn’t make it into my wardrobe for some time. I was very wary of blinging my outfits themselves, rather than adding shiny value to them through jewellery and make up. However, at this late stage in the sparkly game I’ve embraced a few of the less garish pieces.
As for the all-over sequined look, I’m not quite there yet, nor do I think I will ever be. Maybe for New York party girls with exclusive clubs to go to and expensive friends to drink with – but for Courtenay Place or Cuba Street on a Wellington weekend? I have my doubts. I’m concerned that the look can get a bit “peacock-y”, as in, girls wearing flashy things in order to attract potential mates – like moths to the flame.
What I find intriguing about the sparklies is that it’s been on the racks for more than three months. Unlike most fashion fads, embellished tops and dresses have been “in” for over two years now. So, is it a drawn out response to recession or is sequined clothing just one of those things that will never get old?