A shining example

Gleam me up

Shine on you crazy designers. From big brand Burberry to newcomer Simone Rocha and everyone in between, gleaming fabrics were a shortcut to attracting attention. Foil, lamé, metallic leather, wet-look plastics, hologram effects (and a holographic catwalk and invitation at Christopher Kane) ... There were numerous finishes, many of them technically innovative. Don’t be scared of this trend, though; not only is it upbeat and optimistic, it can also be wearable. Just play down a silver skirt with a plain jumper, throw a metallic coat over jeans, and don’t forget the sunglasses, as worn by models in metallics at Jonathan Saunders and Burberry. Aim to dazzle your admirers, not yourself.

Sheer bravado

Erdem, Marios Schwab, Preen

Once the preserve of glamour models, reality TV rejects and attention-seeking stars claiming they didn’t realise their outfits would go see-though under flash photography, sheer fabrics have acquired a new sophistication. That’s because rather than putting it all on show (with a few exceptions) designers are employing strategic opaque panels, or handling sheer organza in unusual ways, such as on an overskirt or extended hem. Ken Downing, vice-president and fashion director at Neiman Marcus, admires the way sheer fabrics are used “as a veil over colourful lace, a hint of transparency without being exposed." This trend comes with a privacy setting.

Two easy pieces

Vivienne Westwood Red Label, Paul Smith, Mulberry

Are you wondering whether to buy into trouser suits this season? Well the answer is yes because they are here to stay. Don’t call it a response to the recession, or a get ahead at work strategy though, because we’re not talking office-appropriate, city slicker pinstripes. Like autumn/winter’s versions, this latest crop of two pieces come in eye-catching fabrics such as patterned jacquard, or evening satins. Then again, the top and bottom can be mixed and matched, so perhaps they are an economical trend after all.

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