Sequins Reimagined

Sequins Reimagined

Sequins in various shapes and styles from Prada, Louis Vuitton, Comme des Garçons, Rodarte and Christopher Kane.

Sequin swatches from the AW11 collections of Prada, Louis Vuitton, Comme des Garçons, Rodarte and Christopher Kane.

Sometimes even the most beautiful things can end up ruined by overuse. Sequins can conjure up a vision of the most glamourous and labour intensive evening dresses and also evoke memories of bedazzling gone wrong. This season it was nice to see the designers give sequins back a more contemporary edge by pushing their size, shape and use of colour to the extreme.

The trimming has been given a sense of irony by Prada and Louis Vuitton where sequin inspired materials were pushed to a larger size and appeared like giant scales or rectangles, sometimes even mimicking the texture of fur.

At Christopher Kane, they were given a mermaid-like quality through the varying use of size and subtle changes in colour, which gradated from opal tones through to greens, blues and yellows towards the hems of his sheer dresses.

At Rodarte, they were used with subtlety as an underlayer of a skirt but were also used in a more traditional way to remind us of Dorothy’s ruby slippers. And at Comme des Garçons tiny gold sequin discs were plastered all over the hair of the models as a hint of the golden finale which ended the show.

Sequins Reimagined | The Cutting Class. Textural sequins like fur from Prada AW11.Sequins Reimagined | The Cutting Class. Large yellow sequins like scales at Prada AW11.Sequins Reimagined | The Cutting Class. Large orange sequins like scales at Prada AW11.Sequins Reimagined | The Cutting Class. Large yellow and burgundy sequins like scales at Prada AW11.Sequins Reimagined | The Cutting Class. Large orange and burgundy sequins like scales at Prada AW11.Sequins Reimagined | The Cutting Class. Large yellow and blue sequins like scales at Prada AW11.Sequins Reimagined | The Cutting Class. Large sequins arranged like scales over the shoulders of a dress from Prada AW11.Sequins Reimagined | The Cutting Class. Large sequins with a pearlescent finish from Prada AW11.Sequins Reimagined | The Cutting Class. Large sequins with a pearlescent finish on a shift dress from Prada AW11.

Prada, AW11, Milan.

Sequins Reimagined | The Cutting Class. Pearlescent sequins under sheer black fabric from Christopher Kane, AW11.Sequins Reimagined | The Cutting Class. Pearlescent sequins paired with pockets of liquid-filled plastic from Christopher Kane, AW11.Sequins Reimagined | The Cutting Class. Pearlescent sequins paired with "placket" of liquid-filled plastic from Christopher Kane, AW11.Sequins Reimagined | The Cutting Class. Slight variations in size and placement of sequins Christopher Kane, AW11.Sequins Reimagined | The Cutting Class. Varied placement and density of sequins from Christopher Kane AW11.

Christopher Kane, AW11, London.

Sequins Reimagined | The Cutting Class. Jagged effect caused by large version of sequins, Louis Vuitton, AW11.Sequins Reimagined | The Cutting Class. Jagged effect caused by large version of glossy black sequins, Louis Vuitton, AW11.Sequins Reimagined | The Cutting Class. Jagged effect caused by large version of glossy blue sequins, Louis Vuitton, AW11.Sequins Reimagined | The Cutting Class. Jagged effect caused by large version of glossy blue and black sequins, Louis Vuitton, AW11.

Louis Vuitton, AW11, Paris.

Sequins Reimagined | The Cutting Class. Minute silver sequins cover fabric at Rodarte, AW11.Sequins Reimagined | The Cutting Class. Sequins under sheer black fabric skirt at Rodarte AW11.Sequins Reimagined | The Cutting Class. Shimmering red sequinned fabric from Rodarte, AW11.Sequins Reimagined | The Cutting Class. Swirls of sequins affect the way the fabric cathes the light, Rodarte, AW11.

Rodarte, AW11, New York.

Sequins Reimagined | The Cutting Class. Comme des Garçons hair styled with sequins AW11.Sequins Reimagined | The Cutting Class. Hair styling at Comme des Garçons AW11 with golden sequins.Sequins Reimagined | The Cutting Class. A golden finale with sequinned hair at Comme des Garçons.

Comme des Garçons, AW11, Paris.

Catwalk images from Vogue.co.uk»

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