The Most Dazzling Sequined Pieces to Party in This Summer

The Most Dazzling Sequined Pieces to Party in This Summer

Christian Cowan
With the sun beating down this season, sequins are all the rage, and there isn’t a better time to invest in the dazzling hero pieces than now. An effortless way to elevate your look, sequined pieces in bold colors deliver maximum glamour for big talk-of-the-night energy, and what more does one need to be the star of the summer party season?

Look to the runway for inspiration, where Loewe, Christian Cowan, Paco Rabanne, and Valentino offered dresses decked out entirely in sequins. If you would rather work your way up there, hints of sparkle as seen at Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, Chanel, and Alaïa are great to take style cues from. To put a unique spin on your look, channel Gen-Z’s irreverent vibe by accessorizing your piece with unexpected touches like sneakers and backpacks. While sequins look best in saturated monochrome hues such as the yellow mini by Area, the orange blazer by Dolce & Gabbana, or the red halter neck dress by Dodo Bar Or, multicolor and ombré pieces are a fail-safe route to maximalism.

Below, check out all the sequined pieces worth adding to your wardrobe this season.
Dolce & Gabbana
Dodo Bar Or
The Attico
David Koma
Jimmy Choo
Gianvito Rossi
Tom Ford
Originally published in the July/August 2022 issue of Vogue Arabia.
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Lindsey Vonn Makes Preppy-sporty Style Statement at Gucci and Saltzman Family Summer Celebration

Lindsey Vonn Makes Preppy-sporty Style Statement at Gucci and Saltzman Family Summer Celebration

Lindsey Vonn was among the attendees at Gucci and the Saltzman family’s second-annual summer celebration on Saturday.
The Olympic skier attended the party in a head-to-toe Gucci look. Vonn looked to Gucci’s Love Parade collection, which debuted during the design house’s spring 2022 ready-to-wear runway show. She wore a matching white cardigan and skirt embellished with a blue and red trim. Vonn paired the look with Gucci star embroidered white leather Ace sneakers and a white leather Gucci Diana mini bag designed with the Rodeo motif.
Vonn was photographed alongside Gucci’s chief executive officer, Marco Bizzarri.

Lindsey Vonn and Marco Bizzarri at Gucci and the Saltzman family’s summer celebration.

Other celebrity attendees at Gucci and the Saltzman family’s summer celebration were Jemima Kirke, Spike Lee, Natasha Lyonne, Christy Turlington, Louisa Jacobson and others.

The event was hosted to celebrate Gucci’s new East Hampton boutique and was held at the Saltzman family home in the area. The party included DJ sets by Mark Ronson and Kitty Cash.
In addition to the celebration, Gucci is donating to three nonproft organizations that focus on food insecurity, including Long Island Cares, The Harry Chapin Food Bank and the East Hampton Food Pantry.
Vonn is the most decorated female ski racer in the U.S., and retired from the sport in 2019. Since her retirement, she’s embarked on projects in the fashion and beauty spaces, including working as the face of Head Sportswear, modeling for Thom Browne and developing a makeup line.

Lindsey Vonn at Gucci and the Saltzman family’s summer celebration.

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Eveningwear at Milan Fashion Week Sparkles and Seduces

Eveningwear at Milan Fashion Week Sparkles and Seduces

Forget about aftershow parties: Milan Fashion Week was a digital affair with little to no occasion for cocktail sipping, small talk and gourmet canapés.
Consumers have also become accustomed to partying remotely via Zoom, but hopefully there will be a time when dressing up to go to a club will be back, and Milan’s designers showed plenty of options for the occasion.
While former Gucci VIP designer Daniel Del Core went full-on couture — with silhouettes showing crystals, floral appliqués and organic-inspired draping — and Valentina Nervi for her Nervi brand took a similar, maximalist approach, others including Luisa Beccaria and Francesca Ruffini’s F.R.S. For Restless Sleepers embraced a more restrained approach with whimsical yet effortless creations for women who party, either at home or out and about.

For instance, Luisa Beccaria accessorized her fall lineup, from floral pants and sweaters to velvet dévoré nightgowns, with rain boots and introduced a lineup of second skin catsuits splashed with romantic floral motifs. But she didn’t shy away from her signature feminine and romantic frocks.
“The woman we portray each season is a romantic dreamer,” the designer explained over the phone in between virtual appointments with buyers. “The collection was inspired literally by the need for hugs, we don’t often think about it, but clothing hugs the body, it’s the one thing closer to it,” she offered.

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Luisa Beccaria, fall 2021  Courtesy of Luisa Beccaria

A black tulle gown featured rose appliqués and was paired with a floral turtleneck, while an opulent velvet robe coat sported in look book images worn by Beccaria herself was inspired by loungewear from the ‘40s and ‘50s. There was a cozy whimsical vibe in the number of floor-length gowns paired with knit vests and decorated sweaters that made the lineup feel easy to approach but still luxurious.
Francesca Ruffini has always been a master of loungewear chic with her F.R.S. For Restless Sleepers creations. For fall, inspiration came from a variety of old iconographies. Board game illustrations appeared on velvet-trimmed pajama sets, worn with matching lingerie, while magical maps of the stars and planets were printed on quilted velvet shirt jackets, refined and cozy.
Eighteenth-century designs, Japanese miniatures and antique reproductions of Amazonian jungles, filled with peonies and birds of paradise, clashed on languid jersey tunics layered under velvet-trimmed quilted duster coats and on tuxedos cut in loose silhouettes.
A look from the F.R.S. For Restless Sleepers fall 2021 collection.  Courtesy of F.R.S. For Restless Sleepers.

Genny designer Sara Cavazza Facchini and Elisabetta Franchi were bolder in their eveningwear offering.
Franchi referenced an equestrian theme throughout her fall lineup but veered extremely feminine when parading her nude-look gowns, the designer’s signature embellished frocks, some flapper-style with cascading beads and sequins, others crafted from macramé lace and organza, the latter embellished with silver sequins arranged in a checkered pattern.
While throwing casual options into the mix, such as logoed tracksuits and Bermuda pants, Genny’s Cavazza Facchini zeroed in on exuberant styles.
“Looking at the global context, there definitely are consumers who are already experiencing a new normality, which will hopefully extend to other regions in one year’s time,” Facchini said. “Gradually we will all return to party and attend events and the desire to wear something special and elegant will gain steam.”

She paraded sparkling options covered in purple, ruby red and silver sequins, some short and girly, others flaring and floor length with lingerie-inspired lace bodices. Nodding to the feminine-masculine dichotomy seen also on the day looks, she reinterpreted tuxedos in shimmering jacquard fabrics with butterfly decorations.
Along the same lines up-and-coming brands on the Milan scene projected hope and energy, delivering eveningwear options full of sequins and ruffles, cut in voluminous silhouettes and imbued with a dash of flamboyancy.
A new name on the Milan schedule, Nervi offered couture gowns showed via sketches that in her video were superimposed on a Martian landscape for an unlikely but fun runway show.
Nervi’s models-turned-alien creatures were bold and daring, wearing a dramatic gown that featured a crystal encrusted heart-shaped bodice and pencil skirt with a giant bow; a high-slit sinuous dress with a hoodie in wet-look black silk was sexy, while a purple column frock framed the silhouettes via pleated ruffles around the neck and torso. Naming her dresses after celebrities, Nervi made a statement about who she is designing for: Gaga, Winnie, Indaya and Kim.
A look from the Nervi couture fall 2021 collection.  Courtesy of Nervi.

“Evening gowns are like poetry and I want to telegraph this message through my collections,” said Nervi. “I’m banking on the eveningwear category because I’m confident this is just a temporary situation, we will resume our lives and this is a testament to that, a sign of hope,” she noted, adding inspiration came from Old Hollywood style.
For her Annakiki brand, Chinese designer Anna Yang also stretched her muscles with couture constructions, often experimental, off-kilter and not always flattering, suitable more for a music performance on stage than for intimate cocktail parties. They included long dresses covered in ruffles and fake fur and a short option featuring a high-waisted crinoline skirt and heart-shaped bodice.
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