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Season of sequin

Sequinned clothing is ruling national and int'l ramps this season. Jaydeep Ghosh tells us more about the sparkling sequin...

india Updated: Dec 22, 2008 17:58 IST
Jaydeep Ghosh

The sparkling sequin not very long back was an object of many a fashion sneer. Sequined ensembles were seen on disco divas and crooners of local bands. But the gleaming sequin had a dramatic turn-around and suddenly found favour with designers all over the world.

Saris bathed in sequins, all-over sequinned shift dresses, sequinned minis, sequinned boleros and jackets, sequinned wide-legged pants and even sequinned stockings have been shown by the designers, both desi and international on the runway. So what is it with sequins that once seen only on glitzy garments to be exported to Arab countries are now finding favour with those very designers who sneered at the very thought of it? Well, the answer lies in the improvisation in the very sequins itself. Now you can get sequins in muted tones with lesser shine, different shapes and then there are machines that can sew in sequins neatly on fabric within minutes. And of course the glitz is back in fashion.

But too much of anything is bad. Going all-out in a sequinned dress is great for the party season, but keep your silhouette simple and keep the accessories to basic and that too in muted tones. Although metallic colours can be fun, sequinned dresses in primary colours look great. Namrata Joshipura’s sequined dresses are probably the hottest because the finish is impeccable. Her gold and silver sequinned mini-dresses are a rage with fashionistas. Manish Arora loves bright colours and his blue and neon sequined numbers are perfect for the stylistas with loads of attitude.

For the not-so-daring divas, sequins do well in bit-parts: try a clutch with an otherwise quieter outfit, or throw on a bohemian sequinned bolero. You can smarten sequins buy adding them into plain tailoring, like on the side-seams of pants or just on the hem of the skirts. Flashy sequinned trousers can look great with a plain blouse - equally, a sequinned top will go with jeans or tux trousers.

Sequinned saris too look chic. A black net sari with all-over sequins is great for a cocktail soiree. Sequins have something of the angelic about them, so consider muted colours and softer shapes. And in present times of economic gloom, a dash of glitz will go a long way to heighten your mood and your fashion statement. So go, shine on with shiny, crazy sequins!