A Little Night Magic: Sparkle In Black

December 19, 2009 • Magazine

A Little Night Magic: Sparkle In Black

A Little Night Magic: Sparkle In Black

Sat, 2009-12-19 07:00

Joseph Ungoco

Want to put a little festive sparkle in your holiday season without looking like you stole the skirt from some unsuspecting Christmas tree? Sequins, spangles and beads done right can feed your need for a little more than basic black. Balmain‘s all black “hybrid” mini dress – half tank, half leg of mutton half sleeve – will make you the center of attention without making you look like an extra disco ball at the center of the dance floor. For the more demure among you who still want to look sexy, Naeem Khan‘s sweetheart strapless cocktail dress features a layer of sheer chiffon to soften the sparkle to a fairytale shimmer. You’ll be sure to find your Prince Charming in this number!

If sweaters and leggings are the core of your winter wardrobe, you need to venture far from your comfort zone to turn a familiar day look into a knockout evening one. Gucci‘s sequined tunic can be worn loose or belted high and tight. Lace leggings or bare legs will sex up this mostly covered look. Either way, you’ll be sure to command a little more attention as you hit the town for the night. Alexander Wang’s power-shouldered space odyssey might be what Lt. Uhura would wear today on weekend leave, but paired with your favorite pair of killer boots, you’ll have them begging “beam me up!”

If your killer legs are leading you out for a swingin’ time, then go with the flow and pop on an asymmetrically draped threeASFOUR dress. You’ll be able to hop in and out of cabs as you trip the light fantastic everywhere you go! For those of you who live in American sportswear a la Donna Karan, opt for the classic ease of Michael Kors‘ sequined jersey dress. Your every movement will be highlighted by its chic sophistication.

If your special occasion requires a long dress, Armani Prive, that staple of Red Carpets everywhere, offers a swirling confection of a gown that will sweep away the competition, even when you’re simply standing still. If you dare to go bare – or at least look that way – Alberta Ferretti‘s nearly nude gown is the perfect option. This gown is magnificently beaded to appear like a strategically engineered lace overlay.

Whether you choose sequins, spangles or bugle beads, remember that a little sparkle goes a long way. Choose a familiar fit and silhouette and you’ll be able to party the night away without feeling uncomfortable, that is, unless you find that you don’t enjoy the extra attention you’ll be garnering. Enjoy the holiday season in sequined splendor!

1. Balmain Spring 2009 RTW
2. Naeem Khan Fall 2009 RTW
3. Gucci Fall 2009 RTW
4. Alexander Wang Fall 2009 RTW
5. threeASFOUR Fall 2009 RTW
6. Michael Kors Fall 2009 RTW
7. Armani Prive Fall 2009 Couture
8. Alberta Ferretti Fall 2009 RTW

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