Precious metals are the on-trend way to shimmer your way through festival season.
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The first rays of summer mean the start of months of fun, music and celebration as carnivals, fiestas and festivals around the world create a global party. From the streets of New Orleans and Rio to the fields of Glastonbury and the Isle of Wight, there’s an unmistakable electricity in the air – and this season the runways have deemed metallic tones and shimmering fabrics are the way to bring fresh sparkle to summer’s festivities.
On the catwalks for Spring/Summer 16, there were references to dark disco with designers going all out on sequins, including at Marc Jacobs who gave models an up-all-night air with smudgy make-up, mussed-up hair and slashed maxi dresses in a plaid pattern of sequins. Lanvin sent out left-field colour combinations including a slouchy pink top paired with an asymmetric red skirt, both covered in large, sparkling paillettes and there were twinkling black and silver sequins on long funnel dresses at Vera Wang. Elsewhere we saw thigh-high splits in the old gold evening gowns at Saint Laurent and silvery white, shimmering slip dresses at Calvin Klein, channelling the trend for underwear as outerwear.
Metallics make it to nails this summer, too, with flashes of refined sparkle ensuring an elegant finish. Keep nails short for a modern, sophisticated feel and opt for one of the coveted on-trend tones from leading nail colour experts OPI. Take A Right On Bourbon from the New Orleans collection is a fresh mix of fine gold and silver that has a pretty pinkish finish and will complement every skin tone, while Pirouette My Whistle is a soft, cool silver shot through with pale sparkles. Or if you prefer a shot of dazzling gold, try Glitzerland, created to bring together couture and technology, it’s the metallic de rigueur.