Gorgeous in Gold
Thank you, Balmain, for forever creating lust-worthy collections, this season in particular with intricate, standout pieces. With the mega talented designer, Oliver Rousteing, recently being named as the French Design house’s forefront designer, the stunning collection has become even more coveted. Fabergé egg inspired pieces dazzled with thousands of pearls, crystals and embroidery that looked especially rich highlighted in golden tones.
Gilded pieces shimmered on many other runways this season, too. Classically part ladylike, part sexpot, designers Dolce & Gabbana’s sultry collection was all black lace, sheer embroidery and gold bullion. Bodysuits, bralettes, LBD’s and capes were inspired by the designers’ hometown of Sicily and its baroque religious traditions. Pieces expertly wove in equal parts history and glamorous gold to create a collection that shone as much as the chandeliers and lavish, massive gold mirror that decorated the runway.
Monique Lhuillier’s fiery collection was a bold and beautiful palette of red and black, with gorgeous flashes of gold accentuating a few striking pieces. Inspired by the Chinese year of the dragon, this glamorous, darker collection featured gorgeous, shimmering details like gilded epaulets, striking against black jumpsuits, and for the conspicuous, a gold sequined jacket and dress, stunning and sophisticated in a simple, geometric pattern.
Another nod to China, with a collection also dominated by red, black and gold, was Canadian raised, New York based designer Jason Wu. Military in theme, Wu’s collection was the perfect balance of really ready to wear sportswear, such as Mao jackets and shirts, and more adventurous, dress-up pieces, like the dramatic, sparkling gold body-con number or the gilded, embroidered dresses and jackets that stood out against lush black wool.
If diving right in to an entire ensemble of gold seems a bit bold for your taste, the approaching holiday season is the perfect time to dip your toe in the trend without dripping in it. Chanel’s nail lacquer, appropriately named Delight, s just that on fingers or toes as its warm, golden tone lushly dresses up nails and shimmers for days. Another nail option is an 18 karat gold flecked formula, which is made by both OPI (Fall 2012’s James Bond Collection, in GoldenEye) and Sephora by OPI (in It’s Real 18k Gold Top Coat) which can make any manicure subtly sparkle. Gold tone body lotion, makeup and jewellery are also all nods to the warmest metallic. Whatever your taste, go for the gold!