Women, like magpies, have been drawn to all things sparkly for a long time. The bejewelled look is one of the more constant trends in the cyclical world of fashion. Perhaps as the women with the real money tend to have a penchant for glamorous fashion and aren’t so fussed about trendy fashion. They’d rather leave that to the Primarni brigade. The Arabian royalty, the Greek scions, the Russian oligarchs, and the African oil billionaires are the shoppers with the real cash, in this day and age of the haves, who the designers are falling over themselves to reach and the have-nots, who the high street are targeting more aggressively with staggeringly low prices.
In the Spring/Summer 2007 collections (unveiled in September 2006) the extra large bejewelling came strutting down the Burberry Prorsum catwalk in the form of a stunning cocktail dress worn by supermodel du jour, Jessica Stam. Then we saw the fabulous crystallised collars at Aquascutum. A second well noted outing for the square jewel-like crystals. Then Tamara Mellon unveiled the Jimmy Choo Cecile clutch. And last but by no means least, the latest offering unleashed unto the market, the Marc Jacobs Sea Blue Python Taylor tote, matched by the equally glamorous and slightly more affordable Marc Jacobs crystal sandals. And in a blaze of outsize sparkling crystals, a new hot trend was born.
The dress that started it all.
Like Marmite, you either love this or hate it. The Marc Jacobs embellished python. For the record, I love the way it looks but its highly unlikely I'd actually want to carry it. A bit too Slutlana in Selfridges for me.
Miss Trish Of Capri makes the perfect glamazon sandals. I love.