The Rise And Rise Of The Little Sequined Dress
Celebrities (see Beyoncé, Rihanna, Michael Jackson, et al.) may be the only people who can afford Balmain, but the French house has helped ignite a passion for little sequined dresses that seems to be recession-proof. Crystalline creations from Thakoon, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Emilio Pucci sparkled defiantly on the red carpet at the Met ball, and more recently at Cannes. Their appeal, explains Alexander Wang, lies in the way “you slip them on like T-shirts, but still get this hard-edged kind of glamour.” Inspired by armor, his shimmering minidress is made of graduated metal discs attached to slinky mesh and weighs in at 25 pounds. Are you willing to do that kind of heavy lifting for such a serious shot of razzle-dazzle? Click here for a slideshow and let us know.