Now Trending: Spring Spotlights Shine

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As our exploration of top Spring trends continues, today we’ll train a spotlight on shine. Click here for more S/S 2014 Trends!

 

'The Death of Cleopatra' - Hans Makart

 

For over 3,000 years, luxurious, luminous textiles have represented affluence and refined taste. Traveling from east to west in ancient times, fabrics woven with golden thread, and those resembling marble or rippling water, hinted at the vast opulence of faraway lands.

Emerging in the 20th century, warp-faced yarns of silk, synthetic fibers such as nylon or polyester, and even cotton could be manipulated to produce a reflective sheen. What was once a luxury for only the very rich can now add a touch of glamour to the everyday wardrobe.

 

Farrah Fawcett - c. 1970's

 

This season, fabrics that shine are alternately sensuous and sporty. Iridescent hues and versatile shapes are executed in fabrics that dazzle. Appropriate for dawn to dusk dressing, below we’ll take a look at designer runway inspiration and a couple of high-gloss buy-it-now bargains.

 

On The Runway

 

 

Altuzarra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DVF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proenza Schouler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reed Krakoff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thakoon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shop The Trend

 

 

 

Gold Rush Dress, Nasty Gal ($78)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patent Pencil Skirt, ASOS ($72)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional research by Natalie Starnes. All fashion images via individual designers and retailers.

 

 

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