Ten Avant-Garde Ways to Sparkle This Season

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Ten Avant-Garde Ways to Sparkle This Season

Agata Belcen and Nell Kalonji bring us a sprinkling of modern glitter, photographed by Jackie Nickerson on Grace Bol and Jing Wen for AnOther Magazine A/W17

Grace is wearing a crystal-embroidered mesh jumpsuit by Gucci. Body (worn underneath) by Wolford. Swarovski crystal headpiece by Agent Provocateur

At this dismal time of year, sparkle is essential – a statement that the runways of A/W17 proved with aplomb. The addition of a sequin, diamanté embellishment or crystal accessory can inject a ray of light into your wardrobe, when such rays are in short supply.

It is also vital to approach this dazzling trend with a sense of the avant-garde. Sure, gung-ho Vegas showgirl glamour is a sartorial joy, but wearing sparkle with an edge proves far more arresting. Here, Agata Belcen and Nell Kalonji show us how its done in a series of images taken by Jackie Nickerson for AnOther Magazine’s latest issue.

1. Disorientating

Alessandro Michele upended our understanding of glitter by creating this head-to-toe mesh bodysuit. A bit space-age, a bit S&M, it sums up the disorientating universe of today’s Gucci. 

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Jing is wearing Swarovski crystal socks custom made by Katya Zelentsova. Satin and crystal stiletto sandals by Giuseppe Zanotti

2. Socks

Subvert the traditional diamanté-studded heel by pairing with jewel-embroidered socks. The thicker and more schoolgirl-like the better.

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Grace is wearing the Serti Sur Vide earring in diamond and gold by Repossi. Silver, Reflects Pearl and 3D Platinum Glitter by MAC

3. Architectural

This angular Repossi earring is the perfect architectural antidote to a face splattered with fairydust. 

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Jing is wearing an oversized sequin box dress by Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello

4. Sharp

Saint Laurent offers a sequin dress that’s more Murder on the Dancefloor than Strictly Come Dancing – a natural winner.  

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Jing is wearing a crystal halter-neck dress and headpiece by Moschino

5. Headdress

Match your halter-neck with your headdress à la Moschino – in gobstopper-sized gems only – to really make an entrance at your office Christmas party. 

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Jing is wearing an oversized sequin box dress and crystal over-the-knee slouch boots by Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello. Polyamide crystal trousers by Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini

6. Glitterball

Knee-high boots studded with thousands of crystals transform your calves into glitterballs worthy of Studio 54. 

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Jing is wearing a mesh bodysuit with sequin embroidery by Veronique Branquinho

7. Ice Skater

Whoever thought dressing like an olympic ice skater could be so chic? 

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Jing is wearing a halter-neck dress with paillette embroidery, fringed tiara, chandelier and hoop earrings, and crystal choker necklace by Miu Miu

8. Flapper

Vintage silhouttes of the 1920s – fringed tiara and all – can only feel this modern when created by Mrs Prada. 

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Jing is wearing a quilted iridescent wrap and sparkle tights by Chanel

10. Blanket

Keep warm by wrapping yourself in a iridescent blanket embossed with Chanel’s signature quilting. 

Hair: Jawara Wauchope at Bryant Artists using Bumble and Bumble. Make-up: Nami Yoshida at Bryant Artists using Nars. Model: Grace Bol at The Hive Management and Jing Wen at Elite London. Casting: Piotr Chamier. Digital tech: Tim Grant. Photographic assistant: Andy Moores. Styling assistants: Chloe Grace Press, Rebecca Perlmutar, Abigail Adler, Nicola Chan, Sunnie Fraser and Tess Pisani. Casting assistants: Natalia Farnaus and Olivia Langner. Production: Freddie De Santiago at Sylvia Farago Ltd

These images originally appeared in Autumn/Winter 2017 issue of AnOther Magazine, which is on sale now.