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

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

Lead ImageGrace 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. 

2. Socks

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

3. Architectural

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

4. Sharp

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

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. 

6. Glitterball

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

7. Ice Skater

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

8. Flapper

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

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.

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