Shopping: Glittering Blazers & Sequins

Fashion Editor Madeleine had sworn off sequins. But thanks to a sparkling Chanel blazer, she went online in search of glitter …

When Chanel presented the Métiers d’Art collection in the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie at the beginning of December, Veronika showed her glittering side for the occasion. She combined a blazer from the Chanel Pre-Fall collection that was embroidered with gold sequins with black pants and sturdy, lace-up boots. The look was rounded off with one of the runway show’s highlight bags. “Good mix, smart combination,” I thought, while my memories came flooding back.

I’ve had bad experiences with sequins. That’s unfortunate, because I really want to wear them. My attempts have been numerous; my failures have been proven. I’ve been trying since childhood, but it just doesn’t work out.

It all started with a glittery gel eyeshadow that my piano teacher gave me. She was an elegant lady who understood something about fashion and music. I preferred talking to her instead of learning new pieces. My goal was to get her involved in important conversations for at least 45 out of the 60 minutes. So on that particular day, it was about make-up and it all ended with her conjuring up that eye shadow. I tried it out, and I matured from my 10 years to 14 in front of my eyes. I was thrilled.

At home, I was met with confusion and irritation from my mother. That stuff had to go. My next attempt was at the age of 16. It was the phase of “party tops,” and mine was dead chic: strapless and black with a wide sequined waistband. If I put this on, then it wasn’t just for some party. No: The more important the occasion, the more I had to sparkle. But, unfortunately, every one of these evenings – really, every single one – ended in an absolute catastrophe. At the age of 21, I felt that I needed a lavish sequin jacket to pair with a skintight, red satin dress (!) for my cousin’s wedding. I ignored my family’s opposition. I saw a video and too many pictures years later, and could understand what they meant.

I studied fashion. Thinking that maybe I just can’t wear sequins, I thought it would be clever to show the creations to someone else. The moment came at some point: I suggested a production with a sparkling mix of sequins. Taken by my idea of creating a theme outside of my comfort zone (reduced, muted tones or bright and subtle colors), my boss gave it two thumbs up. During the production, I asked myself what had driven me to come up with something so silly. It was too much. Everything was too much.

My last attempt – for the time being – was New Year’s Eve 2016. I abandoned my outfit shortly before the stores closed on the 31st of December and ran through a bubbling Barcelona to get myself a so-called “party look”. I found a short, glittery and oversized silver dress. Astonished by my original selection, I showed it to my boyfriend who very nicely tried to convince me that it was actually really ugly. I laughed. He didn’t. A big fight ensued. I rediscovered the dress recently and understood what he had meant – just like I had my family. What have I learned from this? That when it comes to glitter and sequins, my brain switches off, my judgement dips down to zero, and my expectations rise to dizzying heights.

And now I’ve caught myself suddenly interested in Fall/Winter collections that sparkle: gold-colored track pants with sequins by Faith Connexion, long dresses with glittering stones by Dior, Chanel’s variations on metallic coats, and Saint Laurent’s fantastic over-the-knee boots, which are completely decked-out in sparkle. What can I do? It’s Veronika‘s fault.

Translation: Melissa Frost

Madeleine is a fashion journalist. For as long as she can remember she has been passionate about fashion and accessories, in particular cashmere sweaters and jewelry. After five years of working at Vogue Germany’s fashion department in Munich, she decided to encounter a new challenge and move to Berlin. Her role at hey woman! allows her to combine her passion for styling, creative directing and writing. Madeleine is also good at imitating a Swiss accent and trying to be a cook.

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