If I could put into a word just how much I love glitter, I would. While I’m not sure that word exists yet, my love for all things shiny is not unlike that of a magpie’s.

As I try to understand how something so shiny appeals to my monochrome-loving self, I realised that this trend is capturing everyone else too: glitter is creeping back into our lives (and hearts) via the Spring Summer 2018 runways, so I took a look back at where glitter comes from.

Spring Summer 18 / Original photos via Imaxtree

Glitter = glam

Glitter induces optimism, party season and a rock ‘n roll feeling. It’s usually reserved for dressing up, but is now entering the everyday spectrum. From small accents on accessories, to full blown dresses and even suits, it’s actually versatile.

This may be terrifying, if you think back to the high-shine 80’s and all that came along with it. (shoulder pads, leopard print one pieces, satin tracksuits, etc.)

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The 80s don’t own glitter

However, glitz was around before the 1980s. With the 1920s came the need to out-shine every other party-goer, with flapper dresses covered in beads and sequins. In the 60s it was big on ball gowns, and in the 70’s it was worn by rockstars wanting to dazzle their fans from the stage. Glam rock (i.e. glitter rock) can be seen as the height of the glitter timeline, as it was used in the most unconventional way since its first appearance. Worn with leather and denim, on jumpsuits or jackets, the glitter stood out as a brilliant contrast. 

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Fast Forward to 2017

Glitter, although most common in silver, has started gracing the full rainbow. Christian Dior’s show in Paris featured one dress style in 5 sparkly colours.Other innovations have been the emergence of two-tone glitter, and most recently the reversible sequin textile, which is almost as satisfying to smooth over.

Spring Summer 18 / Original photos via Imaxtree

Spring Summer 18 / Original photos via Imaxtree

Glitter trends tooday

From slightly intimidating full on Gucci glitter, comes the silver suit trend. It’s futuristic and quite fantastic, and takes corporate suiting to the next level. Couture designers as well as ready to wear fanatics have included some form of sparkly get up in their collections, from studded silver Balmain to high-shine Each x Other.

Spring Summer 18 / Original photos via Imaxtree

Glitter becomes multi-dimensional as patterns are functioned within the textile, and cut-outs are appliquéd onto clothing. From floral-esque bead patterns at Saint Laurent to Ashish’s starry sky motif, glitter becomes almost comical and down to earth, a far cry from the outdated technique of covering entire dresses in beads.

Spring Summer 18 / Original photos via Imaxtree

The next question is when will we start seeing the glitter influx in stores, and just how much glitter is too much glitter…